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Les Grands Chais de France moves into Nimes

French supplier Les Grands Chais de France has snapped up the 59ha Château de la Tuilerie estate in the Costières de Nimes.

International Beer Challenge 2014 trophy winners and champion announced

Australian brewery Redoak has claimed the Supreme Champion award at the International Beer Challenge for the second year running after thrilling judges with its Chateau Sour.

Wines of Chile's new UK boss pledges education drive

Anita Jackson has pledged to put consumer and trade education at the centre of her strategy after being instilled as UK director at Wines of Chile.

Diageo using technology to tackle retail theft

Diageo is offering £62,000 grants to technology firms that create tools to help prevent retail theft.

Wine Australia's Yvonne May was a visionary pioneer

The wine trade lost one of its most dedicated and well-respected figures last week with the sad passing of Yvonne May. Many readers will know her best for her four-year stint as the UK and European head of Wine Australia, a role she approached with such passion and energy it was easy to believe it was a job she had longed to do.

Kopparberg unveils Spiced Apple variant

Kopparberg is launching a Spiced Apple variant in a bid to boost sales during the typically lean winter trading period.

William Grant and Sons buys Drambuie

William Grant and Sons has snapped up the Drambuie Liqueur Company after it admitted it has always secretly admired the firm’s eponymous brand.

Bargain Booze retailer is first Wine Rack franchisee

An existing Bargain Booze franchisee has become the first to take on Wine Rack stores under a franchise agreement with Conviviality Retail.

Tesco backs veto on high-strength

Tesco is backing controversial schemes to ban the sale of high-strength beers and ciders, despite ongoing concerns over their legality.

Trade shares grief over death of May

The industry has paid tribute to Yvonne May’s passion and inspiration following news that the UK and European regional director for Wine Australia has died after a battle with leukaemia.

Scotch businesses oppose independence

Whisky Shop founder Ian Bankier is among Scottish business leaders who have put their names to a letter opposing Scottish independence.

Retailers are missing the mark online: Pernod boss

Retailers need to do more to embrace online shopping and recognise that the market is changing, Pernod Ricard UK managing director Denis O’Flynn has warned.

Virgin launches gifting business

Virgin Wines is to launch a gift business that it hopes will corner the market for wine presents.

Don't miss OLN's Aussie adventure

Off Licence News has teamed up with consultant and former Wine Australia boss Hazel Murphy to offer independents the chance to join a two-week trip Down Under.

New Waitrose wine site boosts sales

Waitrose’s online wine site, Waitrose Cellar, has grown sales by nearly a quarter in its first three months since coming on stream.

Guinness launches porters

Guinness has launched two porters inspired by 18th and 19th-century recipes discovered in its historic brewers’ diaries.

Liberty signs up Peter Lehmann Wines and Hess

Liberty Wines has signed a deal with Hess Family Wine Estates to take over distribution of Peter Lehmann Wines from the Barossa Valley and the Hess Collection Winery from the Napa Valley.

Sherry editions from Tomatin

The Tomatin Distillery Co has launched two sherry-finished whiskies.

World Beers launches Huber Bock

World Beer has launched a dark lager from the USA’s second-oldest brewery, Huber, based in Monroe, Wisconsin.

New sherry releases from Ehrmanns

Ehrmanns is set to release new sherries from Williams & Humbert and Viniberia at the Great Sherry Tasting on September 15.

Castaway returns

Nineties favourite Castaway Spritz has returned to the UK thanks to International Wine Services.

Pernod Ricard brands outperform off-trade

Pernod Ricard UK’s brands have outperformed the market in the off-trade, the company has reported.

Iggy Pop in Sailor Jerry clothing deal

Sailor Jerry rum has teamed up with rock legend Iggy Pop to design a range of clothing.

Vagabond Wines wins Riesling competition

London wine merchant Vagabond Wines has won Wines of Germany’s 31 Days of German Riesling retailer competition.

Nisa's Jones to join Conviviality as chief operating officer

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed Amanda Jones as its chief operating officer, with effect from December 1.

