2012 June

Fraud or suspected fraud may have cost UK wine companies as much as £1.3 million since last May, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has revealed.

Health pledges honoured

28 June, 2012

Drinks producers and retailers have made significant progress in their commitments to the government’s Responsibility Deal on public health, with more than 60% of labels already carrying health information and more and more companies signing up with pledges to cut units from the market.

A Colchester-based wine merchant has set up a body that he hopes will bring together independent retailers around the country and give them a united voice.

A report by NHS Scotland has shown “no obvious change” in alcohol sales as a result of the ban on multibuy promotions on alcohol in Scotland.

Lewis: tough year ahead

28 June, 2012

Majestic chief executive Steve Lewis has warned that “next year will be as tough as the one that’s just finished”, despite turning in increased sales, profits and prices. The wine warehouse chain’s pre-tax profit for the 53 weeks to April 2 was up 14.5% to £23.2 million on a sales increase of 8.9% at £280.3 million.

The administrator for D&D Wines International has given up trying to sell the company as a going concern.

 ruling by magistrates in Leeds could alter the way licensing committees and other courts measure the suitability of garages for drinks licences.

The Jubilee gave retailers a sales boost in June according to the Confederation of British Industry.

Ireland’s C&C Group has said sales of Magners cider plummeted in the second quarter of this year because of the poor weather.

Molson Coors UK has confirmed plans to reposition it Grolsch lager away from the mainstream premium lager category and into the booming world beers category.

Malt whisky the Macallan has launched a new range exclusive to the UK – the 1824 Series.

The Portman Group is looking for a new chair for its independent complaints panel, which rules on complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing.

Hastings, in East Sussex, is cracking down on alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and under-age drinking in a new Community Alcohol Partnership scheme.

The makers of a herbal liqueur have been asked to change their marketing because it made medical claims about the drink.

Kent’s Community Alcohol Partnership scheme is being rolled out across the county after successful pilot schemes in Edenbridge, Canterbury and Thanet.

Romanian wine exports to the UK nearly trebled in 2011, latest figures have revealed.

Naked Wines is investing £526,000 to help Marlborough winemaker Mike Paterson set up his own label.

Bacchus wines scooped five trophies in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, run by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

New look for Echo Falls

20 June, 2012

Accolade Wines has given Echo Falls a new look as part of a year-long campaign for the brand with an unprecedented spend.

More indies at LIWF

15 June, 2012

The number of independent retailers visiting the London wine fair was up by 12% this year, while the number of visi- tors from off-licences was up 7%, according to organiser Brintex.

Online drinks retailer Slurp is to introduce daily deal promotions in a move it hopes will appeal to supermarket wine shoppers.

Online drinks retailers risk selling alcohol to under-18s because there are not enough policies and checks in place to prevent it, a new report has warned.

A new company has been set up to provide marketing and sales support to overseas craft brewers.

Heineken buys Stassen

15 June, 2012

Heineken has bought Belgian cidermaker Stassen in a move to boost its production capacity and bolster its new product development capability.

Diageo boss Paul Walsh has described a planned £1 billion investment in distilleries and warehousing as a “pivotal movement” in its participation in the global Scotch whisky market.

Rhythm & Booze’s new owner believes its plans for the chain could breathe new life into a “tired” high street off-licence sector.

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Wine and spirits prices have risen by more than twice the level of inflation in the past year, and sales are declining in shops, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has reported.

Frosty Jack's ads banned

13 June, 2012

Three Youtube ads for Frosty Jack’s have been banned for appealing to under-18s.

Cockspur rum is introducing a spiced version in the UK, the first major product launch since the distribution rights switched to Whyte & Mackay in October 2010.