2007 December

We wish you a merry Christmas

21 December, 2007

We at www.drinksretailingnews.co.uk would like to wish our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We are taking a break over Christmas, so please come back to the site on Jan 2 2008 for the latest industry news.

European wine will be in a more competitive position following EU reforms, according to Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel.

Police in South Tyneside are visiting off-licences during their patrols to stop under-18s from buying and getting access to alcohol.

Drinks producers are helping to create “a better, healthier drinking culture” by putting responsible drinking messages on packaging, according to a survey.

Wine Cellar lost £9.5 million in sales during the year to January and its pre-tax losses deepened.

A 10p ‘green’ tax on all plastic and paper shopping bags should be imposed across the UK, says a report from the London Assembly.

Pierhead Purchasing is getting ready for Beijing Olympics next year by launching a Chinese beer.

Myliko Wines is continuing plans to become more environmentally friendly by signing up to a carbon off-setting initiative.

EU vodka regulations agreed

17 December, 2007

EU agricultural ministers have reached an agreement on new regulations on the production and labelling of spirits within Europe.

New distributor for Argiano

17 December, 2007

Italian producer Argiano has appointed Thorman Hunt its new UK distributor.

Carlsberg and Heineken have been given four weeks to make a formal offer for Scottish & Newcastle or withdraw their bid for the UK brewer.

Police in Burnley, Lancashire are targeting proxy purchasers this Christmas as part of an operation to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder.

Oddbins' owner Castel has denied newspaper reports that it is proposing to merge the company with the Thresher Group.

The Drinkaware Trust has launched a website designed by teenagers to educate their peers about the dangers of drinking.

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has launched a limited edition charity version of its Spitfire ale.

Wholesaler Makro is to employ wine experts at 11 of its stores to help retailers make the right choices for their customers.

Drinks supplier United Brands has moved its logistics business to Cert Octavian to help support plans for growth.

Scottish drinks retailers could end up paying three times as much as their English counterparts for their alcohol licences under a new system.

A north London wine merchant is urging retailers to be on their guard after more than a thousand cases of French wine were stolen from a delivery driver.

BRC names new chief

11 December, 2007

Former Woolworths Group marketing director Stephen Robertson has been appointed director general of the British Retail Consortium.

Wells & Young’s is launching a poster ad campaign for Bombardier next week, part of a £4 million ad spend on the brand.

Chinese brewer Tsingtao has appointed Halewood International as its sole UK distributor, replacing distribution deals with Westmill Foods and Global Brands.

Sales of English wine have more than doubled in the run-up to Christmas this year, Waitrose says.

Thresher Group owner Vision Capital has approached Oddbins' parent company Castel Group to discuss a possible merger, according to The Telegraph.

Walkers is introducing a display unit containing 99p price-marked packs of Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli, Doritos Tangy Cheese and Sensations Chicken with Lemon & Thyme.

What else can you sell?

08 December, 2007

Some other ideas to whet your customers' appetites and improve your profits


Highland Spring has announced a £1 million investment in snooker - the company's biggest ever sponsorship deal.

Energy drink Relentless is joining forces with dirt bike magazine MotoX in a £1.5 million multi-media

Britvic has launched a print ad campaign for Robinsons Fruit Shoot to reassure mums that Fruit Shoot drinks contain no artificial flavours and colours.