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.

Mangrove uproots

07 March, 2014

Premium spirits supplier Mangrove has broken away from parent company Coe Vintners to create an independent firm dedicated to driving value into the spirits market.

Readers still have time to back OLN’s push to get the duty escalator scrapped in this year’s Budget, as the industry’s efforts to influence the chancellor intensify before his March 19 announcement.

Morrisons has appointed Phil Cave to head up its wine team following the departure of Andrew Turner.

Australian winery Penfolds has released its 2014 Bin Series into the UK market as it celebrates its 170th birthday.

Heineken has vowed to bring Kronenbourg’s Hero Hop Farmers of Alsace back to TV screens after revising an ad that was banned for falsely implying the beer was brewed in France.

Logan Plant choosing barrels

A Hackney microbrewery has teamed up with multinational drinks giant Pernod Ricard to create a limited-edition stout aimed at the St Patrick’s Day market.

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving consumers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing an agency deal with start-up company Viniv.

AB-InBev has launched a rum-flavoured beer called Cubanisto to capitalise on the burgeoning market for spirit infused beers.

The wine trade will succeed if it fights off the threat of innovative rival categories by keeping ranges fresh, pushing new varietals and highlighting wine’s provenance, according to a leading supplier.

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