Jacob’s Creek has signed up tennis star Andre Agassi for a three-year global campaign promoting its wines.

Rémy Martin has launched a cask-finished VSOP for the European market.

Codorníu has appointed a new UK brand manager as part of a reshuffle in its sales and marketing departments.

The Oxford Wine Co has appointed Marcia Waters MW as wine buyer.

Accolade Wines has launched a website to help independent convenience stores grow their sales today (January 4).

Fine wine prices fell 15% in 2011, fine wine index Liv-ex has reported.

Naked Wines ad banned

04 January, 2012

A Naked Wines ad offering its customers their money back has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Booker is launching a campaign that aims to draw 2 million extra shoppers to independent retailers.

JTI has launched its first value roll-your-own tobacco brand – Sterling Rolling.

Pessac-Léognan grand cru estate Château Brown has introduced a Quick Response code for its forthcoming vintages.

Eristoff has launched a 70cl bottle price-marked at £11.49.

Girls are being taken to hospital following binge drinking in greater numbers than boys, government figures reveal.

Brighton has created what is thought to be the biggest cumulative impact area in the UK.

England could be about to follow Scotland with plans for minimum prices for alcohol.

The Scottish health minister has come under fire for failing to declare the government’s preferred level for minimum alcohol pricing.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has rejected the idea of using minimum pricing as a way of curbing problem drinking.

The government remains convinced that minimum unit pricing for alcohol is illegal under European law, despite the Scottish government’s determination to press ahead with the policy.

Medics have repeated their call for the government to use minimum pricing as a way of curbing alcohol misuse.

Christmas tunes annoy shoppers

13 December, 2011

Shoppers feel they are being bombarded with the same Christmas songs over and over again, a new poll has revealed.

Retail awards shortlist out

13 December, 2011

Off Licence News has released the shortlist for our prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards 2012. 

Inflation on wine and spirits has leapt up in the past month, according to the Office of National Statistics and the Wilson Drinks Report.

Sainsbury’s is tipping gin as a top-selling spirit this Christmas.

Wine sales dropped 3% in the past year and the pace of decline has accelerated this autumn as tax hikes bite, the WSTA has reported.

Molson Coors has written to 60 MPs across the UK to challenge the duty escalator on beer by highlighting the relationship between barley farming and brewing.

Diageo has invested £2 million in a digital media and consumer PR push for Captain Morgan’s Spiced.

£2m push for Guinness

12 December, 2011

Diageo has launched a £2 million Christmas ad campaign for Guinness.

Bleak prediction for wine

09 December, 2011

Rising taxes may mean there is no future for wine in the UK, a leading Californian winemaker has warned.

Minimum price to hit poorest

09 December, 2011

Plans for minimum unit pricing in Scotland will hit poorest households the hardest, a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has claimed.

Heynen to leave Molson Coors

09 December, 2011

Molson Coors sales director John Heynen is to leave the brewer at the end of this year, as part of an organisational restructure.

Morrisons is trialling a range of new initiatives to make its drinks aisles more accessible.

£10 fizz leads price charge

09 December, 2011

Asda was selling £10 bottles of Champagne this week as the supermarkets’ battle for hard-up consumers’ Christmas drinks budgets hotted up.

Westons has teamed up with chef Marco Pierre White for the launch of a new cider.

A version of the Kiss song Crazy Crazy Nights features in a £1 million pre-Christmas ad campaign for Smirnoff.

Virgin Wines has launched a mobile phone version of its website.

UK like-for-like retail sales fell 1.6% in November compared with the same month in 2010 – the weakest performance since May.

Oak-aged beer producer Innis & Gunn is to double its workforce with the creation of 13 new jobs. 

Diageo is to sponsor free travel on public transport in the capital on New Year’s Eve.

Eisberg alcohol-free wine has joined up with the British Liver Trust to support its Love Your Liver month in January.

Jacob’s Creek has created a range of wines made from cool-climate regions and targeted at women.

Oddbins is giving away turkeys this Christmas.

New Benevolent head named

01 December, 2011

The Wine & Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society has appointed Paul Newman as its new chief executive.

WSTA announces interim head

01 December, 2011

WSTA communications director Gavin Partington will take over from chief executive Jeremy Beadles in an interim role while the body hunts for a permanent successor.

Brand Phoenix has pledged to cut 50 million units of alcohol from the market over the next three years by growing its low-alcohol Café Collection range and cutting abv levels across the rest of the First Cape portfolio.

Greene King has delivered a selection of East Anglian beers to Brussels for a meeting in which MEPs will discuss policy and issues.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a fine wine business unit for the UK and Ireland, aimed at boosting sales of its regional and premium wines.

Kraken sponsors Kitschies

29 November, 2011

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is sponsoring the Kitschies – the alternative science fiction and fantasy writing awards.

A 3p hike in fuel duty will be deferred from January to August, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his autumn statement. 

Macallan launches Facebook app

29 November, 2011

Maxxium UK has created a Facebook app that lets fans of The Macallan whisky create and share a “virtual dram”.

Kopparberg to double marketing

25 November, 2011

Kopparberg cider is to double its marketing spend in 2012 after its Find Kopparberg campaign led to a surge in sales of the brand.

Australian Vintage is bringing its McGuigan City Vineyard installation to Dublin during summer 2012. The Australian winery said it will take members of the UK trade to the event, which represents a £250,000 investment.

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