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Winners of prestigious Argentina Wine Awards announced

The Argentina Wine Awards celebrated its tenth anniverary last week at a major event attended by over 300 winery owners, winemakers, provincial authorities, managers of the wine industry, jurors and journalists.

Overwhelming majority of public backs industry campaigns for drink duty cut

Two surveys, conducted by polling organisation YouGov on behalf of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association and the British Beer & Pubs Association, have revealed huge support among voters for a cut on alcohol duty on chancellor George Osborne’s forthcoming Budget.

Charlie Wells Triple Hopped IPA launching at Craft Beer Rising

Bedford brewer Charles Wells has used Galaxy, Simcoe, and Goldings hops to make a new beer called Charlie Wells Triple Hopped IPA.

Diageo pays £53 million to oust Mallya from United Spirits

Global drinks giant Diageo has agreed to pay £53 million to Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya in return for Mallya’s resignation as chairman of United Spirits.

Portman Group rebuts link between alcohol sports sponsorship and risky drinking

A report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies which claims that the sponsorship of sports by alcoholic drinks is “putting our children and athletes at risk” has been rebutted by the Portman Group.

AB-Inbev grows UK sales

AB-InBev grew UK volume sales in the “mid-single digits” in 2015 on the back of strong performances from Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Carlsberg backs Jeff Stelling on marathon march for Prostate Cancer UK

Carlsberg is supporting Sky sports presenter Jeff Stelling in an epic charity walk, dubbed the Men United March, to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Instil to unveil five new ciders at Craft Beer Rising

Instil Drinks Co will be unveiling its new cider range at Craft Beer Rising which starts on Friday. 

Silent Pool Gin creates world's largest and most expensive gin bottle

Surrey-based distillery Silent Pool has created a nine-litre bottle of its signature Silent Pool Gin, which is believed to be the largest and most expensive bottle of gin ever.

Majestic Wine offers free Champagne to people born on February 29

Majestic Wine is giving away bottles of Veuve Cliquot to leaplings – people born on February 29 – in a promotion to mark the leap year.

England Rugby and Drinkaware partner at Twickenham internationals

Drinkaware, the responsible drinking charity, is to partner with English Rugby for England’s two home fixtures at Twickenham during the 2016 RBS Six Nations tournament.

Oxford Wine Co bullish after shrinking retail estate to focus on wholesale and wine bars

The Oxford Wine Co will target growth in wholesale and the on-trade after shutting its store in Cirencester and ruling out expanding its retail arm in future.

Think Gin Awards: nominees revealed

Some of the finest retailers in the land have been nominated for the prestigious Think Gin Awards, which will be presented at an event in London on March 1. 

Carlsberg UK promotes finance chief to top role

Danish brewer Carlsberg has promoted Julian Momen to chief executive of its UK business.

Bellini Canella bringing a dash of Venice to SITT in Manchester

Buyers at the SITT tasting in Manchester will be serenaded by an opera singer and fed with Italian food as The Bottle Drinks Company launches Bellini Canella.

Craft beer: six trends to watch out for in 2016

Craft beer is subject to a relentless pace of change, so here are six trends to stay on top of in the year ahead.

Canadian wine producers join the Bibendum PLB stable

Bibendum PLB has added two new agencies from Canada to its portfolio.

Connoisseur Estates adds premium New Zealand winery to its portfolio

Importer Connoisseur Estates has added New Zealand producer Tohu to its portfolio and will pour the wines at the upcoming SITT tastings in Manchester and London.

Think Gin: highlight of the gin buyer's calendar nearly upon us

On March 1 buyers from across the UK are invited to the second annual Think Gin event, hosted by Off Licence News and our sister titles Harpers Wine & Spirit and Drinks International.


New UK and Ireland MD for Les Grand Chais de France

French wine producer Les Grands Chais de France has promoted UK off-trade director Mark Kears to be the group’s new managing director for UK and Ireland.

Beam Suntory posts strong post-merger 2015 results

Reported sales at Beam Suntory grew 23% in 2015, the first year of full results after Suntory’s £9.3 billion acquisition of Beam in 2014.

Pernod Ricard benefits from range rationalisation and EDLP to grow sales

Success in the UK and Spanish markets drove a 1% H1 growth in Pernod Ricard’s European sales.

Jacob's Creek Sun Craft aiming to win over Millennial consumers

Pernod Ricard is targeting Millennials with a new five-strong range of entry-level wines called Jacob’s Creek Sun Craft.

Major off-trade promotion for Brancott Estate's 40th birthday

Pernod Ricard’s Brancott Estate brand is marking its 40th anniversary with a major on-pack promotional campaign in the UK’s off-trade.

