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Pubs are closing at the rate of 25 a week, with off-trade competition blamed for much of the sector’s woes.

Spirited Wines – the chain that has taken over all the Nicolas shops outside London – has launched a mobile marketing campaign to raise its profile in mobile search engines.

Asda names new BWS head

15 July, 2011

Asda has appointed Tracy Ford as its new category director for BWS, replacing Adrian McKeon who was recently promoted to commercial director for grocery.

Cardiff independent wine merchant Ballantynes has closed after 33 years of trading.

Supermarkets deemed to be running irresponsible deals on alcohol could find investment withdrawn by the Church of England.

Online wine retailer FindWine has announced a number of sponsorships it says will fit in with its “colourful and offbeat” reputation.

Tesco expects to attract over 10,000 customers to its five wine fairs this autumn.

Sainsbury’s has named a successor to the current head of its drinks team, Justin James, who has been given a new role within the business.

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

Edinburgh-based retailer Royal Mile Whiskies is opening a new shop under the banner of The Drinkmonger.

Fifty-five Oddbins branches are being sold by Christie & Co on behalf of the off-licence chain’s administrators, Deloitte.

Oddbins has formally gone into administration with Deloitte partners Lee Manning and Matthew Smith appointed as joint administrators.

Tesco has reshuffled its wine team so that buyers are focusing on product types rather than countries of origin, and has recruited two new buyers.

The Association of Convenience Stores has teamed up with Crimestoppers to offer a reward for information which helps catch the gunmen who critically injured a five-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man in south London.

Licensing fees look set to rise under new guidance to councils being drawn up by the government.

Laithwaites Wine has named Glenn Caton as its new UK managing director.