2009 November

Magners to buy Gaymer

30 November, 2009

Constellation is to sell its Gaymer cider business to C&C Group, the Irish owner of Magners, for £45 million.

391 more First Quench closures

27 November, 2009

Administrator KPMG has called time on the bulk of the remaining First Quench stores.

Venus buys Wine Rack

27 November, 2009

The Wine Rack brand name and a package of 14 of the best performing stores have been bought by wholesaler Venus Wine & Spirit Merchants from First Quench administrator KPMG.

Brewdog is hoping to hit the record books with its latest brew.

Virgin Wines is promoting a series of wine offers for customers which will run over 12 consecutive days.

Malt whisky sales can increase by up to 20% if retailers rethink their merchandising, according to Glenfiddich producer First Drinks.

Fuller’s is to feature nine of its bottled ale brands in a press and poster advertising campaign.

Marston’s Pedigree is to adopt permanently the red and white colours of the St George’s flag that it took on a temporary basis for last summer’s Ashes cricket series.

Diageo is rolling out a fresh campaign to help off-trade retailers capitalise on sales of spirits. Des

The grand final of Corona Extra's DJ competition will be broadcast on the music channel following a new deal.

The floods in Cumbria have put the Jennings brewery temporarily out of action.

New life for old Bass Museum

23 November, 2009

A new brewing and visitor centre is to open in Burton-upon-Trent, on the site of former Coors Museum of Brewing which closed last year.

Nearly 2,000 staff have been made redundant today as First Quench's administrators announce the closure of a further 381 stores.

Bargain Booze boss Matthew Hughes on the future of multiple specialists.

Carry on at your convenience

20 November, 2009

Bargain Booze boss Matthew Hughes on succeeding in the recession.

Fuller’s is to increase its marketing spend in 2010 after its beer company turned in 15% increase in operating profits in the six months to September 26.

Entrepreneur Peter Jones is moving into wine with the launch of an online retailing business. Gon

Costcutter out of running

20 November, 2009

Costcutter has ruled itself out of a bid for First Quench because there were “too many problems” to resolve in the business.

Scotch whisky producers have pledged that all their advertising will now carry a sensible drinking message.

Drinks retailers in Kent are being given extra help from police and local authorities to crack down on under-age sales.

Isabelo Pinotage 2008 from South Africa has picked up three awards at this year’s Fairtrade Wine Competition.

Wine lovers “with a conscience” are being urged to visit the annual Fairtrade Wine tasting at Vinopolis tomorrow.

Jacob’s Creek will have a new TV ad campaign in early December.

Majestic has reported a solid sales increase despite difficult trading conditions and a downturn in corporate business.

Companies interested in buying all or part of the collapsed First Quench business must make a bid by the end of today (November 13).

Thresher franchisees are mounting a legal challenge to force administrator KPMG to release them from their contracts.

The administrators of First Quench Retailing have made another round of head office job cuts with 35 redundancies announced today.

Intercontinental Brands is entering the boxed still pear cider category with its St Helier brand.

Former First Quench buyer Melissa Draycott is joining Gonzalez Byass in a sales consultancy role from December.

2 million push for San Miguel

09 November, 2009

San Miguel is back on the small screen as part of a pre-Christmas push.