Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is celebrating its second birthday with a high-profile marketing campaign and a burst of investment in the off-trade.

Tobacco manufacturer JTI has removed its gantry from a Leicester convenience store after its owners were prosecuted for selling illegal tobacco.

Copestick Murray has taken on three new workers to carry on its expansion as I Heart brand manager Rachel Archer announced she would be leaving the agency to join Off-Piste Wines.

Booths is celebrating its month-long beer and cider festival with the launch of nine new beers and two ciders.

Retailers have called on authorities to overhaul proxy purchasing laws and start a public awareness campaign to teach adults that buying alcohol for children can cost storeowners their livelihoods.

Fuller’s London Pride is going into space. 

Isle of Arran Distillers has grown sales by 25% to more than £4.5 million in its best year yet.

Ten MPs filed into the cavernous Cellar Bar at the Red Lion pub in London’s Whitehall to take a Beer Academy masterclass and learn about beer’s role in the UK economy.

Premium bottled ale is performing ahead of expectations after growing £90 million in the past year – and it stands to become a £1 billion category by 2020, according to a leading brewer.

The Scotch whisky industry should temper its investment in extra production capacity to avoid the extremes of surpluses and shortages that have historically hampered it, according to a leading European bank.

Market leading single malt Glenfiddich has launched a £2 million advertising campaign focusing on the brand’s 126 years under Grant family ownership.

Former Codorníu UK managing director Nick Mantella has joined United Wineries as business development director.

Shoppers spent an extra £27.7 million on beer and cider during the first week of the World Cup (IRI, week to June 14).

Estrella Galicia has launched a summer promotion for its 0.0% abv Spanish lager

With more medals awarded than ever before, the 2014 International Cider Challenge was the best yet. An elite judging panel of producers, drinks writers, buyers and cider technicians tasted 150 ciders blind to unearth the very best in the business.

SHS Drinks is relaunching its mixed 10x27.5cl multipacks of WKD with the new name Mix It Up.

Camden Town Brewery and Cambridge Gin are among the producers of Selfridges products being celebrated by the retailer this summer.

Blackthorn Cider is being given a new look and launching a dark fruit variant, Black ‘n’ Black.

Four breweries in the north west have produced limited-edition brews for northern supermarket Booths.

Majestic Wine posted a fractional rise in profits over the past year as surging fine wine sales helped it grow its market share to a record 4.2%.

Tesco wine team grows

19 June, 2014

Tony Miles has joined Tesco’s wine technical team and will be responsible for France, Spain, Portugal, North & South America and New Zealand.

Leading suppliers are investing heavily to target independent retailers after identifying the channel as a key element in the drinks industry’s fortunes.

British wines can fill the demand for cheap, entry- level products and stop hard-up consumers abandoning the category, according to Broadland Wineries.

Kopparberg Swedish cider is bringing “Scandinavian cool” to the UK with a £4 million blast of activity including creating an urban forest in London.

Football fan Gerard Basset MW takes a break from watching the World Cup to help award-winning chef Sophie Wright create food and wine matches for people that have no appetite for loud pubs showing the beautiful game in two new videos.

Strong sales growth has seen alcoholic drinks emerge as the best performing FMCG category of the past year – and the trend looks set to continue as retailers prepare for the World Cup and a summer heatwave.

Visitor numbers to the London Wine Fair rose 11% to 11,247 after organiser Brintex returned it to its spiritual home at Kensington Olympia.

Bibendum wants to increase the share of its business going to off-trade multiple retailers.

The Morrisons wine team is bullish about its future prospects despite criticism for launching the controversial three-for-£10 promotion and scrapping its dedicated wine website.

Kingsland Wines & Spirits has dismissed claims that bulk shipping and UK bottling has peaked and will drop off in the years ahead.

A leading supplier claims the best way to grow the wine category is to make it easier for consumers with simple innovations, such as ageing wine for them in a controlled environment.

French wine has been tipped to make a big comeback this year as Britons emerge from the recession with more money to spend on luxury items.

Brewdog has said it will open a further four Bottledog beer shops by the end of 2014.

Blavod vodka firm Distil has reported an operating loss of £367,000 and falling sales.

Bristol Cider Shop has begun offering a Cider Festival in a Box service to on-trade customers in a bid to build custom during the World Cup.

The Whisky Shop has appointed former Whyte & Mackay chief executive John Beard as a non-executive director.

Ardbeg is producing a limited edition whisky to mark its support for a community project on Islay, where the Scotch whisky distillery is based.

Italian wine producer Borgo del Tiglio has signed a distribution deal with the importer which first represented it in the UK almost 20 years ago.

Wines of Rioja has reported record wine sales for 2013 and said that the UK remains its most important export market with 328,000 hl shipped to the UK.

Bath Ales has signed a distribution deal with Bibendum Wine for its Beerd craft brewery, set up a year ago.

Heineken is investing £108 million to increase capacity at its Manchester brewery and Hereford cider plant to deal with increased demand for its products.

Halewood International has launched a new bottle design for its Caribbean Twist pre-mixed cocktails and added Peach Paradise flavour to the range.

Hardys has signed up to sponsor the 2014 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta after winning the naming rights to the event in a competition.

New flavour for Hooper's

06 June, 2014

Global Brands has released a Raspberry & Nettle variant of its Hoopers RTD.

The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has launched a competition giving one consumer the chance to win his or her height in cases of Natch dry cider.

Grant’s Scotch whisky has launched a £1 million marketing campaign in which it teams up with sporting legends Sir Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks and Archie Gemmill to share insights and achievements.

Glenfiddich has released a range of Father’s Day gift packs. 

Waitrose has teamed up with craft brewery Thornbridge to find the country’s best home brew and will reward it with a listing.

Greene King is giving consumers the chance to win a holiday in Rio de Janeiro and launching a new beer to celebrate the World Cup.

A Kronenbourg 1664 ad featuring Eric Cantona championing the hero hop farmers of Alsace has been cleared by the advertising watchdog after an appeal. 

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