In Brief

09 August, 2007

Retail Excellence awards

Scottish retailers are being encouraged to enter the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards. Entries must be in by Aug 13, a shortlist will be announced on Sept 24 and the awards ceremony will be held on Oct 31. Scottish Retail Consortium director Fiona Moriarty said: "It is important that the contribution of retailers is properly recognised and that the sector's top achievers and innovators are rewarded for their efforts. I would encourage retailers of all sizes to nominate for the awards." For more details go to brc.org.uk.

Corky's is minty fresh

Mint Cream is the latest addition to Global Brands' Corky's range. The 17 per cent abv vodka liqueur is launching into the off-trade only, and will be available exclusively at Morrisons initially. Global Brands head of retail Jenny Allaway said: "If Mint Cream proves as popular as Strawberries & Cream there's every chance we will roll out a nationwide launch."

Distillery goes public

England's first registered whisky distillery will open the doors of its visitors' centre to the public on Aug 18. The first visitors to the English Whisky Company's £2 million distillery at Roudham in Norfolk will be able to see master distiller Iain Henderson at work before he hands over the reins to David Fitt in September. The distillery has already produced 250 casks of whisky, but they will not be ready to drink until 2009.

Postal duty

Wine companies and retailers receiving wine samples in the post from abroad will now have to pay excise duty on them following a change in the law. Until now, alcohol sent from abroad by post, including occasional gifts, has been exempt from duty. For more information,

visit Public Notice 143: a Guide for International Post Users at hmrc.gov.uk, or call the National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000.

Bigger chunk for Galaxy

Mars is relaunching its Galaxy block chocolate range this month. Three new variants - Smooth Dark, Roasted & Caramelised Hazelnuts and Raisin, Almond & Hazelnut - will be launched as part of a £5.7 million marketing campaign. Shelf-ready packaging has also been created for the brand which will be promoted through TV, press and sampling campaigns.




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