2009 May

Ballantine's whisky has confirmed it will be sponsoring Dumbarton FC for a fourth successive season.

A software developer has created an application for the Apple iPhone to help consumers keep track of their alcohol consumption.

Retailers are being provided with promotional material from Guinness to capitalise on the imminent British Lions tour of South Africa.

Blossom Hill is to be the official wine of the Wimbledon tennis championships for the third year running.

Courvoisier has developed a new sensory experience designed to improve trade and consumer understanding of the different styles of its Cognacs.

Constellation is sponsoring the hit Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me.

PLB takes on Fresita

22 May, 2009

PLB has picked up the agency for Fresita, the sparkling rosé wine and strawberry blend from Chile, left without a UK supplier the collapse of previous distributor Paragon Vintners.

A limited-edition bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label has been produced to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Selfridges and the Diageo whisky brand.

New figures from the NHS show that excessive drinking may be in decline in England.

Blue Nun is moving its UK distribution to Bottle Green, ending a 14-year relationship with Ehrmanns.

The combined visitor figures for the London International Wine Fair and Distil were 7% lower than those for 2008.

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is to launch a canned premix of Southern Comfort, Lemonade & Lime in the off-trade from June 1.

A website encouraging UK wine consumers to "eat Asian, drink Alsace" has been launched.

Two off-licences in Redditch have been raided by police as part of an ongoing investigation into retailers who evaded duty on alcohol and cigarettes.

Jeremy Blood has stepped down as managing director of Scottish & Newcastle UK and will leave the business with immediate effect.

Jeremy Blood has stepped down as managing director of Scottish & Newcastle UK and will leave the business with immediate effect.

Constellation Europe is hoping to boost what it describes as an "underperforming" Chilean wine market with the launch of two brand extensions for Echo Falls.

Diageo GB has updated its Raise Your Spirits initiative, offering separate sets of advice to on and off-trade retailers.

David Cox has been named as the new European director of New Zealand Winegrowers.

The government has launched a consultation on a proposed new mandatory code of practice on alcohol sales and promotion for both the on and off-trade.

Hine Cognac has appointed the UK office of the Pol Roger Champagne house as its new UK agent.

Scottish & Newcastle UK is to replace the cardboard packaging for some packs of it major brands with collated film wraps.

White wine is the UK’s number one drink of choice according to a survey by the Wine & Spirit Association and research organisation Wine Intelligence.

A Sainsbury's branch in Hampshire has been served with a two-day alcohol ban after being caught selling drinks to children.

The tobacco display ban looks set to go ahead after the House of Lords defeated an amendment to remove it from the Health Bill by 204 votes to 110.

The Cockburn’s port house has declared a 2007 vintage for its main label and for Quinta dos Canais, from which the majority of the wine for Cockburn’s is sourced.

Wolf Blass has signed up as sponsor of highlights packages for Five’s coverage of international cricket this summer.

Diageo says it is on course to achieve full-year growth in profits of between 4% and 6%.

Constellation Europe's senior vice president of European sales John Mills has left the company to join Intercontinental Brands as managing director.

Molson Coors has seen its best first quarter UK profit performance in five years.