2012 September

Jose Cuervo is doubling its marketing spend on its 100% agave tequila Tradicional in a bid to promote it as a drink that can be sipped.

The alcohol industry must work together to mount a defence against minimum unit pricing in the face of aggressive government tactics, according to the chief executive of the WSTA.

The drinks industry was told to expect five more years of pain before growth speeds up by leading economists at the WSTA annual conference.

Naked Wines pre-sold more than £25,000-worth of a previously unknown wine in just 48 hours in the latest leg of its Zero to Hero Wine Awards.

Jim Beam given devilish twist

27 September, 2012

Jim Beam has given its regular bourbon a devilish twist and launched a new addition to its core range.

Battle lines have been drawn by two of the UK’s biggest specialist off-licence chains in a bid for supremacy in mainstream off-licence retailing in the eastern half of northern England.

Stratford’s Wine Agencies has been bought by FE Barber – the parent company of Kingsland Wines & Spirits and Legacy Wines – after going into administration.

'Brands need soul' - McGuigan

21 September, 2012

The wine trade needs more high-profile ambassadors to inject personality into brands in the face of tough supermarket trading, according to Australian Vintage’s chief winemaker Neil McGuigan.

Lidl is aiming for a more specialist approach to wine following a £1 million investment in the launch of a premium range.

Rhythm & Booze founder Martin Swaine has emerged as a super franchisee and consultant with the Bargain Booze group.

Camra says that the UK has more breweries than at any time in the past 70 years.

Waitrose to launch Heston gin

12 September, 2012

A Heston Blumenthal gin and an Icelandic wheat beer are among new exclusives being listed by Waitrose in the run-up to Christmas.

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Ex Sainsbury’s wine buyer Julian Dyer has been appointed general manager for Europe at Australian Vintage on a permanent basis.

British supermarkets have been hit by product recalls on bottles of French beer after a safety scare.

Halewood International is backing its Lambrini Cider range with glossy magazine and radio ads to support an on-pack offer.

Crabbie's goes into cans

10 September, 2012

The alcoholic ginger beer category has taken a significant step with the first move into cans by a major brand.

Greenwich Yacht Club was turned into an American-themed beach party when Jameson Irish whiskey screened Stephen Spielberg’s Jaws as part of the Jameson Cult Film Club this week.

ID test methods prompt backlash

07 September, 2012

Retailers have attacked test purchasing methods after an Off Licence News investigation found a child volunteer working for the authorities is sold alcohol every seven hours.

Off-trade sales of beer, cider, RTDs and sparkling wine saw an uplift in the week of the Olympic opening ceremony – but overall the games brought less joy to drinks retailers than the Diamond Jubilee, according to market data firm Nielsen.

Owners of independent shops are the hardest working professionals in Britain, according to a report from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Diageo plans for new distillery

07 September, 2012

Diageo has submitted pre-planning applications for three potential locations for a new malt whisky distillery.

Pernod Ricard UK has fused Carribean Malibu rum with Mexican Olmeca tequila to create Malibu Red.

Wine Australia has outlined the next phase of its generic programme as it ramps up activity focusing on independents and consumer education.

Blavod revenues up 13%‎

07 September, 2012

Blavod Wines & Spirits said its revenues have risen by 13%.

Three new Masters of Wine join the Institute this month.

Toorank branches out into rums

06 September, 2012

Sloane’s gin producer Toorank Distilleries is entering the rum market with the launch of a range called Rebellion.

Less weight for light wine

06 September, 2012

Weight Watchers is hoping to gain a larger slice of the market with four wines made in partnership with McWilliam’s.

First Cape has launched an online wine club to tie in with its sponsorship of the forthcoming British and Irish Lions rugby tour of Australia.