2008 September

New ad campaign for Nobilo

30 September, 2008

Nobilo is being backed by a new national ad campaign which Constellation Europe hopes will emphasise the brand’s ability to complement seafood.

Two new wine buyers for Co-op

30 September, 2008

Two new buyers have joined the Co-op wine team.

Duvel-Moortgat has sold the Straffe Hendrik brand bought with the takeover of Liefmans back to the modern incarnation of the Belgian brewery which founded the brand in 1981.

Oddbins shake-up begins

30 September, 2008

France has been prioritised by the new Oddbins owners Simon Baile and Henry Young who hosted the first tasting today since taking the business over in August.

Asda is offering brewers a 12-week listing in its stores as prizes in its beer competition.

Orkney Brewery is facing potential action from drinks industry watchdog the Portman Group over its Skull Splitter beer.

Sudarghara and Ajmail Dusanj are back in control of Liverpool’s Cains brewery – a little over a month after placing the business into administration.

A number of new products are being introduced for the winter by ice cream firm R&R.

AG Barr has relaunched the Taut sports drinks brand that it bought in January.

Co ca-Cola Zero is linking up with the forthcoming James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Mars is communicating the nutritional changes to its core chocolate bar brands through a new print ad campaign.

In brief

19 September, 2008

Imperial Tobacco has presented a Sussex retailer with a Rizla Suzuki motorbike following a prize draw to support the My Shop Is Your Shop campaign. Chris Dobbe, manager of Godfreys of Horsham, said: "I was so pleased when Imperial Tobacco told me I had won the prize draw as I am a massive fan of motorbikes. Now I can't wait to get out on the road to try the bike out."

Global Brands is adding a pear flavour to its flagship VK Vodka Kick range.

Diageo is changing

In brief

19 September, 2008

Bacardi has launched its search for the next classic rum cocktail in the Bacardi Superior Rum Legacy Cocktail Competition. Bartenders from across the UK will be invited to create and promote a cocktail of their own creation over a 10-month period. The winner will go on a trip to New Orleans to promote their cocktail and be featured in a book.

Royal edition of Johnnie Walker

19 September, 2008

Diageo GB is to give a UK airing to a special -edition whisky to commemorate the first royal warrant granted to Johnnie Walker in 1934.

Intercontinental Brands says it will

Latvian vodka makes debut

19 September, 2008

Sheffield-based UB Drinks is hoping to shake up the UK vodka market with

Inbev UK is giving away free branded glasses on

Morrissey and Fox's cunning ale

19 September, 2008

Tesco is to stock a beer co-created by Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey.

Beer in brief

19 September, 2008

PLB has signed a deal to act as the off-trade agent for the Manchester brewer JW Lees. The move is the latest development in PLB's plans to expand its beer portfolio from own and exclusive-label into a more serious branded offering, begun with the acquisition of the agency for Palma Louca from Brazil earlier this year. PLB will be handling Lees' established Moonraker Strong Ale and John Willies Bitter, plus Brewers Dark, which has been upgraded from seasonal to permanent member of the Lees range.

Red tractor cider

19 September, 2008

The National Farmers' Union has launched the first cider to carry the red tractor logo of the food industry's Assured Food Standards' alliance.

Asda is to list three regional guest ales on a rolling basis, with the line-up changing very 12 weeks.

Carlsberg has followed rivals Inbev and Coors by announcing a rise in the wholesale prices of its beers, blaming the soaring costs of raw materials for its decision.

Shops killing pubs , says Protz

19 September, 2008

Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz has joined the chorus of industry disapproval over supermarket beer prices.

Wake up and smell the sherry

19 September, 2008

Slowly but surely it's shaking off its old lady image, but Jerez's finest needs specialist retailers to reverse its decline. Christine Boggis reports

Winemakers in the lucky country have always had to endure environmental disasters, but they now face a perfect storm - and that's not just the climate. Jeremy Oliver reports from Down Under

Decision time Down Under

19 September, 2008

With sales grinding to a halt, the market

leader stands at a crossroads in the UK,

as Graham Holter r

In brief

19 September, 2008

Yellow Tail rosé from South East Australia has secured its first UK listing. The wine will be available in Tesco stores nationwide from Oct 8, with an rrp of £5.99. It

New look for French sparklers

19 September, 2008

French sparkling wine brand Veuve du Vernay has been relaunched with new-look packaging.