2014 July

AB-Inbev said it has grown UK sales by 8.1% in the first half of 2014, driven by market share gains for Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Diageo Great Britain has announced a net sales growth of 2% over the past year, with Baileys and reserve brands such as Talisker and Ciroc leading the charge.

Jagermeister ad banned

30 July, 2014

A Jagermeister ad featuring surfers riding extreme waves on a windswept Icelandic beach has been banned for linking alcohol to “tough and daring behaviour”.

Kingstone Press is launching its canned apple ciders in a range of shrink-wrapped multipacks.

The advertising watchdog has warned Tesco to sort out its promotional strategy after it broke advertising rules with a misleading deal on Hobgoblin ale.

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving its overhauled wine club a big push in a bid to broaden its reach and attract younger consumers.

Villa Maria is launching a “virtual vineyard” app that allows wine lovers to discover more about New Zealand’s wine regions.

TV presenter Jimmy Doherty will front a new ad campaign for Distell’s premium South African wine brand Nederburg.

Judges handed out 30 gold medals, 103 silvers and 170 bronzes at the International Beer Challenge 2014.

Argentinian wine brand Trivento has signed a deal to sponsor Premiership rugby throughout the 2014-15 season.

Languedoc-Roussillon winemaker Katie Jones has continued her resurgence by releasing a 2013 Domaine Jones Blanc Grenache Gris Côtes Catalanes into the UK market.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is launching a new drinks superstore called BB’s Warehouse that will stock a 400-strong range of wines.

A new campaign promoting white Bordeaux is targeting younger generations of UK wine lovers.

Scottish beer brand Innis & Gunn has slammed Reducing the Strength schemes, claiming they are anti-competitive, a blow to consumers and a threat to the UK’s burgeoning craft beer market.

Retailers are urged to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards 2015, which offer independents, specialists, convenience stores and major multiples from across the UK the chance to win coveted trophies and recognition among the leading lights of our dynamic industry. 

The off-trade spirits market grew by £130 million in the past year as consumer confidence shot up, according to latest annual market report from William Grant & Sons UK. 

Drinks shops with the ability to provide customers with suggested pairings for their  evening meal are legion.  But there aren’t many that will actually sell them the meal as well.

Everyone’s got a story about working with the boss from hell. The manager who barks insults at the team whenever anything goes wrong – not the most helpful or constructive method of problem solving – or the maverick injecting his personality into the business, who turns out to be more sociopath than innovative thinker.

Where does the line between the personal responsibility of adults and the role of government lie? This question has exercised the minds of our industry leaders for many years.

Fresh, fruity, approachable and affordable – four reasons why Prosecco has become the bubbly of choice in the UK.

Favourite Beers opened in 2010 and set itself up as the Gloucestershire centre for beer and cider lovers. The shop scooped OLN’s Drinks Retailing Awards for Independent Beer Retailer of the Year 2012 and Independent Cider Retailer of the Year 2013.

Deep discounts on wine are crippling the trade and must be stopped if it is to have a sustainable future, according to suppliers.

Prosecco producers must maintain prices to guard against becoming “another cava”, UK agents have warned.

Conviviality Retail plans to ramp up Bargain Booze’s expansion into the south east, roll out Wine Rack stores across the country, bolster its online offering and trial a larger- format store as it seeks to build on strong trading figures.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has commissioned a project that will examine street drinking to gain a clearer picture of the problem and review whether the industry should assist in providing solutions.

Cono Sur sales have shot up 77% in value in the past year on the back of a sponsorship of the Tour de France (Nielsen, year to June 26).

Lidl is mounting an aggressive assault on premium wine shoppers with a £12 million campaign designed to lure Claret lovers and fans of other iconic French labels into stores.

Tesco has added seven new wines to its premium Finest range.

A row has erupted between Pernod Ricard and the Portman Group after it sent out a bulletin asking retailers not to order bottles of Pernod.

Retailers have sold less beer and cider during the World Cup than the previous in 2010, with volumes down by 608,000 hl, according to Nielsen (six weeks to 28/6/14).