2007 November

High street fights back with an individual approach to Christmas sales

Parisian chocolatier La Maison Du Chocolat is bringing its tubs of spreadable chocolate to the UK.

Danone Waters has linked up with international relief and development charity World Vision to launch an on-pack campaign.

A spoonful of sugar ...

30 November, 2007

Expanding the product offer with sweets could be a tonic - or a bitter pill, reports Jaq Bayles

Keeping it in the family

30 November, 2007

Once a delicatessen, Hennings is now a respected wine specialist. Emma Eversham reports

In Brief

30 November, 2007

Reds from Languedoc

Wines of South Africa is broadening its marketing strategy after a review found the current generic campaign to be too narrow.

Consumers get credit for green

30 November, 2007

Internet shoppers will be able to collect "green points" from retailers as part of a new reward card scheme.

Top Tip

30 November, 2007

If anybody has stocks of Glayva knocking around, try selling it as an alternative to winter Pimm's.

Dates for your diary

30 November, 2007

Dec 4 Tutored Tasting Of Fine And Rare Brunello 1976-1963, Hesperia Hotel, London Victoria (bensonwines@connectingbusiness.com)

COMPETITION

30 November, 2007

Make yours a Bavarian Christmas

TALKING HEADS

30 November, 2007

Clive Roberts

Managing director, World of Wines, Storrington, West Susse

A responsible drinks retailing scheme being trialled in Cambridgeshire could be rolled out to the rest of the country.

Retailers should respect the rights of young people and accept PASS cards as valid ID,

Prime Minister Gordon Brown met drinks industry representatives last week to discuss responsible retailing.

Edinburgh tobacco retailers have been told to brush up on the law after almost half failed the first set of test purchases since the legislation change on Oct 1.

In Brief

30 November, 2007

Trust asks for more cash

Ofcom/ASA research finds fewer teenagers are affected by alcohol ads

A drinks shop owner has admitted selling fake Kirov-labelled vodka.

Diageo has teamed up with Musgrave to create cross-merchandising display units that bring spirits out from behind the counter.

Retailers in Leicestershire are being urged to look out for counterfeit cigarettes that contain pesticides, sand and pieces of plastic.

In Brief

30 November, 2007

CCTV snaps robber

SABMiller has agreed to buy Grolsch for €816 million (£583 million).

Convenience stores and shops closing early are likely to escape inclusion in Alcohol Disorder Zones, according to draft regulations published by the Home Office.

Christmas is coming, and those festive tunes fill the air … well, not at some Thresher Group stores, where workers have been banned from playing music or switching on the radio.

The drinks industry is bracing itself for a significant duty increase in next year's Budget as the government comes under huge pressure to deal with a perceived pandemic of problem drinking.

Discount drinks retailer Bargain Booze is planning to open 14 new franchises by Christmas.

are two of the services that independent retailers are offering in the hope of attracting shoppers away from supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas. The big four grocery giants have started a fierce festive price war - with Tesco promising more aggressive discounts than last year. Full story, page 4.

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has approved plans to crack down on the display of alcohol in stores.