2011 July

Gonzalez Byass UK is to add the Australian winery Wirra Wirra to is agency portfolio from September 1.

Suffolk cider firm Aspall is launching a top-of-the range, 8.2% abv product called Imperial.

The drinks industry has been encouraged by NHS figures reporting a fall in the numbers of youngsters who drink alcohol.

Spirited Wines – the chain that has taken over all the Nicolas shops outside London – has launched a mobile marketing campaign to raise its profile in mobile search engines.

Pedigree and Hobgoblin brewer Marston’s says it is outperforming the declining beer category with an increase in production of its own-brewed beers.

Absolut has launched a Mango flavour, which will make its debut in supermarkets next month before a full off-trade roll-out in September.

Southern French producer LGI-Alain Grignon Wines has added a Minervois to its Manoir Grignon range.

Martell Cognac is giving consumers the chance to win a house in the region in an on-pack promotion.

The absence of a major football tournament from this summer’s calendar has put a big dent in off-trade beer sales.

Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites has announced plans to sell its current site to Sainsbury’s and build a state-of-the art brewery at another location.

New test for fake whisky

26 July, 2011

A method for distinguishing between authentic and counterfeit Scotch whisky brand has been devised by scientists at the University of Strathclyde. 

A Yorkshire brewery has been told to stop using the white rose emblem on its bottles following a drawn-out legal dispute with Samuel Smith.

Former Neighbours actress Holly Valance is to be the star of a TV and print ad campaign for Heineken UK’s new Foster’s Gold lager.

Barwell & Jones is to handle UK distribution of Chile’s Viña Morandé wine brand from July 25.

A pre-mixed caipirinha cocktail is making an assault on the UK market.

Peroni and Grolsch brewer SABMiller has made a £6.2 billion offer for the Foster’s beer business.

Bottle Green has ended its quest for a New Zealand partner with the addition of Toi Toi Wines to its portfolio.

Spirits Report 2010

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Beer Report 2010

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Wine Report 2011

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Brands Report 2011

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Distribution of the Czech lager Staropramen is to be taken on by Carlsberg UK.

The off-trade now accounts for 80% of spirits volumes, a report commissioned by First Drinks Brands has found.

The number of consumers searching for retail products on internet search engines increased by 27% in the second quarter of 2011.

Asda names new BWS head

15 July, 2011

Asda has appointed Tracy Ford as its new category director for BWS, replacing Adrian McKeon who was recently promoted to commercial director for grocery.

Fifteen retailers have signed up to the UK’s first ever Riesling Week, a promotion which began in the US in 2005.

An advertising ban on alcohol has been discussed by a government minister with a counterpart in Norway, where such a ban is already in place.

Five people have been killed in an explosion and fire on a Lincolnshire industrial estate in an incident which it’s been reported may have been caused by an illegal vodka distillery.

London restaurant operator D&D is planning to open a fine wine store in the City as part of the redevelopment of a building originally created by the East India Company.

Absolut vodka is to launch a global campaign consisting of collaborations with 18 rising stars in the visual arts world.