2013 October

Stolichnaya has released a New Zealand edition of its super-premium Elit Pristine Water Series.

The world is facing its biggest wine shortage in 40 years according to a report by Morgan Stanley Research in the US.

The off-trade enjoyed its best performance in beer for a decade during the third quarter of this year, according to figures form the British Beer & Pub Association.

The UK’s third National Wine Week is to run in the lead-up to Christmas.

Grey Goose has launched a £1.8 million marketing campaign including cinema ads that tell the story behind the French vodka.

The London Wine Fair is targeting small independent importers and agents with a “show within the show” called Esoterica.

Emporia Brands and Père Magloire Calvados have hailed National Calvados Week as a success and plan to run the promotion again next year.

An American drinks trade association has urged the UK government to consider a US-style, three-tier distribution system to counter counterfeit and adulterated alcohol.

Magners and Gaymers cider maker C&C Group said the UK market “remains challenging” as it reported a 15.5% drop in revenue in its UK cider business in the half-year to August 31.

Ex-Spar wine boss Xenia Irwin MW is to rejoin the retail sector as multi-channel buyer for BWS at Waitrose Wine Direct.

De Bortoli has added a new blend to its Deen Vat Series, targeted at independents and regional wholesalers.

Corky’s is the latest spirits brand to use glitter to add a little sparkle to its liqueur sales.

New look for Captain Morgan

25 October, 2013

Diageo is giving Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold a new bottle and pre-mixed can design.

Ilminster independent Cornhill Wines has shut its doors after 20 years.

Barefoot Wine cleans beaches

25 October, 2013

More than 1,000 volunteers have cleaned up 14 UK beaches thanks to California wine brand Barefoot.

Brothers Drinks has launched a tequila-flavoured cider called Perro Loco – or “mad dog” in Spanish.

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is offering convenience store shoppers free gift bags with some of its brands to boost trade in the run-up to Christmas.

Italian DOC and DOCG wines can now be closed with screwcaps or synthetic corks after the country’s government caved in to pressure from the trade. 

Scottish brewery Brewmeister has launched what it says is the world’s strongest beer – at 67.5% abv.

Hi-Spirits said it has suspended activity on the social media pages of its Fireball brand to review its approach after breaching the Advertising Standards Authority code for the fifth time this year.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting a Christmas Ceilidh on November 28 and urged industry figures to sign up for an evening of Scottish-inspired dancing, food and drink.

Guinness is taking over all three ad breaks within The Jonathan Ross Show on October 26 in what marks a landmark deal for ITV.

Origin Wine has appointed Phil Reedman MW to build up its new brand Camden Park in Australia.

Box Steam brewery is set to double its turnover after redesigning its bottles, ramping up its focus on the off-trade and increasing listings at Tesco.

Jungfrau goes for gold

21 October, 2013

Global Brands has become the latest spirits company to launch a liqueur laced with gold.

Hi-Spirits has launched a cider with tequila and lime flavour called Manzana Loca – or “crazy apple” in Spanish.

Suffolk brewer St Peter’s has launched a gluten-free gift pack targeting beer fans with coeliac disease this Christmas.

Nearly half of 10 to 14-year-olds have seen their parents drunk, alcohol education charity Drinkaware has reported.

A six-strong range of wines under the Co-operative’s premium own-label Truly Irresistible is to reach store shelves next week.

Morrisons wine sales up 3%

18 October, 2013

Morrisons said it is constantly growing market share of the wine category and sales are up 3% year on year.