2013 September

Halewood International has launched Stukaberg, a 22% herbal schnapps created by Cubic Brands.

PLB's Darbyshire to step down

30 September, 2013

PLB’s sales director John Osborne is to take over as the agency’s managing director next year, when current managing director Peter Darbyshire steps down.

English sparkling wine Nyetimber said its newly released Classic Cuvee 2009 is the finest vintage it has ever produced.

Exports of Alsace wines to the UK have grown 27.8% in volume in the first seven months of 2013, according to regional body IVA (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace).

Fuller’s has launched its 2013 bottle-conditioned Vintage Ale.

Bargain Booze has teamed up with Thwaites to launch three craft ales which had only been available on draught in Thwaites’ pubs so far.

Languedoc winery Abbotts & Delaunay has appointed Hilde Chevillot as its new winemaker.

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association has launched a campaign called "Be fair George" that aims to see the duty escalator on wine and spirits axed within a year.

A host of the UK’s leading wine suppliers have all committed to return to the London Wine Fair in 2014 after an absence of one or more years.

Mangrove is offering drinkers the chance to win an all expenses paid weekend for two to Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg via an on-pack promotion on chocolate liqueur Mozart Gold.

On-pack campaign for E&J Brandy

25 September, 2013

Gallo is running an on-pack promotion on E&J Brandy in the run-up to Christmas – its biggest ever investment in the brand.

Kilchoman releases 2007 Vintage

25 September, 2013

Islay independent farm distillery Kilchoman is releasing its oldest whisky to date – 2007 Vintage.

Rekorderlig is releasing its Winter Cider again this year – this time with a £2 million spend and the edition’s first ever ad campaign.

Fuller’s has once again delved into its brewing history to produce the fourth beer in its Past Masters range.

The organiser of the London Wine Fair is reviewing the dates of future shows to maintain its relevance to buyers and suppliers.

Lambrini is to sponsor Liverpool Fashion Week, which takes place on October 14-19 at Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building.

Laithwaite’s is planning a push on eastern European wines after almost doubling sales from the region over the past year.

UK buyers are starting to think less about their own refined palates and more about their sweet-toothed customers, according to the supplier of one of the UK’s bestselling Argentinian wines.

Wines of South Africa’s departing head says the country is in its “best position for years” as her replacement prepares to take the reins.

High-strength ban spreads

20 September, 2013

Beers and ciders with an abv of 6.5% and above could soon be a thing of the past in the off-trade as councils across the UK start to adopt Ipswich’s Reducing the Strength Campaign.

The government has launched a consultation which could see the end of personal licences.

A leading supplier claims half price wine deals will disappear from shelves and urged the trade to find new tactics to stem haemorrhaging sales.

A beautiful friendship begins

20 September, 2013

Welcome! Bienvenidos! Thobela! Using a modern day riff on Joel Grey’s famous song in Cabaret, The Beautiful South held its first, keenly-awaited tasting in London last week. If you’ve not heard of the initiative, it is a genuinely groundbreaking collaboration between three Southern Hemisphere countries: Argentina, Chile and South Africa, two of whom are historic enemies.

Prowein organiser Messe Dusseldorf has revealed that 8% of the 26,000 international visitors to the 2013 show came from the UK.

An online “curated marketplace” to showcase drinks from boutique British producers has been launched.

Student discount under fire

20 September, 2013

The Co-operative Group has come under fire from Alcohol Concern for offering students a 10% discount on beer, wine and spirits.

Wines of South Africa has named Siobhan Thompson as its new chief executive as Su Birch prepares to step down next month. (November).

Diageo has brought a Red Berry flavour of its Ciroc super-premium vodka to the UK.

The three generic bodies that combined to create The Beautiful South tasting last week have announced the event will return next year.

Diageo is facing an investor revolt over “excessive” executive pay packages, according to shareholder advisory firm Manifest.