2015 July

Former Man Utd goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and broadcasting legend Jeff Stelling make guest appearances in a new Carlsberg TV ad that celebrates the start of the Permiership 2015–16 season.

A former executive at Kopparberg has launched a range of liqueurs based around the art of alchemy.

Shopkeepers in Middlesbrough are refusing to cave in to pressure from the authorities to adopt a Reducing the Strength scheme that will damage their businesses.

Thatchers has launched a marketing campaign called “cloudy with a 100% chance of apples” for its cloudy cider, Thatchers Somerset Haze.

Bibendum PLB Group has appointed Jascots’ head buyer Alastiar Pyatt as a buyer responsible for sourcing wines from across France.

Meantime is offering drinkers the chance to win a trip to the Yakima Valley in Washington State in an on-pack promotion.

Four retailers have been chosen to win £1,000 worth of stock in a promotion run by Off Licence News and Wines of Portugal.
The winning retailers will run an in-store promotion on Portuguese Wines in October.

The Bladnoch distillery in southwest Scotland will reopen and start producing whisky once more after Australian businessman David Prior snapped it up.

Celtic punk band The Pogues have teamed up with West Cork Distillers to launch an Irish whiskey into the UK market.

A World Cup hangover was blamed after the revelation that beer sales have dropped 2% and cider is down 5% in 2015 (Nielsen, year to date to 20/6/15).

Heineken has declared that its new Strongbow cloudy cider will be the biggest alcohol launch in 2015 after allocating a £8 million marketing budget to promote it.

Heineken is bidding to reinvigorate the John Smith’s brand with the launch of a 4% abv golden ale.

Underage drinking levels are at their lowest level since records began in 1988, according to Government statistics published today.

Quintessential Brands has created a small-batch gin that pays homage to the 18th century gin pioneer Thomas Dakin.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has appointed Inter Rhone’s marketing boss Olivier Legrand as marketing and communications manager.

Gallo has brought in TV presenter Laura Whitmore to promote Gallo Family Vineyards Spritz in a £1 million marketing campaign called Spritz your Summer.

US drinks firm Alltech has snapped up Northern Irish brewer The Station Works and Cumbria’s Cumberland Breweries Ltd in a bid to become one of the world’s top 50 craft brewers.

Bibendum PLB has secured off-trade distribution for Hungarian winery Hilltop Neszmély.

It seems a little unfair to say the shine has gone off a category that is growing at a whopping 36% year on year – but there does seem to be less of a buzz around “speers” these days.

Hallgarten is championing weird and wonderful grape varietals from across the globe in a bid to boost sales in the independent wine merchant section.

Berry Bros. & Rudd is releasing The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve, a Speyside whisky that blends a host of vintages from the past three decades.

Rémy Cointreau-owned Mount Gay Distilleries has snapped up 134ha of land around its distillery in Barbados so it can create a “true luxury rum brand”.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s chief executive Hugues Lechanoine will be sharing bottles of Mouton Cadet with guests at The Open today as 22-year-old Irish amateur Paul Dunne bids to scoop the famous Claret Jug trophy.

Supermarkets’ recent headline-grabbing range culls are just the latest in a long series of changes that have rocked the trade and forced suppliers to take a hard look at the way they do business.

Competitive rivalry is one thing, but when it comes to Oddbins and Majestic the battle lines are more barbed than most, intensified by a series of public spats and showdowns.

"If you’d told me five years ago I would be in this position now I wouldn’t have believed you.” At just 27, Lidl UK’s head of beers, wines and spirits, Ben Hulme is by far the youngest person in OLN’s 100 Most Influential People In Wine list.

There was a time a few years back when a week didn’t go by without a ginger- flavoured launch. The scene has quietened down a bit, but ginger has become a cocktail staple and suppliers say consumers’ increasingly sophisticated palates mean they are even more likely to favour the fiery root’s flavour.

Wimbledon, strawberries and cream, seaside staycations, cricket, festivals, sunshine and rain are all part of the delicious cocktail that is the Great British Summer.

Five years after Peter Snowman (right) and Nick Davis opened the tiny shop under Snowman’s home in Bristol with a few crates of cider, a wing and a prayer, it is going from strength to strength.

Laithwaites, Oddbins and Morrisons were all celebrating last night after scooping prestigious gongs at the 32nd International Wine Challenge.