Great Newsome Brewery receives first SIBA FSQ accreditation

Hull’s Great Newsome Brewery has been awarded one of the first Food Safety and Quality Certificates to be accredited by the Society of Independent Brewers.

Tributes paid to Glenn Payne

Leading lights in the UK beer trade have paid tribute to much-loved industry titan Glenn Payne, who sadly passed away last weekend.

ACS slams Welsh tobacco register proposals

The Association of Convenience Stores has attacked proposals to introduce a tobacco register for retailers ahead of a debate on the Public Health Bill in the National Assembly for Wales due later today. 

Graham Norton's Own wine proves major success

The first shipments of Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc have already sold out, the wine’s producer Invivo Wines reports.

British love affair with Prosecco value shows no sign of cooling

Prosecco continues to be the sparkling wine of choice in Britain, according to a new survey out today.

Award-winning Tomatin distillery shows softer side of Highlands

Japanese-owned Highlands distillery Tomatin has been named distiller of the year in the Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2016 awards, which were held in Edinburgh on Friday.

Glenfiddich announces expansion plans to meet global demand

Speyside distillery Glenfiddich has announced major expansion plans to ensure capacity keeps pace with global demand.

AB InBev adds Meantime to SABMiller assets sale

SABMiller has confirmed that AB InBev is looking to sell the Greenwich-based Meantime brewery, which SABMiller acquired in May for an undisclosed sum.

Tesco partners with Drinkaware and Diageo to push responsible drinking at Christmas

Tesco has joined forces with Drinkaware and Diageo to educate its shoppers about drinking sensibly in the run up to Christmas.

SWA strengthens official ties with London office

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has opened a five-strong office in Westminster, London.

Spirit Pub Co acquisition doubles Greene King profits

Operating profits at Greene King are up 46.1% year on year to £180.2 million, according to its first-half results released today.

New ready-to-serve premium cocktail range celebrates London history

UK-based drinks business Global Brands is launching a new range of ready-to-serve cocktails.

AB InBev considers SAB Miller disposals to meet competition requirements

Regulatory concerns about its agreed £71 billion merger with SABMiller are forcing AB InBev to sell its Peroni and Grolsch businesses, according to reports.

The Belgium-based multinational has already announced the £8 billion sale of SAB Miller’s 58% controlling interest in its US Miller Coors joint venture with Molson Coors.

Fromvineyardsdirect.com poaches Hefford from The Good Wine Shop

On-line drinks retailer, Fromvineyardsdirect.com, has appointed David Hefford as its new wine product manager.

Spirit Cartel launches ultra-premium tequila brand in the UK

Spirit Cartel is bringing ultra-premium tequila range, Clase Azul, to the UK.

Bargain Booze listing for Cramele Recas Wolfhouse Pinot Noir

Romanian winery Cramele Recas has won a new listing at convenience store Bargain Booze for its Wolfhouse Pinot Noir.

Hardys wins gold for Ashes England cricket campaign

Leading Australian wine brand Hardys has won two coveted international media awards for its £3.5 million above-the-line summer campaign celebrating its sponsorship of the England cricket team.

Spitfire Gold takes flight in the off-trade

Spitfire Gold, launched into the on-trade in September, is to be made available to the national retail trade.

Marstons rockets back into profit on back of successful restructure

Marstons, the Wolverhampton-based pub operator and brewer recorded sales of £845.5 million, according to its end-of-year figures released today.

Wines of Portugal competition winners report thriving sales

The winners of the Wines of Portugal competition in Off Licence News held a range of successful events and tastings last month as part of the prize.

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.