2016 August

A Glasgow off-licence owner who ran a illicit alcohol supply ring has been spared jail but given 200 hours community service and a 12-month prohibition order.

Diageo has hit out at the advertising watchdog after it banned a Captain Morgan ad for implying that alcohol can contribute to an individual's popularity or confidence.

Former Asda executive Barry Williams is joining Morrisons as trading director for ambient in February 2017 and will head up the beers, wines and spirits department.

Paul Schaafsma is stepping down from his role as chief executive at Accolade Wines less than a year after he was promoted to the top job.

Producers of Loire sparkling wine are gearing up for a push on the UK market in a bid to capitalise on the UK’s ever growing love of bubbly.

Majestic Wine is shaking up its strategy to focus once again on exclusive parcels of wine in its stores and online.

Pernod Ricard has warned that focusing on discounts on standard spirits rather than championing premium lines would spell bad news for the drinks trade this Christmas.

Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and Malbec have taken gold, silver and bronze respectively as the most popular wine categories among Aldi’s online shoppers.

The world’s largest bourbon producer has given Maker’s 46 an official UK launch to build on strong growth in the American whiskey category.

Berry Bros is bringing three of life’s greatest pleasures – fine wine, gourmet food and good books – together in a series of in-store events.

Diageo’s pipeline of innovation coming out of its Guinness Brewers Project has continued with the launch of a rye pale ale.

Sales of beers, wines and spirits grew 3% and soft drinks sales were up 9.3% in the retail trade during the Olympic Games, according to Nielsen.

Retailers have been warned to be especially vigilant when checking IDs as more than 700,000 students aged 15-16 prepare to celebrate GCSE results week.

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has hired former Wallaces Express boss Brian Calder to conduct a full audit of the business with a view to improving its offering.

WKD is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a packaging makeover and the launch of two lower-calorie drinks in a bid to appeal to more 18 to 24-year-olds.

Andrew Shaw’s influence over the UK wine trade has soared in the past couple of years and he is now arguably its leading buyer. Two years ago he was in charge of buying for Bibendum, one of the UK’s biggest agencies, which was a big job in itself for the former Waitrose wine supremo. But thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions he is now in charge of buying for Bibendum, PLB, Matthew Clark, Bargain Booze, Thorougoods, Wine Rack and more.

Hayman’s Gin has joined forces with premium conserve brand Tiptree to create a range of gin liqueurs.

OLN was shocked and saddened to learn today that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California will close due to severe cuts in funding from the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC.

Casillero del Diablo and Barefoot have posted strong value growth figures to surge up the table of the UK’s bestselling wine brands.

Retailers and suppliers are buoyant about their chances of growing sales over the next few years, despite 45% saying the EU referendum result has hit their businesses.

Laithwaite’s Wine has opened an online wine cellar on eBay, forming part of the online marketplace’s strategy to build a wine arm in the UK.

A drink described as India’s first premium rum is gearing up for its UK launch.

Caorunn Gin has opened up its distillery to give gin fans the chance to learn about the botanicals and production processes for its gin.

Spirits are driving 0.9% value growth in the £15.8 billion off-trade BWS market (Nielsen, year to April 23, 2016) and, while alcohol consumption is in long-term decline, “quality is winning over quantity”, according to a leading supplier.

Karla & Co Spirits, together with Gas Familia Distillery, are introducing the first Slovakian vodka on the UK market.

Burleighs, the Leicestershire-based gin producer, is releasing a Pink edition, inspired by its master distiller’s trip to Tokyo.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Nick Morton in the new role of director of private clients.

Eisberg has agreed a three-year partnership to become the Official Wine Partner for the Tour of Britain.

English winemakers look set to earmark 2016 as their strongest year to date as sales and award wins continue to soar.