Aldi’s spiced rum that beat rival that costs three times the price in drinks competition

ALDI has landed an award for its £10.49 own-label rum, beating off competition from a rival costing more than three times the price. The budget retailer's Old Hopking Spiced Rum beat rival World's End Tiki Spiced Rum, which retails for a whopping £35.75. The German supermarket chain won Gold in the Spiced Rum category at the Spirits Business Rum Masters, a highly regarded drinks competition. According to retailer, its Old Hopking rum is packed with spice notes like cinnamon and nutmeg as well as warm vanilla notes, making it the perfect cocktail ingredient. Judges praised the rum for its "notes of chocolate and hazelnut". The pricier World's End Tiki Spiced Rum, on the other hand, won Silver. It's worth noting that Bardinet's Negrita Spiced Rum, which is relatively unknown in the UK, scooped the Master medal - the first prize in that category. Aldi's spiced rum wasn’t the supermarket’s only accolade, its Old Hopking White Rum (£9.99) also scooped up a silver medal, with judges noting the tipples excellent value price point. Is your newspaper worth £50? It could be with Sun Savers!Win £50 every day with our new Sun Savers giveaway and it's so simple to be in with a chance of winning! There will be seven daily prize draws with multiple winners of a £50 prize each day between Saturday, March 10 and Friday, March 16 2018. Each draw will open from 00:01 and close at 23:59 on each day. How to enter: All you have to do is download the free Sun Savers app or register at Add your Sun Savers code from your copy of The Sun into the relevant daily draw in the offers section and click 'enter' - within the times above for it to be valid. After this time the comp in the offers section greys out and the next day's draw becomes active. This continues for each day across the week. The daily winners will then be chosen at random. Ts & Cs apply. ENTER YOUR CODE HERE Julie Ashfield, from Aldi, said: "A gold Continue Reading

Jack Daniel’s now does WHISKY cider

WHAT'S better than a nice whisky? How about one infused with cider too! The geniuses at Jack Daniel's have mixed their classic whisky with a "crisp" apple cider to create what might be their most original flavour yet. We'll be honest - we're not massive whisky drinkers at the Sun Online - but it definitely sounds like something we'd like to try. On its website, the drink is described as: "Our creation combines crisp apple cider with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, expertly blending something that is not only distinctively refreshing. "A crisp cider with a finish of light spice, caramel and a hint of vanilla, this is a one-of-a-kind flavor that stays true to the innovative spirit of Mr. Jack." The bottles launched in the UK last year - the first market outside of the US to get hold of the drink. And if you're keen to try it out - then Morrisons has currently got an offer on the 330ml bottles where you can pick three up for a fiver. Otherwise it sells the bottles for £2 each. Tesco also stocks the bottles - selling them for £2.20 individually or three for £5.25 - that's 25p more expensive than at Morrisons. And if you really fancy splashing the cash - you can pick up a four pack with comes with a bottle opener for £9.99 from the Jack Daniel's website. Earlier this year, the Sun Online revealed that you could earn thousands of pounds by investing in whisky. More on moneyFASHION WOE New Look reveals the 60 stores marked for closure putting 980 jobs at risk HAPPY SHOPPERS The special discount voucher that Asda staff can give out revealed NOTE WORTHY What to do with your old paper £10 note now the deadline for expiry has passed DON'T LOOK New Look store closures - how many shops and jobs are being axed? BREAK AWAY Sainsbury's staff will no longer be paid for breaks or get bonuses in shake-up TOYS R BUST When is the Toys R Us closing down sale and which stores are closing? It's big business - in the first half of 2017 Continue Reading

Martin Lewis’ urgent warning for all parents paying for childcare to avoid missing out on £1,000 free cash

