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Calls for wine range revamp at convenience stores

Convenience store owners need to overhaul their wine ranges if they are to arrest a sales decline that threatens the health of the industry, according to a leading supplier.

Sandeman: premium key to port's future

Growth in premium tiers will ensure port retains a strong presence in the British drinks industry, according to a leading supplier.

Diageo expands Parrot Bay range

Diageo has launched a range of 70cl flavoured spirit drinks under its Parrot Bay brand.

Oddbins doubles own-label craft beer range

Oddbins has teamed up with a pair of small breweries to launch two craft beers as part of its own-label offering.

Concha y Toro appoints new sales director

Concha y Toro UK has appointed Jon Rosenthal as sales director.

Virgin Wines teams up with Accolade for exclusive Hardys range

Online retailer Virgin Wines has teamed up with the UK’s leading supplier Accolade Wines to launch an exclusive range of Hardys wines.

Autumn rugby union campaign for Guinness

Guinness launches a TV campaign of four videos focusing on legends of rugby union tomorrow (November 5).

Diageo to swap Bushmills for Don Julio

Diageo is to sell the Bushmills Irish whiskey brand and distillery in a deal which will give it outright control of Don Julio tequila.

Calls for calorie labels on wine and beer "spectacularly miss the mark"

The trade body for advertisers has hit back at the health lobby’s renewed calls for calorie labels on alcohol, saying they “miss the point spectacularly”.

AB Inbev sales drop 9.8% in third quarter

AB Inbev UK blamed a World Cup hangover and poor weather for a 9.8% volume sales drop in the third quarter of 2014.

Retailers asked to withdraw Fireball

Retailers stocking Fireball liqueur with cinnamon and whisky have been asked to remove the product from sale and prepare it for return.

"There's a Beer for That": biggest names in British beer unite for £10 million campaign

The biggest names in the British beer industry have united to launch a £10 million marketing campaign called There’s a Beer for That.

Chancellor George Osborne lauds drinks industry

Chancellor George Osborne hailed the impact the drinks industry is having on the UK’s economic recovery after meeting with WSTA chief executive Miles Beale.

Diageo delays Scottish expansion as whisky demand cools

Diageo has delayed plans to expand production capacity for Scotch whisky after the world’s thirst for the drink started to drop this year.

Diageo brings back Pimm's No.6 Vodka Cup

Diageo has reversed its decision to axe Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup after fans of the drink apparently bombarded the supplier with demands for its return.

Bibendum and PLB merge

Bibendum Wine and PLB have announced plans to merge the businesses in a bid to become a one-stop shop for both on and off-trade retailers.

Marston's and Tesco launch Help for Heroes beer

Marston’s and Tesco have teamed up to launch a beer created by injured veterans that will raise funds for military charity Help for Heroes.

Calls for research into alcohol advertising ban

The UK government wants a future EU alcohol strategy to promote more research into the possible impact of restrictions on alcohol advertising, according to a top official at the Department of Health.

Trade bodies concerned about new licensing law guidance

Trade associations have slammed the government for forcing through a raft of changes to licensing law guidance that will embolden draconian local councils.

Creative accounting 'no surprise' in retail

Former buyers have spoken out about the culture of “creative accounting” across the big retailers and warned more could have their practices scrutinised in the wake of the financial investigation at Tesco.

City slams shops for failure to act

Portsmouth council has attacked retailers for failing in their responsibilities and warned that “selling alcohol is a privilege, not a right”.

European wineries unite

Nine wineries from across Europe have joined forces to promote the Old World’s heritage through a series of collaborations.

Tesco profits drop 92%

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent is to step down after the supermarket revealed the “black hole” in its accounts was even bigger than had been suspected and saw pre-tax profits plummet 92%.

Diageo to push luxury portfolio after Haig Club launch

Diageo aims to grow its luxury reserve portfolio from 12% of the business to 20% after launching the £45 rrp Haig Club whisky in partnership with David Beckham.

Rioja must hold price

Deep discounts risk denting the image of Rioja and wineries should resist cutting prices to shift surplus wine, according to Marques de Riscal.

