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JTI helps retailers combat under-age sales problem

Tobacco company JTI, which produces the Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut and Camel brands, among others, is offering retailers the chance to win 500 training packages to help deal with the problem of under-age sales.

Big Hug rebrands ahead of major 2016 push

The re-branded Big Hug Brewing has redesigned its packaging in preparation for major expansion in the coming months.

Virgin Wines sells 32,000 bottles of new Pérez Cruz blend in 32 hours

A new Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend developed exclusively for Virgin Wines has sold 32,000 units in 32 hours, the company has said.

Global revenue down 12% at SABMiller, latest figures reveal

Global revenue has fallen 12% year on year at SABMiller, according to the latest six-month figures from the brewing giant released today.

Off-trade beer sales hit record third-quarter high

Record off-trade figures have pushed beer sales back into growth, according to the latest quarterly figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

Xmas rules at WKD as festive campaign rolls out

SHS Drinks has unwrapped its Christmas campaign for leading RTD brand WKD this year.

Vinadeis and Origin seal global strategic partnership

French wine producer Vinadeis and South Africa’s Origin Wines have unveiled a formal strategic partnership.

Gordon & MacPhail launches 'The Wood Makes The Whisky' campaign

Family-owned Scottish whisky producer Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled a new campaign to highlight the importance of wood to whisky maturation.

Heineken hires PepsiCo’s Tervoort to head UK marketing team

Heineken has recruited Cindy Tervoort from PepsiCo as its new UK marketing director.

UK spirits market has never been stronger, say suppliers

The UK market for spirits has never looked in better shape, according to suppliers polled in OLN’s annual Spirits Report. 

Treasury Wine Estates targets male millenials with Gentleman's Collection launch

Treasury Wines Estates has launched a second brand targeting a previously unidentified consumer segment, the male millennial.

Akintola savages Network Rail as Oddbins faces London Bridge eviction

Network Rail is “coldly ripping out the hearts of neighbourhoods across London and the UK”, according to Oddbins’ managing director, Ayo Akintola.

Virgin Wines unveils gift service rebrand

Virgin Wines boss Jay Wright says the company is “ahead of schedule” on a three-year plan put in place after its management buyout from Direct Wines in 2013.

We Brought Beer forges big plans as a second site opens

London specialist beer shop We Brought Beer is forging ambitious expansion plans after opening its second site, close to Clapham Junction station.

Guinness set to go vegan

Guinness is to halt the use of isinglass to clarify its beers, the Dublin-based company has announced.

ACS warns against introduction of living wage

The introduction of the living wage will have a damaging impact on the convenience sector. The Association of Convenience Stores has warned.

Spitfire launches Mo beer competition for Movember

Spitfire Gold has joined Spitfire Premium Kentish Ale in supporting this year’s Movember campaign.

Hendricks invites gin lovers on phantasmagorical journey in sound

Super-premium gin distillery Hendrick’s has unveiled an innovative new promotional campaign.

Craft Beer Rising announces 2016 return to London

Craft Beer Rising is to return for its fourth year during London Beer Week next year.

The Famous Grouse gets huge marketing push for Christmas

Maxxium UK has announced a major new campaign for The Famous Grouse in the run-up to Christmas.

Carlsberg relaunches lager-scented male-grooming range in time for Movember

Carlsberg has extended its range of limited edition beer-based male-grooming products in time for the Movember charity push.

Jura launches limited edition gift tins in push for Christmas sales

Jura Single Malt is targeting the UK Christmas market with limited edition gift tins for its core range.

William Grant reveals rare limited edition Kininvie Distillery releases

William Grant & Sons has announced the launch of two prestigious releases from its Dufftown-based Kininvie Distillery.

Meantime Brewery makes time for Brompton Bicycle partnership

Greenwich-based Meantime Brewery is partnering with iconic fold-up bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle as the first stage of a new campaign.

Lanson releases limited edition Noble Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2000

House of Lanson is to make its award-winning Noble Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2000 available in the UK.

