A professor of marketing and a specialist licensing barrister have joined the Independent Complaints Panel.

Drinking rates among schoolchildren have fallen over the past decade, according to the latest NHS statistics published today.

Naked Wines goes global

25 July, 2012

Norwich-based Naked Wines has continued its global expansion by opening a winery in California.

The makers of a new gadget that looks like an icicle suspended in a bottle of wine claim it will “maintain the optimal drinking temperature while the bottle is consumed”.

Brands including Tsingtao beer and Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer will be on offer at London 2012 viewing platforms as part of producer Halewood International’s new marketing drive.

Wells and Young’s has appointed Nestlè brands manager Phil Toms to the new post of director of brands.

Bibendum has appointed Waitrose’s wine buying manager Andrew Shaw as it new head of buying.

Drinks industry leaders have rejected calls from a group representing the medical profession for legislation to introduce US-style health warnings on alcohol packaging.

Euro 2012 proved a washout for retailers as less lager was sold during the period than during the same two weeks in 2011. 

An influential committee of MPs has backed government plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol to combat the “insidious and pervasive” impact of binge drinking. 

SHS Group has merged its drinks businesses under a single corporate identity.

Bargain Booze is on the hunt for a new chief executive after long-standing managing director Tim Stanley left his role at the company as part of a shake-up at the top.

New Zealand Winegrowers has parted company with its European director David Cox.

The Paisley-based Winehouse chain has temporarily closed its Scottish stores over the past two weeks. Director Philip Craig said it was in the “process of revamping a selection of shops” and that the planned relaunch, originally promised for the first week of July, is still “on schedule”.

Tesco has appointed Alain Guilpain to be its new buying manager for wine, OLN has learned. 

Wine & Spirit Trade Association communications director Gavin Partington is to become the director general of the British Soft Drinks Association in the autumn.

Jean Claude Van Damme will dust off his hiking shoes once more to continue a Coors Light advertising campaigning that has helped boost sales of the lager by 40%.

Blossom Hill has launched a new 5.5% wine in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.

Coe Vintners has revealed its new look after hiring the creative team behind Alton Towers and Currys to change its livery.

Debate over the impact of beer duty will rage on after economic secretary Chloe Smith agreed to hold further meetings with MPs who claim the tax is damaging the British economy.

Heineken will host a fan hub throughout the upcoming Olympic Games that will display fan content online and on outdoor TV screens across London.

Retailers can win a buying trip to Chile as part of a new promotion designed to promote Chilean wines in the UK.

Diageo is launching a Chinese baijiu white spirit in the UK market.

Wynchwood Brewery has launched two new fruit beers to satisfy consumer desire for flavoured drinks served over ice.

Darnley’s View has launched a new London Dry gin spiced with a blend of juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Quintessential Italian lager Peroni Nastro Azzurro will be immortalised in its very own opera.

SHS Sales & Marketing has outlined plans for its assault on the imported lager category with the Czech brand Krusovice.

Harveys Bristol Cream has linked up with Sony to give away digital book readers in the first of two on-pack promotions for the sherry this year.

Czech brewer Budějovický Budvar can continue to use the Budweiser name on its UK beer after the Court of Appeal ruled in its favour this morning.

First Drinks is embarking on a new marketing strategy for its Zubrowka Polish vodka brand.

A Colchester-based wine merchant has set up a body that he hopes will bring together independent retailers around the country and give them a united voice.

A report by NHS Scotland has shown “no obvious change” in alcohol sales as a result of the ban on multibuy promotions on alcohol in Scotland.

Lewis: tough year ahead

28 June, 2012

Majestic chief executive Steve Lewis has warned that “next year will be as tough as the one that’s just finished”, despite turning in increased sales, profits and prices. The wine warehouse chain’s pre-tax profit for the 53 weeks to April 2 was up 14.5% to £23.2 million on a sales increase of 8.9% at £280.3 million.

The administrator for D&D Wines International has given up trying to sell the company as a going concern.

 ruling by magistrates in Leeds could alter the way licensing committees and other courts measure the suitability of garages for drinks licences.

Fraud or suspected fraud may have cost UK wine companies as much as £1.3 million since last May, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has revealed.

The Jubilee gave retailers a sales boost in June according to the Confederation of British Industry.

Ireland’s C&C Group has said sales of Magners cider plummeted in the second quarter of this year because of the poor weather.

Malt whisky the Macallan has launched a new range exclusive to the UK – the 1824 Series.

Molson Coors UK has confirmed plans to reposition it Grolsch lager away from the mainstream premium lager category and into the booming world beers category.

The Portman Group is looking for a new chair for its independent complaints panel, which rules on complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing.

Romanian wine exports to the UK nearly trebled in 2011, latest figures have revealed.

Kent’s Community Alcohol Partnership scheme is being rolled out across the county after successful pilot schemes in Edenbridge, Canterbury and Thanet.

Hastings, in East Sussex, is cracking down on alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and under-age drinking in a new Community Alcohol Partnership scheme.

The makers of a herbal liqueur have been asked to change their marketing because it made medical claims about the drink.

Bacchus wines scooped five trophies in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, run by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Naked Wines is investing £526,000 to help Marlborough winemaker Mike Paterson set up his own label.

New look for Echo Falls

20 June, 2012

Accolade Wines has given Echo Falls a new look as part of a year-long campaign for the brand with an unprecedented spend.

Rhythm & Booze’s new owner believes its plans for the chain could breathe new life into a “tired” high street off-licence sector.

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