2011 December

Brighton has created what is thought to be the biggest cumulative impact area in the UK.

Girls are being taken to hospital following binge drinking in greater numbers than boys, government figures reveal.

England could be about to follow Scotland with plans for minimum prices for alcohol.

Fake vodka in Bournemouth

29 December, 2011

Bournemouth is the latest town to be identified as a hotspot for counterfeit vodka.

New figures have painted a gloomy picture of the UK beer market.

John Smith’s Extra Smooth has been given a new design for its multipacks, featuring a photograph of a pint of ale.

Warning over fake Blossom Hill

21 December, 2011

The Scottish health minister has come under fire for failing to declare the government’s preferred level for minimum alcohol pricing.

Pernod Ricard is creating 60 new jobs in Ireland with a €100 million upgrade of the distillery which produces Jameson whiskey.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has appointed Lucy Cross to help drive brand growth and market share.

Tetley’s will appear on TV for 47 hours a week as part of a deal with ITV4.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has rejected the idea of using minimum pricing as a way of curbing problem drinking.

The government remains convinced that minimum unit pricing for alcohol is illegal under European law, despite the Scottish government’s determination to press ahead with the policy.

Fake alcohol warning in Essex

15 December, 2011

Fake alcohol in Essex has prompted a warning from Trading Standards officers in the county.

One in five off-licences targeted by Trading Standards officers in Warwickshire was selling alcohol suspected to be fake or illicit.

Thomas Woolrych, currently head of buying at Laithwaites, has been promoted to the role of wine director for the company’s US business.

Medics have repeated their call for the government to use minimum pricing as a way of curbing alcohol misuse.

Sainsbury’s is tipping gin as a top-selling spirit this Christmas.

Christmas tunes annoy shoppers

13 December, 2011

Shoppers feel they are being bombarded with the same Christmas songs over and over again, a new poll has revealed.

Retail awards shortlist out

13 December, 2011

Off Licence News has released the shortlist for our prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards 2012. 

Inflation on wine and spirits has leapt up in the past month, according to the Office of National Statistics and the Wilson Drinks Report.

Wine sales dropped 3% in the past year and the pace of decline has accelerated this autumn as tax hikes bite, the WSTA has reported.

Diageo has invested £2 million in a digital media and consumer PR push for Captain Morgan’s Spiced.

Enotria buying director Tim Sykes is to succeed Sebastian Payne MW as The Wine Society’s head of buying.

£2m push for Guinness

12 December, 2011

Diageo has launched a £2 million Christmas ad campaign for Guinness.

Molson Coors has written to 60 MPs across the UK to challenge the duty escalator on beer by highlighting the relationship between barley farming and brewing.

Morrisons is trialling a range of new initiatives to make its drinks aisles more accessible.

The Irish government will legislate on low-cost alcohol sales in the new year.  

£10 fizz leads price charge

09 December, 2011

Asda was selling £10 bottles of Champagne this week as the supermarkets’ battle for hard-up consumers’ Christmas drinks budgets hotted up.

Bleak prediction for wine

09 December, 2011

Rising taxes may mean there is no future for wine in the UK, a leading Californian winemaker has warned.