2011 August

Heineken UK is on a mission to help convenience retailers maximise profits from their drinks fixtures.

Carling Chrome has made its off-trade debut, answering what Molson Coors says is a demand for a light-tasting premium lager.

The government needs to do more to promote town centre shopping and place less emphasis on out-of-town retail parks, the Association of Convenience Stores says.

Maxxium is releasing what it describes as its “most complex flavoured” Laphroaig into the UK market, following two years as a travel retail exclusive.

Alcohol consumption rose slightly in the UK last year, but remains well below the 2004 peak, according to figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

Sainsbury’s is doubling the number of branches offering a fine wine range following a surge in demand.

Passoã, the passion fruit liqueur marketed by First Drinks Brands, is partnering the Sancho Panza street party at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

Shop rents are falling in real terms and landlords are taking an increasingly flexible approach, according to new data.

The South African wine industry has attacked the “questionable” methods used by Human Rights Watch in its damning assessment of the way workers are treated in the country’s wine farms.

Faustino V Reserva has been given a facelift to coincide with a new blend for the Rioja brand.

Beaujolais has created an iPhone app promoting the region, hot on the heels of the launch of its iPad magazine and the release of GPS audio-guided tours.

Peroni and Pilsner Urquell brewer SABMiller has launched a hostile bid for Australian beer giant Foster’s.

A thousand pairs of tickets to the Ideal Home Show are up for grabs in a new promotion for Harveys Bristol Cream.

Absolut is using iPads in selected Tesco stores to demonstrate the versatility of its vodka range.

Singer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon has been named as the brand ambassador for First Cape’s Café Collection wine range.

WKD back on TV screens

16 August, 2011

WKD launches the latest instalment in its TV campaign this week, continuing the theme of Have You Got a WKD Side?

Fuller’s has launched the third in its series of Brewer’s Reserve barrel-aged beers.

AB Inbev saw its UK beer volumes drop 16% in the second quarter of 2011. The fall reflects a spike in sales in the comparable period last year caused by the football World Cup, of which the company’s Budweiser brand was a main sponsor.

The British Retail Consortium has called on the government to suspend business rates and National Insurance for businesses affected by this week’s riots in urban England.

Sainsbury’s says it has seen a 5.5% rise in sales of bag-in-box wine since moving its entire range to a 2.25-litre format.

HM Revenue & Customs says it will be flexible on tax payments for businesses facing short-term financial difficulty because of this week’s riots.

The Prime Minster has suspended liability for business rates for shops affected by the riots in English towns and cities this week.

Hall & Woodhouse is redesigning its entire of Badger bottled beers.

Retailers affected by rioting in London and other major cities in recent days are being urged to act quickly to make insurance claims.

The British Retail Consortium says action is needed to prevent “spending paralysis” after a modest rise in retail sales in July.

A range of ready-made foams for adding a twist to cocktails has been developed by Bols.

Shops have been urged to put the safety of staff first and pull up the shutters up if any doubt, after rioting and looting spread from London to other major cities across the UK.

The British Retail Consortium is to ask the Home Secretary Theresa May for immediate support to help shopkeepers protect their properties in the wake of the disturbances in London and other cities.

Halewood International has launched a rum-based, ginger-flavoured RTD aimed at young male adults.