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Alternative wine formats: The pros and cons

Sustainability is a hot topic in the agricultural and horticultural worlds right now – including the debate over wine packaging. Fruit & Vine looks into the alternative options.

Blueberry diversification spreads risk for arable farmers

In a bid to build a sustainable business for their children, arable farmers Peter and Zoe Mee diversified into growing blueberries in 2014 – and have since installed their own packhouse and introduced a range of blueberry products made from waste fruit. Deputy editor Sarah Kidby spoke to the family to find out more.

Independent breweries return to pre-pandemic levels of production

The 2024 spike in demand for beer is encouraging for British hop growers supplying independent breweries.

Apples at the heart of our juices and smoothies

A viral post on X shocked people who had no idea apples were used in drinks as much as they are.

Pints of wine to hit UK shelves from September

Under new post-Brexit trade rules, pint-sized bottles will be on sale in the UK from autumn 2024.

Gordon, Gino and Fred’s show inspires Dorset Wine Festival

Inspired by Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip show, the Dorset Wine Festival announced the release of a special documentary. 

Greene King invests £40m in new Suffolk brewery 

Greene King has just revealed its plans to invest £40 million in a new state-of-the-art brewery in a Suffolk town.

Drink entrepreneurs encouraged to join Thrive programme

Workshops and webinars are being offered to help anyone who wants to kickstart their journey in the food and drink sector.

Devon-based wine producers to compete for prestigious award

The Food Drink Devon Awards launched a new prestigious competition to celebrate the very best wine from around the county. 

Majestic acquires wine bar chain Vagabond which was set to close down

Vagabond Wines Limited (Vagabond) just announced that the chain has secured its future as it has been acquired by Majestic Wine.

Future of UK beer industry: growers test climate-resilient hops

New varieties of organic hops resilient to climate change are being developed around the UK. The news follows concerns over the future of homegrown beer ingredients. 

WineGB welcomes new team members

The national association for the English and Welsh wine industry, WineGB, has recently announced the expansion of its team. 

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