Drinkaware has launched a programme to teach primary and secondary schoolchildren life skills, in a bid to stop them abusing alcohol when they get older.

'Retail decline stable' – CBI

28 September, 2011

The volume of retail sales in September is lower than a year ago, but the pace of decline has stabilised says business organisation the CBI.

Pernod Ricard has appointed Denis O’Flynn as managing director of its UK business.

Ad campaign for Campo Viejo

21 September, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK is to advertise its Campo Viejo Rioja brand in print media for the first time in three years.

SAB Miller has agreed to buy Australia’s Foster's beer business in a deal which values the company at A$11.5 billion.

Wine supplier PLB has appointed Willem Hunter as brand manager for its Viña Ventisquero and Yali Chilean wines, Spier from South Africa and California’s Sutter Home and Trinchero Family Vineyards.

Cape Wine Exporters plans to launch its Mount Rozier brand in the UK market in 2012.

Ashworth is new Portman boss

21 September, 2011

The Portman Group has appointed Henry Ashworth as its new chief executive officer.

Former Diageo GB boss Simon Litherland has been appointed managing director of Britvic Soft Drinks, the GB arm of Britvic plc.

A new TV campaign for Carling starts today as part of a £7.3 million investment in the brand by Molson Coors.

Relaunch for Botany Creek

15 September, 2011

Halewood International is relaunching its Botany Creek British light wine brand.

Somerset cider brandy has been given Protected Geographical Identification status by the EU after a trade campaign backed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and the UK government.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will introduce its Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill this autumn.

The Fast Show is the latest comedy classic to be resurrected by Foster’s.

West Midlands-based Soho Cash & Carry is opening a new depot in the Smethwick district of Birmingham on Friday, September 9.

Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates is one of 11 new Masters of Wine.

Aspall has been named sponsor and sole cider supplier to the Harvest 2011 food and music festival.

UK retail sales fell 0.6% on a like-for-like basis in August, according to the British Retail Consortium.

V-Kat in student TV ad push

05 September, 2011

Intercontinental Brands is to advertise its V-Kat schnapps brand on the university TV network SubTV.

Diageo is spending £6 million on a state-of-the-art bio-energy plant at its Glenlossie distillery complex in Speyside.

Foster’s Gold lager is claiming an advertising first with a digital poster campaign that will allow users to upload content directly to Facebook.

A report in the Independent newspaper suggests that a buyer is being sought for Bargain Booze.

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has called for local authorities to take a common sense approach to the country’s new laws on pricing and promotions.

Fuller’s has launched the third in its series of Brewer’s Reserve barrel-aged beers.

Hall & Woodhouse is redesigning its entire of Badger bottled beers.

The Prime Minster has suspended liability for business rates for shops affected by the riots in English towns and cities this week.

HM Revenue & Customs says it will be flexible on tax payments for businesses facing short-term financial difficulty because of this week’s riots.

Sainsbury’s says it has seen a 5.5% rise in sales of bag-in-box wine since moving its entire range to a 2.25-litre format.

The British Retail Consortium has called on the government to suspend business rates and National Insurance for businesses affected by this week’s riots in urban England.

AB Inbev saw its UK beer volumes drop 16% in the second quarter of 2011. The fall reflects a spike in sales in the comparable period last year caused by the football World Cup, of which the company’s Budweiser brand was a main sponsor.

The British Retail Consortium is to ask the Home Secretary Theresa May for immediate support to help shopkeepers protect their properties in the wake of the disturbances in London and other cities.

Retailers affected by rioting in London and other major cities in recent days are being urged to act quickly to make insurance claims.

The British Retail Consortium says action is needed to prevent “spending paralysis” after a modest rise in retail sales in July.

A range of ready-made foams for adding a twist to cocktails has been developed by Bols.

Shops have been urged to put the safety of staff first and pull up the shutters up if any doubt, after rioting and looting spread from London to other major cities across the UK.

Canned pre-mixes of Grant’s Scotch whisky with cola and with ginger are being introduced by First Drinks.

Halewood International has launched a rum-based, ginger-flavoured RTD aimed at young male adults.

De Vere sells Greenalls gin

08 August, 2011

The De Vere hospitality group has sold its Greenalls gin business to a private equity-backed management team.

The wine writers’ collective known as The Wine Gang is to add a second Christmas Wine Fair for consumers.

Mount Gay rum is to carry out sampling and other promotional activity during next week's Cowes Week regatta.

Italian spirits manufacturer Campari has brought the privately-owned cachaça brand Sagatiba for €18 million.

German wheat beer brewer Schneider is launching a limited edition bottle-fermented beer in the UK.

TV ad plan for Lambrini

04 August, 2011

Halewood International is to advertise Lambrini on national TV from August 28 to September 18.

Gonzalez Byass UK is to add the Australian winery Wirra Wirra to is agency portfolio from September 1.

Suffolk cider firm Aspall is launching a top-of-the range, 8.2% abv product called Imperial.

Martell Cognac is giving consumers the chance to win a house in the region in an on-pack promotion.

Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites has announced plans to sell its current site to Sainsbury’s and build a state-of-the art brewery at another location.

The absence of a major football tournament from this summer’s calendar has put a big dent in off-trade beer sales.

New test for fake whisky

26 July, 2011

A method for distinguishing between authentic and counterfeit Scotch whisky brand has been devised by scientists at the University of Strathclyde. 

Former Neighbours actress Holly Valance is to be the star of a TV and print ad campaign for Heineken UK’s new Foster’s Gold lager.

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