2015 September

Aldi is to start selling wine online in the new year.

Accolade Wines UK general manager Paul Schaafsma has been named the company’s new chief executive.

Majestic has appointed a managing director for its retail division, responsible for the group’s 211 shops including its Calais store.

Treasury Wine Estates has raised nearly £25,000 for The Benevolent in a massive sponsored walk.

Heineken has launched a James Bond-themed TV campaign starring Daniel Craig.

The International Wine Challenge has launched a mobile phone app to help consumers baffled by the so-called wall of wine.

Pernod Ricard UK is introducing a limited edition expression created in collaboration with County Cork micobrewery Franciscan Well.

Craft gin distiller Warner Edwards is to support new retail listings for its products with in-store sampling and POS.

Gallo is embarking on a sampling campaign for its Dark Horse California wine brand.

Fuller’s has launched its Frontier lager in 33cl craft cans and is planning to put other beers into the format.

Foster’s has launched a series of ads starring TV presenter Rick Edwards that highlight the brand’s Australian heritage.

Stella Artois and Budweiser owner AB Inbev has announced it wants to take over SAB Miller, whose brands include Peroni and Grolsch.

C&C Group’s Chaplin & Cork’s speciality cider brand is adding a Somerset Vintage style to its range.

The premium expression of Famous Grouse whisky called The Black Grouse is to be relaunched as The Famous Grouse Smoky Black.

Global Brands has added Plum & Sloe flavour to its Hooper’s drinks range. 

Online wine sales on the rise

14 September, 2015

UK online wine sales grew 11% by value and 9% by volume in the past three months, the Wilson Drinks Report has found.

Wine prices are sliding as multiple grocers take on the discounters in a price war, the latest Nielsen figures have revealed.

Accolade Wines has bought Chile’s Viña Anakena – a move it says has made it the first company to have a footprint in all major New World wine regions.

Majestic has launched its first ever own-label range under the name Definition.

Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” Those were the immortal words of Doc Brown to Marty McFly, as he powered up the flux capacitor and headed from 1985 to October 21, 2015, in Back to the Future Part II.

One of Brewdog’s latest ads has come under fire from a campaigning group that says it is mocking homeless people, trans women and sex workers.

New website for sherry

10 September, 2015

Sherry’s regulatory body has launched an updated website – sherry.org – to mark its 80th anniversary.

Bartending experience gained when he was an anthropology student propelled Nick Bell into the world of drinks retailing.

Think Halloween is just for children and Americans? Think again. As the spookiest season of the year approaches, eerie events, terrifying tours and frightening festivals are creeping up all over the country — and the potential to boost profits is petrifying.

What about Cava?

10 September, 2015

The past few years have seen Cava passed over like the ugly step-sister to Prosecco’s Cinderella, looking on while Italy’s flavour-of-the-decade fizz goes from strength to strength.

Restraint is not a word readily associated with the USA, the land of Man v Food, Muscle Beach and skyscrapers galore.

Sales of premium wine are soaring in multiple grocers and struggling convenience stores are in danger of being left behind, new data has revealed.

few years ago I remember rushing into a supermarket with a few like-minded colleagues, like kids in a sweet shop, filling trolleys with clearance wines, which were perfectly good but the retailer had decided to cull the range and these were the victims, the shelf-warmers – genuine half-price bargains for once.

A European Commission consultation piece could bring lower tax rates for small wine and spirits producers – but is threatening the UK RTD industry.

OLN columnist Richard Hemming has been named one of the Institute of Masters of Wine’s latest MWs.