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Retailer sentenced after running illicit alcohol syndicate

A Glasgow off-licence owner who ran a illicit alcohol supply ring has been spared jail but given 200 hours community service and a 12-month prohibition order.

Diageo frustrated after losing battle with Alcohol Concern over Captain Morgan ad

Diageo has hit out at the advertising watchdog after it banned a Captain Morgan ad for implying that alcohol can contribute to an individual's popularity or confidence.

Morrisons hires former Asda BWS chief to head up ambient division

Former Asda executive Barry Williams is joining Morrisons as trading director for ambient in February 2017 and will head up the beers, wines and spirits department.

Majestic Wine on the hunt for exclusive parcels from suppliers

Majestic Wine is shaking up its strategy to focus once again on exclusive parcels of wine in its stores and online.

Accolade Wines boss Paul Schaafsma to step down as IPO looms

Paul Schaafsma is stepping down from his role as chief executive at Accolade Wines less than a year after he was promoted to the top job.

Loire sparkling wine producers aim to bridge gap between Prosecco and Champagne

Producers of Loire sparkling wine are gearing up for a push on the UK market in a bid to capitalise on the UK’s ever growing love of bubbly.

Pernod Ricard urges retailers to focus on premium and not discounts this Christmas

Pernod Ricard has warned that focusing on discounts on standard spirits rather than championing premium lines would spell bad news for the drinks trade this Christmas.

Aldi shoppers go crazy for Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and Malbec

Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and Malbec have taken gold, silver and bronze respectively as the most popular wine categories among Aldi’s online shoppers.

Maker's 46 given a UK launch to fuel the bourbon craze

The world’s largest bourbon producer has given Maker’s 46 an official UK launch to build on strong growth in the American whiskey category.

Berry Bros launches "gastronomic experiences for the literary oenophile"

Berry Bros is bringing three of life’s greatest pleasures – fine wine, gourmet food and good books – together in a series of in-store events.

Diageo launches Guinness rye pale ale

Diageo’s pipeline of innovation coming out of its Guinness Brewers Project has continued with the launch of a rye pale ale.

Olympics and heatwave cause alcohol sales to surge

Sales of beers, wines and spirits grew 3% and soft drinks sales were up 9.3% in the retail trade during the Olympic Games, according to Nielsen.

Inverarity Morton bolsters executive team with former Wallaces supremo

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has hired former Wallaces Express boss Brian Calder to conduct a full audit of the business with a view to improving its offering.

GCSE results week: retailers warned to be wary of fake IDs

Retailers have been warned to be especially vigilant when checking IDs as more than 700,000 students aged 15-16 prepare to celebrate GCSE results week.

WKD brand revamped to tap into young adult market

WKD is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a packaging makeover and the launch of two lower-calorie drinks in a bid to appeal to more 18 to 24-year-olds.

Hayman's links with Tiptree to produce gin liqueurs

Hayman’s Gin has joined forces with premium conserve brand Tiptree to create a range of gin liqueurs.

Wine Institute of California shuts UK office: John McLaren reacts

OLN was shocked and saddened to learn today that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California will close due to severe cuts in funding from the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC.

Top ten wine brands’ fortunes shuffled

Casillero del Diablo and Barefoot have posted strong value growth figures to surge up the table of the UK’s bestselling wine brands.

Post-Brexit hopes high, poll shows

Retailers and suppliers are buoyant about their chances of growing sales over the next few years, despite 45% saying the EU referendum result has hit their businesses.

Wild Tiger Rum on the prowl for UK listings

Spirits deliver the bulk of BWS growth

Spirits are driving 0.9% value growth in the £15.8 billion off-trade BWS market (Nielsen, year to April 23, 2016) and, while alcohol consumption is in long-term decline, “quality is winning over quantity”, according to a leading supplier.

Goral Vodka poised for its UK debut

Karla & Co Spirits, together with Gas Familia Distillery, are introducing the first Slovakian vodka on the UK market.

Conviviality wine buying director Andrew Shaw explains how his new role works

Andrew Shaw’s influence over the UK wine trade has soared in the past couple of years and he is now arguably its leading buyer. Two years ago he was in charge of buying for Bibendum, one of the UK’s biggest agencies, which was a big job in itself for the former Waitrose wine supremo. But thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions he is now in charge of buying for Bibendum, PLB, Matthew Clark, Bargain Booze, Thorougoods, Wine Rack and more.

Caorunn offers distillery tours for gin fans

Caorunn Gin has opened up its distillery to give gin fans the chance to learn about the botanicals and production processes for its gin.

