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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.

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.