Tesco has slashed the price of its exclusive label Champagne to just £8 – the cheapest any supermarket has sold Champagne in recent years.

Buck’s Fizz is the nation’s favourite Christmas tipple, according to a survey of 1,000 people by Waitrose Cellar.

Maison Sichel has teamed up with Amazon to offer UK consumers its flagship brand Sirius Red in an exclusive online deal.

The advertising watchdog has upheld complaints against Morrisons after disappointed shoppers could not find wines advertised in a high-profile three-for-£10 deal.

Maxxium is launching a new rage of fractionals on brands including Courvoisier, Jim Beam and Macallan to drive convenience sales over Christmas.

Aldi has put BWS at the heart of its Christmas marketing strategy and is taking on specialists, online businesses and luxury retailers with cut-price deals on premium lines.

Festive brews from Sheps

24 November, 2014

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has released two festive brews.

Jon Pepper MW is joining Enotria as buying and retail director in February 2015.

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola has admitted plans to re-establish the group as a 300-store national chain have stalled, but remains confident of returning the business to profit.

Asda has slashed the price of its exclusive-label Pierre Darcys Champagne to £10 as the Christmas price war heats up.

The Campaign for Real Ale is lending its name to a range of beers sold in Tesco to raise the profile of bottle-conditioned ales.

Off Licence News’ campaign for legal clarity over the swathe of Reducing the Strength schemes mushrooming across the UK has moved up a gear with action in both Westminster and Brussels.

A leading licensing expert says people applying for licences for shops in cumulative impact zones shouldn’t bow to police opposition without a fight.

Maxxium UK has launched four limited edition Courvoisier expressions for luxury retailers.

Gallo releases Autumn Red

20 November, 2014

Gallo Family Vineyards has launched a wine called Autumn Red, and is running an experiential campaign in retailers to support the release.

WKD has launched a Christmas campaign giving consumers the chance to win Christmas presents for their friends and themselves.

The wine industry needs to cut out the jargon and overhaul its marketing to stem falling sales and attract younger consumers, according to Blossom Hill supplier Diageo.

Resisting discounts and pushing gift packs will bring the Scotch category back into growth in the UK, according to a leading supplier.

Harper Wells in Norwich has scooped the top prize in Off Licence News’ and the Wine Institute of California’s independent retailer promotion.

Kingsland has bolstered its agency portfolio by taking on Australia’s Limestone Coast Winery.

Eighty-three percent of suppliers at this year’s London Wine Fair have signed up for the 2015 show, and they will be joined by a host of new names.

Greene King has overhauled packaging on the Old Speckled Hen family in a bid to “target the next generation of discerning beer enthusiasts with a contemporary design”.

Tesco is fighting back against the invasion of Americanised beers by launching an own-label brew that supports the British Hop Association.

Non-alcoholic beer is growing in popularity among British drinkers as one in seven bought into the category in the past year, according to new Mintel figures.

Street artist Bansky’s famous spy booth mural is the inspiration for a seasonal brew from Cheltenham independent Favourite Beers.

Catherine Friend has joined the Tesco wine team as an assistant buyer and will be responsible for the fortified, Portuguese and wine-gift categories.

Health campaigners have attacked the new raft of e-cigarette ads for making smoking seem sexy.

Bargain Booze is expanding into Scotland through a franchisee partnership with Scottish Midland Co-operative Society.

The French Wines with Style campaign has teamed up with salon chain Toni & Guy to match wine styles with haircuts.

Vandals and thieves have caused more than £60,000 worth of damage after breaking into the Arran brewery’s new site in North Ayrshire three times in as many weeks.

Retailers are confident they will enjoy a stronger Christmas trading period in 2014 than last year, citing an improving economy and a healthy year of sales as reasons for optimism.

The explosion of niche, craft and esoteric distilleries opening around the country is set to continue – and they could even take share from bigger players, suppliers have said in OLN's Spirits Report.

Independents are the best prospect for the spirits market, with 29% of suppliers polled in OLN's Spirits Report saying they have the most potential for the coming year.

proliferation of copycat own-labels in supermarkets is stealing share from the original brands and eroding their value, suppliers have warned.

High duty is the main reason UK spirits volumes are declining, suppliers have said in OLN's Spirits Report.

UK leads the way in spirits

07 November, 2014

The UK leads the way for the global spirits market when it comes to innovation, marketing and general sophistication, according to suppliers polled in OLN’s annual Spirits Report.

The public health minister has praised the drinks industry after a new report revealed it is hitting its targets for improving health labelling on alcohol products.

Jewell: maximum of 120 wines on promotion

Tesco is reducing the number of wines it will offer on promotion this Christmas as it seeks to simplify its offer and give consumers more focus.

A wine trade lawyer has urged suppliers to complain to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice adjudicator if they feel mistreated by UK multiples in the wake of the Tesco £263 million “black hole” affair.

The chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority has told an influential parliamentary committee that self-regulation offers better hope than legislation in tackling rogue online marketing activity on alcohol.

Two younger members of the Symington port dynasty have launched a UK-based online wine business.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack boss Diana Hunter claims off-licences have become too “formulaic” but remains confident the sector can attract backing from the City for the right proposition.

Convenience store owners need to overhaul their wine ranges if they are to arrest a sales decline that threatens the health of the industry, according to a leading supplier.

Growth in premium tiers will ensure port retains a strong presence in the British drinks industry, according to a leading supplier.

Diageo has launched a range of 70cl flavoured spirit drinks under its Parrot Bay brand.

Oddbins has teamed up with a pair of small breweries to launch two craft beers as part of its own-label offering.

Concha y Toro UK has appointed Jon Rosenthal as sales director.

Wright: delighted by partnership

Online retailer Virgin Wines has teamed up with the UK’s leading supplier Accolade Wines to launch an exclusive range of Hardys wines.

Guinness launches a TV campaign of four videos focusing on legends of rugby union tomorrow (November 5).

Diageo is to sell the Bushmills Irish whiskey brand and distillery in a deal which will give it outright control of Don Julio tequila.

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