PARENTS are being urged to check and sign-up now for the Government's Childcare Voucher scheme - before it's too late. From April 5, the salary sacrifice scheme - which has helped millions of parents pay for childcare since it was introduced in 2005 - will close for good. It's being replaced by the new Tax-Free Childcare system, which will see the Government add 20p for every 80p you put in to pay towards the cost of looking after your kids. But MoneySavingExpert's Martin Lewis is warning mums and dads to take action now and see if they could save more with the vouchers before the deadline hits. He said: "Every parent who pays for childcare needs to urgently check if this would be best for them, and if so, sign up." Under the scheme, parents agree to have their salary reduced in exchange for their employer giving them the same back in vouchers. And even though the deadline isn't until April 5, you need to have made a sacrifice and received your vouchers by then too - so you should contact your pay-roll department straight away. Those already signed-up for vouchers will continue to receive them, as long as their employer continue to run the scheme. In a blog, Mr Lewis highlighted that while both schemes could save parents thousands of pounds, many will only qualify for one, so it's vital that mums and dads work out now what they are eligible for. He said: "Anyone can get childcare vouchers providing their employer offers them - yet that cuts out the self-employed. Childcare vouchers: What you need to knowCHILDCARE Vouchers have been around since 2005. It works via a salary sacrifice system and here's what you need to know.Vouchers are only available from employers and lets parents pay for their childcare costs out of their pre-tax salary for kids up to the age of 15. Basic-rate taxpayers can get up to £243 - £55 a week -  of childcare with vouchers each month that can be used to pay for a registered childcare provider. This is also per Continue Reading

We round up sweet deals on chocolate treats for your mum this Mother’s Day

WELCOME to your Sun Savers page, choc full of great Mother’s Day savings. This week we have great offers to help you make Mum’s day this Sunday, and save enough to buy an extra treat. Here are the five best deals to bag today . . . 1 — Chocolate bar for £5.99, with free personalisation, at £2 on personalised bars elsewhere, enough for a Rimmel lipstick. 2 — Pretty in pink at a pretty low price.  Thorntons Classic Spring Box 462g was £10, now £7, at Tesco. Offer ends Saturday. SAVE: £3 and snap up a Mum charm keyring on eBay. 3 — Get up to 12 per cent cashback for purchases at Hotel Chocolat via Quidco. See SAVE: An average of £5, enough for two tubs of Häagen-Dazs ice cream at Morrisons. 4 — You’ll be fizzing with excitement at this low price — prosecco liqueurs, £1, at Poundland. SAVE: £3.99 on similar chocolates elsewhere and buy a Peach Bellini Scented Candle from 5 — Your mum is bound to love these lux-for-less chocs. The 428g Lindt Selection was £16 and is down to a tenner at Asda.SAVE: £6 and buy Lady-bird book The Mum, at Refer a friend for £1 EARN £1 in your Sun Savers wallet every time you refer a friend – up to ten of them. We also give the friend £1 once they enter 28 Sun Savers codes. Pass on your unique link by Facebook, Messenger or email, or tell the friend in person using your name. See T&Cs apply. Sun Savers registration and multiple code collect required. 18+ only. Minimum cash withdrawal £5. Deal of the day GRAB this J by Jasper Conran designer necklace for just £5.40 at – it was £18. SAVE: £12.60 Save a fiver SIGN up to the newsletter for stylish stationery store Kikki.K and get a free £5 voucher. See Continue Reading

Here’s our tips for treating mum on Mother’s Day — plus win a £50k beach hut

LOOKING for the mother of all bargains for Mother’s Day? With just five days to go, Sun Savers will be bringing you bargain buys all this week to help you treat the mum in your life. Here are today’s fab five . . . SNAP up a fabulous 25 per cent off on Mother’s Day gift experiences at using our exclusive code MDaySun25. Offer will end on Sunday March 11. SAVE: Average of £25 – with which to pick up a large bouquet of flowers for Mum, at Tesco.  This is blooming bonanza — snip 15 per cent off orders at using code MOM20VC. Code expires March 11. SAVE: Average of £5.25 and buy mum a diffuser and votive set at B&M Stores too.  Pamper her with a Mother’s Day Gift Set of bath and body essentials, was £49, now £22, at SAVE: £27 and add the spa’s Wonder Works set as well. Name your price — get up to 50 per cent off personalised jewellery on buys at SAVE: Up to £50 and treat your mum to tea for two at  Tasty treat, this. Grab a free personalised box of Cadbury Milk Tray chocolates worth £13.95 when you join TopCashBack. See Offer ends March 12. SAVE: £13.95 and splash out on a bottle of Andre Carpentier Champagne Non Vintage 75Cl from Tesco Refer a friend for £1 EARN £1 in your Sun Savers wallet every time you refer a friend – up to ten of them. We also give the friend(s) an extra £1 on top of the £5 they get for entering their first 28 Sun Savers codes. Pass on your unique link by Facebook, Messenger or email, or just tell the pal to use your name when they sign up. See T&Cs apply. 18+ only. Sun Savers registration, multiple code collect required. Minimum cash withdrawal £5. Designer double SWAP the £30 Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir hand Continue Reading

