2012 April

Bargain Booze owner ECI Partners has called off its search for a buyer for the franchise chain.

A competition for consumers to win a trip to a number of exotic locations around the world will appear in an on-pack promotion for Courvoisier Cognac this summer.

Islay’s Bruichladdich distillery has boosted its operating profits by 19.6% to £1.4 million, it has announced in its latest results.

González Byass is set to release a special edition of Tio Pepe En Rama, its unclarified, unfiltered fino, to celebrate the 200th birthday of the winery’s founder Manuel Maria González.

New look for Nyetimber

27 April, 2012

English sparkling wine Nyetimber has revamped its packaging in time for the UK’s summer of celebrations.

Diageo GB is boosting distribution of its Nigerian-brewed Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and non-alcoholic Malta Guinness through Surrey-based distributor Kato Enterprises.

Westons’ Henry Westons cider has become the official sponsor of the Cheltenham Jazz & Literature Festival for the next three years – and is celebrating by offering OLN readers tickets to the jazz festival on May 4-7.

Tesco is taking a stand at the London International Wine Fair and is calling on suppliers and producers to come to its wine team with ideas and projects – in what the supermarket is calling a “Dragons Den-style opportunity”.

Heineken has launched a multi-million pound ad campaign for Strongbow, positioning the cider as a reward for “men who get the job done”.

Blavod Wines & Spirits is introducing its own spiced rum as a replacement for Cockspur, the agency rights to which it lost in October 2010.

Oxford Wine Co opens its fourth store on Friday.

Online retailer Slurp has launched a microsite in a bid to build sales of corporate gifts of wine.

Carlsberg will have special packs featuring England footballers on sale from late May until the end of Euro 2010 in July.

Graham Mackay is to step down as chief executive of SAB Miller – the group whose brands include Peroni and Pilsner Urquell – in July.

Rapid growth from the new wave of lower-alcohol wines is failing to halt decline in the overall wine market. 

The latest round of increases in drinks duty has failed to dampen the ardour of supermarkets for heavy price promotions, with a range of deals hitting the market since the Budget.

The latest round of increases in drinks duty has failed to dampen the ardour of supermarkets for heavy price promotions, with a range of deals hitting the market since the Budget.

An influential group of local government officials wants to see health experts given a say in the issue of licences to off-trade retailers.

Australian wine producers are to be allowed to cherry-pick the specific marketing activities they want to participate in rather than signing up for the whole annual generic programme.

The All Party Parliamentary Beer Group has launched its own inquiry into beer tax fraud.

A new Community Alcohol Partnership scheme has been launched in Great Yarmouth to crack down on under-age drinking and antisocial behaviour. 

Barefoot Wine has signed up environmentalist and adventurer Ben Fogle to front its annual Beach Rescue Project.

Online retailer Slurp has launched a French site in what it is calling “an audacious bid to beat the French on their own patch”.

Landmark Wholesale has given its Vintners Collection wine range a new look and grown it with a new Italian Pinot Grigio, Australian Pinot Grigio and South African Shiraz/Grenache blend.

ASA bans Budweiser ad

11 April, 2012

A radio ad for Budweiser has been banned for linking alcohol to sexual success.

Off Licence News is inviting independent readers to register for a £50 bursary to visit the London International Wine Fair in May. 

The generic marketing body for the Rhône valley has earmarked a £1 million investment to push its wines in the UK this year. 

Low alcohol gathers pace

10 April, 2012

Blossom Hill and Gallo are both developing 5.5% abv wines to target the growing low-alcohol wine market.

Following the success of last year’s initiative, OLN is again working with Wines of South Africa to target leading independents. We are offering two readers the opportunity to win a trip to the Cape Wine fair, taking place in Cape Town from September 25-27. 

Lincolnshire Police and licensing officers from North Kesteven District Council have seized £6,000 worth of alcohol from an off-licence after it failed a test purchase sting.