Coe Vintners’ premium spirits arm Mangrove UK has laid out plans to double in size in the next three years by targeting the UK off-trade.

Bibendum has shaken-up its managment team to "streamline" its UK business.

Suppliers have slammed government plans to put a minimum unit price of 45p on alcohol because they believe it could open the floodgates for a raft of laws from those hell-bent on destroying the drinks trade.

The Government has proposed a ban on multi-buy deals and a minimum unit price on alcohol of 45p as part of a 10-week consultation on its Alcohol Strategy launched today.

The London International Wine Fair 2013 aims to be easier to navigate, more exciting and more focused on UK businesses than previous outings.

The wine and spirits industries must grow more vocal and join the beer lobbyists in fighting the duty escalator that is crippling the entire drinks trade, according to Accolade Wines.

Tesco is pushing a wide range of 2009 Bordeaux wines purchased en-primeur in the spring of 2010 on its wine-by-the-case website.

David Cameron’s plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol are based on flawed research and will punish moderate drinkers, according to a new report by a leading think-tank.

MW tally passes the 300 mark

23 November, 2012

There are now 301 Masters of Wine in the world after Cees van Casteren became only the second Dutchman to achieve the ultimate wine title.

Three New World generic wine marketing agencies are coming together for a major London tasting in 2013 in a move that will change the face of the UK wine trade events calendar.

HMRC has set up a taskforce to tackle tax fraud in the alcohol industry in Scotland.

Kick Energy aims to build on the success of previous partnerships with Avenger’s Assemble and Batman by launching an on-pack promotional link-up with eagerly anticipated computer game Far Cry 3.

The new owner of Thierry's said it is feels "no moral obligation" to repay debts to suppliers left out of pocket by the importer, but it is willing to negotiate. 

The Christmas price war has kicked off as supermarkets slashed Champagne prices to less than £10 in a desperate bid to gain market share.

The organiser of the London International Wine Fair will not rule out a return to the capital’s Olympia venue.

Mayfair and Silk Cut cigarette supplier JTI has called for more prosecutions and tougher penalties to curb tobacco- related fraud.

Diageo has urged retailers to stock price–marked packs (PMPs) in the build-up to Christmas after 41% of the 500 convenience shoppers it inter- viewed said they want clearer pricing.

Retailers take top prizes

09 November, 2012

Waitrose and Gerry’s Wine & Spirits were the big winners as the movers and shakers of the spirits industry gathered for the glittering International Spirits Challenge awards dinner in London.

Bottlegreen plots expansion

08 November, 2012

Bottlegreen plans to increase turnover from £15 million this year to £25 million by 2017 after teaming up with global brands like Diageo and Bacardi to make cocktails.

A product that claims to reduce hangovers and retailers’ overheads in one fell swoop by cleaning and rapidly aging spirits has been launched in the UK.

A French wine-based drink produced since 1872 has secured its first supermarket listing in the UK.

Five wines from Brazil’s leading producer are now available from Stevens Garnier.

Wholesaler Venus called the collapse of Waverley TBS a huge opportunity for smaller merchants after picking up extra business amid the wreckage.

Molson Coors has a new boss in the UK and Ireland after Stewart Glendenning left his post as chief executive to head the company’s Canadian business after just four months in the job.

Waverley TBS, one of the UK's leading drinks distributors, has fallen into administration.

A new ad campaign for Guinness will position the famous stout brand as “made of more”.

The drinks industry was told to expect five more years of pain before growth speeds up by leading economists at the WSTA annual conference.

The alcohol industry must work together to mount a defence against minimum unit pricing in the face of aggressive government tactics, according to the chief executive of the WSTA.

Stratford’s Wine Agencies has been bought by FE Barber – the parent company of Kingsland Wines & Spirits and Legacy Wines – after going into administration.

'Brands need soul' - McGuigan

21 September, 2012

The wine trade needs more high-profile ambassadors to inject personality into brands in the face of tough supermarket trading, according to Australian Vintage’s chief winemaker Neil McGuigan.

Lidl is aiming for a more specialist approach to wine following a £1 million investment in the launch of a premium range.

Camra says that the UK has more breweries than at any time in the past 70 years.

Waitrose to launch Heston gin

12 September, 2012

A Heston Blumenthal gin and an Icelandic wheat beer are among new exclusives being listed by Waitrose in the run-up to Christmas.

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Ex Sainsbury’s wine buyer Julian Dyer has been appointed general manager for Europe at Australian Vintage on a permanent basis.

British supermarkets have been hit by product recalls on bottles of French beer after a safety scare.

Crabbie's goes into cans

10 September, 2012

The alcoholic ginger beer category has taken a significant step with the first move into cans by a major brand.

Halewood International is backing its Lambrini Cider range with glossy magazine and radio ads to support an on-pack offer.

ID test methods prompt backlash

07 September, 2012

Retailers have attacked test purchasing methods after an Off Licence News investigation found a child volunteer working for the authorities is sold alcohol every seven hours.

Off-trade sales of beer, cider, RTDs and sparkling wine saw an uplift in the week of the Olympic opening ceremony – but overall the games brought less joy to drinks retailers than the Diamond Jubilee, according to market data firm Nielsen.

Owners of independent shops are the hardest working professionals in Britain, according to a report from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Waitrose has appointed Ken Mackay MW to buying manager for wine.

The deadline to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards has been extended to Wednesday, September 12.

Thatchers Heritage draught cider is now available in a three-litre bag in box in the off-trade, designed to give drinkers the pub experience at home.

Patrick Ricard dies aged 67

20 August, 2012

Patrick Ricard, the man who turned Pernod Ricard into one of the world’s largest drinks companies, has died suddenly at the age of 67.

The Olympics failed to deliver the anticipated boost in drinks sales, according to early indications from retailers. 

Paul Bastard leaves Co-op

15 August, 2012

The Co-operative is on the hunt for a new wine development manager after news Paul Bastard is stepping down after 17 years.

Tesco overhauls wine team

09 August, 2012

Tesco has overhauled its wine team by poaching Bibendum’s sales director Emma Biggs and adding three more new faces.

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

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