2011 June

Thatchers Cider is embarking on its first national TV and cinema advertising for its flagship brand as part of a £1.5 million spend.

Greene King’s Brewing and Brands division saw operating profits rise by 4.1% in its most recent financial year, despite a 2% fall in brewing output.

Supermarkets deemed to be running irresponsible deals on alcohol could find investment withdrawn by the Church of England.

Bourbon blitz for summer

30 June, 2011

Maker’s Mark bourbon is offering prizes of a personalised £5,000 wardrobe as part of a summer marketing blitz.

The government admits it has made “no formal assessment” of how a duty stamp system for beer might counteract fraud in the category.

A new multi-agency group has been set up in Glasgow to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by excessive drinking.

Accolade Wines has issued a bullish statement about its ambitions in the UK in the week that the company abandoned its old name, Constellation Wines Australia & Europe.

Venus wine buyer Ashika Mathews has joined the Antique Wine Company as director of purchasing.

Official EU figures show that alcohol prices in the UK remain among the highest in Europe, despite widespread controversy over discounting.

Morgenrot is launching a 97cl sharing bottle for its Quilmes Argentine lager.

Maker’s Mark bourbon will be offering consumers the chance to win a £5,000 “style allowance” in its first UK on-pack offer from August.

Ian Macleod buys Tamdhu

29 June, 2011

Ian Macleod Distillers has bought the Speyside distillery Tamdhu from the Edrington Group.

Sainsbury’s has named the regional finalists in its Great British Beer Hunt competition.

The specialist rum distributor J Wray & Nephew UK has added the Bulldog gin brand to its portfolio.

A second EOPS error in three weeks has brought chaos to the beer aisles in some Tesco stores.

Australian brewer Foster’s has rejected a takeover bid from SAB Miller valuing the company at AU$9.5 billion.

US film actor Dan Aykroyd has launched his Crystal Head vodka brand in the UK.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled a marketing campaign around Brancott Estate’s sponsorship of Rugby World Cup 2011.

Constellation Wines’ Gran Tierra wine range has been extended with a new rosé.

The Wine & Spirit Association says record tax increases are driving alcohol prices up across the board.

Budweiser has been confirmed as the sponsor of football’s FA Cup after months of speculation.

California wine brand Gallo Family Vineyards has signed Sugababe Heidi Range for a marketing campaign for its new Summer Red wine.

Inflation remains at 4.5%, partly due to rising alcohol and tobacco prices, according to new government statistics.

Speciality beer importer James Clay is to add a line-up of bottle-conditioned beers from Norway to its range.

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has issued a moderately upbeat assessment of its current trading.

Fuller’s is aiming to attract lager drinkers with a poster campaign for its Organic Honey Dew bottled ale.

Thatchers has introduced bottled multipacks for its flagship Gold cider brand.

The Aspall cider and vinegar firm has announced a restructuring in response to a 40% growth in sales of its products in the past year.

Majestic has said it is in a position to double the size of its estate from its current 165 stores to 330.

13 June, 2011