2012 October

Spanish wine expert, award-winning writer and broadcaster John Radford has died, aged 65.

Laverstoke Park Farm’s ale and lager packaging has breached alcohol responsibility rules by using a drawing that would appeal to young children.

Hardy’s expects to reach 145,000 drinkers by sponsoring the BBC Good Food Show.

Port will leapfrog sherry to become the UK’s leading fortified wine by 2020, according to a leading importer.

The Portuguese Ambassador to the UK presented Jancis Robinson MW with a medal for her services to Portuguese wine at a ceremony at his London home.

Bargain Booze will spend £1 million on a national television and radio ad campaign in the build-up to Christmas.

A new importer specialising in boutique wines from family-run vineyards in Argentina is targeting independent retailers in the UK.

LIWF returns to its roots

19 October, 2012

The organiser of the London International Wine Fair has pledged to put a greater focus on the needs of the domestic market at next year’s event and has recruited a new steering com- mittee of retailers and suppliers to advise on its activity.

A French wine-based drink produced since 1872 has secured its first supermarket listing in the UK.

Competition in the own-label battleground is hotting up as the major retailers revamp their offer with Asda leading the charge.

Westons Cider has laid out ambitious plans to double sales within eight years after its off-trade business grew 10% over the past 12 months.

Jack Daniel’s is to build a 26ft Christmas tree made out of whiskey barrels in London’s Covent Garden.

A tequila produced by entertainer Cleo Rocos will be hitting Sainsbury’s stores next month.

Accolade Wines is aiming to increase its presence in the premium wine market with a new William Hardy range.

Diageo hopes to raise £1 million for the Help for Heroes charity with a new limited-edition bottle of Bell’s whisky.

Off-Piste wines has been appointed as the new UK off-trade agent for Spanish wine producer Bodegas Muriel, marking its first foray into Spain.  

Grant’s whisky is sponsoring ITV4 in a £2 million deal that will see it associated comedies, documentaries and dramas including Minder and The Saint.

Grey Goose vodka is launching a £1.5m marketing campaign designed to encourage people to experiment with the brand in the buildup to Christmas.

Jim Beam Honey is making a beeline for the off-trade after an on-trade launch in March was hailed as a success by distributor Maxxium UK.

The Balvenie has added a 17 Year Old DoubleWood to its core range of single malt whiskies.

Five wines from Brazil’s leading producer are now available from Stevens Garnier.

England’s largest wine estate has been forced to scrap its entire 2012 harvest after deciding poor weather had rendered the grapes below scratch.

Wholesaler Venus called the collapse of Waverley TBS a huge opportunity for smaller merchants after picking up extra business amid the wreckage.

Wine Rack has tipped Romania as an upcoming powerhouse in the wine trade after revealing its Romanian Pinot Grigio was selling as well as its Italian version.

Wine Rack plans to open four or five new stores by Christmas after announcing the business grew 6% over the past year.

The administrators handling the collapse of Waverley TBS has announced 685 staff have been made redundant after it failed to secure a buyer.

World beer has added £28 million to the off-trade lager category in the past 12 months.

Bargain Booze has pledged to step up its lobbying profile on duty fraud.

Accolade Wines has outlined its commitment to the market despite launching a review into its UK operation.

Morrisons has vowed to add £100 million to its wine sales in the next three years as part of an aggressive challenge to rivals.