2010 October

United Biscuits UK has relaunched its Space Raiders snack range.

Nestlé has launched price-marked packs of its Toffee Crisp, Aero Peppermint, Aero Bubbles, Kit Kat milk four-finger, Kit Kat Chunky and Yorkie bars.

The post-First Quench wine trade needs a buying group for independents across the country, says Rhythm & Booze owner Martin Swaine, who might set one up.

Niche cider firm Aspall has launched a bottled 100% Pressed English Apple Juice following a successful trial in 100 supermarkets in south east England earlier this year.

Cadbury is putting £5 million in marketing support behind its Cadbury Creme Egg brand from January 1.

Coca-Cola GB has signed a three-year partnership with Street Games, a charity to help young people in disadvantaged communities participate in sport.

The spirit of a generation

29 October, 2010

The spirits category, loosely defined as “speciality” by Nielsen, might just as easily be called “other”.

Burn Stewart Distillers is switching all its malts to unchill-filtered versions, and is adding a new whisky to the range.

Cognac Frapin has launched the latest in a series of blends of outstanding vintages.

Blavod black vodka has had a makeover.

Glenfiddich is being backed by a new global marketing campaign.

The owner of the award-winning Whisky Exchange retailer in London is one of the first people to pay a six-figure sum for a bottle of whisky.

The extended ginger beer market has taken a further twist, with soft drinks manufacturer Fentimans launching an alcoholic version.

Nethergate Brewery in Suffolk has been bought by a company formed by three former members of the Adnams management team.

Bristol-based Butcombe Brewery is launching its Butcombe Bitter in bottles.

The head brewer at Sharp’s in Cornwall has produced a beer in honour of a fellow brewer.

Kronenbourg ad sounds Ace

29 October, 2010

Rock band Motörhead appears in and supplies the soundtrack to a new ad for Kronenbourg 1664.

Surfax has added beers from Sri Lankan brewer Lion to its range.

Despite the state of the economy and its negative knock-on effect on business, retailers and suppliers are continuing to talk about the importance of gifting this Christmas.

Tasting table

29 October, 2010

The Best Sancerre 2009, France?Morrisons (£10.49)Morrisons’ new own-label range is looking for typicity, and this is a good example of a Sancerre – with cool citrus, gentle apricot and nectarine notes and flint on the nose, a good structure with crisp acid, subtle fruit flavours and a steely finish. CB??Saltari Amarone della Valpolicella 2004, ItalySainsbury’s (£22.99)?A deep ruby wine with garnet hints and an almost spirity nose of bread, yeast and sweet spice over rich black fruit combining fresh blackcurrants, blackberries and cherries with dried cherries and raisins. The palate is off-dry with notes of dried figs, prunes, raisins, fresh blackcurrant and black cherries, and a sweet, spicy finish with lasting hints of dried fruit. CB??Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, Italy?Berry Bros & Rudd (£13.50)Rich ripe fruit, spice and a hint of wood on the nose thanks to 10% of the wine spending two years in barrique. The palate is packed with rich, ripe fruit and a hint of spice, with soft, rounded tannins and a lingering fruity, woody, spicy finish. CB?Tim Adams Protégé Riesling 2007, Clare Valley, Australia?Tesco (£9)?A nose of ripe peach, apricot, fresh apple and hints of kerosene and smoke. Palate is dry and fresh with lemon, lime and stone fruit behind crisp acid. CB ?Trimbach Gewürztraminer Vendange Tardive 2002, Alsace, France?Majestic (£14.99 for 37.5cl)Majestic’s latest listing is a beautifully balanced 100% Gewürztraminer that, despite its sweetness, is fresh and clean. A honeyed nose leads on to slightly spicy notes. NC

Languedoc co-operative Mont Tauch has launched sticky Reserve Maury 2001 in the UK for Christmas. The fortified dessert wine is made from Grenache Noir and is aged in large oak casks for nine years.

The first results from the Médoc’s new Cru Bourgeois Reconnaissance scheme have been released.

PLB has been named UK off-trade agent for South Africa-based wine producer Boland Cellar.

Pernod Ricard has sold its Lindauer New Zealand sparkling wine brand to a consortium composed of brewer and drinks distributor Lion Nathan New Zealand and contract winemaker Indevin.

Michael Cox, European director of Wines of Chile has been honoured for promoting the country’s wines.

Free Run Wines has launched two different pack formats for its biggest agency, Felix Solis.

Argentine wine app launched

29 October, 2010

Wines of Argentina has launched a social media application that aims to help consumers engage with the country’s wine.

What’s happening to the Australian wine industry at the moment reminds me of the famous line from Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest: “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”?The departure of Wine Australia’s UK director Lisa McGovern and Paul Henry, general manager for market development at the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation, within weeks of one another is extremely careless, even if the latter will continue to act as a consultant to the AWBC down under.

FQR deal didn’t stack up

29 October, 2010

First Quench’s demise was?a terrible blow for many people. Thousands were made redundant, and during the early months, like many in the?industry, I noticed an increase in people approaching me wondering if we?needed any staff. Would that I was able to help them all – it’s hard not to?be sympathetic to their plight.

Ahead of its time?

29 October, 2010

First Quench wasn’t just unlucky – it went to the wall because of the decisions it took, many of which were bad ones.