Aston Manor Cider

Independent Cider Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Aston Manor Cider

Aston Manor Cider is the UK’s largest independent cidermaker. Dedicated exclusively to producing cider, Aston Manor has a broad portfolio covering every occasion and every consumer.

Spanning the breadth of the cider category, the products range from mainstream ciders like Kingstone Press, Crumpton Oaks and Frosty Jack’s to award-winning, premium ciders, Knights and Friels First Press Vintage.

Aston Manor also produces an extensive range of retailer exclusive and own-label cider brands for many of the UK’s leading retailers.

The cider maker regularly wins awards for product quality, support for customers and business performance. It won six medals at the International Cider Challenge 2016 including gold for its craft cider, Friels First Press Vintage.


Multiple Beer Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Carlsberg

Carlsberg UK is one of the country’s largest beer and beverage companies and our vision is to be the best in the UK by delighting our customers through great service and great brands and we continually strive to put our customers and consumers at the heart of what we do.

We produce and sell some of the UK’s best known and most loved brands including Carlsberg, Carlsberg Export, San Miguel, Tetley’s, Tuborg and Somersby Cider and import premium world beers including Spain’s number one beer Mahou, among others.

Our sponsorship of the Drinks Retailing Awards 2017 enables us not only to reward retailers who are fully embracing the opportunity, but it also demonstrates to other retailers the results which can be achieved through stocking the right range and applying good merchandising practice in the category.

Chronic Cellars

Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Chronic Cellars

Brothers Jake and Josh Beckett were raised in the heart of Paso Robles wine country. Wine and the art of winemaking have been part of their lives since the early 80's. After college, the brothers returned to Paso Robles and joined the team at Peachy Canyon Winery. After a decade immersing themselves in all aspects of the business, they decided to start their own project: Chronic Cellars. They had a vision and desire to make a statement in the wine industry. They launched the first vintage in 2008 and the rest is history…


Online Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Glengoyne

Hatch Mansfield

Independent Wine Retailer of the Year - Sponsored by Hatch Mansfield

As an independent business Hatch Mansfield is an advocate of the independently minded. Established in 1994 we are UK specialists in premium wine made by independent, family- owned wine companies.

With charismatic personalities heading up all of our 15 award winning wine producers, each owns a significant vineyard base, first-class winemaking facilities and cellars giving them quality control from grape to bottle. They all have a rich story to tell about heritage, provenance and authenticity and their impressive international distribution gives them enviable consumer recognition. With our 'can do approach' in the UK together we strive to provide a unique combination for our customers.

i heart Wines

Multiple Specialist Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by i heart Wines

i heart Wines is an exciting and innovative wine range that injects a buzz into wine brand development. Approaching the wine industry from a different angle has meant discarding the traditions of the wine world to create a brand that is full of energy and aimed at people who know what they love.

i heart Wines was born in 2010 as a doodle on a pad at Copestick Murray, now member of the Henkell & Co Group, a leading global drinks company based in Marlborough in the UK.

The current range includes wines selected from all over the world including, Spain, Italy, Hungary and South Africa. Not only does this enable us to offer an exciting, diverse and great value range of wines, but it gives consumers the confidence to know that they are simply buying good quality wine that tastes great.


Multiple Cider Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Kopparberg

Built back in 1882, the Kopparberg Bryggeri, with its traditional red timber falu walls, remains independent and is owned by the Bronsman family. The brewery is the home of our uniquely refreshing fruit cider and fruit lager. A pioneer in premium fruit refreshment, Kopparberg was the first fruit cider in the UK and is today the bestselling fruit cider brand in the UK. Every drop of Kopparberg is imported from Kopparberg town, Sweden

Marston's Beer Company

Drinks Wholesaler of the Year – Sponsored by Marston's Beer Company

Origin Wine

Drinks Buying Team of the Year – Sponsored by Origin Wine

In 12 short years Origin Wine has established itself as one of the top exporters by volume from South Africa, and often leads the pack when it comes to innovation.

In 2015 we added a premium winery in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region to our offering and in 2016 we bought a biodynamic winery in Agrelo, Mendoza.

Our Fairhills brand supports the biggest Fairtrade wine project in the world and currently helps support over 2000 people. We are fully HACCP, BRC, DLG and IFS compliant and can offer Fairtrade, Organic, No Sulphur added, Low Alcohol, Low calorie and fruit wine options.

Off Piste Wines

Innovative Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Off Piste Wines

Shepherd Neame

Supermarket of the Year – Sponsored by Shepherd Name

Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale was first brewed in 1990 to honour the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and last September, to mark 75 years since the historic air campaign, Shepherd Neame introduced Spitfire Gold, which has also proved a huge hit with drinkers.

This year sees another special anniversary: 80 years since the Spitfire’s first flight, which is being commemorated with the launch of Spitfire Lager, a permanent addition to the Spitfire range.

Spitfire Lager (4% ABV) is a smooth, refreshing golden lager with a sweet vanilla aroma, featuring lager and crystal malts, and Herkules hops.

Thatchers Cider Company

Best Retail Promotion of the Year – Sponsored by Thatchers Cider Company

We are a family run cidermaker with our home in Sandford, Somerset. Our ciders, all full of natural apple character, are crafted here at Myrtle Farm. Pride in our heritage– we’ve been making cider for four generations - is at the heart of everything we do. Our knowledge and passion for apples is reflected in our ciders: authentic, full of flavour and with a distinct character that reflects Somerset cidermaking at its best.

We craft a range of ciders – including Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze, Thatchers Vintage and Thatchers Katy, but whichever you choose, you can be sure they have all been made with the same care, attention and hands-on experience.

William Grant & Sons

Multiple Spirits Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons UK is a leader in the UK spirits industry with a portfolio of premium and iconic brands. Founded in 1887, we are a fifth generation family-owned company with a passion and commitment to creating and building acclaimed brands of unrivalled quality for the long term.

Within our portfolio we’re proud to count our own William Grant & Sons spirits, including Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, The Balvenie, Grant’s, Hendrick’s Gin,Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Three Barrels brandy.

We also successfully represent brands owned by other premium drinks businesses including Roust’s Russian Standard Vodka and Zubrowka, Illva Saronno’s Disaronno and Tia Maria, EPI's Piper-Heidsieck, and De Kuyper Cocktail Liqueurs.

How to Sponsor

Sponsoring an award category at the Drinks Retailing Awards gives huge prominence to your brand in front of an audience of your industry peers.

The awards have categories covering all aspects of drinks retailing and the DRA's are undeniably the most respected competition in the UK for all the supermarkets, wine merchants, independent specialists, off-licence-led convenience stores and wholesalers who enter.

In sponsoring an award category you will be synonymous with and have exclusivity to a specific retail channel. The Drinks Retailing Awards offer major benefits - connect with a target sector in the market, heighten brand and company profile and building relationships with the key buyers in the drinks industry. The awards are purely retail led, and the buyers are the stars of the event with the awards recognising their excellence in drinks retailing.

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