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MP calls for low-alcohol tax flexibility

A junior Tory heath minister has told a House of Lords committee she would like to see “flexibility around taxation” on lower- alcohol wine-type products made a priority in discussions on alcohol strategy in Europe.

Style and price both key to beer

Beer consumers are as likely to buy on style and product heritage as price, an exclusive OLN retailer poll has shown.

Retailers snubbing Reducing the Strength scheme

A local council that is trying to banish beer and cider above 6.5% abv has admitted the scheme is struggling as retailers stand firm and refuse to join.

Campos: Champagne is a "hostage" in retail price war

Retailers are jeopardising the future of Champagne by slashing prices and using it as a loss leader to drive footfall, according to a leading supplier.

Echo Falls releases first non-alcoholic drink

Accolade Wines has launched a non-alcoholic sparkling drink under its Echo Falls label, which it says will provide a “credible substitute” for Prosecco.

Own-label Champagne beats big brands in taste test

A Which? report has found own-label Champagne matches big-name brands in a blind taste test involving leading wine writers.

Wine trade supergroup to raise money for Comic Relief

OLN columnist Richard Hemming is joining forces with MWs Anne McHale and Alex Hunt, Bordeaux Cellar founder Matt James, Concha y Toro PR boss Ben Smith and PR Helen Chesshire to form a wine trade supergroup called Skin Contact.

Fruit puts the squeeze on apple and pear cider

Fruit cider is still driving growth in the cider market while pear and apple struggle, the latest Nielsen figures have revealed.

Cordoniu managing director appointment falls through

Codorníu is back on the hunt for a new UK boss after the appointment of John Hearn fell through.

Alcohol wholesaler registration scheme to come into force

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors is celebrating after news that a wholesaler registration scheme on alcohol it has long campaigned for will be included in the Treasury’s 2015 finance bill.

Borough Wines opens sixth London shop

Borough Wines has opened its sixth London shop in Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market.

Formula 1 stars team up with Diageo to combat drink driving

Formula 1 stars Mika Häkkinen, Jenson Button, and Kevin Magnussen are the faces of Johnnie Walker’s new campaign to cut out drink driving.

Wine Fusion signs exclusive deal with Conviviality for New Zealand brand

The Wine Fusion has signed an exclusive deal with Conviviality Retail to supply its stores with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brand Bay of Plenty.

Global Brands launches 66cl Amigos bottles

Global Brands is launching 66cl bottles of its tequila-flavoured beer Amigos in a bid to tap into the growth of big bottle formats in the off-trade.

Hallgarten marketing boss moves to Enotria

Enotria has appointed Hallgarten Druitt’s Helen Munday as its new marketing director.

New SWA chairman pledges to strengthen industry

Pernod Ricard chief executive Pierre Pringuet has vowed to take the Scotch industry “from strength to strength” after becoming the new chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association.

Hatch Mansfield adds Te Awa to its ranks

Hatch Mansfield has added boutique winery Te Awa to its portfolio after the New Zealand producer parted ways with Bibendum.

Esoterica will return for 2015 London Wine Fair

The trade can taste wines from a host of niche importers under one roof next year after the organisers of the London Wine Fair confirmed that Esoterica will return in 2015.

Estrella Galicia wishes the UK a Bo Nadal

Spanish brewer Estrella Galicia has launched a Christmas beer that uses Nugget hops from its home region to create a spicy golden brew.

Accolade seals Grant Burge deal

Accolade has sealed a long-anticipated deal to add Australian wine producer Grant Burge to its portfolio.

Pernod Ricard's Chris Ellis becomes group commercial director

Pernod Ricard UK’s wine boss Chris Ellis has been promoted to a role that also encompasses the group’s spirits portfolio.

Brewery declares war on the idiots of Ayrshire

The Arran Brewery has “declared war” on the “antisocial idiots and thieves” of North Ayrshire after its new site in Dreghorn was again hit by vandals.

Laura Jewell quits Tesco for Wine Australia

Laura Jewell MW is leaving Tesco to take up the top job at Wine Australia in the UK.

