2009 August

Generics under fire

28 August, 2009

Leading suppliers have criticised generic marketing bodies for ignoring branded

wine in their promotional campaigns and losing touch with what consumers want

Scottish retailers are facing confusion and a lack of coherence across the country as new licensing laws come into force on September 1, the WSTA has warned.

Value key for UK: Foster's

28 August, 2009

Foster’s is developing its lower-end offering in the UK, while pushing more premium innovations abroad in the face of the economic downturn.

Spar is launching a PR push to establish its wine credentials with shoppers amid

a raft of changes

Tesco expands Value range

28 August, 2009

Tesco has expanded its Value range of own-label wines amid a wide-ranging revamp in response to the recession.

Pernod Ricard is putting a selection of its still wines in gift boxes for the first time this Christmas.

Diageo profits up 7%

27 August, 2009

Diageo has reported a 7% rise in annual profits to £1.6 billion for the year to June 30, 2009.

Brewing giant AB Inbev has sold its Tennent's lager brand to the Magners cider maker in a deal worth £180 million.

Brewing giant AB Inbev has sold its Tennent's lager brand to the Magners cider maker in a deal worth £180m.

An Enfield shopkeeper has been handed a £50,000 fine for selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.

The British Beer & Pub Association’s Axe the Beer Tax campaign has been forced to change its message after a Camra member made a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Rankin resigns from FQR

26 August, 2009

Yvonne Rankin has resigned from her post as chief executive at First Quench Retailing for health reasons.

Berry Bros & Rudd has had its biggest ever trading day at its factory outlet in Basingstoke, Hampshire – beating Christmas records.

Budweiser is to launch its biggest ever press and outdoor ad campaign this week, the first following the merger of Anheuser-Busch and Inbev.

Sales up at Adnams' shops

21 August, 2009

Adnams' Cellar & Kitchen stores have seen turnover rise 27% in the first half of 2009, the Suffolk company has revealed in its interim results.

Scottish & Newcastle UK is launching the biggest ever press and poster campaign for over-ice bottled cider brand Bulmers.

New look for Bushmills

20 August, 2009

Diageo is hoping to reinvigorate its Bushmills Irish whiskey brand with a facelift for the bottle.


19 August, 2009

PLB has bought HWCG after its directors put the company into administration.

Edinburgh licensing chiefs have been accused of “going feral” by planning a city-wide ban on multibuy promotions.

Tory leader David Cameron has restated his party’s aim of making “serious changes” to alcohol laws.

A Norwich wine merchant has been forced out of business by £40,000 of bad debts.

Worse-than-expected summer weather has put a dampener on food and drink sales, with growth in multiple grocers slowing from 6.6% in June to just 4% in the four weeks to August 8, according to new Nielsen figures.

An industry forum to discuss issues around low-alcohol wine will be held by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, in London on Oct 1.

It comes as European regulators have removed barriers preventing the sale of wines using new winemaking technolo

Budweiser is offering 12 trips for two to next year’s World Cup in South Africa as part of its status as official beer of the football tournament.

Former Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jimmy Bedford has died at the age of 69.

Diageo sues over Pimm's row

17 August, 2009

Pimm’s owner Diageo has taken legal proceedings against Sainsbury’s over allegations that the supermarket’s Pitcher’s own-brand mimics its best-selling speciality spirit.

The Portman Group has appointed a new chairman from outside the industry.

Light wine leads recovery

14 August, 2009

The light wine market may be showing its first signs of recovery as volumes climbed 2% after flatlining in November last year, according to the latest Nielsen figures.

Australian Vintage is pulling its funding for this year’s generic marketing campaign, claiming Wine Australia’s plans fail to meet its commercial objectives.

Leading retailers are to attend a forum on low-alcohol wine in a bid to establish it as a standalone category.