Portman Group bans Stiffy's

08 November, 2011

The Portman Group has banned the sale of Stiffy’s Jaffa Cake and Kola Kubez vodka liqueurs after a complaint that the name was a sexual reference.

Bancroft Wines has signed up Croatian producer Matošević, and is now its exclusive UK agent. 

TV ads for Savanna cider

07 November, 2011

Savanna cider is running a TV ad campaign this month after a successful burst of advertising in the summer.

Peter Lehmann rebrands

07 November, 2011

The Peter Lehmann range of wines from Australia’s Barossa Valley has been revamped for the first time since it launched 30 years ago.

The wine trade has agreed on an international system for calculating carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

Moët sponsors ATP tennis tour

04 November, 2011

Moët & Chandon has been signed up as the official Champagne of the tennis ATP World Tour.

Oddbins has put three wines priced by its customers in a blind tasting on shelves today (November 4).

OLN's Atkin relaunches website

04 November, 2011

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW has relaunched his website.

Fuller’s has launched a seasonal stout on draught, and plans to bottle it next year.

Generic body Sud de France is to hold an organic and biodynamic wine tasting this month.

Scotland’s move to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol is “probably legal”, according to the government’s public health head Donald Henderson.

WSTA boss heads to Heineken

02 November, 2011

Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) chief executive Jeremy Beadles is to leave his post to join Heineken UK.

Sogrape buys Stevens Garnier

01 November, 2011

Stevens Garnier has been bought by Portugal-based producer Sogrape and has appointed a new managing director.

Minimum pricing in Scotland would punish consumers already struggling in today’s tough economic climate, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.

The Scottish government has introduced its bill to create a minimum price for alcohol.

No consumers at wine fair

28 October, 2011

Brintex has ruled out allowing consumers to visit the London International Wine Fair next year after a consultation with the trade.

Wine Rack will fall short of its planned target of reaching 30 stores by the end of 2010.

Low and no-alcohol wine sales are growing rapidly from a small base and getting close to 1 million cases, according to the latest figures from Nielsen.

The newly relaunched Oddbins chain is exploring sites as it considers expanding next year. 

Minimum unit pricing on alcohol is “probably illegal”, public health minister Anne Milton has said.

Carlsberg UK chief executive Isaac Sheps is leaving to take over leadership of the brewer’s Russian business, Baltika, and its eastern European operations.

Nicolas is gearing up for its annual wine and spirits fair on November 11-12.

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux has teamed up with comedian Dom Joly to produce a series of videos.

Lindeman’s has added a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to its international Winemaker’s Discovery range.

South African winery Linton Park has rebranded its Louis Fourie 1699 range for the UK market, and will be launching it with new agent Chalié Richards next month.

Mont Tauch has launched a sustainably produced single vineyard Fitou in Marks & Spencer. 

Off-trade beer sales grew 9.1% in the last quarter, according to the latest report by the BBPA.

Free Run Wines and Felix Solis Avantis have launched a range of Spanish whites from Rueda. 

The widow of the late John Halewood is to take over as chair of the company that bears his name.

Alcohol consumption continues to decline – in a trend that has been continuing since the early to mid-2000s, according to the Portman Group’s first annual report.

Heineken has extended its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup to remain its official beer supplier and worldwide partner for the 2015 tournament in England.

Diageo Wines Europe managing director Nick Hyde has been nominated as the new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

John Halewood of Halewood International has died. He passed away on October 15.

Drinkaware has teamed up with parenting website mumsnet.com to target parents of pre-teens in a bid to put off the age when children have their first drink.

Sun boosts drinks sales

14 October, 2011

September’s record-breaking temperatures have given the drinks sector a huge boost, pepping up a tough summer for sales.

Sainsbury’s new BWS chief has pledged to deliver more consistency across its retail channels and put a greater emphasis on consumer needs.

Drinks retailers remain attractive investment prospects despite the economic conditions, according to Majestic’s chief executive Steve Lewis.

Waitrose will be making its drinks range as diverse and premium as possible as it rolls out its Little Waitrose smaller-format convenience stores.

Festive campaign for Stone's

12 October, 2011

Accolade Wines has launched an off-trade push for Stone’s Original ginger wine in the run-up to Christmas.

Brains Dark is running an off-trade Halloween promotion, after a similar push last year brought a 30% sales uplift.

Greenall's signs TV deal

11 October, 2011

Greenall’s has signed the first TV deal in its 250-year history.

Brewdog’s latest off-the-wall contribution to the beer world is an IPA brewed under the North Sea.

ISC trophies announced

11 October, 2011

The winners of the International Spirits Challenge trophies have been announced.

New members for CAP board

11 October, 2011

Eight new members have joined the board overseeing the roll-out of Community Alcohol Partnerships around the country.

The Portman Group is looking for two new members to join its independent complaints panel.

New look for Cobra beer

10 October, 2011

Cobra beer is being given a brand redesign later this month.

Cono Sur Chilean wine is offering a free recipe book by chef Paul Merrett in an on-pack promotion on its Bicycle range.

Diageo is to supply a limited edition Grand Marnier bottle to luxury retailers and selected wholesalers until December.

Diageo is set to launch a multimedia campaign to boost sales of its pre-mix range and encourage consumers to drink the cans on week nights.

The leader of a gang which evaded £1.8 million in excise duty has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

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