Adnams’ Cellar & Kitchen shops saw turnover grow 6% in 2013.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild has appointed Stevens Garnier as its UK off-trade distributor.

Edinburgh gin launches

28 March, 2014

The first gin to be distilled in Edinburgh for 150 years has launched in the Scottish capital.

Conviviality Retail has opened the first Bargain Booze store in Kent as it seeks to conquer the affluent south east of England.

Carling British Cider has launched a cherry flavour.

Halewood International has launched a strawberry variant of Lambrini.

Specialist spirits and liqueurs agency Mangrove is running an on-pack competition to win a spa weekend for two in a UK luxury hotel on bottles of chocolate liqueur Mozart Gold.

Australia’s Brown Brothers has launched a range targeted at 22 to 44-year-olds.

The demand for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is strong enough to ensure a bumper harvest will not push the price down, according to one of New Zealand’s leading producers.

The government has scrapped plans to abolish personal licences after a consultation found little support for the move.

Camra chief to head SIBA

24 March, 2014

The Society of Independent Brewers has appointed Campaign for Real Ale chief executive Mike Benner as its new managing director.

Emporia Brands has launched a range of triple-distilled Irish whiskeys.

Strongbow is giving an ordinary men’s five-a-side football team the chance to take on a Brazilian professional women’s team.

A group representing more than 300 MPs and 75 peers has demanded legal clarity from the Office of Fair Trading over controversial Reducing the Strength schemes, in response to OLN’s United to Protect Choice campaign.

Four-fifths of brewers and cidermakers polled by OLN said local authorities should be stripped of the power to pressure retailers into removing certain products from shelves.

Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium will host the inaugural Mauritian Rum Festival next month.

Reh Kendermann is set to release Black Tower White Bubbly, to build on the success of Black Tower Pink Bubbly.

The Vinho Verde region has enjoyed a double-digit rise in exports to the UK market in 2013, according to the generic body.

Accolade has signed a three-year deal for the UK’s bestselling wine brand Hardys to become the wine partner of the England cricket team.

Retailer discounts are a parasite on the image of Champagne and must be stopped to ensure the category’s long-term health, according to the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne.

Kopparberg is looking to strengthen its position with the roll out of several Swedish beers to complement its ciders.

Inter Rhone is keen to reinvent Cotes du Rhone wine as a premium category after volume sales dropped 3% in the UK in 2013 (IRI).

Wines of South Africa has released a video to celebrate 20 years of democracy in the rainbow nation.

An online beer retailer has seen sales volumes grow by nearly 200% after helping a number of brewers run their in-house mail order businesses.

A commemorative expression of Glenfiddich will be released this year to mark the passing of Charles Grant Gordon, the man who turned it from a boutique label into the world’s leading single malt brand.

Majestic said it has experienced challenging trading conditions in the first three months of 2014 and that like-for-like sales for the financial year will now be flat.

The alcohol industry praised Chancellor George Osborne after he froze duty on spirits and cider, lopped a penny off beer duty and scrapped the duty escalator on wine.

Chancellor George Osborne has scrapped the duty escalator on wines and spirits a year early in today's Budget.

Magners owner C&C Group has taken full ownership of Wallaces Express, the Scottiish wines and spirits wholesaler in which it took a 50% stake a year ago.

First Drinks has introduced new packaging for its Bénédictine and De Kuyper liqueurs.

The annual ball of trade charity The Benevolent raised over £40,000.

Languedoc producer Badet Clement has added a Pinot Gris to its Les Jamelles Cepage Rare range in a bid to offer UK consumers an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Rum ambassador Ian Burrell will impart his knowledge of the rum industry to spirits buyers and wholesalers in a trade-only event the day before Rumfest 2014.

Displaying alcohol at the end of an aisle can boost sales by up to 46%, a study has revealed.

Halewood International is launching a range of gingerless RTDs under the Crabbie’s brand name.

Swedish cider Rekorderlig has launched a limited edition flavour – Apple-Guava.

New look for Fish Hoek

13 March, 2014

South African brand Fish Hoek has been given a new look with its fish skeleton logo printed into the bottle.

Bristol Beer Factory’s American pale ale Independence has been named supreme champion bottled beer in the Society of Independent Brewers’ National Beer Competition.

All change at SIBA

13 March, 2014

Guy Sheppard has taken over from Keith Bott as chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers.

Sogrape has released a new Mateus Expressions range that combines indigenous Portuguese grapes with well-known international varieties.

Buckingham Schenk

13 March, 2014

Buckingham Schenk has bolstered its team with the appointment of Patrick Sutton as sales support executive and William Lay as product development executive.

Torres has been voted the World's Most Admired Wine Brand for 2014, usurping last year's winner Concha y Toro. 

South African supplier Origin Wine is celebrating after passing three crucial audits in the past week.

The International Beer Challenge 2014 is now open for entries and a dedicated website has been launched to celebrate excellence in brewing.

Thousands of guests at the upcoming London Wine Fair will receive a copy of a report called Carpe Vinum that investigates the challenges faced with attracting 18 to 35-year-olds to wine.

Spanish lager producer Estrella Galicia has launched 50cl cans into the UK market and is targeting convenience and cash and carry channels.

Bargain Booze and Thorougoods franchisees will share around £180,000 in bonuses under a reward scheme launched by owner Conviviality Retail.

Off Licence News is campaigning for legal clarity over the Reducing the Strength initiative after an alarming rise in the number of councils banning retailers from selling various drinks.

Representatives from more than 40 councils attended a conference hosted by Suffolk Police this week with a view to implementing a ban on “super-strength” products in their areas.

Retailers like Pratik Sampat have complained about Reducing the Strength

It’s clear that ordinary retailers across the country are coming under great pressure to remove “super-strength” beers and ciders from their shelves.

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