2012 February

González Byass sales director Melissa Draycott and London restaurateur Abel Lusa have joined the ranks of the Gran Orden de Caballeros.

ASA bans Laithwaites ad

29 February, 2012

A Laithwaites ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading consumers.

New look for Champagne Devaux

29 February, 2012

Champagne Devaux has repackaged its Classics range to bring its look into line with the premium Collection D portfolio.

Majestic wins e-commerce award

29 February, 2012

Majestic has been given an award for its innovative use of online media.

Drinkaware is starting to see “green shoots of behaviour change” among its target audiences.

Range revamp for Campo Viejo

28 February, 2012

Pernod Ricard UK is revamping the Campo Viejo range in a bid to raise awareness of the Tempranillo grape and the wines of Rioja.

More than a quarter of tobacco smoked in the UK is non-duty paid, according to estimates from Japan Tobacco International.

New look for Snow Queen vodka

28 February, 2012

Organic Kazakhstan vodka Snow Queen has had a revamp.

Fuller’s has bottled its Black Cab stout and will be releasing it to supermarkets next month.

Carling updates iPint app

28 February, 2012

Molson Coors has launched a new version of its Carling iPint app, which lets users pretend to drink beer through their smartphones.

The Portman Group has appointed two new members to its Independent Complaints Panel, which considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing under the body’s code of practice.

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope has pre-sold 24,000 bottles of unmade wine worth more than £280,000 in 24 hours after signing up with Naked Wines.

As part of our ongoing campaign against duty fraud – Fight Against Fraud – Off Licence News is calling on retailers to let us know how they’ve been affected by duty fraud.

Pernod Ricard has launched a kit to make an espresso martini at home.

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope, who recently resigned as chief winemaker of Craggy Range, will make an exclusive range of wines for Naked Wines in a £300,000 project.

Bigger bottle for St Stefanus

22 February, 2012

Miller Brands has launched a 75cl version of its Belgian craft beer St Stefanus.

One tenth of all beer sales in the UK are illicit, according to HM Revenue & Customs.

Independent push for Portugal

22 February, 2012

Wines of Portugal is targeting independent wine merchants in a new push to enthuse the wine trade about the quality and diversity of Portuguese wines.

The agency which organised National Wine Month last year has called on the wine trade to ask if wants to continue the initiative this year.

Outdoor ad push for Stella

21 February, 2012

AB Inbev has launched an outdoor ad campaign for Stella Artois that aims to highlight the brand’s brewing heritage.

Codorníu has extended its Anna de Codorníu range with Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Noirs, exclusive to independent wine merchants and the on-trade.

Gallo will launch Moscato wines under its Gallo Family Vineyards and Barefoot labels next month, the winery has announced.

Alcoholic energy drink Crunk Juce is set to relaunch as Crunk CJ after the Portman Group banned it in its original format. 

The Wine Institute of California and Off Licence News are giving independents the chance to win a trip to the Golden State and an Enomatic wine sampling machine.

Bottled beers are driving growth in the ale market but retailers are missing £20 million in sales due to out-of-stocks, according to new figures. 

Fraudsters face jail terms

17 February, 2012

The owner of an Essex bonded warehouse has been jailed for 10 years for leading a £50 million alcohol and VAT fraud.

Diageo has said a decline in UK sales of its spirits brands in the last half of 2011 was the result of a reduction of its active involvement in deep supermarket promotions. 

Viña Ventisquero has appointed a new UK sales director.

March 2012 sees the launch of Whisky Week London. The week will commence on March 19 and finish with the Whisky Live show on Friday March 23 and Saturday March 24.

Trade bodies have responded to prime minister David Cameron’s pledge to tackle problem drinking today (February 15).