2011 November

The Dalmore distillery has released a 1995 vintage, exclusively available at retailer The Whisky Shop.

Greene King has delivered a selection of East Anglian beers to Brussels for a meeting in which MEPs will discuss policy and issues.

Macallan launches Facebook app

29 November, 2011

Maxxium UK has created a Facebook app that lets fans of The Macallan whisky create and share a “virtual dram”.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a fine wine business unit for the UK and Ireland, aimed at boosting sales of its regional and premium wines.

Kraken sponsors Kitschies

29 November, 2011

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is sponsoring the Kitschies – the alternative science fiction and fantasy writing awards.

A 3p hike in fuel duty will be deferred from January to August, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his autumn statement. 

Multibuy ban batters beer

25 November, 2011

Sales of beer and wine slumped in Scotland in October in the immediate aftermath of the introduction of a ban on multibuys.

London Pride brewer Fuller’s has announced half-year growth of 6% after registering a turnover of £128m.

Majestic trials TV ads

25 November, 2011

Majestic is broadcasting its first ever TV ads in a pilot scheme to attract supermarket wine shoppers.

Kopparberg to double marketing

25 November, 2011

Kopparberg cider is to double its marketing spend in 2012 after its Find Kopparberg campaign led to a surge in sales of the brand.

Australian Vintage is bringing its McGuigan City Vineyard installation to Dublin during summer 2012. The Australian winery said it will take members of the UK trade to the event, which represents a £250,000 investment.

Asda was offering bottles of Baileys for just £7 this week in the keenest supermarket deal on big-name spirit brands, as the last monthly pay day before Christmas approached.

Budvar beefs up brewing

25 November, 2011

Budweiser Budvar has invested £13 million in its Czech brewery to significantly increase production and packaging as it looks to widen the number of lines it offers.

Inter Beaujolais has launched the second International Gamay Competition.

Luxardo pops its cherries

23 November, 2011

Cellar Trends has launched a jar of maraschino cherries marinated in sugar syrup and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.

Accolade Wines is to target independent convenience stores after research revealed they are coming under pressure from multiple rivals.

Aldi claims it is the first UK supermarket to sell a 40-year-old single malt Scotch whisky in its stores.

Wine Rack opens 21st shop

22 November, 2011

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire – bringing its estate to 21 shops.

An Edinburgh university is to investigate what impact, if any, Scotland’s alcohol policies will have on its heaviest drinkers.

Ads and on-pack for Chivas

22 November, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK is backing its Chivas Regal Scotch whisky brand with outdoor advertising at high-footfall London sites, including Canary Wharf and locations in the City.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne has signed a three-year partnership deal with the English National Opera.

Master of Malt has launched a service that allows whisky lovers to blend their own whisky. 

Accolade revamps Nottage Hill

18 November, 2011

Accolade Wines has given Hardys Nottage Hill a new look as part of a £4.5 million investment. 

Talisker Whisky has signed up as the title sponsor of rowing race the Atlantic Challenge.

Oddbins is enlisting the help of consumers to select a mixed case of wines for Christmas.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust chief executive Ian Harris has stepped down as organiser of National Wine Month to concentrate his efforts on the educator's core activities.

Butcombe Brewery has teamed up with TV presenter Adam Henson to create a golden ale called Adam Henson’s Rare Breed.

First Drinks Brands has launched Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve – the whiskey’s best-selling variant worldwide – in the UK.

Absolut releases freezer pack

16 November, 2011

Absolut Vodka has launched a gift pack designed to go in the freezer.

Bestway has reviewed its own-label wine brand Cellar Estate and slimmed it down to 65 wines.