Berry Bros appoints new director of private clients

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Nick Morton in the new role of director of private clients.

Burleighs creates Pink gin, inspired by Tokyo

Burleighs, the Leicestershire-based gin producer, is releasing a Pink edition, inspired by its master distiller’s trip to Tokyo.

English Wine: 2016 pipped as strongest year ever

English winemakers look set to earmark 2016 as their strongest year to date as sales and award wins continue to soar.

Tour of Britain's Official Wine Partner is alcohol-free

Eisberg has agreed a three-year partnership to become the Official Wine Partner for the Tour of Britain.

Three Ships bolsters South Africa’s whisky credentials

Three Ships Whisky has released its limited edition 10 Year Old Single Malt, described by the master distiller as “the most powerful single malt he has produced”.

Lanchester Wines appoints head of commercial operations

Lanchester Wines has appointed Barney Davis as its new head of commercial operations.

Craft Clubs sees 70% growth since Dragon's Den success

Craft Clubs, the company behind subscription drinks service Craft Gin Club and Bubble Club, has seen its membership grow by 70% following it’s successful appearance on TV show Dragon’s Den.

Kopke Port secures first national listing with UK retailer

Kopke, the oldest Port wine house, has launched its 1996 Colheita Port into the UK via M&S online.

Sud de France reveals UK anniversary plans

Sud de France, the umbrella brand for wine, food and tourism products from southern France, has announced that its 10th anniversary celebrations will commence shortly after its Portfolio Tasting event in London on 5 October.

Aldi wine festival bolsters range with 25 limited-edition lines

Aldi has added 25 limited-edition wines to its range as part of the retailer’s inaugural on-shelf wine festival.

St Peter's launches alcohol-free beer

St Peter’s Brewery has added an alcohol-free offering to its line up of beers.

International Beer Challenge results revealed

Take 60 people and shut them in a room with more than 700 of the world’s finest beers. It sounds like a recipe for the greatest party ever but this is serious business – judgement day at the International Beer Challenge.

Wines sales buoyant at the Co-op

Wine sales at The Co-operative Group are buoyant following the roll out of a new ranging system in the spring.

Chateau de Haute-Serre brings two vintages to the UK

Chateau de Haute-Serre has released two vintages in the UK with initial listings in Oddbins.

Graham Norton gears up for red wine launch

Graham Norton is releasing a red wine to join the Sauvignon Blanc he launched last year; this follows last week’s news that production would be ramped up by 50% for his 2016 white wines in order to meet soaring demand.

Berry Bros and Pol Roger: can Brexit help revive “perfect-sized” Champagne bottles?

Berry Bros & Rudd and Champagne house Pol Roger are jointly campaigning for the return of imperial pints of Champagne, with the hope that Brexit could provide an opportunity for this “perfect-sized” bottle’s revival.

Halewood links its Rioja brand to Manchester

Halewood’s Rioja brand Marques de Caceres will be the key sponsor of a four-day Spanish festival in Manchester this September.

University “disappointed” by store’s 24 hour booze license win

The University of Lincoln has expressed disappointment over the news that a nearby supermarket has been granted a 24 hour license to sell alcohol, despite submitting a “significant objection” when a proposal to change the license was initially made. 

ACS welcomes new sentencing proposed guidelines for alcohol offences

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed new proposed sentencing guidelines to help magistrates deal with alcohol related offences.

First One Day Vineyard Olympics sees English vineyards fight it out

The first One Day Vineyard Olympics saw eleven UK vineyards fight it out to win the top accolade as well as raising over £700 for charity Benevolent.

Bingham's sees surge of interest following Champion Beer of Britain win

The winner of this year’s Camra Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, Bingham’s Vanilla Stout, has been “indundated” with interest since winning the award yesterday.

Conviviality Retail launches Future Buyers Programme

Conviviality Retail has launched its first ever two-year Future Buyers Programme as part of its strategy to expand its wine buying team and invest in future talent.

Ridgeview moves distribution to Bibendum

Ridgeview Wine Estate has become the first big name in the wine world to switch its distribution over to Bibendum following the distributor's acquisition by wine supply giant Conviviality earlier this year.

Spirit Cartel adds Pyrat to its portfolio

Spirit Cartel has added Pyrat Xo Reserve Rum to its portfolio of premium spirits.

Camra calls for new alcohol guidelines consultation

Camra is calling for a consultation following the results of a survey that showed more than half of the public disagree with official health guidelines on alcohol consumption.

Mitchells Wines to open in-house brewery

Mitchells Wines in Sheffield is gearing up to open a brewing operation called Mitchell’s Hop House Brewing next to its existing store.