Harpers offers independent retailers an all-expenses-paid trip to Rioja

Harpers is partnering with Wines from Rioja to offer independent retailers the chance of an all-expenses paid trip to some of the most respected and innovative bodegas in the beautiful Rioja region.       

Scottish Greens launch own craft beer ahead of May elections

The Scottish Green Party has launched it own brand of craft beer in the run up to May’s elections.

Enotria says the time is right for multiples to "re-engage" consumers

Supermarkets need to mimic the success of independents and the on-trade in exciting consumers with diversified ranges if they are to return to growth, supplier Enotria and Coe has warned.

Leading MPs back campaign for 2% cut in drinks duty

The government must cut the duty on wine and spirits by 2%, two influential MPs have said.

Prosecco prices set to rise due to lack of availability at entry point

The days of cheap Prosecco could be numbered as the base price has risen by around a quarter in the past year, a leading importer has warned.

Independent retailers delist Camden Town Brewery's beers after AB-Inbev takeover

Leading independent beer retailers have stopped listing beers from London’s Camden Town Brewery following the company’s takeover by Stella Artois and Beck’s brewer AB-Inbev.

Harrods hails golden era of wine gadgetry

We are entering a golden age for wine gadgetry that will pique the interest of new consumers and help maintain the category’s future prosperity, according to a leading buyer.

Cider industry needs cut in duty, MPs told

 The government must act to save Britain’s cider makers, MPs were told at a Parliamentary reception last night.

Asahi confirms £1.8 billion acquisition of Peroni and Grolsch from AB InBev

AB InBev has accepted a £1.8 billion bid from Japan’s Asahi brewing group for four beer brands including Peroni and Grolsch.

William Grant hires Miss Whisky to advise on premium portfolio

Family-owned distillers William Grant & Sons has appointed whisky writer Alwynne Gwilt as whisky specialist and brand ambassador for its Ancient Reserves portfolio.

ASA rules against Iceland Fat Bastard wine ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered multiple retailer Iceland to withdraw an ad for the Fat Bastard wine brand.

Drink driving limit changes mulled over for England and Wales

The drink-driving limit in England and Wales could be lowered to match the tougher stance taken in Scotland, according to media reports.

Asahi closes in on Grolsch and Peroni

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is nearing a deal to buy European beer brands Grolsch and Peroni, as reported in Reuters today.

Brewer on course to hit crowdfunding target

The Friday Beer Company has raised £93.5k of the £150k it is seeking to fund its ambitious expansion project.

Fickle consumers pile on pain for UK multiples

UK consumers are losing their retail loyalty and are increasingly willing to shop at a wider range of stores if it means saving money, the latest retail figures from market analysts Nielsen suggest.

ACS condemns “shambolic” government response to Sunday Trading consultation

The government’s official response to its consultation exercise on Sunday Trading, published today, has been angrily dismissed by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Diageo sells last US winery to Foley Family Wines

Foley Family Wines has acquired the Chalone Estate Vineyard in Monterey County, California from Diageo for an undisclosed sum.

Rioja wine sales set new record

Sales of Rioja wines set a new record last year with a total of 388 million bottles sold, aided by the region’s strategy to boost its focus on both white and aged wines.

Premium Italian sparkling Franciacorta posts solid growth

Sales of Franciacorta premium Italian sparkling wine were up 7.1% domestically and 7.5% in export across 2015, the region’s winemakers’ governing body, Franciacorta Consorzio, has announced.

Armit Wines bolsters Italian portfolio

Armit Wines has added winery Castello di Buttrio to its Italian portfolio, as part of a strategic category review designed to boost its range of quality white wines and indigenous northern Italian varieties.

Champagne Lanson eyeing up Valentine's Day sales spike

A rosé from Champagne Lanson’s portfolio has been hailed as the UK’s best-selling Rose Champagne, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Nyetimber expands with 44-hectare acquisition

The Sussex-based Nyetimber winery has acquired a neighbouring 44-ha site in West Chiltington to help fulfil its expansion plans.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label marks Chinese New Year with limited edition luxury gift design

Diageo is to launch a limited-edition run of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year.

Sharp's partners with London Beer Week for second year

Sharps Cornish brewery is to be the headline partner for the second annual London Beer Week, which runs from February 22 to 28.

Casillero del Diablo renews Sky Movies deal on back of bumper sales

Casillero del Diablo has renewed its partnership with Sky Movies after a record year of sales in 2015.

SWA takes case for duty cut direct to Treasury

The Scotch Whisky Association made its case for a further 2% cut in spirits duty directly to the Treasury this week.