We round up readers’ big chill advice — plus you could win beach hut worth £50k

PUT your spending into deep freeze! With Britain battling the Beast from the East, costs are going up faster than the zippers on our winter coats. It all adds up, from hikes in fuel prices to stocking up on winter woollies and cooking hot grub. Many of us are paying out much more than normal for this time of year. But you can save cash thanks to savvy Sun Savers readers. Here we share five top tips from our great rewards club on beating the big freeze. Don’t forget, Sun Savers is free to join — and you can bank a FREE FIVER every month simply for reading your favourite Sun newspaper. Lad rides to work on snowboard in suit in snowy Bristol after Storm Emma batters the UK And if we print one of your cost-saving tips, you will make an extra £5 on top. See below for how to join the hottest club in town. SAM COCKBILL from Wednesbury, West Mids, says: ‘Don’t throw away old socks. Pop them over your shoes to stop yourself slipping in the icy weather.” LYDIA PEARCE, who is from Brighton, says: “Save gas by cooking your potatoes and veg in the same pan. There’s no need to separate them.” STUART COOPER, from Stoke-on-Trent, says: “Cover your car windscreen with a sheet of bubble wrap at night so it’s ice-free in the morning. It saves time and buying de-icer.” TONY HANDLEY, of Studley, Warks, says: “Don’t buy pricey branded cold and flu remedies. Supermarket own-brands contain exactly the same ingredients, so check the label to bag a bargain.” CAROLINE McKENNA, from Clackmannan in the Scots Lowlands, says: “Old duvet past it? Don’t throw it out. They make brilliant draught excluders and pet beds in this freezing weather.” Refer a friend for £1EARN £1 in your Sun Savers wallet every time you refer a friend – up to ten of them. We also give the friend(s) an extra £1 on top of the £5 they get for entering their first 28 Sun Savers codes. Pass on Continue Reading

These are the Premium Bond numbers that have won big for March 2018

SPITEFUL winter gusts may be buffeting the UK – but two lucky premium bond holders have enjoyed a windfall of their own by scooping the top £1million prize in this month's draw. Their winning numbers, drawn in Wiltshire and Bedfordshire, were just two of a total of just over 3 million drawn — with over £85 million paid out in prizes. The male winner from Wiltshire is the second from the county to scoop the top prize this year. He has owned a few bonds since childhood, and invested to the maximum holding limit of £50,000 last year – his winning bond was number 310EQ043977. Incredibly the Bedfordshire winner won the jackpot in his first month as a Premium Bonds member, after buying his winning bond 320GM702120 in January – he has a total of £7,500 invested. Jill Waters, Retail Director at organisers NS&I, said: "This month sees a second win in the county of Wiltshire in three months and shows how an investment, which initially started with just a few Bonds in childhood, has increased over time - reaching the maximum - and has landed the jackpot prize. "Luck was also in for the Bedfordshire winner, winning the £1 million prize with his initial investment. “March’s jackpot winners won with Bonds purchased within the last seven months, and ERNIE has rewarded them with the top prizes in such a short space of time." In the March 2018 draw, a total of 3,004,822 prizes worth a massive £85,887,850 will be paid out. There were 73,618,138,796 eligible bonds for the draw. Since the first draw in June 1957, ERNIE – the Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment that generates the winning numbers each month – has created 395 million winning numbers, paying out £18.1 billion.How many people won in February's Premium Bonds draw? The other prizes included... Five lucky savers who won £100,000 Eight people who won £50,000 19 who won £25,000 46 who won £10,000 92 Continue Reading

