2012 August

The deadline to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards has been extended to Wednesday, September 12.

Waitrose has appointed Ken Mackay MW to buying manager for wine.

Organisers have changed the dates of the London International Wine Fair in a bid to attract more independent retailers.

Thatchers Heritage draught cider is now available in a three-litre bag in box in the off-trade, designed to give drinkers the pub experience at home.

Councillors that sparked fury by calling for Northumberland to promote cross-border booze cruises to take advantage of minimum unit pricing in Scotland have come out against plans to introduce the scheme in England.

Halewood International has launched a range of flavoured vodka to add to its spirits portfolio.

Glenfiddich has signed up sports stars and explorers including Paralympian Dame Tanni-Grey Thompson and Sir Ranulph Fiennes for a series of upcoming primetime TV ads.

Swedish premium cider Rekorderlig will launch its first viral marketing campaign this month in a bid to encourage cider lovers to bring out their “inner Swedishness”.

Copestick Murray’s I ♥ brand has secured its first supermarket listing at Sainsbury’s.

Patrick Ricard dies aged 67

20 August, 2012

Patrick Ricard, the man who turned Pernod Ricard into one of the world’s largest drinks companies, has died suddenly at the age of 67.

Cheshire-based independent wine shop chain Corks Out has introduced free national delivery for online orders with a minimum value of £40.

Jacob’s Creek has signed a deal to sponsor The Jonathan Ross Show and the first ads will appear on Saturday when the comedian interviews Usain Bolt.

The Olympics failed to deliver the anticipated boost in drinks sales, according to early indications from retailers. 

Diageo has dodged a rap on the knuckles over a Smirnoff ad featuring Madonna that was accused of appealing to minors. The company successfully argued the Material Girl is too old to appeal to teenagers. 

OFT blasts minimum pricing

17 August, 2012

Plans to introduce minimum unit pricing will backfire as retailers will be encouraged to sell more cheap alcohol, the Office of Fair Trading has warned.

A spiced rum influenced by the old recipe for Sailor Jerry has been brought to market by Manchester-based wholesaler LWC Drinks.

You cannot be a self-respecting pirate without adhering to a very particular checklist: scraggly beard, bulging biceps, weathered skin, tattoos, missing limbs, fighting spirit, a filthy mouth and, of course, a bottle of rum.

It’s easy to see social media as a form of free advertising, a way for brand owners and retailers to broadcast their good points to the world without having to pay a middle man in the form

It’s easy to see social media as a form of free advertising, a way for brand owners and retailers to broadcast their good points to the world without having to pay a middle man in the form

Twenty new beers that won regional heats of Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt will go on sale at the supermarket chain in September.

Paul Bastard leaves Co-op

15 August, 2012

The Co-operative is on the hunt for a new wine development manager after news Paul Bastard is stepping down after 17 years.

Tesco overhauls wine team

09 August, 2012

Tesco has overhauled its wine team by poaching Bibendum’s sales director Emma Biggs and adding three more new faces.

Brancott Estate has teamed up with travel bible Lonely Planet to create an on-pack promotion offering drinkers the chance to visit cities like San Francisco and Kyoto.

Buckingham Schenk founder and chairman Cliff Roberson is retiring after nearly 40 years in the business.

Jameson will attempt to drive sales with the launch of an on-pack competition this month offering drinkers the chance to go to New York and take part in a Bourne Legacy agent training session.

A shake-up in the management structure of Accolade Wines has seen European commercial general manager James Lousada leave the business to be replaced by two new managers.

Nobby’s Nuts will hand out 35,000 packets of its sweet chilli nuts to drinkers at the Great British Beer Festival.

Brand Phoenix has launched a new range of 5.5% wines in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.

Stella Artois has moved to cement its relationship with the film industry by launching a new bursary scheme designed to bring movie fans closer to the films they love.

A professor of marketing and a specialist licensing barrister have joined the Independent Complaints Panel.