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. 

Costcutter and Palmer & Harvey have formed a joint venture company with a combined buying power of £5 billion in a deal designed to counter the increasing power of the supermarkets.

Morrisons’ new head of wine operations will overhaul its own-label range in a bid to help seize a “fair share” of the UK wine market for the chain.

Bargain Booze is celebrating the Chancellor’s decision to cut 1p from the price of a pint of beer by following his example and cutting its beer prices by the same amount.

A £4 million TV ad campaign for Old Speckled Hen and Greene King IPA will kick off during ITV’s coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Chelsea and Manchester United on April 1.

Off-licence chain Oddbins has branded the Chancellor’s scrapping of the beer duty escalator a “publicity stunt” and slammed the Treasury for failing to give wine the same break.

While the beer industry raises a glass to its new best friend George Osborne, who today scrapped the duty escalator on beer, wine and spirits trade groups are enraged.

Greene King is urging retailers to make the most of double-digit growth in the golden ale category by backing its Love Golden Beer campaign.

A new Channel 4 TV series fronted by Ruth Watson wants to hear from businesses that have been hampered by negative online reviews.

Berry Bros & Rudd has given over permanent shelf space to four different Chinese wines.

Rhône wine volume sales in the UK off-trade rose 6.5% in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to IRI data.

Halewood International has launched two new flavours of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

Morrisons online wine business has taken almost 40,000 orders since it launched in November and is performing better than forecast, according to the man who spearheaded the project.

Torres will show off a number of new additions to its portfolio at the Wines of Spain Fair on March 21.

Champagne House Henriot has ended its partnership with Enotria and appointed John E Fells as its UK distributor.

A scorching summer in New Zealand has created a "perfect" environment for grape production and led growers to predict a bumper 2013 crop.

Wine smugglers jailed

14 March, 2013

Wine smugglers who avoided paying more than £5 million in duty and VAT on illicit Italian wine they brought to the UK are behind bars. 

Spitfire Ale has snapped up the comedy duo behind the Armstrong & Miller Show as brand ambassadors.

Hendick’s Gin hopes its Carnival of Knowledge will offer “intellectual sustenance to all minds” at this year’s Brighton Fringe festival.

Jameson is releasing a limited edition bottle of its Irish whiskey to drive sales in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.

David Cameron is set to ditch his plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol after a Cabinet revolt led by home secretary Theresa May, according to reports.

The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have moved to reassure the trade that it will be a “solid event” despite “tough trading conditions”.

Molson Coors aims to tap into the growing trend for alcoholic ginger beers by launching Carling Zest with a Hint of Ginger.

Wine sales are set to plunge by 10% over the next three years due to duty hikes and the pound’s continued weakness, a leading supplier has warned.

Shopkeepers from across the UK have slated a report from health groups which calls for the government to take tougher action on alcohol misuse.

The owners of Corks Out have won a trip Down Under after winning a competition run by Wine Australia and OLN.

A budding entrepreneur from Scotland has opened his own off-licence after securing charity funding aimed at helping young people in business.

Importer PLB has called on independent wine merchants to travel round the country, visit each other’s stores and share ideas on how to grow their businesses.

Diageo has launched an e-commerce site which will cut out the regular supply chain and sell premium products direct to consumers.

Thatchers is launching a £4 million marketing campaign for its Gold cider, including TV and national billboard advertising, as it seeks to break into the off-trade’s top four cider brands.

Coca-Cola GB has launched a TV and print campaign giving information on the calorie count of its products as part of a global push the company said was aimed at “explaining the importance of energy balance to manage weight”.

Wells & Young’s has brought back its Younger’s Tartan Special in a can for the Scottish market.

Gallo bullish about 2013

08 March, 2013

Gallo is launching a low-alcohol white wine, a pink Moscato and an ultra-pre- mium red blend into the UK off-trade in a bid to increase its share of a volume declining wine market.

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