BBR signs up Swedish potato vodka

Berry Bros & Rudd has signed up a Swedish vodka made from virgin new potatoes.

Innis & Gunn releases beer aged in Scottish oak

Edinburgh-based Innis & Gunn is launching what it claims is the first modern-day beer matured in Scottish oak.

Marlboro launches RYO pack

Cigarette brand Marlboro has launched its first roll-your-own product.

Tesco plans customer wine cloud labels

Tesco is to use consumer comments from forthcoming wine tastings on labels for three wines.

Merrydown launches autumn ad campaign

SHS Drinks is running an outdoor ad campaign for Merrydown cider to boost autumn sales, the second instalment of what has been the brand’s first ad campaign in 15 years.

Societal shifts prompt booze crime falls – poll

Better town centre management and societal intolerance of antisocial behaviour are the main reasons behind falls in alcohol-related crime, according to a poll by You Gov.

Wine Australia's Yvonne May dies

Wine Australia regional director for the UK & Europe Yvonne May has died after an illness of several months.

Casillero del Diablo launches fresh ad burst

Casillero del Diablo’s Wine Legend Movie ad campaign is to return to UK TV screens this autumn.

JTI cuts price on Sterling rollies

JTI has cut prices on its Sterling Rolling Tobacco and given the brand a new look with new pack formats and rolling papers.

City style for Heineken bottles

Heineken has unveiled a new-look edition of its 33cl Heineken bottles as part of its Open Your City campaign.

New venture launches crowd-funded beer

A new business is set to launch a limited edition craft beer financed by a crowd-funding initiative.

Jack Daniel's launches birthday celebrations

Jack Daniel’s is celebrating its eponymous founder’s birthday by giving consumers the chance to win prizes including gig tickets, a trip to the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, or an exclusive party for them and their friends.

Supernova heralds return of Ardbeg space mission

Ardbeg has released the third edition of its Supernova, described by the Islay distillery as its peatiest single malt.

European growth boosts flat Pernod Ricard figures

Pernod Ricard has reported flat global sales in a year when it saw a dramatic collapse in China where revenue fell by 23%.

James Clay to lead Left Hand push in the UK market

Colorado-based US brewer Left Hand is aiming to expand its presence on the UK market in a distribution partnership with James Clay.

Nederburg launches 56 Hundred brand

South African wine producer Distell has added two wines under the name 56 Hundred to its Nederburg portfolio in the UK.

William Grant prepares to fire up Tullamore stills

William Grant expects the first spirit from its new €35 million distillery at Tullamore in Ireland to come on stream from mid-September.

Tesco runs warehouse sale for online wines

Tesco is running a warehouse clearance sale on its Wine By The Case website.

Low-alcohol beer 'more socially acceptable' – report by AB-Inbev

Low-alcohol and alcohol-free beer is becoming more socially acceptable and off-trade volumes have grown more than 8% in the past year, a study has revealed.

Meantime and Chase join forces for Botanical Beer

Meantime brewery and Chase distillery have teamed up to launch a beer that replaces essential hops with gin botanicals.

Diageo rows with Portman Group after breaching marketing code

Diageo has been found in breach of marketing rules for using a counter-top promotional unit that could encourage irresponsible, impulse purchases.

Morrisons wine uses 64% less aluminium than screw cap

Morrisons has topped its own-label Soave with an “environmentally friendly closure” that is said to use 64% less aluminium than a traditional screw cap.

Ehrmanns signs up Santa Carolina

Chilean winery Santa Carolina has teamed up with Ehrmanns to grow its UK distribution and take on the country’s biggest brands.

New Zealand wine exports rise 10% after record harvest

Exports of New Zealand wine grew 10% in value and volume in the past year as sales surged in northern Europe and the US following a record harvest.

Pernod Ricard urges premium spirits push at Christmas

The convenience channel is missing a trick on premium spirits and should use Christmas 2014 to catch up with the grocers, according to a leading supplier.