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Molson Coors takes over Staropramen distribution

Czech pilsner Staropramen is moving its UK distribution from Carlsberg to Molson Coors. The brewer, which also supplies Grolsch and Cobra, will have exclusive rights to the brand in the UK from December 28. 

Saint James rum launches 250th anniversary bottle

Martinique rum Saint James is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year with a special commemorative bottle and a marketing campaign.

Sandeman releases single quinta vintage port

Port house Sandeman is aiming to turn around the category’s flagging fortunes with the release of only the second single quinta vintage port in its 225-year history.

Pernod Ricard will focus on consumers to become world's leading supplier

Pernod Ricard aims to increase underlying sales and operating profit growth to 5% in the medium-term by focusing on innovation, ramping up its digital strategy and trading shoppers up to premium spirits and wines.

Molson Coors UK appoints new marketing director

Molson Coors has appointed Martin Coyle as marketing director for its UK and Ireland business.

Stowford Press given £2.5 million ad campaign

Westons is targeting retailers with a range of POS as it launches a £2.5 million campaign for Stowford Press cider this week.

South Africa can soar after greatest vintage

South Africa can shrug off falling volume sales by pushing into premium tiers after one of its best ever vintages, according to a leading supplier.

Villa Maria's winemaker is leaving

Villa Maria’s Alastair Maling MW is leaving the winery after more than 12 years spent heading up the winemaking side of the business.

Supermarket range cuts put suppliers under pressure: OLN Wine Report

Eighteen per cent of suppliers have lost listings as supermarkets scale back their wine ranges, and another 23% say their margins and prices are coming under increasing pressure, OLN's exclusive Wine Report poll of UK agencies and distributors has revealed.

Trade relationships suffer with buyer churn

In a year of turmoil for many supermarket buying teams, 71% of suppliers polled for OLN's Wine Report say there is too much churn for them to establish long-term, effective relationships – up from 53% last year and 46% the year before.

Wine agencies must change tactics: poll

Traditional wine agencies will have to change their models, funding or target markets to survive in the current climate, say 38% of suppliers polled for OLN's Wine Report.

The next big thing for the wine trade

Innovation, economic recovery and education have beaten lower duty to become the top tips from suppliers looking at what could bring the UK wine market back into growth.

Supermarkets cling to deep discounts

Supermarkets are not honouring their pledge to move away from deep discounting, according to nearly 60% of suppliers polled in OLN's Wine Report.

Own-label standards slipping: OLN poll

Suppliers’ estimation of supermarket own-labels is slipping, OLN's exclusive Wine Report poll of UK agents and distributors has revealed.

Are independents losing their shine?

Independents remain the sector with the biggest potential for wine suppliers – but they are no longer seen as the unmitigated success story they were a few years ago, according to OLN's exclusive Wine Report poll.

Argentina's greatest winemaker targets UK independents

Uco Valley producer Bodegas Salentein is targeting the UK independent trade after celebrating the 40th harvest of its legendary chief winemaker.

Liverpool fan shrugs off 6-1 loss after winning Carlsberg competition

Liverpool fan Kevin Clarke said he wasn’t too upset after his team suffered a 6-1 drubbing in the match he commentated on as a prize for winning Carlsberg’s People’s Pundit campaign.

Scotch whisky distilleries join Stonehenge and London Zoo among top UK tourist attractions

Scotch whisky distilleries broke visitor records in 2014 by attracting more than 1.5 million whisky fans, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

Jägermeister to tour festivals with Jägerhaus

Jägermeister is spending £1 million on a summer marketing campaign that will see the brand represented at seven music festivals across the UK.

Bibendum PLB raises £75,000 for war heroes

Bibendum PLB has raised more than £75,000 for military charity Help for Heroes by donating £1 in every bottle sold of its Wines for Heroes range.

Thatchers launches craft cider as it heads to Glastonbury

Thatchers has launched a premium cloudy cider brand called Somerset Haze in time for the summer spike in cider drinking.

South African wine has a thrilling energy, says Mentzendorff

Mentzendorff said there is a “thrilling energy” in South African wine after bolstering its portfolio from the rainbow nation with Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

There's a Beer for That unveils Tesco partnership and TV ad

Tesco is teaming up with the There’s a Beer for That campaign for a promotion pairing beer with BBQ foods.

