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Diageo pledges to continue blazing a trail of innovation

The UK’s largest spirits supplier has a new general manager after Charles Ireland took over from Andrew Cowan at Diageo GB.

Black Friday: six bottles of wine for £20 as supermarkets battle it out

Supermarkets are going all out to drive footfall on Black Friday by offering huge discounts on beers, wines and spirits.

Maxxium launches Courvoisier gift packs for VS and VSOP

Maxxium UK is introducing Courvoisier gift packs inspired by the Paris Golden Age.

The Benevolent Thanks for Giving auction takes place tomorrow

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting an inaugural online auction tomorrow to raise money for members of the industry that have fallen on hard times.

Morrisons reveals plans to boost its convenience presence

Morrisons plans to revive the Safeway name as part of its increased focus on the convenience sector, and it also plans to open more impulse outlets.

Belvoir reveals new alcohol-free wine alternatives

Belvoir Fruit Farms has developed a range of drinks which mimic the sensation of drinking wine, but without any resulting hangover.

Waitrose reveals its 'must have' festive wines

Waitrose has revealed its ‘must have’ wines for the festive season; a collection of six classic wines and a Reserve Tawny Port, each priced at £10 a bottle.

Sussex wine makes inroads with its crusade for PDO status

Sussex wine has been granted temporary protected status, pushing it closer to the official PDO status it seeks.

Moet revives its personalisation service in Selfridges

Moet & Chandon has launched its personalisation service in Selfridges in time for Christmas.

Baileys to star in £3.6m festive campaign

Baileys is launching a new £3.6m festive campaign, while its 50cl Chocolate Luxe variant is set to become a permanent addition to the range.

Scottish distillery sells first release three times over

A Scottish distillery has sold out of its first release of ‘mature spirit’ three times over, amid “overwhelming” demand.

Sogevinus reports of "surprisingly good" harvest

Sogevinus Fine Wines has reported a “surprisingly good” harvest, considering what it described as a difficult vine-growing year.

Famous Grouse features in “bigger and better” festive campaign

The Famous Grouse will feature in two separate television adverts this festive season, a campaign which marks the biggest investment ever for the brand at this time of year.

Pierhead adds Harlem Renaissance Wit to its portfolio

Harlem Renaissance Wit is leaving New York for the first time and has joined Pierhead Drinks’ beer portfolio.

Fuller’s reports of a “good performance in changing times”

Fuller’s craft beer brands are seeing strong growth according to the brewer, which announced its half year results today.

Pioneer Brewing Company to launch UK beer school

Pinoeer Brewing Company, the craft and speciality division of AB InBev UK, has announced plans to launch a professional beer school. 

MP’s unite to support call for cut to wine duty

MP’s have come together to call for a duty cut to wine to support jobs and growth and provide a “level playing field” for the industry.

TWP introduces modern Abruzzo

TWP Wines is introducing PEMO, which it describes as a “modern Abruzzo”, that is designed to sit “at the quality end of the spectrum”.

Majestic Wine reports profits down but sales up

Majestic Wine’s boss Rowan Gormley is confident his turnaround plan is working, even though the company has posted a £4.4m drop in profits for its first half.

Deliveroo partners up with Heineken to launch Brew House

Heineken has formed a partnership with Deliveroo, which means beer and cider is now available under a newly launched brand, Brew House.

Ehrmanns adds Champagne Duval-Leroy to its portfolio

Ehrmanns Wines has taken on distribution for Champagne brand Duval-Leroy in the UK off-trade.

Johnnie Walker makes its home at Harrods

The Johnnie Walker House has launched exclusively in the Wines & Spirits Room at Harrods, to offer whisky fans a bespoke blending experience.

Rathfinny appoints brand ambassador

Rathfinny Estate, the largest single estate vineyard in the UK, has appointed a new brand ambassador to create a ‘buzz’ around the name in advance of the launch of its first wines in 2018.

Jagermeister ad targets millennials ahead of the festive season

Jägermeister has launched a TV ad campaign designed to reach 18 to 34-year-old men in the run up to Christmas.

Port resonates for year-round luxury

Luxury retailer Harrods has reported an upsurge in sales of premium port and believes more shoppers now see it as a wine to be enjoyed all year.

