Beale to be new WSTA head

20 March, 2012

Miles Beale will join the Wine & Spirit Trade Association as its new chief executive in June.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled research claiming 58% of shoppers are willing to trade up to "premium" wines and has outlined plans to inject growth into the category.

Scotland has moved a step closer to introducing a minimum unit price on alcohol after MSPs passed the bill in principle with no opposition.

Alcohol Concern Cymru has called for drinks brands to be banned from sponsoring sports and cultural events and for strict curbs on advertising, after a poll of primary school children found many were more familiar with alcohol brands than other popular foods and snacks.

Tesco has grown its fine wine sales by 50% after overhauling its range, the supermarket has reported.

Sidekick turns sour

14 March, 2012

Halewood International has launched a sub-brand into its Sidekick range – Sidekick Sours.

Harveys Bristol Cream has signed up as the exclusive sherry partner of the Ideal Home Show again.

London International Wine Fair organiser Brintex has defended the event after a number of major exhibitors said they would not attend this year, as reported by OLN on March 9.

Sainsbury’s has launched its Great British Beer hunt with a new category designed to support microbrewers.

Online retailer Naked Wines has launched a competition looking for the world’s most talented unknown winemakers – with US$1 million up for grabs.

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09 March, 2012

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Boost for microbrewers

09 March, 2012

A new scheme to give wider take-home distribution to Britain’s micro-brewed beers has been set up by the Society of Independent Brewers.

A Cumbrian brewer has hit out at the Portman Group, despite agreeing to a request to change one of its bottled beer labels.

González Byass is planning to release its unfiltered fino Tio Pepe En Rama for the third time this year. The wine will be launched at the London wine fair, but in the past two years much of it has sold ahead of its official release.

Meantime Brewing’s new head has outlined ambitions to treble its production as part of a £3 million investment in its London site.

Winerack.co.uk goes live

09 March, 2012

Wine Rack’s transactional website is now live and the chain says online sales are going well. The retailer has given the website – winerack.co.uk – a soft launch with offers of 10% off six or more bottles of wine and 5% off six or more bottles of Champagne, with no consumer advertising yet.

The UK remains the biggest importer of Champagne in spite of a 2.7% fall in volumes in 2011, the Champagne Bureau has reported.

Price controls on alcohol are on the cards for April 2015, industry insiders believe, after the Cabinet Office gave a series of briefings on the issue to senior political journalists.

Nearly three-quarters of retailers say duty fraud has hit their income, an OLN survey as part of our Fight Against Fraud campaign has revealed.

New Zealand Winegrowers has pulled out of this year’s London International Wine Fair along with a number of suppliers, including Pernod Ricard UK, Percy Fox and PLB. 

Molson Coors has launched a limited edition 2.8% abv, citrus-flavoured version of Carling – Carling Zest.

Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch has become the first of 10 people honoured by Wine Intelligence for their achievements in the wine business.

Raisin Social has signed up South African producer Du Toitskloof and will be its exclusive UK representative for a new range of Fairtrade products.

Jeneve Williams is to join Marks & Spencer as winemaker for Bordeaux, Loire, Italy, Chile, Hungary, Argentina, rosé and sparkling wine.

Yalumba-owned Negociants UK is to handle its own sales direct to independents for the first time, after a deal which saw it use third party distribution through Berkmann Wine Cellars came to an end.

Wine and spirits sales have declined in the off-trade as consumers have reined in their spending, according to a report for the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

First Cape has launched an online wine club as part of its sponsorship of the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia.

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW has been shortlisted as one of the figures in the wine trade who has achieved great things in the past decade, and changed the industry for the better. 

Sourz launches RTD range

05 March, 2012

Maxxium UK has launched an RTD version of its Sourz shots range.

Royal Tokaji stock stolen

02 March, 2012

More than 500 cases of Royal Tokaji wine have been stolen from a lorry parked near the Dartford Tunnel.

Glenfiddich has repackaged its 21 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky and released its first ever vatted vintage reserve, from 1974.

Molson Coors has licensed Global Brands to produce and distribute its Reef RTD brand.

Majestic, Tanners and the Wine Society have been honoured at an awards ceremony for those in the UK who make an outstanding contribution to supporting Portuguese wine.

Thatchers Rosé has been released in a 50cl single serve bottle for the first time.

Highland Park has reintroduced a 21 Year Old single malt to the UK two years after the distillery sold out of the expression worldwide.

Laithwaites has bought a vineyard near the village of Castillon in Bordeaux, where founder Tony Laithwaite first began importing wine into the UK under the name Bordeaux Direct.

Cockspur rum has been named the official rum of West Indies cricket for the team’s tour of England this year.

Majestic wins e-commerce award

29 February, 2012

Majestic has been given an award for its innovative use of online media.

González Byass sales director Melissa Draycott and London restaurateur Abel Lusa have joined the ranks of the Gran Orden de Caballeros.

ASA bans Laithwaites ad

29 February, 2012

A Laithwaites ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading consumers.

New look for Champagne Devaux

29 February, 2012

Champagne Devaux has repackaged its Classics range to bring its look into line with the premium Collection D portfolio.

New look for Snow Queen vodka

28 February, 2012

Organic Kazakhstan vodka Snow Queen has had a revamp.

Fuller’s has bottled its Black Cab stout and will be releasing it to supermarkets next month.

Carling updates iPint app

28 February, 2012

Molson Coors has launched a new version of its Carling iPint app, which lets users pretend to drink beer through their smartphones.

Drinkaware is starting to see “green shoots of behaviour change” among its target audiences.

More than a quarter of tobacco smoked in the UK is non-duty paid, according to estimates from Japan Tobacco International.

Range revamp for Campo Viejo

28 February, 2012

Pernod Ricard UK is revamping the Campo Viejo range in a bid to raise awareness of the Tempranillo grape and the wines of Rioja.

The Portman Group has appointed two new members to its Independent Complaints Panel, which considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing under the body’s code of practice.

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope has pre-sold 24,000 bottles of unmade wine worth more than £280,000 in 24 hours after signing up with Naked Wines.

As part of our ongoing campaign against duty fraud – Fight Against Fraud – Off Licence News is calling on retailers to let us know how they’ve been affected by duty fraud.

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