2010 August

The Scottish Labour Party is calling for a UK-wide ban on below-cost drinks sales – and says this should take account of the cost of production, not simply VAT and duty as some retailers favour.

John E Fells & Sons has been appointed by Trapiche as exclusive UK distributor for all trade sectors.

Diageo has called for a new approach to alcohol taxation, with a unit of alcohol charged the same duty rate across spirits, wine, beer, cider and RTDs.

Stella Artois is giving away chalice glasses in its biggest off-trade promotion this year.

An illegal vodka still has been found by a fire crew investigating a blaze at a shed in Bristol.

Alcohol Concern is urging the government to apply severe taxes on producers of superstrength beers and ciders.

400k support for Windhoek

27 August, 2010

Diageo has announced an autumn marketing programme to promote Windhoek, its Namibian lager.

Diageo has reported a 2% rise in operating profit in the year to 2010.

Heineken has said that efforts to get better prices for beer in the off-trade impeded its volume sales in in the first half of 2010.

Police in Perth & Kinross have seized over 300 litres of alcohol from under-age drinkers.

Rain brings hop harvest glee

Nearly half of consumers are against plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol and 76% say it would make no difference to their consumption.

Halewood International is to use this week’s Manchester Pride festival to test the potential for its Sidekick pouring shot brand in the gay and lesbian market.

Cheshire wine merchant Corks Out has started selling wine to drink on the premises, using Enomatic wine dispensers.

Online retailer Find Wine is running a consumer competition to win a dinner party, including food and wine, in their own home for themselves and nine guests.

The Food Standards Agency has issued an allergy alert over Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top NV Champagne.

The average price of a 75cl bottle of wine has leapt from £4.27 to £4.40 in the past year, according to official figures.

SAB Miller is rumoured to be considering a £7 billion bid for the beer operations of the Foster’s Group.

Leading medical campaigners have backed the revised findings of researchers at Sheffield University which they say support the case for minimum pricing on alcohol.

Trading Standards officers in County Durham have seen a marked increase in failed test purchases.

Bulmers launches phone app

23 August, 2010

Heineken UK has launched a phone app for its Bulmers cider brand.

Halewood International has launched a range of fruit-flavoured, lower abv wines to target women aged 25 to 45.

Danish company Powerbrands has launched a range of organic energy teas in the UK.

The Famous Grouse is rolling out its first premixed can to capitalise on the growth of the RTD category.

Whyte & Mackay is bringing VnC Cocktails from New Zealand to the UK market for the first time.

Bacardi Brown-Forman is spending £2 million this year on its vodka brand Eristoff in a bid to challenge Smirnoff’s domination of the category.

Russian Standard vodka has announced an on-pack promotion giving consumers the chance to win tickets to music gigs and film screenings across the UK.

Thatchers is hoping to drive awareness for Green Goblin cider with a national campaign for its core male market.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has launched a 10% abv “celebratory beer for sharing”, which comes in a 75cl bottle.

Guinness has invested £3 million in a new through-the-line campaign that ties in the energy of sporting moments with the surge of the stout being poured.