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Iron Maiden release limited-edition ale to celebrate 10 million pints of Trooper sold

Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden are releasing a limited-edition brew to celebrate reaching the 10 million pint sales mark for the band’s Trooper ale.

Barefoot targets 100,000 consumers with sampling campaign

Californian wine brand Barefoot will target 100,000 UK consumers in a summer marketing campaign called Barefoot Refresh Summer Cool Down.

Innis & Gunn hires four senior staff

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has hired four senior executives to help it build on the 30% year-on-year growth it has enjoyed since 2013.

Conviviality Retail to open 55 new stores after posting strong results

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail plans to open 55 new stores in the year ahead after reporting a 4.4% growth in pre-tax profits for the 2014-15 financial year.

Bottle Apostle to open fifth store

London wine merchant Bottle Apostle is set to open a fifth store in Primrose Hill this month.

High street chains in battle for share: Oddbins and Majestic go head to head in struggle to recruit consumers

Competition among the high street chains is hotting up as Oddbins and Majestic embark on new strategies and inject fresh investment to bolster their operations.

Reducing the Strength: failures ramp up

Incidents of drunken disorder have spiked dramatically in the town of Dover since it introduced a Reducing the Strength scheme.

Lidl wine team expands

Lidl has grown its drinks buying team as wine sales outstrip overall company growth.

Richard Hemming: telling a good story about wine

Picture your favourite Champagne. Perhaps you’ve got more than one. Either way, I expect it occurred to you almost instantaneously, and that you conjured up an image of the bottle in your mind. Now ask yourself: why is it your favourite?

Lidl victorious at the International Spirits Challenge

Lidl seized the title of Supermarket Own Branded Spirits Range of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in London last night.

Greene King giving away US holidays in IPA promotion

Greene King is offering IPA fans the chance to win stateside trips to Boston, Washington D.C. and New York this summer via an on-pack promotion.

Selfridges buyer Davies to join Speciality Drinks

Selfridges wine and spirits buyer Dawn Davies will be joining Speciality Drinks as head buyer, OLN can reveal.

Meantime's Alastair Hook named Brewer of the Year

Meantime’s founder and master brewer Alastair Hook has been named Brewer of the Year by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

Diageo to appeal Smirnoff ad ban

Diageo is planning an appeal over an Advertising Standards Authority ban on an ad for its Smirnoff vodka.

Chapel Down appoints managing director

English wine producer Chapel Down has appointed Mark Harvey as managing director of its wine arm.

Pinkster gin wins listings at Spirited and Nicolas

Raspberry-infused gin Pinkster has won listings in 19 branches of Spirited Wines and Nicolas this summer.

Sunday trading changes: trade bodies slam plans

Trade bodies have slammed Government plans to give towns and cities the power to remove Sunday trading regulations, warning the move will threaten the retailers’ livelihoods.

Roberson Wine to shut iconic London store

Iconic London wine merchant Roberson Wine is shutting its doors after deciding to forgo bricks and mortar retailing in favour of better performing channels.

High-strength ban overturned

A fish and chip shop wanting to expand its business to sell alcohol has successfully overturned a decision banning it from stocking drinks over a certain strength. 

Sheps offers drinkers a Spitfire flight

Spitfire is giving its drinkers the chance win a flight in a Spitfire aeroplane in an on-pack push.

Bohemian Hopsody

Don’t stop them now – rock legends Queen have released a pilsner to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Molson Coors buys Rekorderlig

Molson Coors UK has bought Swedish cider Rekorderlig UK from Manchester-based Chilli Marketing Brands.

WOSA targets indies

Wines of South Africa is targeting independent merchants with a new event this October.

Carling Zest gets summer boost

Molson Coors is launching a £500,000 media campaign for Carling Zest to boost sales as the UK summer finally kicks in. 

Accolade's Fish Hoek goes Fairtrade

Accolade Wine’s South African Fish Hoek brand has become the supplier’s first fully certified Fairtrade range.

