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Diageo reveals new Smirnoff Cider brand

Smirnoff has revealed plans to break into the thriving cider market with the UK launch of Smirnoff Cider.

Camra launches new awards ceremony for Champion Beer of Britain

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is to announce the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at a new awards ceremony.

Asda and Morrisons revamp drinks strategies to claw back share

Asda and Morrisons have unveiled plans to fight back against the discounters by revamping their drinks retailing strategies.

Diageo appoints new general manager for Great Britain and Ireland

Charles Ireland has been appointed as general manager of Diageo GB in a job swap with Andrew Cowan.

Cider body ramps up marketing efforts

The National Association of Cider Makers is launching its first consumer education drive after hiring a full-time marketing manager.

Sherry Wine launches Wine Label Design Competition

Sherry Wine is launching a Wine Label Design Competition for its generic labels, aimed at “breathing new life” into its overall image.

Maxxium UK unveils new structure

Maxxium UK plans to restructure its business to reflect the evolving spirits market and to cash in on growth opportunities in the category.

‘Counterfeit cigarettes up 300%’ claims study commissioned by manufacturers

A report conducted by KPMG for major tobacco manufacturers claims there was a 300% rise in counterfeit cigarette volumes in the UK last year.

Instil adds four artisan vodkas to its portfolio

Instil Drinks Company has added four vodkas to its collection.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte aims to enchant drinkers with new global advertising campaign

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a global marketing campaign called Enchanter La Vie.

Tesco launches new look own label wine range

Tesco is launching a new look own label wine range designed to help customers navigate its wine aisles.

Bodegas Bocopa joins Crush Wines

Bodegas Bocopa from Alicante has joined the Crush Wines portfolio.

Hi-Spirits agrees distribution deal with Toorank

Hi-Spirits has announced a new partnership enabling it to become the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Dutch spirits producer Toorank.

Burgundy producer tips Limoux to rival world’s greatest Pinot Noir producing regions

A leading Burgundy negociant has tipped Limoux to rival the world’s greatest Pinot Noir producing regions after snapping up a 25ha vineyard there.

The Glenlivet Cipher offers fans a blind tasting experience

The Glenlivet has launched The Glenlivet Cipher, a ‘mysterious’ single malt Scotch whisky released without any cask information or tasting notes, designed to test whisky fans’ noses and palates against the master distiller.

Blakemore publishes new ‘Best of British’ alcohol catalogue

Blakemore Fine Foods has launched a new edition of its ‘Best of British’ alcohol catalogue, showcasing the best of British ales, ciders, wines and spirits.

Moët & Chandon launches global Moët Day

Moët & Chandon has revealed details of its first global Moët Day, backed by a multimedia campaign.

Champagne de Castelnau marks 100th Anniversary with prestige cuvée

Champagne de Castelnau has launched its first ever prestige cuvée to mark its 100th Anniversary this year.

Heineken ramps up spend for Old Mout

Heineken is tripling its media spend on its Old Mout Cider brand to include the launch of a multi-million pound campaign this month.

Sherry Festival 2016 sees boost in wine merchant participants

More wine merchants have signed up to take part in this year’s Sherry Festival than the number that took part in 2015, according to the event’s organiser.

Halewood launches Red Square into pre-mix cans

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a new pre-mix can range to extend the reach of its Red Square Vodka.

Thornbridge and Brooklyn unite to create new beer

A UK and a US brewery have joined forces with a cider specialist to create a “special new style” of beer.

Meantime on-pack promotion will send drinkers to Washington's Yakima Valley

Meantime is re-launching an on-pack promotion offering shoppers the chance to win a trip to the Yakima Valley in Washington State.

First conviction for selling alcohol "below cost" sees retailer fined

The first shopkeeper to be convicted of selling alcohol below the cost of duty and VAT has been fined more than £3,000.

Meantime overhauls design on London Lager and Pale Ale

Meantime Brewing Company has given its flagship beers a makeover designed to reflect the brewer’s “bold and pioneering approach to the beer category”.

Alcohol guidelines were drawn up by anti-alcohol lobbyists

Pressure is building on the Department of Health to revise controversial guidelines limiting alcohol consumption to 14 units after it was revealed that anti-alcohol lobbyists played a large role in setting them.

