2007 September

Minimum wage to rise

28 September, 2007

The National Minimum Wage will increase on Oct 1.

One in five 16 to 18-year-olds is not aware that the law on tobacco is about to change, according to proof of age card company CitizenCard.

Bag-in-box wine could stay fresh and drinkable for more than four months, according to a manufacturer who has developed a new type of tap.

Glenfiddich is bolstering its position as the UK’s top single malt with a revamped pack design and heavyweight marketing campaign.

Fifteen wines will take part in Asda’s Tasters promotion, offering consumers a discounted 75cl bottle of wine if they try a 25cl bottle first. The initiative will see a range of wines, including red, white, rosé and sparkling, available in the taster bottles.

Sainsbury’s Islay Malt has been voted best own label Scotch whisky in the International Spirits Challenge.

Memorial service for Thierry

27 September, 2007

A memorial service for Thierry Cabanne will be held on Oct 5 at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire. The service will start at 12.30pm, and will be followed with a reception at nearby Broadlands. All are welcome to attend and full joining instructions can be found at http://www.thierrys.co.uk.

John Dunsmore, Scottish & Newcastle's managing director for Western Europe, has been promoted to chief executive.

Irish cider Magners has launched a lower calorie variant of its over-ice cider in Asda.

Police and local authorities are being urged to take a tougher stance on retail crime after results of a survey revealed that physical attacks on shop workers have increased by 50 per cent in the past year.

Wildlife charity, the Tusk Trust is to benefit from sales of East African lager brand, Tusker.

Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has urged members of the Scottish licensing board to take tough action on irresponsible drinks retailers who are “fuelling under-age and antisocial drinking”.

Wine drinkers are showing more acceptance of alternative wine packaging, according to research carried out by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and Wine Intelligence.

The Portman Group has updated its best practice guidelines on unit labelling.

Gordon Brown singled out off-licences as he warned of further action on binge-drinking in his speech to the Labour Party Conference.

Tetra Pak for Mont Tauch

24 September, 2007

Languedoc co-operative Mont Tauch has launched Old Vines Grenache in a Tetra Pak. The prism-shaped pack, part of Mont Tauch’s Village du Sud range, features snippets from the lives of characters from the village of Tuchan, where Mont Tauch is based. In a statement, the company said the launch demonstrates “its respect for the environment and green credentials which include its existing ongoing commitment to sustainable agricultural development”.

ICB's cider has an apple twist

21 September, 2007

ICB has launched possibly the first apple-flavoured version of a pear cider brand.

Consumers are being given the opportunity to get money off pub food in a promotion on Kronenbourg 1664.

Coors has reformulated the recipe for its Fine Light Beer and is embarking on a distribution drive for the brand in the convenience sector.

Magners is committed to rugby

21 September, 2007

Magners cider is kicking off the rugby season with a new-look ad.

Brahma reaches out via podcast

21 September, 2007

InBev UK's Brahma Brazilian lager has launched a podcast featuring highlights from its TrocaBrahma season of music events held during the summer.

Singer Bryan Ferry is starring in Carlsberg's latest TV ad. Part of the World According to Carlsberg campaign, the karaoke ad aired on ITV during the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony.

Halewood International is to spend £5 million on its first TV campaign for Lambrini in three years.

Hail the interesting

21 September, 2007

A round-up of some of the new and unusual exhibits on taste at the annual generic event

Chile's £5-plus wines are winning over UK consumers, but how high can prices go?

News in brief

21 September, 2007

Berry Bros & Rudd has changed the supplier of its Good Ordinary Claret for the first time in 34 years. The wine merchant's new own-label wine has reportedly been "radically improved" and is sourced from the 2005 vintage. It will be unveiled at the Berry Bros autumn tasting on Oct 11.

Adnams will open three more Cellar & Kitchen shops this year, retail director Rupert Farquharson has said. New stores will open in Saffron Walden in Essex, Holt in Norfolk and Hadley in Suffolk by Christmas, bringing the number of stores trading under the Cellar & Kitchen banner to eight.

Liverpool-based Scatchards has decided to open the doors of its Bootle branch on Sundays to cater for its customers' changing shopping habits.

Consumers favour low alcohol

21 September, 2007

Independent wine merchants say they are receiving more requests from customers for lower-alcohol wines as government health guidelines get stricter.

Bordeaux sales are booming

21 September, 2007

Bordeaux wine sales have grown by 11 per cent over the year, driven by a mounting interest in château brands, according to the region's marketing team.