Inflation keeps grocers’ tills ringing as Tesco leads the Big Four

Britain’s grocers leaned heavily on price inflation to deliver rising sales in January, with Tesco once again leading the pack. Grocery price inflation ran at 3.6pc last month, according to Kantar Worldpanel, above the 3pc recorded by the official consumer price index. Higher prices helped deliver a 3.4pc growth in sales across the sector in the 12 weeks to January 28. However Kantar analyst Fraser McKevitt noted that “January saw customers rein in their spending”, with £1.6bn less rung through the tills after a record-breaking Christmas period. “Households saved £63.04 on average over January compared to December 2017: customers spent £3.39 less every time they shopped and sales of premium own-label products nearly halved,” he added. Tesco, which earlier this week confirmed it was on track to make £1.57bn in operating profit in the year to Feb 24, was once again the fastest-growing of the “Big Four” supermarkets. Its sales climbed 2.6pc over the 12-week period, versus 2.2pc for Asda and Morrisons and 1.5pc for Sainsbury’s. New store openings continued the strong run of German discounters Aldi and Lidl, which each chalked up sales growth of just over 16pc. Ocado, which reported full-year results separately today, achieved 7.8pc growth during the period. After the Christmas blow-out, Kantar suggested healthy food trends were strongly in force during January. Mr McKevitt pointed to growth in vegetable sales and “rocketing” sales of meat-free ready meals during the month. Separate data from Nielsen for the four weeks to January 27 also revealed the stark impact of inflation, with a 2.7pc rise in sales at supermarkets excluding the discounters, while volumes rose just 0.1pc. Mike Watkins of Nielsen struck an optimistic note for the start of the year: “Should inflation peak, then the early Easter at the end of March will then encourage shoppers to trade up and incremental Continue Reading

Mum-of-one creates her own baby food range Piccolo

A mum-of-one who started making baby food home after being frustrated by the lack of fresh products in supermarkets has turned the idea into a money-making business. Cat Gazzoli, 39, is the founder of Piccolo Foods, which makes fruit and veggie purees based on the principles of the Mediterranean diet - and it now has an annual turnover of £5million. She came up with the idea after struggling to feed her baby daughter in the way she wanted. The mumpreneur, who has a British, Italian and American passport but lives in London, told the Sun Online: "When I was on maternity leave, I struggled to find baby food products that were both nutritious and packed with flavour." "So I started cooking more and mixing veggies into my daughter's meals - that's how the idea of a baby food business based on the Mediterranean diet was born." Cat's previous experience working in food education at the UN before running Slow Food UK convinced her that there was a real gap in the market when it comes to easy accessible fresh products for kids. She said: "I saw many children eating chips or pasta on a daily basis and many parents told me they were desperate for more accessible but also nutritious food blends." Piccolo first hit the shelves in Waitrose in April 2016 with six product only. WIN A LUXURY BEACH HUT WORTH UP TO £50KWe’ve teamed up with to give one one lucky reader the chance to win a beach hut worth up to £50,000 at one of 30 locations. To enter, collect TEN Sun Savers code out of 18 from The Sun between Saturday March 3 and Tuesday March 20. ENTER YOUR CODES HERE But six months later, the brand already scored a listing in more than 400 Asda stores. Now in its second year, Piccolo just launched a new range of split pot baby meals - called Piccolo Pots - available at Tesco for £2.79. More about starting your own businessA CUT ABOVE Dad-of-two who quit banking job to set up kids' hairdressers now makes £650k WEDDED BLISS Woman Continue Reading

Autos, airlines hit in sluggish start to European trading week

By Helen Reid LONDON (Reuters) - European shares dipped on Monday with the autos sector hitting its lowest level this year after anti-trust regulators opened an investigation into regional carmakers while price war worries hurt airlines. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.1 percent as gains in the heavyweight financials sector helped offset losses elsewhere. Euro zone bluechips fell 0.2 percent. Gemalto plummeted as much as 17 percent, the worst performer on the day, after the digital security company warned on profits for the fourth time since October on Friday after trading, citing continued weakness in its SIM-card and U.S. payments operations. "We continue to see both these businesses with double-digit (sales) declines given our view of limited unit growth and pricing pressures," said Credit Suisse analysts, cutting their target price. Societe Generale and Natixis slashed their recommendations on the stock. Shares in carmakers fell after European Union antitrust regulators said they were investigating allegations of a cartel in the industry. Volkswagen, Peugeot, Daimler, Renault and BMW all fell 1.2 to 2.5 percent, sending the autos index down 1.8 percent to a seven-month low, the worst-performing sector. "It's clearly bad for sentiment, which was already burned by the emissions scandal," said Michael Punzet, autos analyst at DZ Bank. "We expect high volatility related to the upcoming newsflow. Investors are clearly aware of the risks and they are selling the stocks." Jefferies analysts said: "One cannot rule out material fines should anti-competitive behavior be confirmed, up to the maximum allowed under EU rules." That would be 10 percent of annual turnover, they added. Budget airline Ryanair fell 4.7 percent, a top European loser, after it warned summer fares would face sharp cuts, though it said profit soared 55 percent in its first quarter. Rivals Wizz Air and EasyJet sank 2 to 3 percent, while Lufthansa dipped 1.1 percent. Continue Reading