2010 January

New police powers have been introduced from today to help them crack down on under-age drinking.

Off-trade beer sales fell by 3.1% in 2009, according to the British Beer & Pub Association – the biggest decline since records began in 1978.

The average amount of units drunk by adults is dropping, according to a new survey from the Office for National Statistics.

Greene King has said despite poor weather over the past couple of months, trading has remained “relatively strong”.

Drinkaware has appointed a national advisory panel made up of expert medical professionals, to advise its work educating consumers about alcohol misuse.

The Society of Independent Brewers was set up 30 years ago today when a group of around 20 brewers decided to set up their own association.

The Benevolent's first foray into pantomime has been a resounding success, raising more than £10,000.

Simon Burke is to step down as chairman of Majestic in August.

Baileys is to sponsor the new series of Desperate Housewives on Channel 4 and E4 from January 27.

Guinness' latest ad campaign will feature rugby union stars Lewis Moody, Lee Byrne and Paul Sackey.

A group of Kiwi wine producers have come together under the banner of The Specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand.

The International Wine Challenge is launching an iPhone application to enable shoppers to search and buy wines recognised in its annual awards.

Stocks of Leffe and Hoegaarden beers have been secured after striking workers at breweries in Belgium reached a piece deal with employer A-B Inbev.

Mark Gerken, sales managing director for the off-trade, is leaving Heineken UK in April and will be replaced by Martin Porter.

Keeping Oz wine on top

22 January, 2010

How can Australia stay number one? OLN and Australian Vintage invited some of the trade’s biggest names to discuss its future.

Carlsberg is investing £30 million in marketing activity this year, with the majority of the spend going towards World Cup activity.

The tongue-in-cheek Goats do Roam label is being relaunched in a bid to reposition the brand in a more serious light.

Rising from the ashes

22 January, 2010

It’s been one hell of a year for the multiple specialists and the big story was unquestionably the demise of First Quench in October. But despite the troubles faced by everyone on the high street, there are plenty of operators who are determined there’s still money to be made.

Last year saw a flurry of activity by supermarkets as they sought to become leaner and more streamlined organisations in the face of the ongoing economic downturn.

In brief

22 January, 2010

l Speciality beer distributor James Clay has launched its new website. A blog from Nigel Stevenson, aka Doctor Beer, is one of the new features of jamesclay.co.uk.

Heineken UK is spending £2 million over the next year on its Tiger beer brand?.

Brains has seen a? 162% increase in its bottled and canned beer sales over the past year.

Wye Valley Brewery is celebrating its 25th year? with the launch in a bottle of its cask beer HPA?.

A campaign to encourage cooking from scratch at home has been launched by Molson Coors and Cobra Beer’s joint venture, the Cobra Beer Partnership.

A-B Inbev UK could make staff cuts following proposals to overhaul the business.

The British Beer & Pub Association has appointed Andy Tighe as its new director of brewing.

Drambuie ad backs redesign

22 January, 2010

Drambuie is being backed by a new TV and print ad campaign as part of a three-year rejuvenation strategy for the brand.

Vladivar vodka could make one consumer a millionaire in an on-pack promotion.

Highland Park has released a 15-year-old, cask-strength bottling of its single malt Scotch.

Glenmorangie single malt has launched the first in an annual series of limited- release whiskies under the name Private Collection.