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Retailers are being encouraged to make more from alcohol-free drinks as leaked information reveals Tesco is creating a dedicated section.

The section will contain alcohol-free beer, wine and spirits from mainstream brands like Eisberg and smaller brewers like St Peter’s.

David Tavernor, world and low-alcohol beer buyer for Tesco, said the move will mean the grocery giant will have a larger range than at any time in its history.

“We are expecting to set the gold standard on low- and no-alcohol drinks within grocery,” he added.

Four Eisberg wines will be available in the range, Red, White Rose and Sauvignon Blanc.

Andrew Turner, director of wine for Eisberg alcohol-free wine told Retail Express: “We believe that having a clear destination for consumers who are abstaining from alcohol in such a major retailer is fantastic news for the category and the consumer.”

Following its launch last year, St Peter’s announced its Without alcohol-free beer will be included in the section.

Steve Magnall, CEO at St Peter’s Brewery, said: “Tighter regulations and health concerns, as well as an increase in the teetotal population are changing the drink sector and we feel this is a category that will grow and grow in the years to comes.”

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By Chris Dillon 18 Jan, 2017

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