Asda forced to recall exploding Prosecco bottles

Asda has been forced to recall its own-label Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry after bottles started exploding in stores and in customers’ homes.

Pernod Ricard sales dip 1% in Europe

Pernod Ricard posted a 1% sales dip in Europe during the first quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

McWilliam's family buys remaining shares from Gallo

Australian wine producer McWilliam’s is 100% family-owned once more after buying the remaining shares held by E&J Gallo.

Heineken blames the rain for sales slump

Heineken blamed wet weather for a 4.1% drop in revenues for Western Europe during the third quarter of 2014.

Brewdog announces second annual craft beer festival

Brewdog will serve 16 collaboration beers made in partnership with local breweries at each of its bars across the UK as its craft beer festival returns on October 25.

Status Quo beer sales pass million pint mark

Rockers Status Quo have passed a million sales for the first time since the 1970s after the millionth pint of the bands Piledriver ale was downed this week.

New look for Rudgate

North Yorkshire-based craft brewery Rudgate has given its bottled ale range a revamp.

Babycham releases new flavours

Babycham has added two flavoured variants to its range for the first time.

Greene King launches experimental brews in Tesco

Greene King has teamed up with Tesco to release four bottled beers designed to cater for growing interest in specialist brews and new flavours.

Pernod Ricard devotes marketing budget to Jameson, Chivas and Brancott Estate

Pernod Ricard has chosen three brands – Jameson, Chivas Regal and Brancott Estate – to focus its marketing efforts on in the run-up to Christmas.

William Grant launches Warninks White

William Grant has bolstered its advocaat range by launching Warninks White, a vodka liqueur with flavours of white chocolate and mint.

Diageo ad banned for appealing to children

The advertising watchdog has warned Diageo that future marketing must not appeal to children after it banned a Parrot Bay ad that was deemed to “appeal strongly to under-18s”.

Tesco confirms Dan Jago suspension

Tesco has confirmed it has suspended global head of BWS Dan Jago over the £250 million accounting scandal.

"2014 could be best Bordeaux vintage since 2010"

The 2014 Bordeaux vintage should be “as good as, if not better than 2006”, according to a leading producer.

E-cig brand V2 targets UK off-trade

One of the world’s largest online e-cig suppliers is making a concerted push into the UK off-trade with a range of cartridges, pens, pipes and liquids.

Chivas Brothers confident Scotch whisky will return to growth

Chivas Brothers said it is confident in long-term growth potential for Scotch whsiky after announcing production will start at its new distillery later this month.

Number of UK wineries hits 20-year high

The number of UK wineries has risen to a 20-year high after 46 budding vignerons registered with HMRC in the past year.

Henry Westons launches bag-in-box mulled cider

Westons has launched a mulled version of its Henry Westons cider in bag-in-box.

Summer drinkers opt for ale and spirits as lager and cider sales dip

Lager and cider suffered dwindling sales over the summer months as shoppers turned to spirits and ales instead, according to the latest Nielsen data.

Tesco probe may aid supplier relations

Suppliers have had their hopes raised of less one- sided relationships with the major supermarkets in the wake of the controversy over Tesco’s accounts.

OLN challenges Reducing the Strength in Brussels

Off Licence News has taken its fight for legal clarity over Reducing the Strength schemes to the European Commission.

Younger generation falling for Bordeaux wine

The quality of Crus Bourgeois wine is improving each year and bringing younger consumers into the Bordeaux category, according to retailers.

Rioja focuses on independent wine merchants

Wines of Rioja is redistributing its marketing budget to focus on independent retailers and the on-trade as it seeks to push into more premium tiers.

Australian wine increases lead over its rivals

Australia continues to pull away from its closest rivals as the UK’s favourite wine producer after value sales grew 2% to £1.1 billion (Nielsen, year to July 19).

Office worker's beer hits Waitrose shelves

Office worker Graham Nelson first tried making beer a year ago, but today the beer he originally crafted in his kitchen went on sale at Waitrose.