Retailers can add £480 million to the convenience channel by improving their spirits ranges, according to First Drinks.

Lambrini is to be the broadcast sponsor of the British Soap Awards which will be screened live on ITV in May.

Macallan has released three malt whiskies to complete the line-up of its new 1824 Series.

Off-trade beer sales stabilised in the first quarter of 2013 after three successive quarters of decline.

Fuller’s has introduced a new-look for its premium bottled ales range, led by London Pride.

The firm behind energy drink Pussy has been banned from running an ad that was deemed sexually explicit, derogatory, sexist and degrading to women.

Wines of South Africa chief Su Birch has announced she is stepping down after 14 years in the job. 

Pernod Ricard UK is launching a £6.99 price marked pack for its Campo Viejo Rioja brand.

The Chancellor’s decision to cut beer tax but overlook wine and spirits has unfairly penalised women, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Retailers are being urged to keep tighter controls on the way managers and staff use social media sites after Oddbins landed in hot water over a Twitter post following the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Innis & Gunn plans to drive growth in the craft and speciality beer category by helping smaller brewers get their products on to supermarket shelves.

New "weatherproof" Pimm's

19 April, 2013

Diageo is launching a special-edition version of Pimm’s to inject fresh appeal into the quintessential summer drink brand and sustain sales regardless of the weather.

The head of the body which represents small retailers has vowed that fighting local restrictions on off-licence numbers will be a key political objective for the year ahead.

Heineken will brew, sell and distribute Kingfisher in the UK from October.

The Portman Group has urged retailers not to stock Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Park Farm Ale and Lager after the former Formula 1 champion ignored the group’s ruling that the packaging must be altered.

JTI in ad campaign row

18 April, 2013

A row has broken out over the latest ad from JTI in its fight against plain packaging for tobacco products.

VK launches Big Blue

17 April, 2013

Global Brands is launching a 50cl version of VK Blue into the off-trade.

A leading producer believes favourable currency rates mean South African wines can now beat the likes of Australia in offering “exceptional value for money” at all price points.

Retailers can receive tips on issues like range and layout by visiting a new website from Diageo called My Store Matters.

South African wine and spirits producer Distell has paid £160 million to buy Scotch whisky firm Burn Stewart Distillers.

Drinks charity Drinkaware said visits to its website received a sharp spike after a story broke suggesting Britons fail to report their true alcohol intake.

Ninety-three wines selected by The Wine Gang from a south west France tasting of more than 200 wines will be promoted in the UK.

An early Easter drove a 12% rise in BWS value sales at the major multiples during the four weeks to March 30 (Nielsen, compared to the same period in 2012).

A new gin is being launched into the off-trade aimed at men.

A new study suggests that Britain could join New Zealand, the Netherlands, China and Tasmania as the world’s foremost wine growing regions by 2050 if climate change continues.

Accolade’s plan to increase its presence in the ultra-premium wine market has gathered pace with the news that Majestic will stock its Eileen Hardy Chardonnay. 

A Lidl store has seen a five-day ban on alcohol sales overturned after emerging victorious from a long-running battle with Glasgow’s Licensing Board.

Smirnoff is returning to TV screens this month as part of a new £2.5 million ad campaign.

Leading wine suppliers have criticised the skills of supermarket buyers, claiming lack of experience is damaging the industry’s ability to trade sustainably as market pressures intensify.

Growth in wines sales through convenience stores is outpacing the rest of the off-trade as the roll-out of supermarkets’ smaller store formats gathers speed and cash-strapped shoppers shun the big weekly shop.

Ex Formula 1 racing driver Jody Scheckter has refused to alter the packaging for his Laverstoke Park beer range despite a ruling from the Portman Group’s independent complaints panel that it could appeal to children.

A drop in price promotions and falling own-label sales has led to a 3.3% decline in Champagne as Lanson urged retailers to give shoppers more information about styles and tastes on shelf.

The leader of a team that has staged a management buyout at one of the UK’s best-known wine suppliers has pledged that it will be “business as usual”.

FE Barber aims to become the UK’s biggest wine supplier by offering retailers a “one-stop shop” and targeting younger consumers with bright bottles, quirky brands and social media.

Diageo has named Teaninich, near Alness in the Highlands, as the preferred location for a new malt whisky distillery.

Fuller’s has appointed group managing director Simon Emeny as its chief executive, with effect from July 1.

Aston Manor has signalled its confidence in the future of the UK’s cider market by investing £2.5 million in 1,000 acres of new orchards in Herefordshire.

Glucose stimulant drinks, flavoured water and “cold hot drinks” were the bright spots in the soft drinks market in 2012, according to a new market report from Pepsi and J2O supplier Britvic.

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is relaunching a Southern Comfort TV ad in which a barrel-chested man with a round belly and mob-displeasing swimming trunks saunters along a beach. 

Accolade's diamond Geyser

04 April, 2013

Accolade is launching three varietal wines under its Geyser Peak Californian wine brand, which have been specifically developed for the UK consumer’s palate.

Malibu is launching a £12.99 price marked pack for its 70cl bottle of coconut-flavoured rum.

Gaymers has added a pear cider blended with pineapple, mango and passion fruit flavours to its range.

The advertising industry has branded calls to ban alcohol ads and sponsorship in the UK “lazy and naïve”.

Vin de France has urged retailers to put French wines on gondola ends as often as possible in a bid to attract younger drinkers with wines in the £5-8 bracket.

Cellier les Dauphins has launched a Côtes du Rhône Blanc to capitalise on the success of its red wines from the region.

Perrier-Jouët has launched a limited-edition metalwork Champagne “flute tree” from award-winning Dutch designer Tord Boontje.

David Cox has taken over as chief executive of drinks industry charity The Benevolent in a bid to help trade members that have fallen on hard times.

The Co-operative Group has appointed Morrisons buyer Simon Cairns as the new head of its wine team.

A leading brewer believes the UK’s premium bottled ale market will double in value over the next five years.

Entries are now open for this year’s International Beer Challenge, organised by Off Licence News. 

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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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