2012 July

Drinking rates among schoolchildren have fallen over the past decade, according to the latest NHS statistics published today.

The makers of a new gadget that looks like an icicle suspended in a bottle of wine claim it will “maintain the optimal drinking temperature while the bottle is consumed”.

Naked Wines goes global

25 July, 2012

Norwich-based Naked Wines has continued its global expansion by opening a winery in California.

Brands including Tsingtao beer and Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer will be on offer at London 2012 viewing platforms as part of producer Halewood International’s new marketing drive.

Wine writer and presenter Olly Smith said he is “bowled over” after he was named English Wine Producers Communicator of the Year.

Remy Cointreau will move into the premium single malt scotch whisky market sfter it agreed to buy the Bruichladdich distillery for £58 million.

Production at Accolade Wine’s Bristol hub will increase by 30% after it signed a landmark reciprocal bottling deal with Treasury Wine Estates.

Bibendum has appointed Waitrose’s wine buying manager Andrew Shaw as it new head of buying.

Wells and Young’s has appointed Nestlè brands manager Phil Toms to the new post of director of brands.

Euro 2012 proved a washout for retailers as less lager was sold during the period than during the same two weeks in 2011. 

An influential committee of MPs has backed government plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol to combat the “insidious and pervasive” impact of binge drinking. 

A clearer picture is emerging of the government’s attitude to minimum pricing. And what is clear is that ministers are confused. To mask that confusion they hide behind the forthcoming consultation on the process which will include deciding whether to do it all.

The anarchic brand of alcoholic lemonade credited with kick-starting the UK’s £630 million RTD industry is back on the market after a nine-year absence. 

The company which recently lost the agency for Zubrowka bison grass vodka has launched its own rival brand.

Drinks industry leaders have rejected calls from a group representing the medical profession for legislation to introduce US-style health warnings on alcohol packaging.

SHS Group has merged its drinks businesses under a single corporate identity.

Bargain Booze is on the hunt for a new chief executive after long-standing managing director Tim Stanley left his role at the company as part of a shake-up at the top.

New Zealand Winegrowers has parted company with its European director David Cox.

The Paisley-based Winehouse chain has temporarily closed its Scottish stores over the past two weeks. Director Philip Craig said it was in the “process of revamping a selection of shops” and that the planned relaunch, originally promised for the first week of July, is still “on schedule”.

Tesco has appointed Alain Guilpain to be its new buying manager for wine, OLN has learned. 

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has struck a deal to move its entire UK portfolio into the welcoming arms of wholesaler Hatch Mansfield.

DJ Bernhard and MC Wonderful are returning to TV screens this summer to promote Malibu rum in a new series of adverts.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has launched a limited edition beer called Flame Runner that will commemorate the start of the London Olympics.

Wine & Spirit Trade Association communications director Gavin Partington is to become the director general of the British Soft Drinks Association in the autumn.

Carlsberg UK is attempting to take on the might of Magners, Strongbow, Stella Artois Cidre et al by launching a new mainstream cider brand.

Market leading Scotch whisky Glenfiddich will celebrate its 125th anniversary this year by sponsoring the Director of the Year 2012 awards.

Jean Claude Van Damme will dust off his hiking shoes once more to continue a Coors Light advertising campaigning that has helped boost sales of the lager by 40%.

Blossom Hill has launched a new 5.5% wine in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.

Diageo is launching a Chinese baijiu white spirit in the UK market.

Retailers can win a buying trip to Chile as part of a new promotion designed to promote Chilean wines in the UK.