2009 September

Low-alc Brewdog hits back

28 September, 2009

Scotland’s controversial Brewdog brewery has produced a low-alcohol beer with the name Nanny State as a response to attempts to ban its Tokyo brand – the strongest beer made in the UK.

New ads from the Portman Group are urging consumers to report drinks companies that use people who look under 25 to promote alcohol.

Introducing a minimum price on alcohol will save 370 lives a year in Scotland, according to a report from Sheffield University.

Molson Coors UK is putting £13 million behind a marketing campaign for Grolsch which gets underway on October 5.

Bath Ales and Hambleton Ales have scooped the top prize in this year's Sainsbury’s Beer Competition.

500,000 spend for Rhone wines

24 September, 2009

Cotes du Rhone is spending £500,000 on an ad campaign which breaks today.

Diageo is to bring out a limited edition bottle for Johnnie Walker Black Label.

Twenty-nine Loire Sauvignon Blancs have been chosen to spearhead a new trade-focused campaign in the UK.

Green issues must be addressed

18 September, 2009

Trade leaders have urged the wine industry to do more to drive the “green agenda” forward before it is forced to do so by the government or EU.

Wines of Argentina has confirmed it is closing its UK office, with UK & Asia manager Andrew Maidment looking after the day-to-day management of the organisation’s generic campaigns from Mendoza.

Scotland in licensing chaos

11 September, 2009

Scottish retailers have hit out at chaos caused by an overhaul of the licensing system – as the government prepares to bring in even more restrictive legislation on drinks retailing.

Oddbins is just shy of breaking even a year after being taken over by Simon Baile and brother-in-law Henry Young.

Supermarkets are holding spirits prices steady in spite of average price increases of between 2% and 6%, OLN’s annual Spirits Report has revealed.

Pernod Ricard is increasing its advertising and promotions budget and shifting emphasis in favour of the off-trade.

First Quench Retailing is recruiting a new buyer to join its team.

OLN’s Atkin honoured

11 September, 2009

Tim Atkin MW has scooped the title of International Wine Columnist of the Year at the Louis Roederer wine writers’ awards for his columns in Off Licence News, The Observer and Intelligent Life.

Pernod Ricard cuts 36 jobs

10 September, 2009

Pernod Ricard UK has cut 36 roles from its sales, marketing and communications teams – a move that has meant 14 redundancies.

First Quench appoints chairman

10 September, 2009

First Quench Retailing has appointed a new chairman from majority shareholder Vision Capital to its board of directors.

First Drinks takes on Tia Maria

10 September, 2009

First Drinks has taken over the UK distribution of Tia Maria after Illva Saronno bought the coffee liqueur from Pernod Ricard.

Diageo has turned down proposals put forward by the Scottish government as an alternative to its planned production and packaging site closures in Scotland.

Alcohol Concern has attacked supermarkets for promoting drinks which are “poorly labelled” and do not offer “vital” health information for consumers.

The Scottish government has outlined its legislative programme for the coming year – including an Alcohol Bill that aims to introduce minimum pricing and ban “irresponsible” promotions in the off-trade.

Berry Bros & Rudd was named Wine Merchant of the Year and Direct Merchant of the Year at last night’s International Wine Challenge presentation.

A £100 million industry-backed push to encourage 18 to 24-year-olds to change their drinking habits goes live today.

Majestic has halved the minimum amount of bottles customers can buy in-store to six.