Benevolent seeks ambassadors

The Benevolent is looking for volunteers from across the drinks trade to be its ambassadors and help spread the word about the drinks industry charity.

Stella gets bird's eye view of Wimbledon

Stella Artois is flying high for this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships with a campaign focused around the club’s Harris hawk, Rufus.

Berry Bros opens new cellar

Berry Bros & Rudd has opened a new cellar to host more private wine events at its historic London shop.

Off-trade success pushes drinks market back into growth: WSTA

A strong off-trade performance has dragged the UK alcohol market back into volume growth for the first time in five years, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Famous Grouse downsizes for c-stores

Maxxium UK has released The Famous Grouse in four-pack cases of 35cl and 20cl bottles to help convenience stores who are increasingly selling spirits in smaller bottles.

Price-marked pre-mix

Global Brands has released a pre-mixed cocktail price-marked at £1 for 25cl.

Bavaria hits men's magazines

Dutch family-owned brewery Bavaria has launched its flagship 5% abv lager with a consumer ad campaign in men’s magazines.

'Car crash' for supermarkets as discounters outstrip them in store openings

Discounters have opened more new shops in the past five years than supermarkets and convenience stores in what research company LDC is calling a “car crash” for the multiples.

Carlsberg moves into male grooming

Carlsberg has launched a range of beer-based male grooming products developed by its team of Danish scientists in time for Father’s Day. 

Retailers can win prizes by stocking Lindeman's

Retailers can win £1,000 worth of flight vouchers from Trail Finders by getting creative with POS to showcase Lindeman’s wines.

Oddbins relaunches The Palate

Oddbins has relaunched its competition to find the UK’s finest amateur wine taster and expects thousands to take part this weekend.

English wine centre to be built

A multi-million-pound centre for English wine and spirits is being planned in Sussex.

Calais Wine Store opens tasting room

Calais Wine Superstore has opened a new tasting room offering booze cruisers the chance to sample 150 different wines.

Boisset seeks to revive Macon wines

Burgundy producer Boisset is aiming to prove that the region can innovate by sourcing grapes from new areas and taking Macon in a fresh direction.

Innis & Gunn raises £2.5 million towards new brewery

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has raised £2.5 million towards building its own brewery, bottling line and barrel store through its mini-bond scheme.

International Cider Challenge 2015 results revealed

Waitrose has seized the Supreme Champion crown at the International Cider Challenge 2015 after judges decided its English vintage perry was the star drink this year.

Aldi? Shmaldi! Bargain Booze fights back against discounters with new ad campaign

Bargain Booze is fighting back against the rise of the discounters with an ad campaign straplined Aldi Shmaldi.

Profits fall at Majestic Wine

Profits dropped by 22.5% in the year to March 30 at Majestic Wine after it purchased Naked Wines and replaced chief executive Steve Lewis with Naked founder Rowan Gormley.

Robert Humphreys given MBE

Beer campaigner Robert Humphreys has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to alcohol policy.

Reducing the Strength: crime rises despite ban on high abv drinks

Crimes committed under the influence of alcohol have spiked across Portsmouth after it introduced a Reducing the Strength scheme in October 2013, OLN can reveal.

Beer aisles have a new golden boy

Tesco has doubled its range of golden ales in what it called the “biggest stir in the beer industry since the arrival of lager in the mid-1960s”.

Wine trade says no to exit from Europe

Britain leaving the European Union would be bad news for the wine trade, with exchange rate issues likely to erode already tight margins, suppliers have warned.

More indies visited LWF

Visitor numbers at this year’s London Wine Fair rose 4% on 2014, according to the organiser Brintex.

Suppliers cashing in on off-dry red trend

Wine suppliers are bidding to cash in on the success of Gallo’s big, off-dry Californian red wine Apothic Red.

Fruit flavoured wines are drinks of the future

Fruit-flavoured, wine-based drinks will soon flood the UK market and bulk shipping firms can help retailers and suppliers capitalise on the trend, according to a leading wine consultant.