2012 January

New campaign for vinho verde

31 January, 2012

The body representing vinho verde has launched a major campaign in the UK in a bid to capitalise on growing demand for lighter styles of wine.

Smokers’ lobbying body Forest is to launch a campaign against plain packaging of tobacco – called Hands Off Our Packs.

Edinburgh City Council is considering capping the number of off-licences in the city.

First Drinks has added Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and top Russian vodka brand Green Mark to its portfolio, after parting company with Russian Standard.

Greene King is offering rugby fans the chance to win a training session with the England team in an on-pack promotion on bottles of its IPA.

East London brewer Truman’s is asking London ale drinkers to help it find a new brewery site.

HM Revenue & Customs is making little or no progress in fighting alcohol duty fraud, with fewer than six cases a year leading to convictions, a National Audit Office report has revealed.

Minimum unit pricing may not stop young people binge-drinking, one of the academics behind the influential Sheffield Report on alcohol pricing has said.

Kiwi winemakers are experimenting with Grüner Veltliner – which they believe could be the next big thing from New Zealand.

Cox upbeat on New Zealand

25 January, 2012

New Zealand Winegrowers’ Europe director David Cox remains bullish in the face of duty hikes, exchange rate pressures and early reports of a potentially small 2012 vintage, he has told OLN.

Pernod Ricard UK is set to launch a 18.7cl bottle of Brancott Estate.

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has called on the drinks trade to work with HM Revenue & Customs to stamp out alcohol duty fraud.

Brazil in fresh generic push

20 January, 2012

Wines from Brazil is increasing its presence in the UK to grow awareness as it gears up to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

Top two quit JS wine team

20 January, 2012

Sainsbury’s has started the year on the hunt for a new wine chief after two high-profile team members announced their departures. 

Off Licence News is launching a raft of activity at this year’s London International Wine Fair to increase the show’s appeal to independent retailers and help maximise its business-building potential.

The head of Wine Australia has warned the country stands to lose market share in the UK amid tough conditions driven by exchange rates and pricing pressures.

The drinks trade is facing a tough 2012 as the country struggles economically – and even major sporting events aren’t expected to bring much of a sales uplift.

Asda has insisted that a wine it has been selling for £2.48 is not selling for less than duty plus VAT.

An alcoholic jelly called Suck & Blow has been banned in its current format for breaching three elements of the Portman Group’s code.

Thatchers has redesigned the labels for its single varietal Katy cider. The 7.4% medium-dry cider has an oval label designed to highlight its style, abv and tasting notes, as well as creating a family identity with Thatchers' other premium heritage ciders, Thatchers 2011 Vintage and Katy Rosé.

Tesco develops 2.8% beers

18 January, 2012

Tesco is hoping to steal a march on rivals by becoming the first retailer to list a new range of lower-strength beers.

Online retailer and bottler Master of Malt has launched what it says is the world’s hottest chilli vodka.

Paul Braydon has joined Guy Anderson Wines as national account manager.

The Scottish government has accused supermarkets of “undermining the spirit” of its alcohol laws by selling cheap drinks.

Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates MW is leaving the retailer to join Off-Piste Wines as sourcing and supply director.

The Wine Society has appointed Berry Bros & Rudd chief operating officer Robin McMillan as its new chief executive.

New sparklers from Distell

17 January, 2012

Brand Phoenix and Distell have launched two new sparkling wines.

Beefeater gin has launched a limited edition pack to celebrate its London heritage.

A 5.8% rise in volume sales of Magners cider in GB in the quarter to November 30, 2011, has been reported by Dublin-based C&C Group.

Exportiberia opens UK office

16 January, 2012

Regional Spanish wine specialist Exportiberia has opened a UK office.