2009 July

Arniston Bay has moved to Percy Fox following the end of Ehrmanns' joint venture with the Company of Wine People, after its acquisition by Global Vintners.

FQR's new acting chief executive has said the company will return to growth within the next two years.

New head for CAP

29 July, 2009

The work of Community Alcohol Partnerships in tackling under-age drinking has been boosted with the appointment of a consultant responsible for developing new and existing projects.

Pernod Ricard's disposal programme continues with the sale of Tia Maria to Illva Saronno. Offloading the coffee liqueur will raise €125 million (£108 million) for the company and is part of its strategy to reduce debt.

Wines of Argentina's UK director James Forbes is stepping down after three years in the post.

Retail sales showed a modest recovery in June according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Cider producer Aspall is to distribute the Australian beer range in the UK.

A 34-year-old woman has been banned from buying alcohol anywhere in Britain under a rarely-used ancient law dating back more than a century.

Tesco is hoping to attract over 10,000 customers to this year's wine fairs, which take place in four UK cities this autumn.

The inaugural release from Kilchoman Distillery, the first new whisky producer on Islay for nearly 100 years, will be launched on Sept 9.

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is launching a ready-to-serve Bacardi Mojito cocktail in the off-trade.

A take-home launch for a range of beers from the Swindon-based Archers brewery is to be launched after the company was bought out of administration.

Molson Coors has been appointed exclusive distributor for Singha beer in the UK.

International wine investment fund Global Vintners has acquired Ehrmanns in a deal that will enable the new company to trade free of bank debt.

Mike Osmond has been appointed by First Quench Retailing as its commercial director.

Tennent’s could be sold by AB Inbev as part of a cost-saving exercise, according to reports from Scotland.

A new TV advert has been launched for Magners Pear, adopting a ‘holiday’ theme.

Independent wine retailer The Sampler has raised £1 million to open more branches following the success of its first shop in Islington.

Scottish & Newcastle is launching a major campaign to get trial of its Bulmers cider brands among consumers at summer events.

Coors Light is to be supported by its biggest ever UK ad campaign.

A £100 million industry-backed campaign to tackle problem drinking will go live this September.

Five New World countries are pooling their resources in a unique alliance, as part of an attempt to boost European sales.

British people are buying 21% more alcohol than they were two decades ago, according to government figures.

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Marlborough’s reputation is being damaged by discounting in the UK, a New Zealand wine trade leader has warned.

Belgium’s Liefmans Kriek beer is being relaunched on the UK market as Liefmans Cuvée-Brut.

Shares in Magners owner C&C Group have plunged after the company revealed it had released incorrect figures in an earlier trading statement.

Pinot Grigio is now the UK’s second most popular white wine grape, overtaking Sauvignon Blanc, according to a major consumer survey.

Pernod Ricard UK is harnessing the power of the internet in a bid to change the behaviour of 18 to 24-year-old binge-drinkers.

Magners producer C&C Group has issued an upbeat trading statement, boosted by a better-than-expected performance by its cider brand in Britain.

Scottish brewer Brewdog has launched an IPA aged for two months on the founder’s mackerel trawler.