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Coors Light launches on-pack adventure campaign

Molson Coors is giving Coors Light drinkers the chance to win adventure holidays in an on-pack promotion.

Kingsland merges with Bottle Green

Kingsland Drinks has decided to merge its business with Bottle Green after buying the Leeds-based supplier in April.

Sales up at Pernod Ricard but Absolut write-down hampers profits

Surging sales of Champagne and Irish whiskey helped Pernod Ricard grow sales grow 2% in 2014-15 but profits were lower than expected due to a €400 impairment on Absolut vodka, the firm’s full-year report has revealed.

Chilean producer swaps Alliance for Buckingham Schenk

Buckingham Schenk has added Chilean producer Garcés Silva Family Vineyards to its portfolio.

Sparkling wine and spirits drive BWS value growth

Surging summer sales of vodka, gin and sparkling wine have led the total off-trade BWS market into 0.7% value growth on the previous year (Nielsen, 12 weeks to 15/8/15).

Chilean wine from earthquake-hit farmers targets UK independents

Earthquake-hit Chilean farmers will see a wine produced from their Carignan grapes launched in the UK next month by Walker & Wodehouse.

Tesco to close online wine community

Tesco is shutting down its online wine community after less than four years.

Innis & Gunn raises £3m for state-of-the-art brewery

Innis & Gunn has raised £3 million through a mini-bond and is set to build a state-of-the-art brewery in south east Scotland.

Top chef launches ale

Tom Kitchin, chef of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin and gastro-pub The Scran & Scallie, has teamed up with the Isle of Skye Brewing Co to release premium brew Yer Ben.

Prosecco charges ahead

Prosecco has chalked up its third year as the nation’s favourite sparkling wine, with sales in supermarkets, off-licences and convenience stores up 72% in the past year – and is showing no sign of slowing down, IRI has reported.

Tesco set to axe half-price deals

Tesco looks set to drop half-price deals on wine in a bid to drive profits and restore consumer trust in its business.

European ciders join battle against Reducing the Strength schemes

Innovation in the cider market is being stifled by Reducing the Strength schemes, which are preventing producers from launching products in the UK.

Management buyout for the Wine Reserve

Award-winning Surrey independent The Wine Reserve has been bought out by its store management team.

Top indies extend on-trade offers

Two leading independent chains have expanded their footprints in the on-trade with new openings.

Conviviality ramps up franchise connection

Conviviality Retail has launched two initiatives which it says will improve franchisee involvement in the group.

UK stores lose out to duty dodgers

A retailer claims foreign companies are damaging his business by targeting UK shoppers with beers, wines and spirits that do not include duty or VAT.

Corona brings the beach to London

Corona is bringing the beach to London’s Old Street with a new outdoor campaign.

Craft beer and cider boom sees sales of 33cl cans soar

The rise of craft beer and cider has sparked an 18% growth in volume sales of 33cl cans in the UK off-trade in the past year (Nielsen, year to May 2015).

Retailers warned not to risk shoppers' lives with illicit booze

Retailers have been urged not to put profit before people after officers seized 370 bottles of knock-off wine from two stores in Lincolnshire.

Young Turks aim to conquer London

A group of Turkish winemakers has banded together to promote the nation’s indigenous and international grapes varietals in London next month.

Enotria snaps up Coe Vintners

Wine distributor Enotria has swallowed up rival Coe Vintners to create a supply firm that can offer the trade an “unmatched portfolio”.

Wolf Blass teams up with rugby legend for World Cup campaign

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass is teaming up with World Cup-winning rugby star Will Greenwood for a marketing campaign called Winning Line Up.

Fantastic Flavours brand floats into the UK market

A former executive at Kopparberg has launched a range of liqueurs based around the art of alchemy.

If Carlsberg did kickabouts... Peter Schmeichel would probably turn up

Former Man Utd goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and broadcasting legend Jeff Stelling make guest appearances in a new Carlsberg TV ad that celebrates the start of the Permiership 2015–16 season.

Reducing the Strength: retailers in Middlesbrough refuse to cave in

Shopkeepers in Middlesbrough are refusing to cave in to pressure from the authorities to adopt a Reducing the Strength scheme that will damage their businesses.

Meantime launches competition to send beer fans to Yakima Valley

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

Cloudy with a 100% chance of apples

Thatchers has launched a marketing campaign called “cloudy with a 100% chance of apples” for its cloudy cider, Thatchers Somerset Haze.

