Box Steam brewery has released a dark porter called Evening Star in honour of the last steam train ever built in Britain.

The British Liver Trust’s chief executive has called on the health lobby and the drinks industry to work together to promote a healthier Britain.

Bumper year for Thatchers

03 October, 2013

Thatchers Cider recorded turnover of £42 million in the year to the end of August as the summer heatwave boosted sales from last year’s £40 million. July was the company’s best month since the firm was founded in 1904.

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed a commitment from Labour leader Ed Milliband to reverse a hike in small business rates due in April 2015 and to freeze the levy the following year.

McGuigan encourages trade-up

03 October, 2013

Australian Vintage believes that within two years its new McGuigan Black Label Reserve range will account for 25% of McGuigan Black Label sales.

Bargain Booze has added seven exclusive wines to the list available to franchisees as it seeks to beef up its premium offering.

PLB's Darbyshire to step down

30 September, 2013

PLB’s sales director John Osborne is to take over as the agency’s managing director next year, when current managing director Peter Darbyshire steps down.

Halewood International has launched Stukaberg, a 22% herbal schnapps created by Cubic Brands.

English sparkling wine Nyetimber said its newly released Classic Cuvee 2009 is the finest vintage it has ever produced.

Fuller’s has launched its 2013 bottle-conditioned Vintage Ale.

Bargain Booze has teamed up with Thwaites to launch three craft ales which had only been available on draught in Thwaites’ pubs so far.

Languedoc winery Abbotts & Delaunay has appointed Hilde Chevillot as its new winemaker.

Exports of Alsace wines to the UK have grown 27.8% in volume in the first seven months of 2013, according to regional body IVA (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace).

A host of the UK’s leading wine suppliers have all committed to return to the London Wine Fair in 2014 after an absence of one or more years.

Mangrove is offering drinkers the chance to win an all expenses paid weekend for two to Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg via an on-pack promotion on chocolate liqueur Mozart Gold.

On-pack campaign for E&J Brandy

25 September, 2013

Gallo is running an on-pack promotion on E&J Brandy in the run-up to Christmas – its biggest ever investment in the brand.

Kilchoman releases 2007 Vintage

25 September, 2013

Islay independent farm distillery Kilchoman is releasing its oldest whisky to date – 2007 Vintage.

Rekorderlig is releasing its Winter Cider again this year – this time with a £2 million spend and the edition’s first ever ad campaign.

Fuller’s has once again delved into its brewing history to produce the fourth beer in its Past Masters range.

Lambrini is to sponsor Liverpool Fashion Week, which takes place on October 14-19 at Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building.

The Beautiful South will return next year

The organiser of the London Wine Fair is reviewing the dates of future shows to maintain its relevance to buyers and suppliers.

Laithwaite’s is planning a push on eastern European wines after almost doubling sales from the region over the past year.

Wines of South Africa’s departing head says the country is in its “best position for years” as her replacement prepares to take the reins.

High-strength ban spreads

20 September, 2013

Beers and ciders with an abv of 6.5% and above could soon be a thing of the past in the off-trade as councils across the UK start to adopt Ipswich’s Reducing the Strength Campaign.

The government has launched a consultation which could see the end of personal licences.

A leading supplier claims half price wine deals will disappear from shelves and urged the trade to find new tactics to stem haemorrhaging sales.

Prowein organiser Messe Dusseldorf has revealed that 8% of the 26,000 international visitors to the 2013 show came from the UK.

An online “curated marketplace” to showcase drinks from boutique British producers has been launched.

Student discount under fire

20 September, 2013

The Co-operative Group has come under fire from Alcohol Concern for offering students a 10% discount on beer, wine and spirits.

UK buyers are starting to think less about their own refined palates and more about their sweet-toothed customers, according to the supplier of one of the UK’s bestselling Argentinian wines.

Wines of South Africa has named Siobhan Thompson as its new chief executive as Su Birch prepares to step down next month. (November).

Diageo has brought a Red Berry flavour of its Ciroc super-premium vodka to the UK.

The three generic bodies that combined to create The Beautiful South tasting last week have announced the event will return next year.

Researchers urged the Government to ban alcohol firms from sponsoring football matches after finding armchair fans are bombarded by more than 100 images of beer, wine and spirits every hour.

Gavin Hewitt will step down as chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association at the end of 2013, to be replaced by British diplomat David Frost.

Diageo is facing an investor revolt over “excessive” executive pay packages, according to shareholder advisory firm Manifest.

Poor weather and short harvests caused turnover and earnings to drop slightly at English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down.

The Liberal Democrats want to see the definition of cider changed so “mass-produced, lower quality” products do not benefit from low duty rates.

Hastings Borough Council has become the latest local authority to begin a scheme urging off-licences to stop selling beer and cider at 6.5% abv and above.

The largest-ever gathering of Masters of Wine is assembling in London this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the wine world’s most prestigious title.

Bordeaux producer Maison Sichel has opened a new £1.7 million winery to welcome the 2013 harvest.

The protégée of one of the "fathers of Pinotage" has unveiled a new range of wines that aims to display the depth and quality of South Africa’s emblematic variety.

Jose Alberto Zuccardi accepts the Winemaker’s Winemaker of the Year award on behalf of his son Sebastian Zuccardi, presented by Gaucho’s Director of Wine Phil Crozier and Anthony Rose

Sebastian Zuccardi of Familia Zuccardi was named Winemaker’s Winemaker of the Year at the Gaucho Awards, which celebrated the achievements of Argentine wine at the chain’s flagship Piccadilly restaurant.

Historic London brewery Truman’s is opening in Hackney this month, 24 years after its original Brick Lane brewery shut down.

Winegrowing could be completely wiped out in great swathes of the world – with the most famous classic regions being the hardest hit if temperatures rise by just a few degrees, as they are forecast to by the end of this century, according to a Chilean professor of bioclimatology.

Jägermeister has set up its first ever foreign distribution subsidiary in the UK after seeing “outstanding growth” in the market.

Diageo has launched a new TV ad as part of a £4.5 million campaign to push Smirnoff's new signature serve, Smirnoff Apple Bite.

Morgenrot takes on Windhoek

10 September, 2013

Manchester-based importer Morgenrot has become the sole UK importer of Namibian lager Windhoek.

Wakefield Council has introduced a scheme urging shops to stop selling beer and cider at 6.5% abv or above.

Aussie brewery is IBC champion

10 September, 2013

An Australian barley wine has been named Supreme Champion of the 2013 International Beer Challenge.

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