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.

Asda was offering bottles of Baileys for just £7 this week in the keenest supermarket deal on big-name spirit brands, as the last monthly pay day before Christmas approached.

Budvar beefs up brewing

25 November, 2011

Budweiser Budvar has invested £13 million in its Czech brewery to significantly increase production and packaging as it looks to widen the number of lines it offers.

Majestic trials TV ads

25 November, 2011

Majestic is broadcasting its first ever TV ads in a pilot scheme to attract supermarket wine shoppers.

Inter Beaujolais has launched the second International Gamay Competition.

Luxardo pops its cherries

23 November, 2011

Cellar Trends has launched a jar of maraschino cherries marinated in sugar syrup and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.

Accolade Wines is to target independent convenience stores after research revealed they are coming under pressure from multiple rivals.

Wine Rack opens 21st shop

22 November, 2011

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire – bringing its estate to 21 shops.

An Edinburgh university is to investigate what impact, if any, Scotland’s alcohol policies will have on its heaviest drinkers.

Ads and on-pack for Chivas

22 November, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK is backing its Chivas Regal Scotch whisky brand with outdoor advertising at high-footfall London sites, including Canary Wharf and locations in the City.

Aldi claims it is the first UK supermarket to sell a 40-year-old single malt Scotch whisky in its stores.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne has signed a three-year partnership deal with the English National Opera.

Accolade revamps Nottage Hill

18 November, 2011

Accolade Wines has given Hardys Nottage Hill a new look as part of a £4.5 million investment. 

Talisker Whisky has signed up as the title sponsor of rowing race the Atlantic Challenge.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust chief executive Ian Harris has stepped down as organiser of National Wine Month to concentrate his efforts on the educator's core activities.

Oddbins is enlisting the help of consumers to select a mixed case of wines for Christmas.

Butcombe Brewery has teamed up with TV presenter Adam Henson to create a golden ale called Adam Henson’s Rare Breed.

Absolut releases freezer pack

16 November, 2011

Absolut Vodka has launched a gift pack designed to go in the freezer.

Bestway has reviewed its own-label wine brand Cellar Estate and slimmed it down to 65 wines.

First Drinks Brands has launched Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve – the whiskey’s best-selling variant worldwide – in the UK.

Peel-off labels from Off-Piste

16 November, 2011

Off-Piste Wines has launched a South African brand with a back label that peels off to show information about the region where the wines are grown.

SIBA announces award winners

15 November, 2011

Two breweries are celebrating after winning awards for their label designs sponsored by Off Licence News.

Profits up for Majestic

15 November, 2011

Majestic has grown pre-tax profits by 20% to £8.8 million in the half-year to September 26 – but saw like-for-like sales in shops drop for the six weeks after the period ended, it has reported.

TV ads for Jacob's Creek

15 November, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK has launched a five-week TV ad campaign for Jacob’s Creek.

Diageo has launched a limited edition version of Johnnie Walker – Johnnie Walker Double Black.

First Drinks Brands is launching a neck collar campaign for Three Barrels, offering consumers the chance to win £1,000 as part of its Ultimate Moments marketing campaign.

Independents stand to net £1 billion in sales when the tobacco display ban comes into force next year.

The generic campaign for sherry in the UK has had its budget slashed this year – and its future is hanging in the balance as the Sherry Institute weighs up its options for 2012.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has produced a guide to buying wine to help prevent collectors and investors being ripped off by fraudsters.

Stores are preparing themselves for a bleak Christmas as economic indicators show poor retail footfall and low consumer confidence.

The drinks trade has defended the Responsibility Deal it struck with the government in spring, after the accord came under fire from the health lobby at a recent forum.

Grolsch lager is in line for a repositioning exercise in 2012 to take it away from the mainstream premium lager category and into the world beers sector.

Maxxium UK has launched a gift carton for Teacher’s blended Scotch whisky – the brand’s first since 1988.

Naked Wines has been named the UK’s Online Business of the Year at the National Business Awards 2011.

Supermarket trading slowed in October, suggesting that shoppers are holding off Christmas shopping in the hope of getting better deals closer to the festive season, according to Nielsen.

Wines of Chile has announced the results of its second Independent Wine Merchants Awards. 

Ginger Joe makes TV debut

09 November, 2011

Alcoholic ginger beer Stone’s Ginger Joe is to make its TV debut this month.

Courvoisier runs Dickens tour

09 November, 2011

Courvoisier is running a walking tour that visits places in London associated with the author Charles Dickens, who is believed to have been a fan of the Cognac.

Martini has launched its sparkling wine range in 20cl bottles.

English winery Three Choirs Vineyards has produced the first English wine from the 2011 harvest.

The government will ban the sale of alcohol below cost in England and Wales from April 2012, it has announced.

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.

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