2008 February

Whiteside joins Greggs board

29 February, 2008

Former Thresher Group chief executive Roger Whiteside has joined bakery retailer Greggs' board as non-executive director.

Fifty MPs have signed an Early Day Motion calling on the government to curb the sale of superstrength lagers by taxing them at a higher rate.

Independents focus on France

28 February, 2008

France is the biggest focus area for independent wine merchants – with nearly half specialising in the country's wines, an OLN survey has revealed.

Waitrose recruits youngest MW

28 February, 2008

Waitrose has recruited the youngest MW as part of a reshuffle of its wine buying team.

InBev are hoping new products will help boost sales in 2008 after volume sales dropped 10 per cent last year.

ViniPortugal wins SITT award

28 February, 2008

ViniPortugal has won the 2008 SITT award, which aims to encourage individuals and organisations to support the independent wine trade.

Fairtrade wines could more than double their share of the UK wine market in the next two years, according to wine importer Ehrmanns.

A fundraising initiative between African lager, Tusker and supermarket chain Tesco has raised more than £10,000 for a wildlife charity.

More than 25 drinks retailers in Westminster have agreed to take superstrength lager and cider off their shelves as part of a drive to tackle street drinking.

A complaint made to the Portman Group about the label for Dorothy Goodbody Wholesome Stout has been overturned by its complaints panel.

More than 4.5 million bottles of Fairtrade wine were sold in the UK in 2007, a rise of 47 per cent on the previous year, according to figures released for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Asda is to introduce a self-imposed package of measures at stores to tackle under-age drinking and antisocial behaviour.

Top Tip

22 February, 2008

When you organise themed promotions, think up some unusual ideas rather than the obvious ones. This year, for Valentine's Day, instead of having the usual wines on taste, we had Amarone and Kir Royale and were

Dates for your diary

22 February, 2008

Feb 26 Trentino Tasting and Food & Wine Matching Masterclass, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (emma@eviva.co.uk 020 7089 3852)

Monkey business

22 February, 2008

Marc Wise and Matt Harris have expanded their offer to reach the on-trade, writes Laura Clark

In brief

22 February, 2008

Diageo has signed a three-year deal to distribute and market Guatemalan rum brand Zacapa. The deal will run from 1 April 2008 and at the end of the three years, Diageo will have the option to buy a 50 per cent equity stake in the brand. The Zacapa rum range includes Zacapa Centenario 15, Zacapa Centenario 23 and Zacapa Centenario XO.

Appleton Estate is to launch an

VK Vodka Kick producer Global Brands is claiming to have created the first

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The Scotch Whisky Association has warned the Treasury

Baileys is being promoted as a brand that can be drunk all year round with a £1 million marketing campaign.

It's mid -February now, fantasy footballers, which means the season is about to enter its third and final furlong. In the premiership, written -off pre-season Arsenal now lead the table by five points - helped in no uncertain terms by their new talisman Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been passed the baton from Cesc F àbregas and is now scoring goals for fun. The fantasy football table itself tells a story with four men in the running for the coveted title

Singha beer is encouraging Brits to celebrate Thai New Year with a pull-out supplement in Sainsbury's and Delicious magazines.

Cains has released a special edition bottle of its Finest lager, designed by Sir Peter Blake - the pop art pioneer who designed

Beer in brief

22 February, 2008

Fuller's is racing into its second year of a three-year sponsorship of the London Marathon, which takes place on April 13 this year. A team of brewery staff, publicans and beer writers will run the marathon, and will be cheered along from three official cheering stations set up by Fuller's and BBC London.

InBev UK is replacing Artois Bock with Eiken Artois, a 4.6 per cent abv lager that is aged in oak. The brew will be released in 4x33cl bottles in March.

Waitrose plans range changes

22 February, 2008

Waitrose is to carry out a full range review of its beer category, under new beer and cider buyer Neil Whelpton.

A place for tradition?

22 February, 2008

The Wines From Spain trade fair will be displaying key winners from OLN's New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, writes Laura Clark

Retailers are listing a broader range of wines from Spain in the hope of attracting more customers to the country and are finding good value across the board. Patricia Langton reports

Argentina's special agents

22 February, 2008

Agents are the unsung heroes of Argentina's recent success in the UK.

What do they do, and what can they offer to retailers