Big fat Greek wine festival

The second annual London Greek Wine festival attracted such crowds that the organisers plan to move next year’s event from October to July, in the hope that summer weather might open up more opportunities for food and wine matching.

Laithwaite’s ups fizz for festive offering

Laithwaite’s Wine has unveiled “a better range of Champagne than we have ever had” in the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas price battle gets underway with heavy discounts

The supermarket Christmas price war is already well underway as retailers have again chosen the BWS aisles as a key battleground to secure festive spend.

Scottish berry fruit winery celebrates years of success

Scotland’s oldest winery has revamped its brand as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations and as a response to increased demand across the UK.

Heineken reveals UEFA Champions League promo for off-trade

Heineken is launching a new on-pack promotion to highlight its partnership with UEFA Champions League to the off-trade.

Beer Hawk: craft beer can drive footfall for indies

OLN discovers how Beer Hawk has become successful enough to feather its nest for the future and its plans to target the retail trade with a variety of beers...

Wine could win big if minimum unit pricing is implemented

Wine could be the big winner if minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland, according to analysis from Nielsen.

Drinks trade can flourish by championing British products

The drinks industry can thrive going forwards by championing British products and continuing to work in partnership with government on social policies, according to leading trade commentators. 

Reducing the Strength schemes show weakness

Reducing the Strength schemes are on the ropes as the buzz around them has died down and retailers are feeling confident to resist. 

Virgin Wines boss urges trade to toughen up

The chief executive of Virgin Wines has urged the wine trade to stop moaning about tough exchange rates and work harder to maintain profits.

Denbies plans limited edition of its Noble Harvest dessert wine

Denbies Wine Estate has reported “exceptional” results from the 2016 harvest, and a record volume for its Ortega grape, which makes its award-winning dessert wine, Noble Harvest.

Craft brewer aims to liven up low alcohol beer category

The Big Drop Brewing Co has kicked off its plans to create a portfolio of low alcohol beers with the launch of a Chocolate Milk Stout.

Health campaigners target drinks industry too often, says retailer

A leading independent drinks retailer has questioned why it is always the drinks industry that gets hit by charity health campaigns.

Brexit minister pledges to keep the wine and spirits industry flourishing

Brexit minister David Jones MP has promised he will do everything he can to ensure the drinks industry continues to thrive after Britain leaves the EU.

OLN publisher buys SITT

OLN publisher Agile Media has acquired SITT, the leading tasting for independent drinks merchants, from William Reed.

Californian wine: Knock reveals plans to grow UK sales

The head of the new team appointed to promote Californian wines in the UK says it will aim to give the state a greater year-round trade presence beyond its annual generic tasting.

Goose Island sets its sights on UK off-trade

Goose Island Beer Co is ramping up its focus on the off-trade, starting with a hop-based event in Tesco stores.

Sopexa managing director Anne Burchett steps down

Anne Burchett has resigned as Managing Director UK & Ireland at Sopexa and will leave the company on November 10.

Coravin tells Londoners to Stop Screwing Around

The creators of Coravin have taken over one of the big electronic billboards at London’s Piccadilly Circus to tell passers-by to Stop Screwing Around.

Tanqueray’s Christmas gift edition highlights Art Deco roots

Diageo Reserve’s super-premium gin brand Tanqueray No. Ten has unveiled a new Caged Bottle gift pack for Christmas.

Asterley Bros reveals a ‘modern British Amaro’

Asterley Bros is launching a ‘modern British Amaro’, described as ‘Sicily meets London’.

Global Brands extends Hooper’s into cans

Hooper’s is entering the growing RTS (ready to serve) can market with its most popular flavour, Dandelion & Burdock.

Bowmore reveals Black Bowmore 50 Year Old

Bowmore Islay Single malt Whisky has released its fifth and final edition of its exclusive Black Bowmore 1964 distillation.

California wine industry unveils "dream team" to represent it in the UK

A new team featuring Justin Knock MW, Damien Jackman, Rosamund Barton, Rupert Ponsonby and Sue Glasgow has been assembled to promote Californian wines in the UK.

Pinkster gin bolsters sales force and senior team

Pinkster gin has bolstered in sales force and management team following a £1 million crowdfunding drive earlier this year.