2009 December

Direct Wines has appointed Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, currently head of wine at Waitrose, as its global wine director.

Calls for parents to steer their children clear of alcohol until the age of 15 have been welcomed by trade leaders.

Retailers have been given four weeks instead of two to update price labels in stores after the VAT rate change on January 1.

Heineken is offering football fans the chance to go behind the scenes at a UEFA Champions League match as part of a new on-pack promotion.

Farmers' market goes online

16 December, 2009

Drinks from Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery will be featured on a new website selling specialist food and drink that might be found at a farmers' market.

Irish off-licence chain sold

15 December, 2009

The Carry Out off-licence business in the Irish Republic has been bought by wholesaler the Barry Group.

Heineken UK is delisting its White Lightning cider after admitting attempts to improve the image of the white cider category have failed.

Drinkaware is stepping up its activities to tackle alcohol misuse thanks to a pledge by the drinks industry to invest more than £5 million per year for the next three years.

Drastic reforms of the alcohol industry – including minimum pricing – will be recommended by MPs next month, according to a report.

Leeds-based independent wine merchant Latitude is launching a loyalty card scheme to reward its regular customers.

Surrey Hills Brewery has applied for planning permission to relocate to Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.

Changes planned for 2010 LIWF

10 December, 2009

The organiser of the London International Wine Fair is promising better traffic flow around the exhibition for visitors to the 2010 exhibition.

Molson Coors (UK) is urging its retail customers to help in the fight to stamp out duty fraud.

Chancellor Alistair Darling has ignored calls for a delay in the reinstatement of the 17.5% VAT rate to ease the strain on retailers over the Christmas period.

Wine merchant and wholesaler The Oxford Wine Company is expanding with the takeover of Bona Wines, a wholesale company

Hampshire-based Wickham Vineyard has saved nine Wine Rack stores and five Threshers stores from closure.

Two months after taking on the distribution rights for Tia Maria, First Drinks is rolling out a £1 million TV ad campaign for the coffee flavoured liqueur.

Three Barrels is targeting 70,000 consumers with a direct marketing campaign in the run-up to Christmas.

Shoppers clueless about promos

08 December, 2009

One in three people who shop in convenience stores and buy an item on promotion don't know how much money they saved, new research has shown.

The consumer group has written to the Chancellor urging him to get rid of duty on beers that have an abv of 2.8% or below.

Boutinot recalls Chilean wine

04 December, 2009

Wine importer Boutinot has issued a product recall on one of its wines because it contains the preservative sulphur dioxide which is not mentioned on the label.

Senior figures from the company’s 11-year history analyse what was wrong – and right – with the UK’s largest off-licence chain.

The Wine Rack brand name and a package of 13 of the best-performing stores have been bought by wholesaler Venus Wine & Spirit from First Quench administrator KPMG.

Boru vodka has been left without UK distribution after its Southampton-based distributor United Brands went into liquidation.

A further 34 First Quench stores have been saved in a sale package to R&M Swaine, parent company of Rhythm & Booze.

More than 80% of suppliers expect major retailers to demand more margin on beers, wines and spirits in 2010, an exclusive OLN survey has shown.

Clink Wines has joined forces with Kiwi winemaker Matt Thomson to launch a range of well-known single varietals that aren’t readily available from New Zealand.

Portman outlaws Tokyo beer

03 December, 2009

The Portman Group’s complaints panel has ruled that the packaging for Brewdog’s record-breaking Tokyo beer does encourage excessive consumption and shouldn’t be stocked by retailers.

Bottled ales boost Marston's

03 December, 2009

Strong growth in premium bottled ales helped Marston’s brewing division boost operating profits by 3.9% in the year to October 3.

HMRC seizes duty fraud stock

02 December, 2009

Customs officers in the West Midlands have seized substantial quantities of alcoholic drinks from off-licences and wholesalers.