2011 October

Festive frenzy on prices

28 October, 2011

The festive price war got off to an aggressive start this week as supermarkets drew battle lines in the fight for market share.

The newly relaunched Oddbins chain is exploring sites as it considers expanding next year. 

No consumers at wine fair

28 October, 2011

Brintex has ruled out allowing consumers to visit the London International Wine Fair next year after a consultation with the trade.

Wine Rack will fall short of its planned target of reaching 30 stores by the end of 2010.

Low and no-alcohol wine sales are growing rapidly from a small base and getting close to 1 million cases, according to the latest figures from Nielsen.

Minimum unit pricing on alcohol is “probably illegal”, public health minister Anne Milton has said.

Carlsberg UK chief executive Isaac Sheps is leaving to take over leadership of the brewer’s Russian business, Baltika, and its eastern European operations.

Nicolas is gearing up for its annual wine and spirits fair on November 11-12.

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux has teamed up with comedian Dom Joly to produce a series of videos.

Lindeman’s has added a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to its international Winemaker’s Discovery range.

South African winery Linton Park has rebranded its Louis Fourie 1699 range for the UK market, and will be launching it with new agent Chalié Richards next month.

Wine Rack has unveiled a range review with 80-plus new wines at a press tasting in London today.

Mont Tauch has launched a sustainably produced single vineyard Fitou in Marks & Spencer. 

Off-trade beer sales grew 9.1% in the last quarter, according to the latest report by the BBPA.

The widow of the late John Halewood is to take over as chair of the company that bears his name.

Free Run Wines and Felix Solis Avantis have launched a range of Spanish whites from Rueda. 

Alcohol consumption continues to decline – in a trend that has been continuing since the early to mid-2000s, according to the Portman Group’s first annual report.

UK Rumfest has announced the winners of the Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2011, with Foursquare Distillery of Barbados taking home two of the top prizes.

Heineken has extended its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup to remain its official beer supplier and worldwide partner for the 2015 tournament in England.

C&C CEO to step down

21 October, 2011

The CEO of Magners cider manufacturer C&C Group is to step down at the end of the year.

Diageo Wines Europe managing director Nick Hyde has been nominated as the new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

New Oddbins plans revealed

19 October, 2011

Oddbins' new management team has given the first indications of its plans for the chain and relaunched with a fresher look and range.

John Halewood of Halewood International has died. He passed away on October 15.

Drinkaware has teamed up with parenting website mumsnet.com to target parents of pre-teens in a bid to put off the age when children have their first drink.

Waitrose will be making its drinks range as diverse and premium as possible as it rolls out its Little Waitrose smaller-format convenience stores.

Drinks retailers remain attractive investment prospects despite the economic conditions, according to Majestic’s chief executive Steve Lewis.

Sainsbury’s new BWS chief has pledged to deliver more consistency across its retail channels and put a greater emphasis on consumer needs.

Sun boosts drinks sales

14 October, 2011

September’s record-breaking temperatures have given the drinks sector a huge boost, pepping up a tough summer for sales.

The head of the consortium that protects Prosecco sparkling Italian wine from Conegliano Valdobbiadene is to address delegates at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium (ISWS), which takes place at Denbies wine estate in the UK on November 1-2.

Festive campaign for Stone's

12 October, 2011

Accolade Wines has launched an off-trade push for Stone’s Original ginger wine in the run-up to Christmas.