2013 July

Australian Vintage has become the latest supplier to launch a low alcohol wine range into the UK market.

Greenall’s Gin has timed its new sponsorship of Lancashire Country Cricket Club perfectly as the biggest match in cricket heads to the team’s Old Trafford home on Thursday.

Tesco has secured an exclusive listing of three new wines from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group.

The glorious sunshine that has bathed Britain this month has led to a surge in cider and lager sales, according to various leading suppliers.

Wine merchant Roberson is taking over an old gin distillery in Earls Court and turning it into a boutique winery that will start making wine in September.

Eleven European wine and spirits producing countries have lodged a bid to block Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing on alcohol by branding them illegal, unfair and ineffective.

Brewdog has responded with typical defiance after receiving a rap on the knuckles from the Advertising Standards Authority over material on its website deemed to cause “serious offence”.

The UK trade will be able to sample the 2011 vintage of Bordeaux wines to gain Cru Bourgeois status at a tasting in London on September 19.

Brewdog has been sanctioned by the advertising watchdog for referring to itself as a “post punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery” on its website.

A new celebratory digital ad that Carling released within minutes of the announcement of the royal birth has already been viewed more than 400,000 times as royal baby mania continues to grip the UK.

How to make a Purple Lady pomegranate-flavoured summer cocktail: 

People often see supermarkets as the one-eyed monsters of the brewing industry, so it’s perhaps appropriate that Morrisons has at least in part been responsible for a great leap forward in the fortunes of Cyclops, the scheme to put independent tasting notes on to the reverse of bottled beer labels and cask ale pump clips.

Due to the recessive nature of the MC1R gene ginger people are dying out and could be extinct by the year 2100, according to the Oxford Hair Foundation.

If proof of the effectiveness among brewing lobbyists were ever needed, it was on full view at the 20th annual dinner of the All Parliamentary Beer Group in Westminster last week. Senior MPs rubbed shoulders with brewers in a resplendent display of back-slapping over the successful abolishment of the beer duty escalator.

Independent retailers and convenience store owners are missing a “huge” opportunity to sell more sparkling wine, according to a leading supplier.

Living the dream

22 July, 2013

Ever felt like making your own wine? If you work in the business, whether as a retailer, sommelier, importer or impoverished hack, the chances are that you’ve entertained just such a dream.

Copestick Murray has appointed Jo Ahearne MW as consultant winemaker for its I Heart wine brand.

An overhaul of the way drinks companies use social media is expected within two weeks as the Advertising Standards Authority prepares to tighten its laws.

Drinkaware is teaming up with retailers in Glasgow to use POS to urge shoppers to switch their usual drink to a lower strength version.

World Wine Agencies sold

19 July, 2013

New World specialist World Wine Agencies has been bought by Hayward Brothers in a deal to give the European-focused importer a broader portfolio.

Rum sales soar

19 July, 2013

Rum could soon overtake gin to become the UK’s third most popular spirit if retailers tap into its potential, according to a leading supplier.

Budvar brewery is launching a 3.8% abv beer to join its flagship brand in the UK. Pardal is brewed at the same facility as Budvar but has a lower price point and will debut at Morrisons in the autumn.

The calibre of supermarket wine buyers has come under renewed fire from suppliers complaining poor expertise could be costing sales.

Multiples continue to grow BWS sales at the expense of smaller retailers, according to the First Drinks Market Report 2013.

The industry needs to overhaul its approach to low-alcohol wine to up its appeal among younger consumers and give the category a more positive image, according to leading suppliers. 

The owner of Bargain Booze is seeking to rapidly accelerate the chain’s national roll out after it launched a bid to raise up to £65 million by floating the company on the stock exchange. 

The government is expected to formally announce today that it has abandoned plans for minimum unit pricing and a ban on multibuys for alcohol in England and Wales.

Home Office minister Jeremy Browne has confirmed the government has formally abandoned plans to pursue minimum pricing on alcohol, but that the policy “remains under consideration” for the future.

Bibendum has launched a standalone spirits agency business and is on the lookout for new brands to add to its portfolio.

Jerobaums of £18,000 Cristal Champagne, first growths and vertical selections of Chateau Margaux and Petrus and a whisky collection worth almost £1 million are on sale at Harrod’s new wine and spirits department.