StarStock wins backing from Downing Ventures

StarStock, an innovative online trading drinks platform aimed at revolutionizing the wholesale drinks trade, has received backing from private equity investors, Downing Ventures.

Baileys launches £4.3m ATL campaign to help retailers unlock seasonal sales

Baileys has unveiled a major new campaign to drive consumer awareness and sales through the vital Christmas trading period.

Major Indian wine fair to launch in London next month

November will see the first Indian Wine Fair to be launched in London.

Oakham sets out 2016 expansion plans

The award-winning Peterborough-based Oakham Ales has announced major expansion plans.

Martell taps Nude for Cordon Bleu cognac redesign

Martell has commissioned a new design for its iconic Cordon Bleu cognac from London agency Nude Brand Creation.

Wines from Rioja launches top 100 Riojas at new November tasting

Wines from Rioja is set to launch its selection of the top 100 Rioja wines at a special tasting event for the trade in November.

Edrington hires Leith to drive global marketing for The Famous Grouse

Edrington has appointed Edinburgh-based The Leith Agency to handle all global above-the-line, below-the-line and digital activation for its iconic The Famous Grouse brand.

Black Sheep Brewery's Golden Sheep Ale gets a makeover

The Black Sheep Brewery is to repackage another of its leading ales to further drive recognition and sales.

Major new roles at Copestick Murray as company drives expansion

Copestick Murray has created four new senior roles as it continues its rapid growth.

Meantime rationalises Greenwich operation after SABMiller acquisition

The Meantime Brewing Company has announced plans to close its Old Brewery restaurant and microbrewery at Greenwich’s Royal Naval College.

Bavaria Brewery wins global family business award

Holland’s Bavaria Brewery has been awarded the prestigious IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award.

Quality message drives drinks sales at Aldi and Lidl

Private labels are driving the growth in drink sales at Aldi and Lidl, according to the latest figures from Nielsen.

Côtes du Rhône Wines announces Game of TRhône quiz night

Winter is coming. And with it, news of the annual Côtes du Rhône Wines quiz night.

Chapel Down to crowdfund Curious Drinks expansion

The Kent-based Chapel Down Winery is seeking to raise at least £1 million in a round of crowdfunding for its Curious Drinks brewing subsidiary.

Guinness launches craft-style lager into the UK

Hop House 13, the latest innovation from Guinness, is being launched in the UK market.

Rising beer sales fail to halt supermarket slide, new data shows

Consumers are spending on average 3.3% less per visit than they were a year ago, according to the latest figures from global information and insights company Nielsen.

Cameron “ill-informed” after Sunday trading U-turn, ACS says

The prime minister, David Cameron, has been blasted as “ill-informed” and “incorrect” over Sunday trading, by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Stoli announces first range redesign since launch

Stolichnaya is redesigning the primary packaging of its Premium vodka for the first time since its launch in 1938.

Hottest chilli vodka in the world to hit UK market

Maverick Drinks is launching its hottest chilli vodka yet onto the UK market.

Asahi brings dark lager Super Dry Black to the UK

Japanese brewer Asahi is launching Super Dry Black, a dark lager brand into the UK market.

Grand Marnier launches limited edition Le Café Parisien bottle

Grand Marnier has announced the latest in limited edition collection range.

New look for Distell flagship Nederburg range

Distell, the South Africa-based wine and spirits producer, has repackaged its award-winning range of Nederburg wines.

Healeys launch new Rattler Mulled Cyder

Corwnall-based Healeys Cyder Farm is launching a new mulled cider with an eye to the approaching winter.

Historic Stellenbosch estate returns to the UK

One of the oldest estates in Stellenbosch is returning to the UK with its range of super-premium wines after a seven-year absence.

AB InBev SABMiller merger fallout continues

Shockwaves from the proposed merger between the two largest breweries in the world, announced earlier this week, continue to reverberate around the sector.