Branded Champagne enjoys strong growth

Sales of branded Champagne grew 4.7% to £196 million in the UK off-trade in 2014 as shoppers opted for famous names ahead of retailer exclusives.

Off-Piste releases Most Wanted

Off-Piste has released an international varietal-led wine range called Most Wanted.

Supermarket range culls were 'necessary' and 'overdue': IWSR

Supermarket range culls were “necessary” and “overdue”, according to wine information company IWSR.

North South Wines boosts cash and carry range

North South Wines has boosted its range for cash and carries, a key market for the new agency.

Booker to buy Budgens and Londis for £40 million

Booker has agreed a £40 million deal to buy the Budgens and Londis brands from Musgrave.

WSTA claims to have saved the industry £350 million

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association claims it has saved the industry £350 million in the past 18 months through its campaigning.

Calorie content not needed on labels, says trade body

Detailing calorie content on labels of beers, wines and spirits is a 20th century solution to a 21st century obesity problem, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Tesco launches "real ale" in partnership with Camra

Tesco has teamed up with Marston’s and the Campaign for Real Ale to launch a bottle-conditioned golden ale.

Copestick Murray takes I Heart to festivals in VW campervan

Copestick Murray is set to promote its I Heart wine brand at summer festivals this year in a branded VW camper van.

Free Run launches grapefruit wine

Free Run Wines has launched Mr Peel’s Manavista, a pink grapefruit-flavoured aromatised wine-based drink.

Aldi and Lidl force supermarkets to wield axe

Tesco is drastically reducing its wine range to arrest haemorrhaging sales as the discounters’ growing dominance forces sweeping changes across the big supermarkets.

South Africa dips as New World wine rivals surge

South Africa’s golden run of consecutive growth in the off-trade has come to an end as sales dropped 3% in volume and 1% in value to £525 million (Nielsen, year to February 2015).

Boundaries blurring between on-trade and off-trade

Waitrose claims the boundaries between the off-trade and the on-trade are blurring as shoppers enjoy lingering over a glass of wine and a deli board in its busy supermarkets.

Accolade sets sights on further expansion

Accolade Wines is upping spend on its flagship Hardys brand and setting its sights on further expansion to strengthen its global coverage.

Craft gin supplier opens standalone Ely store

Cambridgeshire craft gin maker Ely Gin has opened a shop in the historic town’s centre. Director James Clark had been eyeing the space for several years as he ran a stall in Ely market square selling his range of fruit-flavoured gins.

Reducing the Strength: campaign gathers support from European producers

Leading suppliers and trade associations have added their weight to OLN’s campaign against controversial Reducing the Strength schemes by demanding action from the European Commission.

SAB Miller snaps up Meantime

SAB Miller has snapped up Greenwich-based brewer Meantime as the trend that sees the world’s largest beer suppliers buying out their craft counterparts continues.

Bulmers in trainers giveaway

Bulmers is set to give away 5,000 pairs of trainers in an on-pack and social media promotion.

Asda cheap Champagne deal starts summer wine wars

Asda has slashed the price of its exclusive label Champagne to £9.97 as the wine wars heat up ahead of the summer months.

Campo Viejo is getting colourful

Pernod Ricard is exploring the possibility of releasing white and rosé Campo Viejo into the UK market after its Tempranillo became the UK’s leading red wine SKU.

Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2015

Sainsbury's names Elizabeth Newman as new BWS boss

Sainsbury's has announced Elizabeth Newman will replace Andy Phelps as its head of BWS.

London craft beer merchant expands

Independent beer merchant Clapton Craft is opening a second store in London after hailing the impact of the craft beer revolution on sales.

Revenues up for Conviviality

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail has seen takings grow in the past year, it has announced in a trading statement.

English wine producers celebrate record harvest

English wine producers have reported a record harvest for 2014 that will flood the market with 6.3 million bottles.

Buckingham Schenk fruit wines tap into market for 'sexy kitsch'

Buckingham Schenk is releasing two 8.5% abv fruit wines in flip-top bottles and hopes to win over new consumers to their “sexy kitsch”.

Bottle Apostle opens fourth store in former Olympic village

Independent off-licence chain Bottle Apostle has opened a fourth store in the former athlete’s village that housed competitors during the 2012 London Olympics.