2015 June

Molson Coors is launching a £500,000 media campaign for Carling Zest to boost sales as the UK summer finally kicks in. 

Accolade Wine’s South African Fish Hoek brand has become the supplier’s first fully certified Fairtrade range.

Stella Artois is flying high for this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships with a campaign focused around the club’s Harris hawk, Rufus.

Berry Bros & Rudd has opened a new cellar to host more private wine events at its historic London shop.

The Benevolent is looking for volunteers from across the drinks trade to be its ambassadors and help spread the word about the drinks industry charity.

A strong off-trade performance has dragged the UK alcohol market back into volume growth for the first time in five years, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Maxxium UK has released The Famous Grouse in four-pack cases of 35cl and 20cl bottles to help convenience stores who are increasingly selling spirits in smaller bottles.

Price-marked pre-mix

25 June, 2015

Global Brands has released a pre-mixed cocktail price-marked at £1 for 25cl.

London’s Meantime brewery is looking to tap into Wimbledon fever in the capital with the launch of a beer inspired by the tennis tournament’s signature strawberries and cream.

Carling has launched a £3.6 million promotion aimed at football fans ahead of the new season, which starts in August.

Thatchers Cider has launched a new multi-million pound campaign for its flagship Thatchers Gold brand.

Twickenham specialist Real Ale has won a listing with Marks & Spencer for one of its own beers.

Dutch family-owned brewery Bavaria has launched its flagship 5% abv lager with a consumer ad campaign in men’s magazines.

Discounters have opened more new shops in the past five years than supermarkets and convenience stores in what research company LDC is calling a “car crash” for the multiples.

Carlsberg has launched a range of beer-based male grooming products developed by its team of Danish scientists in time for Father’s Day. 

Retailers can win £1,000 worth of flight vouchers from Trail Finders by getting creative with POS to showcase Lindeman’s wines.

A multi-million-pound centre for English wine and spirits is being planned in Sussex.

On the surface, life seems generally predictable and familiar. Alarms wake us at the same time every day, insurance premiums go up every year, pubs sell Pinot Grigio by the glass.

Calais Wine Superstore has opened a new tasting room offering booze cruisers the chance to sample 150 different wines.

The Lancaster Wine Company has been open just two years and has already chalked up one of OLN’s Drinks Retailing Awards – it was named Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

Who's the daddy?

18 June, 2015

Fathers have a tough gig: burdened by long hours and no pay, they find themselves replaced in their marriages by 50 Shades of Grey, surrounded by toddlers that act like a blender without a lid and teenagers that steal their credit cards and pout a lot. 

Sales flagging? Struggling to attract younger drinkers? Looking for a magic cure-all to revive your brand? We’ve got the answer: just add fruit.

It’s more than a decade since vodka staked its claim as the nation’s spirit of choice, ousting gin from the Office of National Statistics’ basket of goods used to measure consumer price inflation – and it has dominated the spirits market ever since.

While in the north Prosecco continues to make the Italian wine market fizz, at the southern end of Italy, people are getting excited about Sicily.

Oddbins has relaunched its competition to find the UK’s finest amateur wine taster and expects thousands to take part this weekend.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has raised £2.5 million towards building its own brewery, bottling line and barrel store through its mini-bond scheme.

Burgundy producer Boisset is aiming to prove that the region can innovate by sourcing grapes from new areas and taking Macon in a fresh direction.

Waitrose has seized the Supreme Champion crown at the International Cider Challenge 2015 after judges decided its English vintage perry was the star drink this year.

Britain leaving the European Union would be bad news for the wine trade, with exchange rate issues likely to erode already tight margins, suppliers have warned.

Profits dropped by 22.5% in the year to March 30 at Majestic Wine after it purchased Naked Wines and replaced chief executive Steve Lewis with Naked founder Rowan Gormley.