2011 March

The Association of Convenience Stores has teamed up with Crimestoppers to offer a reward for information which helps catch the gunmen who critically injured a five-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man in south London.

Oddbins will formally enter administration on Monday after HM Revenue & Customs refused to back a rescue package at a meeting in London this morning.

The Oddbins rescue plan – being considered by creditors in London this morning – is under serious threat after being rejected by HM Revenue & Customs.

The Oddbins rescue plan – being considered by creditors in London this morning – is under serious threat after being rejected by HM Revenue & Customs.

Licensing fees look set to rise under new guidance to councils being drawn up by the government.

Accountancy firm Deloitte has revised downwards the projected dividend that would be received by Oddbins creditors if the company enters administration.

Scotch whisky exports hit a record £3.45 billion in 2010, up 10% from 2009, the Scotch Whisky Association has reported.

Laithwaites Wine has named Glenn Caton as its new UK managing director.

The government is pressing for changes in European regulations that will make it possible to offer reduced duty levels to beer with strengths of 4% abv or below.

A leading homelessness charity has described the tax hike in superstrength lagers as a “wake-up call” for the industry, describing the products as more deadly than crack cocaine.

Chianti producer Sorelli has joined Bottle Green’s portfolio.

Goose Island, the Chicago brewer which enjoys a cult following in the UK, has been bought by AB Inbev.

Beer-Ritz and Beer Paradise, which stopped trading earlier this month due for legal reasons, are back in business following a management buyout.

Four styles of British alcohol are hoping to gain European recognition with protected name status.

Oddbins has applied to the courts go into administration to stave off winding-up orders from creditors ahead of next Thursday's meeting to vote on a proposed company voluntary arrangement.

Gordon & MacPhail has donated a £13,000 bottle of whisky for auction to raise money for the Japanese earthquake relief effort.

Scotland could be heading for an “apocalypse” if it does not tackle its issues with alcohol consumption, according to one of the country’s leading legal figures.

Nominations for the BFA HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards close on March 31, and “innovative and entrepreneurial franchisors that have excelled in 2010” are being asked to send in entries.

Nominations for the BFA HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards close on March 31, and “innovative and entrepreneurial franchisors that have excelled in 2010” are being asked to send in entries.

Budget responses

23 March, 2011

The National Association of Cider Makers, Diageo and the ACS have reacted to the Budget announced this afternoon.

Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will stick to an alcohol duty increase of 7.2% in today's Budget.

The Chancellor's speech covering the government's plans for tobacco and alcohol duty in full.

Makeover for Blue Nun

21 March, 2011

Blue Nun is embarking on another relaunch, with a reformulated version of its flagship blend and new packaging.

There is heavy speculation that Diageo could make a US$2 billion bid for tequila brand Jose Cuervo.

Two new members have joined the Independent Complaints Panel – the independent body that looks at complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing made under the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

The government has announced a fresh crackdown on drink-driving, but stopped short of lowering the blood/alcohol limit for motorists.

The Tobacco Manufacturers Association has said expected duty rises in Wednesday’s Budget will undermine efforts to curb smuggling.

Scrumpy Jack is backing an on-pack promotion with national press advertising in April and May.

Luxardo sambuca has extended its range in the UK with the addition of Chilli & Spices flavour.

Pernod Ricard UK has suspended distribution of Malibu after a fault was found affecting the flavour of some stocks.