Cognac Renault launches first limited edition expression of signature Cognac

Cognac Renault is marking its 180th anniversary this year with a limited edition expression of its flagship blend, Carte Noir Extra Old.

Virgin Wines predicts big Christmas for Prosecco, Chianti and Sherry

Leading online retailer Virgin Wines is hiring 80 new temporary members to staff to cope with what it expects to be its busiest Christmas yet.

Weston's craft cider-in-a-can gets off-trade release

Weston’s is to launch its Caple Rd Cider, which it describes as the UK’s first craft cider in a can, into the off-trade.

Co-op agrees market-leading partnership with Nielsen

The Co-operative Group is to partner with Nielsen to develop more detailed insights into its customers and improve their in-store experience.

Frontera in major partnership with The BRIT Awards

Chilean wine brand Frontera is to become the official wine of The BRIT Awards, in a partnership between the wine’s producer, Concha y Toro, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced today.

Labourer-turned-fine-wine director disqualified for 11 years

Jonothan Piper, sole director of Embassy Wine UK Ltd, a company that traded in fine wine investments, has been disqualified as a director for 11 years.

ACS calls on government to make business rates fairer ahead of Autumn Statement

Local authorities granted over £1 billion in relief under the Small Business Rate Relief scheme in 2014-15, according to figures released by the government this week. That is up 7.7% on the previous year.

Left Coast picks up award-winning Seattle brewery Reuben's

Nottingham-based importer Left Coast Distribution has added Seattle’s award-winning Reuben’s Brews to its portfolio of American craft beers.

Guinness to open its innovations brewhouse to the public

Guinness is to open its experimental brewery to the public for the first time.

Ferdinand releases world's first Dry Riesling Vermouth

German gin brand Ferdinand has released the world’s first Dry Riesling Vermouth.

Scotland's Broughton Ales sold to team of beer industry experts

Broughton Ales, one of Scotland’s first craft breweries, has been bought by a team of drinks-industry veterans.

Global spirits consumption to hit 3.2bn cases by 2020

By 2020, the global spirits market will climb above 3.2 billion nine-litre cases, the IWSR predicted today.

Filshill rebrands and builds community ties for KeyStore

Glasgow-based JW Filshill, which owns the KeyStore convenience store brand, has unveiled a new brand identity to coincide with its 140th anniversary this year.

Maxxium unveils Christmas gift-pack ranges

Maxxium UK has announced a range of Christmas gift packs for its key spirits brands to drive sales in the off-trade.

Laithwaite’s signs major partnership with BBC Good Food

Laithwaite’s Wine has announced a strategic wine partnership with the BBC Good Food brand.

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.