2009 October

The administrators called in to manage the collapse of First Quench Retailing are hopeful of finding a buyer within a month.

Lebanon’s Chateau Musar is launching an entry-level wine called Musar Jeune.

First Quench Retailing has confirmed 81 staff have been made redundant at its Welwyn Garden City head office.

Suppliers are counting the cost of the demise of First Quench, which went into administration last night.

Asda has teamed up with the Sun newspaper and its wine writer Brian Moore to launch a new exclusive-label wine.

Threshers owner First Quench Retailing has gone into administration, with 3,000 full-time and 3,500 part-time jobs under threat.

First Quench has refused to comment on speculation that it is on the brink of going into administration.

Sainsbury's wine discovery

27 October, 2009

Sainsbury’s is piloting a new wine bay with a “discovery” theme in 220 stores.

Peak-time TV ads for Lambrini will form the centrepiece of a pre-Christmas marketing push for the Halewood International brand.

Le Beast Vineyards and Virgin Wines have teamed up to launch a nationwide campaign urging consumers to help “Save France Cos the French Can’t”.

Proxy sales in the spotlight

27 October, 2009

Supermarkets have come under pressure to review the way they handle sales of alcohol to adults accompanied by their children after a spate of high-profile incidents where people were refused service.

Fresh Trade gets extra fizz

26 October, 2009

Fresh Trade UK is adding plum and mandarin flavours to its Fizz range of fruit ciders.

Ale gift-pack for Broughton

26 October, 2009

Scotland’s Broughton Ales has launched a gift pack containing nine of its most popular beers.

Drinks retailers may soon be able to hold outside events without having to give 10 days’ notice.

Tesco has up the ante in the pre-Christmas promotional stakes after launching a two-for-£10 deal on wines from its Finest range of premium own-label.

Oddbins has revised its pledge to break even by the end of year, setting its sights on 2010.

Tesco has upped the ante in the pre-Christmas promotional stakes after launching a two-for-£10 deal on wines from its Finest range of premium own-label.

Constellation is giving consumers the chance to win one of 2,500 pairs of limited edition Babycham glasses in a pre-Christmas promotion.

What would Garrett do?

23 October, 2009

Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, is a cool guy. I can say this without fear of contradiction. I’ve met him several times, and each time he’s been charming, intelligent, funny and impeccably well dressed. He obviously means it, man, and his integrity is without question. To illustrate his integrity, let me tell you a story he told me.

Oddbins has revised its pledge to break even by the end of year, setting its sights on 2010.

Scottish government plans to introduce minimum prices on alcohol have been dealt a major blow today as the European Court ruled that minimum pricing is illegal.

2.5m Southern Comfort push

22 October, 2009

Bacardi Brown-Forman is spending £2.5 million on what it claims is the biggest ever marketing campaign for Southern Comfort.

Government measures to tackle anti-social drinking among young women are “strongly punitive” and fail to examine the root causes of excessive drinking, according to new findings by the charity YWCA.

Sainsbury’s has hailed a new twist on bag-in-box wines as “one of the most exciting packaging innovations in wine that we have ever seen”.

Vantis Business Recovery Services has been appointed as administrator for the Tiverton-based cidermaker.

Nicolas is to hold its first consumer wine fair at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London’s Westminster on November 6 and 7.

The Scottish independent brewer is using the internet to sell 10,000 shares at £230 each.

Alcohol consumption is falling at the fastest rate for more than 60 years, according to new official figures.

Oddbins directors have denied the business is in financial trouble after Castel appointed receivers to recover money it claims it was owed.

A decision against Harwood Drinks' test-tube drink Mmwah has serious implications for other producers, according to the Portman Group.