2009 January

The government’s new mandatory code on drinks sales and promotions could allow local authorities to set minimum prices for retailers in their areas, an early draft leaked to OLN has revealed.

Whyte & Mackay is spending £2 million on what it claims is its biggest marketing campaign to date.

First Quench Retailing has given its 40%-off voucher a revamp for Valentine's Day.

The government is expected to advise parents not to allow children to drink any alcohol before they are 15.

Scottish & Newcastle UK is now exclusively responsible for the marketing and distribution of Zywiec beer in the UK.

Beam Global UK is investing £750,000 in Harveys in a bid to appeal to fashion-conscious young consumers.

Booker has become the first wholesaler in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, after cutting its gas, electricity and diesel usage in a bid to take action on climate change.

Adnams issues profit warning

27 January, 2009

Southwold-based brewer Adnams has warned that its 2008 profits will be "substantially lower" than last year's.

Pierhead gets Kross

23 January, 2009

Speciality beer importer Pierhead Purchasing has added Kross Pilsner from Chile to its range.

Winegrowers of Ara has appointed DGB as UK agent for its Ara branded wines in both the off and on-trade.

A new report says that just under half of British drinkers give "a high amount of attention" to drinking in moderation.

First Quench is in talks with landlords to stave off further shop closures as part of its on-going review to shut unprofitable stores as the credit crunch begins to bite.

Simon Litherland has been appointed as managing director for Diageo GB.

Hardys is launching three new varietals under its premium Oomoo label.

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed the government’s decision to withdraw legislation which would have seen an £80 fine issued to shop staff who sold tobacco to under-18s.

Halewood International is facing allegations that its new Pretty In Pink and Out of the Blue RTD products are copycat brands.

Scottish microbrewer Brewdog has come under renewed attack from the Portman Group for marketing a beer that glamorises drugs.

Former Scottish & Newcastle chief executive John Dunsmore has been appointed as Fuller’s non-executive director.

Street drinking has now been banned by 244 local authorities in England and Wales, according to new government figures.

Coe swallows HBJ

19 January, 2009

Hayman Barwell & Jones has been bought by Essex-based wine and spirit distributor Coe Vintners.

Wolf Blass is embarking on a programme of promotional activity to back a renewed sponsorship with English rugby during the forthcoming Six Nations tournament.

Retail staff face an £80 on-the-spot the fine if they sell tobacco to under-18s from next Monday.

Coors boss to head ad body

19 January, 2009

Coors Brewers chief executive Mark Hunter will be the next president of British advertisers' body ISBA.

MPs have congratulated the off-trade on the launch of the Challenge 25 initiative in an Early Day Motion.

Wines from the independent republic of Kosovo are to be sold in the UK for the first time.

Chilean wine producer Casillero del Diablo has added a 2008 Pinot Grigio to its range.

The five major drinks industry trade associations have joined forces to urge the government to abandon the tax escalator on alcohol due to start in March.

Champagne and vodka have been stolen from parked lorries in two separate incidents on the same day.

Under-25s must provide ID

15 January, 2009

Drinks retailers in the UK are to start demanding ID from any customers who appear to be under 25.

Marlborough winery Jackson Estate has awarded its UK distribution to Gonzalez Byass UK, the wholly owned subsidiary of the independent Spanish producer.