Prosecco producers have created a monster, says expert

Prosecco producers have failed to create strong individual brands and may lose market share to rival regions, according to wine industry consultant Mike Paul.

Premium Polish vodka Toruńska launches in the UK

Toruńska Vodka, which was established in 1884 in Poland, has been introduced into the UK market backed by a marketing campaign.

Jancis Robinson appeals to Defra for wine industry funding

Wine expert Jancis Robinson MW has appealed to Defra to reinstate its funding for the WineSkills Programme for UK wine producers, run at the UK’s centre for wine education, Plumpton College in Sussex.

Vins de Provence offers necktag promotion for independents

Vins de Provence has announced the launch of a necktag promotion to support sales and drive further awareness of Provence rosé wines in independent retailers across the UK.

Aldi trials pop-up wine shop in London

Aldi is opening a pop-up wine shop in time for London’s Wine Week, which is sponsored by the German supermarket.

Emerging wine regions may join fight for shelf space

Tasmania, Poland and Sweden could all become more prominent as wine growing nations in the near future, according to experts.

Kingsland Drinks signs sparkling deal with M&S

Kingland Drinks is working with Marks & Spencer to create a new sparkling wine; the deal makes M&S the first major retailer to sign up to use Kingland's newly launched carbonation line. 

Berry Bros MD steps down

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced its chief operating officer and MD International, Jeremy Parsons, is to leave the business after 11 years.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte reports sales up but exports down

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte saw sales increase by 2% in 2015, driven – it said – by its strategy to build brand equity.

BrewDog plans to build sour beer facility

BrewDog has revealed plans to build a standalone sour beer facility in Scotland to tap into demand for this beer style.

Stella Artois unveils new ‘streamlined’ bottle design

Stella Artois has unveiled new ‘streamlined’ design across its packaging while also introducing smaller pack formats.

Kopparberg launches summer campaign for its Fruit Lager

Kopparberg is supporting the roll-out of its new Fruit Lager product with the launch of a new marketing campaign.

Henkell & Co snaps up remaining 40% of Copestick Murray

German firm Henkell & Co has purchased the remaining 40% of Copestick Murray shares, two-and-a-half years after buying the initial 60%.

TWE relaunches Blossom Hill as part of £2m campaign

Treasury Wine Estates is relaunching Blossom Hill as part of a £2m summer campaign, to include new packaging and the brand’s first appearance on TV for two years.

Nisa Tongham duo open wine-focused independent store

One of the finalists for OLN’s 2016 Convenience Drinks Retailer of the Year award has opened his second store, combining his expertise in both convenience retailing and alcohol.

Borough Wines opens eighth store

Borough Wines & Beers, the London-based independent merchant, has opened a new shop on Islington’s Essex Road, marking the company’s seventh shop in the capital and eighth in total.

Stella Artois given design overhaul

AB-Inbev has given market leading lager brand Stella Artois a makeover as it seeks to “elevate the consumer experience in premium drinking occasions”.

Adnams opens new store

Adnams has opened an eleventh retail store in the coastal town of Felixstowe that will sell a range of beers, wines and spirits.

Conviviality toasts 137% sales increase

Conviviality, the UK’s biggest independent alcohol wholesaler, has reported a 137% increase in sales in the last 12 months, following a ‘transformational’ year.

Spar adds four wines in time for summer

Spar plans to introduce eight new wines to its range this year as part of its ongoing review of its BWS category.

Pinkster smashes crowdfunding target in six weeks

Pinkster, the premium gin brand, has “substantially surpassed” its £600,000 crowdfunding target in just six weeks.

Masseto to benefit from new winery

Tuscan producer Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is converting a ramshackle building in the middle of its vineyards into a winery for its legendary Masseto brand.

Sud de France plans its first trade tasting in Bristol

Sud de France, the umbrella brand for wine, food and tourism from the newly extended Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrenees region of southern France is holding its first ever trade tasting in the city of Bristol.

St Peter’s extends into cider with new Crafted range

St Peter’s Brewery has launched a new Crafted range, featuring new products – including its first foray into the cider market – all packaged in smaller 330ml versions of its iconic oval bottle.