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.

Barwell & Jones is to handle UK distribution of Chile’s Viña Morandé wine brand from July 25.

A pre-mixed caipirinha cocktail is making an assault on the UK market.

Distribution of the Czech lager Staropramen is to be taken on by Carlsberg UK.

The number of consumers searching for retail products on internet search engines increased by 27% in the second quarter of 2011.

Five people have been killed in an explosion and fire on a Lincolnshire industrial estate in an incident which it’s been reported may have been caused by an illegal vodka distillery.

Absolut vodka is to launch a global campaign consisting of collaborations with 18 rising stars in the visual arts world.

Absolut vodka is to launch a global campaign consisting of collaborations with 18 rising stars in the visual arts world.

Trading Standards officers in the London Borough of Hillingdon have seized large amounts of counterfeit alcohol from local businesses in a four-day operation.

Council officials in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, have issued a warning about bottles of counterfeit Smirnoff vodka.

Pernod Ricard UK and motoring organisation the AA are launching the second phase of their joint anti-drink driving consumer marketing campaign.

The British Retail Consortium says retail sales rallied in June but were still “not great”.

Maxxium UK is adding a white rum to its Brugal portfolio.

The managing director of Miller Brands UK, Nick Miller, is leaving the global giant to take up the role of CEO at London craft brewery Meantime.

On the same day that Diageo announced a new boss for its GB business, rival Pernod Ricard UK has appointed a new managing director for its UK business.

Diageo has appointed Andrew Cowan as its country director for GB.

A former Sainsbury’s wine buyer has set up a new consultancy business to help overseas wineries establish themselves in the UK market.

Tesco revamps wine aisle

06 July, 2011

Tesco is revamping the look of its wine aisles after carrying out its largest ever piece of wine consumer research.

Heineken UK has been rapped by marketing watchdog the Portman Group after a song called Too Drunk to F*** appeared in a playlist in a Kronenbourg 1664 promotion on the Spotify music streaming service.

Consumers are being urged to buy at least one item from an independent store today to celebrate diversity in the high street.

Bacardi has launched its Bacardi Originals range of ready-to-serve cocktails in the off-trade.

A new multi-agency group has been set up in Glasgow to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by excessive drinking.

Ian Macleod buys Tamdhu

29 June, 2011

Ian Macleod Distillers has bought the Speyside distillery Tamdhu from the Edrington Group.

Maker’s Mark bourbon will be offering consumers the chance to win a £5,000 “style allowance” in its first UK on-pack offer from August.

Morgenrot is launching a 97cl sharing bottle for its Quilmes Argentine lager.

Sainsbury’s has named the regional finalists in its Great British Beer Hunt competition.

The specialist rum distributor J Wray & Nephew UK has added the Bulldog gin brand to its portfolio.

A second EOPS error in three weeks has brought chaos to the beer aisles in some Tesco stores.

The Wine & Spirit Association says record tax increases are driving alcohol prices up across the board.

Diageo is to fund training for midwives to help educate expectant mothers about the risks of alcohol to their unborn child.

Online alcohol sales in April were up 20% on March, and 55% ahead of April 2010, as a result of the royal wedding.

A further 29 closed Oddbins stores across the country are being marketed for sale by Christie & Co.

Legislation to bring in minimum pricing is a certainty in Scotland, WSTA chief executive Jeremy Beadles has said.

UK wine drinkers think traditional wine labels with pictures of vineyards and chateaux and a font with lots of flourishes are most attractive - but are more likely to buy wines with much simpler labels, Wine Intelligence has revealed.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is to launch a fraud prevention unit.

The number of retail companies going into administration increased by 30% in the first quarter of the year, according to a report by business advisory firm Deloitte.

High street sales volumes rose in April but the pace of growth remains “subdued” according to the employers' organisation the CBI.

Shareholders in Australia’s Foster’s Group have approved the protracted demerger of its wine and beer businesses.

European Food Brokers has confirmed the acquisition of 37 Oddbins stores from administrator Deloitte.

There are unconfirmed reports that 37 Oddbins stores have been bought by European Food Brokers, the Midlands-based owner of the Whittalls Wines chain, for around £4 million.

Four men have been jailed for conspiring to cheat the public revenue after setting up a counterfeit tobacco factory.

Sainsbury’s has been refused a licence at a controversial new store in Brighton.

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