Dutch spirits supplier Lucas Bols plans to raise around £98 million by launching an Initial Public Offering on the Amsterdam stock exchange.

Liberty Wines has reported a record December as it grew sales by 15.8% on the previous year.

Boutique French producer Chene Bleu has released a cuvee called Astralabe to give more people the chance to enjoy its award-winning wines.

Majestic Wine’s share price sank this morning after it revealed that margins took a hit as it invested 50 basis points of gross margin to remain competitive over Christmas.

Newell: new firm can stand alongside global heavywieghts

Channel Islands drinks business Liberation Group has bought Bristol brewery Butcombe to form a company that brews 30,000 barrels a year.

CyT hopes to reach 44 million consumers with a yearlong TV ad campaign for Casillero del Diablo that will run on Sky Movies, Sky 1 and Sky Living from March.

Burgundy generic BIVB has launched a website promoting en primeur tastings hosted by the region across the UK.

Bombardier supplier Charles Wells has posted a 24% rise in profits for the year to September 27, 2014.

Lebanese wine industry legend Serge Hochar has died at the age of 74.

The Co-operative Group expects to sell three bottles of Prosecco a second today – continuing a rush on the Italian sparkling wine in the run-up to Christmas.

Political uncertainty caused by the general election threatens to hamper retail sales growth in 2015.

Scotch whisky producer Glengoyne has unveiled a new tour experience designed to show the whisky’s close connection with wood.

Research for AB-Inbev UK has shown that 18-34 year olds are eight times more likely than over-65s to replace full-strength alcohol with alcohol-free beer in January

Leading doctors and health campaigners have used the heavy holiday sports programme to restate calls to ban alcohol sponsorship.

A press ad for Belvedere vodka has fallen foul of advertising regulations.

Fake vodka alert after raids

22 December, 2014

Retailers across the country are being alerted to a proliferation of fake vodka over the Christmas period.

A report from Mintel says the beer market will end 2014 back in growth after five years of decline.

Ashworth: growing market for lower-alcohol drinks

The number of alcohol units sold in the UK dropped by 1.9 billion between 2011 and 2013, according to new Department of Health figures.

Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling will address the football nation on Boxing Day in a “King’s Speech” as part of Carlsberg UK’s Mid Season’s Greetings marketing campaign.

Online retailer Ales by Mail said it sold 300% more craft beer during November 2014 than in the same month last year.

The Local Government Association has indicated that retailers signing up to Reducing the Strength schemes could be breaking competition law.

Premium gin brand Pinkster has signed distribution deals with Coe Vinters and Gordon & MacPhail as it steps up expansion plans following second round financing.

Spar is giving away drinks brands including beers from Heineken and Molson Coors when it brings back its Shop & Win mobile promotion in January.

The godfather of booze cruising Dave West has been stabbed to death in central London, and his son David has been charged with murder.

Bargain Booze is launching an app called As If It Wasn’t Cheap Enough to offer customers exclusive deals and competitions.

Beale: cut UK’s sky-high duty rates

A 2% cut in duty on wine and spirits would give the Treasury a £1.5 billion boost, according to new independent research commissioned by the drinks industry.

Retailers are convinced that business will be better in 2015 than this year as consumer confidence and spending power rises, according to OLN research.

A junior Tory heath minister has told a House of Lords committee she would like to see “flexibility around taxation” on lower- alcohol wine-type products made a priority in discussions on alcohol strategy in Europe.

Beer consumers are as likely to buy on style and product heritage as price, an exclusive OLN retailer poll has shown.

A local council that is trying to banish beer and cider above 6.5% abv has admitted the scheme is struggling as retailers stand firm and refuse to join.

Retailers are jeopardising the future of Champagne by slashing prices and using it as a loss leader to drive footfall, according to a leading supplier.

Accolade Wines has launched a non-alcoholic sparkling drink under its Echo Falls label, which it says will provide a “credible substitute” for Prosecco.

A Which? report has found own-label Champagne matches big-name brands in a blind taste test involving leading wine writers.

OLN columnist Richard Hemming is joining forces with MWs Anne McHale and Alex Hunt, Bordeaux Cellar founder Matt James, Concha y Toro PR boss Ben Smith and PR Helen Chesshire to form a wine trade supergroup called Skin Contact.

Fruit cider is still driving growth in the cider market while pear and apple struggle, the latest Nielsen figures have revealed.

Codorníu is back on the hunt for a new UK boss after the appointment of John Hearn fell through.

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors is celebrating after news that a wholesaler registration scheme on alcohol it has long campaigned for will be included in the Treasury’s 2015 finance bill.

Borough Wines has opened its sixth London shop in Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market.

Formula 1 stars Mika Häkkinen, Jenson Button, and Kevin Magnussen are the faces of Johnnie Walker’s new campaign to cut out drink driving.

The Wine Fusion has signed an exclusive deal with Conviviality Retail to supply its stores with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brand Bay of Plenty.

Global Brands is launching 66cl bottles of its tequila-flavoured beer Amigos in a bid to tap into the growth of big bottle formats in the off-trade.

Enotria has appointed Hallgarten Druitt’s Helen Munday as its new marketing director.

Pernod Ricard chief executive Pierre Pringuet has vowed to take the Scotch industry “from strength to strength” after becoming the new chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association.

Hatch Mansfield has added boutique winery Te Awa to its portfolio after the New Zealand producer parted ways with Bibendum.

The trade can taste wines from a host of niche importers under one roof next year after the organisers of the London Wine Fair confirmed that Esoterica will return in 2015.

Spanish brewer Estrella Galicia has launched a Christmas beer that uses Nugget hops from its home region to create a spicy golden brew.

Accolade has sealed a long-anticipated deal to add Australian wine producer Grant Burge to its portfolio.

Pernod Ricard UK’s wine boss Chris Ellis has been promoted to a role that also encompasses the group’s spirits portfolio.

Michaluk and his dog need help from locals in war on village idiots

The Arran Brewery has “declared war” on the “antisocial idiots and thieves” of North Ayrshire after its new site in Dreghorn was again hit by vandals.

Laura Jewell MW is leaving Tesco to take up the top job at Wine Australia in the UK.

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