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Pernod Ricard boss calls for trade to unite on tax cut campaign

Pernod Ricard’s UK head and the new chair of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association Denis O’Flynn has called on the trade to back the campaign for a 2% duty cut and help create 20,000 jobs.

Last call to register for Think Gin

There is still time to register for OLN’s Think Gin event, where you can join retailers from the likes of Waitrose, Harrods and Hedonism to debate the spirits market’s hottest category.

Diageo appoints e-commerce expert to head up online division

Diageo has appointed an e-commerce expert from Ralph Lauren to oversee its online channels.

Chapel Down snaps up 70 hectares to plant more vines

English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down has completed two long-term land leases to more than double the size of its estate.

Bargain Booze owner buys 37-store estate for £6 million

Conviviality Retail has bought the entire GT News portfolio of 37 stores in a deal worth £6 million.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2015 winners revealed

The UK's leading retailers were honoured at a glitzy award ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel tonight.

Encirc appoints new general manager

Contract bottler Encirc has appointed John Hawkins as general manager to oversee operations at its Cheshire plant.

Laithwaite's Wine saddened by demise of Vinopolis

Laithwaite’s Wine has expressed its sadness at the news that wine centre Vinopolis will close at the end of 2015 to make way for an upmarket shopping centre.

AG Barr snaps up Funkin in £21 million deal

Soft drinks group AG Barr has snapped up cocktail mixer producer Funkin in a deal worth up to £21 million.

Carlsberg UK launches alcohol-free San Miguel

Carlsberg UK has gained listings at Tesco and Asda for a new alcohol-free San Miguel beer.

Tesco plans to cut wine range by a third

Wine suppliers have warned the UK faces “colossal” changes as Tesco announces plans to cut its range by a third.

Sheps imports limited release brews from Boston Beer Company

Thatchers targets younger drinkers with new releases

Thatchers has launched two ciders targeted at younger drinkers.

Off-trade beer market overtakes on-trade for first time on record

The retail trade has overtaken the on-trade in beer volumes for the first time ever, and its strong performance has ended a decade of dwindling UK beer sales, according to new figures from the British Beer and Pub Association.

Diageo reports sales dip but UK market growth

Diageo blamed volatile exchange rates, a “lack of overarching recovery in the US and Western Europe” and troubles in emerging markets after reporting lower-than-expected sales figures in its half-year results.

Brewdog to import US beers

Brewdog has set up an import and distribution arm and is launching with beers from US craft brewer Stone Brewing Co.

Magners launches Irish whiskey "spider"

Magners has launched a variant flavoured with Irish whiskey.

Britain's best beer retailers honoured at House of Commons

The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British Beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.

Trivento's rugby sponsorship "extremely helpful in raising awareness of Argentinian wine"

Concha y Toro’s Argentinian brand Trivento has signed a two-year extension to continue its sponsorship of Premiership rugby.

David Tromans takes over marketing at Buckingham Schenk

Buckingham Shcenk has appointed Enotria’s David Tromans as its marketing and new product development manager.

David Beckham 1-0 Alcohol Concern

David Beckham overcame many a fierce opponent during his illustrious playing days, and now he can add Alcohol Concern to his list of scalps.

Scotch whisky more important to UK economy than steel and computing

Scotch whisky is more important to the UK economy than iron, steel, computing, textiles and shipbuilding, according to a new report.

Rivals "would kill" for New Zealand wine category's shopper base

Rival countries would kill for New Zealand’s affluent young consumer base, according to Mud House supplier Accolade.

Australian wine category is not broken, says market leader

Accolade boss Paul Schaafsma declared that “Australia is not broken” after announcing flagship brand Hardys grew 12.4% in volume over Christmas (Nielsen, 12 weeks to January 3).

Jeremy Rockett takes over Marblehead

Former Gonzalez Byass marketing supremo and OLN columnist Jeremy Rocket has become managing director at Marblehead.

Percy Fox exec moves to Enotria

John Hearn will leave Diageo’s wine arm Percy Fox to take over as off-trade commercial director at Enotria this week.

Worcestershire Goldings hop named best in Britain

A Goldings hop from Worcestershire grower S J Adams & Son has beaten 123 rivals to be named the overall winner at the British Hop Awards for 2014.

