2013 November

Oddbins is launching an own-label premium bottled ale after reporting that sales of craft beer grew 179% over the past year.

FWD award winners announced

29 November, 2013

Russian Standard Vodka beat Stella Artois and Carlsberg’s Somersby Cider to be crowned Drinks Brand of the Year at last night’s Federation of Wholesale Distributors Gold Medal Awards.

Film company Paramount has launched a Ron Burgundy-branded Scotch whisky to celebrate the launch of Anchorman 2 in December.

A new 66cl bottle for Catalan lager Estrella Damm is hitting shelves this month as distributor Wells & Young’s seeks to capitalise on the growth in larger formats.

Origin takes on Spanish winery

28 November, 2013

Origin’s mission to become a one-stop shop for old world wine has gathered pace with the addition of Spanish estate Alvisa to its growing portfolio of exclusive labels.

New Zealand wants to be the world’s leading producer of high quality low-calorie and lower-alcohol wines.

Twitter claims it has improved its age-gating system in a bid to help a wider range of drinks suppliers stop underage users receiving alerts about alcohol.

New look for Addlestones

28 November, 2013

The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has given cloudy cider Addlestones a new look.

The group of brewers behind the Let There Be Beer TV ad campaign have been cleared of breaking advertising laws after complaints from four viewers.

Pear brandy crafted by a group of Carthusian monks at the foothills of the Gorjanci Mountains in Slovenia is available in the UK for the first time.

Bombardier is sponsoring Talk Sport’s coverage of the England cricket team’s Ashes campaign in Australia.

Crackdown on duty fraud urged

26 November, 2013

Trade bodies in Scotland will unite to urge the authorities to crack down on duty fraud at a Parliamentary Reception in January.

SAB Miller is to hand out 10,000 scholarships to train workers in off-licences and pubs about responsible retailing.

Tia Maria has teamed up with Funkin to give consumers an easy way to make its signature Tia Maria Espresso Martini serve.

Scotland’s Arran brewery has launched a crowd-funding initiative to raise £4 million.

The Co-operative Group believes it can fill the void left by the disappearance of off-licence chains from the high street because it already has a shop in every postcode.

Let battle commence

22 November, 2013

"Wine has been and will continue to be one of our hero categories. I can’t dispute its growth and it shows no real sign of letting up,” says Simon Cairns, wine trading manager at the Co- operative Group.

Survival instinct

22 November, 2013

Almost two years after adding the Nicolas stores in London to the Spirited Wines chain he set up in 2010, Benoit Thouvenin has a leaner estate but confidence in the future. He says business is much better than it was 18 months ago – but that has come at a cost. Rising rents and challenging trading have forced him to close 14 stores, leaving him with just five of the shops outside London that he began trading with.

Virgin Wines chief executive Jay Wright has laid out ambitious plans to grow turnover after leading a £15.9 million management buyout.

Even before its future plans were revealed to us exclusively this week, Oddbins’ story had become stranger than fiction.

The wine trade is frequently accused of offering the best career in the world. Because the grass is always greener on the other side, the best career in the world is usually anything that isn’t your own.

Oddbins is launching a dramatic bid to return to UK high streets as its owners unveil plans to rebuild it as a 300-strong national chain.

The Christmas price wars have fired up with Asda slashing its Pierre Darcys Champagne from £24.25 to £10 and Sainsbury’s selling branded Champagne at just £12.49.

Spirited Wines has been forced to close 14 stores in the past 18 months, blaming rising rents and increased competition.

Pernod Ricard has put a trio of brands and a raft of new products at the centre of its growth strategy. UK managing director Denis O’Flynn told OLN it would launch two spirits and a pair of wines within the next year after identifying gaps in the market.

WKD launches Christmas ad

22 November, 2013

WKD has launched a Christmas campaign on digital and social media channels and video-sharing sites. 

Putting the 'ale' in female

21 November, 2013

The 2014 Good Beer Guide reported that real ale club Camra now has more female members than ever, with women making up 22% of its membership – an increase of 20,000 in the past decade.

Heineken has launched a new racing-themed ad campaign for John Smith’s Extra Smooth.

PLB launches Spanish lager

21 November, 2013

PLB has released Spanish lager Estrella Galicia.

The Wychwood Brewery team will visit eight cities across the UK in a purpose-built sample truck in the New Year in a bid to bring Hobgoblin to the masses.