2014 May

Sales of own-label Italian fizz have surged by 90%, making it nearly twice the size of the market for own-label Champagne.

Australian wines may be pushed into the sub-£5 bargain basement as a glut in surplus forces prices down.

When I worked at Majestic, a rumour circulated that a plucky manager once led a strike by standing on the roof of the Shepherd’s Bush store and shouting slogans through a loudhailer. Apparently, that story is still going – and someone recently told me they’d heard the protagonist was me.

Wine sales are in the pink for summer with a series of launches.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne is making its first stand-alone appearance at next week’s London Wine Fair at Olympia with an Airstream trailer.

Did you make the sale?

30 May, 2014

My first sales director always asked me this critical question. Never was the question more appropriate than with trade shows.

Mouton Cadet aims to become the market leader for the UK’s Bordeaux wine category after returning to Britain with listings at Majestic and Morrisons.

Waitrose is set to roll out its deli and wine concept after successful trials in more than a dozen stores.

Who decides which wines are sold, bought and drunk in the UK off-trade? Who determines where they come from, how they are made and how much they cost?

Who decides which wines are sold, bought and drunk in the UK off-trade? Who determines where they come from, how they are made and how much they cost?

Who decides which wines are sold, bought and drunk in the UK off-trade? Who determines where they come from, how they are made and how much they cost?

Oddbins has bought back 20 Nicolas stores from Spirited Wines to bring its estate to 54 as it ramps up plans to rebuild the business as a 300-strong national chain.

Booths’ new wine buyer Victoria Anderson is set to update the northern supermarket’s own-label range with some New World additions.

A Nisa convenience store operator in north east England has taken on franchises for two Bargain Booze stores.

South African wine sales have risen 18% in value and 15% in volume (Nielsen, year to February 1) in the UK off-trade.

Accolade has launched an online wine shop to sell premium Australian wines direct to consumers.

Campo Viejo Tempranillo has grown 25% in value in the past year and is now third bestselling wine SKU in the off-trade (Nielsen, year to April 26).

Pernod Ricard is offering shoppers the chance to add personalised Father’s Day messages to bottles of three of its bestselling whiskies.

Winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs, who has wineries in California and Argentina, has teamed up with Cahors’ Bertrand Vigouroux to launch a Malbec from the region. 

Berry Bros & Rudd has given its warehouse store in Basingstoke a makeover and it will reopen this week with a larger range of wines and spirits.

Scotch whisky, bourbon and beer are set for a push in stores across the UK as sons and daughters prepare to treat their dads this Father’s Day.

Drinks suppliers and retailers have been warned of the dangers of breaching advertising rules after the watchdog teamed up with Trading Standards to clamp down on two firms.

Pernod Ricard, AB-Inbev and Champagne Lanson have all announced plans to cash in on the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which starts next month.

Treasury Wine Estates has rejected a £1.7 billion takeover bid from private equity group Kohl Kravis Roberts.

John E Fells has added Barolo producer Renato Ratti to its portfolio.

Drinks retailers enjoyed a strong showing on The Sunday Times Rich List published yesterday, with Tony and Barbara Laithwaite leading the charge.

Buckfast will be sold in cans for the first time and the Benedictine monks that brew it in Devon hope they will be a hit with barbecue fans over the summer.

AB-Inbev has released a new raspberry variant of Stella Artois Cidre in 33cl and 50cl bottles in a bid to attract more female consumers.

Diageo has commissioned food artist Nathan Wyburn to create portraits of the Masterchef finalists out of whisky grains, berries and honey to celebrate the final of the hit show this week.

Diageo claims its new Blossom Hill Sun-Kissed wines will “revive the wine category” by boosting sales and attracting new consumers.