Bibendum PLB adds Jascots buyer Pyatt to its ranks

Bibendum PLB Group has appointed Jascots’ head buyer Alastiar Pyatt as a buyer responsible for sourcing wines from across France.

Winners announced in Portugal promotion

Four retailers have been chosen to win £1,000 worth of stock in a promotion run by Off Licence News and Wines of Portugal.
The winning retailers will run an in-store promotion on Portuguese Wines in October.

Scotland's southernmost distillery to reopen after granola millionaire buys Bladnoch

The Bladnoch distillery in southwest Scotland will reopen and start producing whisky once more after Australian businessman David Prior snapped it up.

The Pogues launch an Irish whiskey

Celtic punk band The Pogues have teamed up with West Cork Distillers to launch an Irish whiskey into the UK market.

Strongbow launches cloudy cider that won't rot your gut

Heineken has declared that its new Strongbow cloudy cider will be the biggest alcohol launch in 2015 after allocating a £8 million marketing budget to promote it.

John Smith’s moves into the growing golden ale category

Heineken is bidding to reinvigorate the John Smith’s brand with the launch of a 4% abv golden ale.

Declining beer and cider market has “had a shocker”

A World Cup hangover was blamed after the revelation that beer sales have dropped 2% and cider is down 5% in 2015 (Nielsen, year to date to 20/6/15).

Underage drinking falls to lowest levels on record

Underage drinking levels are at their lowest level since records began in 1988, according to Government statistics published today.

Gin pioneer Thomas Dakin honoured with new craft gin

Quintessential Brands has created a small-batch gin that pays homage to the 18th century gin pioneer Thomas Dakin.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte hires Legrand as marketing manager

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has appointed Inter Rhone’s marketing boss Olivier Legrand as marketing and communications manager.

US giant snaps up two British craft breweries

US drinks firm Alltech has snapped up Northern Irish brewer The Station Works and Cumbria’s Cumberland Breweries Ltd in a bid to become one of the world’s top 50 craft brewers.

MTV star teams up with Gallo to spritz up drinkers' summers

Gallo has brought in TV presenter Laura Whitmore to promote Gallo Family Vineyards Spritz in a £1 million marketing campaign called Spritz your Summer.

Leading Hungarian wine producer switches to PLB

Bibendum PLB has secured off-trade distribution for Hungarian winery Hilltop Neszmély.

Hallgarten targets indies with weird and wonderful wines

Hallgarten is championing weird and wonderful grape varietals from across the globe in a bid to boost sales in the independent wine merchant section.

Berry Bros releases The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve

Berry Bros. & Rudd is releasing The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve, a Speyside whisky that blends a host of vintages from the past three decades.

Rémy Cointreau buys historic land to beef up Mount Gay rum's provenance

Rémy Cointreau-owned Mount Gay Distilleries has snapped up 134ha of land around its distillery in Barbados so it can create a “true luxury rum brand”.

The Open: Bordeaux brand Mouton Cadet part of final day suspense

Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s chief executive Hugues Lechanoine will be sharing bottles of Mouton Cadet with guests at The Open today as 22-year-old Irish amateur Paul Dunne bids to scoop the famous Claret Jug trophy.

Jack Daniel's rocks the off-trade with in-store promotions

Jack Daniel’s is working with convenience retailers to provide shoppers with all the tools they need to the ultimate summer house party.

Laithwaites, Oddbins and Morrisons victorious at the International Wine Challenge 2015

Laithwaites, Oddbins and Morrisons were all celebrating last night after scooping prestigious gongs at the 32nd International Wine Challenge.

Boutinot targets independent wine merchants with new range

Boutinot has teamed up with Spanish producer Bodegas Murviedro to develop a red and white duo specifically aimed at UK independent wine merchants and the on-trade.

Cider producer adds former minister of state to its board

Somerset cider producer Thatchers has appointed former minister of state for UK trade Lord Digby Jones as a non-executive director.

Southern France specialist hires former Bibendum exec to grow UK sales

Badet Clement has hired former Bibendum off-trade boss Mike Bentley to help it boost retail listings and grow its share of the southern French category.

Budvar shakes up team and unveils marketing plans to drive UK growth

Budvar has shaken up its UK team and launched a range of marketing plans to build on strong off-trade growth figures.