Prowein exhibitors: bring us more British buyers

The organisers of Prowein are ramping up their focus on attracting UK buyers after all the exhibitors begged for more Brits.

Diageo signs UK distribution deals with Marblehead and Catalyst

Diageo has signed UK distribution deals with Marblehead and Catalyst brands to help grow some its smaller brands.

The Brewers' Association of Scotland formed

Eight leading independent Scottish brewers have joined forces to support, promote and protect the industry through The Brewers’ Association of Scotland.

Plain cigarette packaging: tobacco firms slam move

The tobacco industry claims criminal gangs will be rubbing their hands with glee at the news that the government has announced a pre-election vote on plain cigarette packs.

Does the tonic matter? Find out at OLN workshop

An OLN workshop aims to help retailers capitalise on the unprecedented growth in the gin category by helping them boost sales of tonic.

London Wine Fair targets unrepresented suppliers with new feature

The London Wine Fair is targeting suppliers seeking UK representation with a new exhibitor area called Wines Unearthed.

Competition authority admits failure to act over illegal schemes

The Competition and Markets Authority has admitted to MPs it failed to investigate councils it knew were breaking competition law and could be putting retailers at risk of significant fines and possible imprisonment.

UK wine market will grow but spirits will struggle, says report

The UK wine market will enjoy strong volume and value growth over the next three years, according to analysts at the International Wine and Spirit Research.

William Grant vindicated as watchdog dismisses Alcohol Concern complaint

William Grant has prevailed over Alcohol Concern after the charity reported it to the advertising watchdog over an ad that stated: “Without Warninks advocaat it just wouldn’t be Christmas.”

Carlsberg kicks off search for UK's greatest football fan

Carlsberg has launched a campaign to find the UK’s greatest football fan and will install the recipient as a Talk Sport pundit at a Premiership match on the final day of the season.

Bargain Booze says wine is becoming increasingly important

Wine is becoming an increasingly important part of the Bargain Booze offering after the business overhauled its range, according to chief executive Diana Hunter.

Budvar celebrates record results

Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar has seen sales grow 20% in the UK off-trade as the brewery celebrates a record year of production and exports.

Copestick Murray takes on ad guru's wine brand

Copestick Murray has struck a distribution deal with Minervois producer Hegarty Chamans after owner Robin Copestick turned a Q&A session at the annual WSTA conference to his advantage.

Conviviality Retail follows strong half-year performance with fizzing Christmas sales

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has announced that pre-tax profits grew 47% to £3.2 million during the six months to October 26, 2014.

UK retailers sign up to "unprecedented" best practice guide on alcohol

The UK’s leading grocers, symbol groups and a host of convenience stores have signed up to a best practice guide hailed as “an unprecedented collaborations between retailers”.

Westminster to debate OLN campaign

Senior MPs have launched an inquiry into Reducing the Strength schemes in response to Off Licence News’ campaign and have called the Competition & Markets Authority to the House of Commons for a hearing next week.

Early data points to healthy Christmas trading period

Supermarkets enjoyed a strong Christmas trading period as they grew BWS sales by 1% to £2.3 billion (IRI, seven weeks to January 3, 2015).

Adnams stores in early profit boost

Adnams Cellar & Kitchen chain has made its first profit a year before expected and plans to expand to 20 shops by 2020.

Louis Jadot sees cure to Burgundy's woes

Retailers can put their faith in leading brands to help see Burgundy through a tough period of short harvests and dwindling UK sales, according to a top agency.

Wine importer moves into retail

A specialist importer of central and eastern European wines has opened its first shop, in Brighton.

Whisky in high spirits after years of gloom

Britons are rediscovering a thirst for whisk(e)y and the category has arrested years of plummeting sales, according to the latest Nielsen data.

Drinks industry hits back after Labour promises assault on alcohol

The drinks industry has hit back after the Labour Party promised a prohibitive assault on alcohol as part of its manifesto as the general election looms.

Thatcher's revamps Old Rascal

Thatcher’s aims to build up distribution of its Old Rascal cider after giving it a design makeover and launching it in cans.