2014 August

JTI has cut prices on its Sterling Rolling Tobacco and given the brand a new look with new pack formats and rolling papers.

Casillero del Diablo’s Wine Legend Movie ad campaign is to return to UK TV screens this autumn.

Jack Daniel’s is celebrating its eponymous founder’s birthday by giving consumers the chance to win prizes including gig tickets, a trip to the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, or an exclusive party for them and their friends.

A new business is set to launch a limited edition craft beer financed by a crowd-funding initiative.

Heineken has unveiled a new-look edition of its 33cl Heineken bottles as part of its Open Your City campaign.

Ardbeg has released the third edition of its Supernova, described by the Islay distillery as its peatiest single malt.

Pernod Ricard has reported flat global sales in a year when it saw a dramatic collapse in China where revenue fell by 23%.

Colorado-based US brewer Left Hand is aiming to expand its presence on the UK market in a distribution partnership with James Clay.

Tesco is running a warehouse clearance sale on its Wine By The Case website.

Low-alcohol and alcohol-free beer is becoming more socially acceptable and off-trade volumes have grown more than 8% in the past year, a study has revealed.

William Grant expects the first spirit from its new €35 million distillery at Tullamore in Ireland to come on stream from mid-September.

South African wine producer Distell has added two wines under the name 56 Hundred to its Nederburg portfolio in the UK.

Exports of New Zealand wine grew 10% in value and volume in the past year as sales surged in northern Europe and the US following a record harvest.

Chilean winery Santa Carolina has teamed up with Ehrmanns to grow its UK distribution and take on the country’s biggest brands.

Morrisons has topped its own-label Soave with an “environmentally friendly closure” that is said to use 64% less aluminium than a traditional screw cap.

Diageo has been found in breach of marketing rules for using a counter-top promotional unit that could encourage irresponsible, impulse purchases.

Meantime brewery and Chase distillery have teamed up to launch a beer that replaces essential hops with gin botanicals.

The convenience channel is missing a trick on premium spirits and should use Christmas 2014 to catch up with the grocers, according to a leading supplier.

A “treatment tax” for helping alcoholics should be added to alcohol sold in the off-trade, according to think tank Centre for Social Justice.

Six retailers have lost their licences and 10 more are under review after Newham council’s enforcement team blitzed the east London borough in a series of test purchasing stings.

Tobacco manufacturer JTI has sponsored a pilot test purchasing scheme to help retailers in the north west tackle under-age tobacco sales.

Alliance Wine has signed up Valencia-based artisanal producer Celler del Roure.

Britain’s most northerly distillery has launched its first gin.

The off-trade will enjoy a multimillion-pound boost if retailers create a clear shot category in the spirits fixture, according to a leading supplier.

A “yes” vote for Scottish independence could leave the drinks industry out of pocket either side of the border, an excise specialist has warned.

Retailers need to stand their ground and refuse to be bullied into adopting Reducing the Strength schemes by heavy-handed authorities, according to a licensing expert.

Don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t believe everything you read, don’t follow the crowd.

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has added 10 wineries from across the globe to its portfolio in a bid to build on 30% growth in the past year.

Three Scandinavian producers made the top 10 European brewers in our poll of industry experts and opinion-formers. The traditional European powerhouses of Belgium and Germany still got a look- in, but the impact of the craft brewing revolution has reached as far as Iceland, Spain and Italy, as the list of those that didn’t make the top 10 shows. In addition to the emergence of Denmark and Norway, Italy has reaffirmed its case as the microbrewing scene to keep an eye on, with the country’s vote split between five of its up-and-coming producers.

Shots and shooters are inextricably linked with the on-trade. Their very names conjure up images of crowded bars and clubs, loud music and drinks that are swallowed, not savoured.