Tesco selling Champagne for just £8

Tesco has slashed the price of its exclusive label Champagne to just £8 – the cheapest any supermarket has sold Champagne in recent years.

Waitrose poll names Buck's Fizz king at Christmas

Buck’s Fizz is the nation’s favourite Christmas tipple, according to a survey of 1,000 people by Waitrose Cellar.

Maison Sichel teams up with Amazon to reignite Bordeaux wine

Maison Sichel has teamed up with Amazon to offer UK consumers its flagship brand Sirius Red in an exclusive online deal.

Morrisons slammed for "misleading" three-for-£10 deal

The advertising watchdog has upheld complaints against Morrisons after disappointed shoppers could not find wines advertised in a high-profile three-for-£10 deal.

Maxxium pushing fractionals as Christmas approaches

Maxxium is launching a new rage of fractionals on brands including Courvoisier, Jim Beam and Macallan to drive convenience sales over Christmas.

Wine and spirits at the heart of Aldi Christmas campaign

Aldi has put BWS at the heart of its Christmas marketing strategy and is taking on specialists, online businesses and luxury retailers with cut-price deals on premium lines.

Festive brews from Sheps

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has released two festive brews.

Buckingham Schenk boss moves to Enotria

Jon Pepper MW is joining Enotria as buying and retail director in February 2015.

Oddbins bullish despite hitches

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola has admitted plans to re-establish the group as a 300-store national chain have stalled, but remains confident of returning the business to profit.

Champagne fronts Christmas price battle

Asda has slashed the price of its exclusive-label Pierre Darcys Champagne to £10 as the Christmas price war heats up.

Tesco beer range in Camra's sights

The Campaign for Real Ale is lending its name to a range of beers sold in Tesco to raise the profile of bottle-conditioned ales.

Politicians act on OLN campaign over high abv beer bans

Off Licence News’ campaign for legal clarity over the swathe of Reducing the Strength schemes mushrooming across the UK has moved up a gear with action in both Westminster and Brussels.

Licence win gives hope for high impact zones

A leading licensing expert says people applying for licences for shops in cumulative impact zones shouldn’t bow to police opposition without a fight.

Courvoisier launches luxury editions

Maxxium UK has launched four limited edition Courvoisier expressions for luxury retailers.

Gallo releases Autumn Red

Gallo Family Vineyards has launched a wine called Autumn Red, and is running an experiential campaign in retailers to support the release.

WKD launches Christmas campaign

WKD has launched a Christmas campaign giving consumers the chance to win Christmas presents for their friends and themselves.

Wine must cut jargon to win young drinkers

The wine industry needs to cut out the jargon and overhaul its marketing to stem falling sales and attract younger consumers, according to Blossom Hill supplier Diageo.

Avoiding discounts can ensure healthy future for Scotch

Resisting discounts and pushing gift packs will bring the Scotch category back into growth in the UK, according to a leading supplier.

Harper Wells is California king

Harper Wells in Norwich has scooped the top prize in Off Licence News’ and the Wine Institute of California’s independent retailer promotion.

Kingsland signs up Australia's Limestone Coast Winery

Kingsland has bolstered its agency portfolio by taking on Australia’s Limestone Coast Winery.

Big names return for 2015 London Wine Fair

Eighty-three percent of suppliers at this year’s London Wine Fair have signed up for the 2015 show, and they will be joined by a host of new names.

Greene King gives Old Speckled Hen a facelift

Greene King has overhauled packaging on the Old Speckled Hen family in a bid to “target the next generation of discerning beer enthusiasts with a contemporary design”.

Tesco supports British hop growers with own-label beer

Tesco is fighting back against the invasion of Americanised beers by launching an own-label brew that supports the British Hop Association.

Non-alcoholic beer grows in popularity in the UK

Non-alcoholic beer is growing in popularity among British drinkers as one in seven bought into the category in the past year, according to new Mintel figures.

Banksy spy booth inspires Cheltenham Christmas beer

Street artist Bansky’s famous spy booth mural is the inspiration for a seasonal brew from Cheltenham independent Favourite Beers.

Tesco hires new Portugal and fortified wine buyer

Catherine Friend has joined the Tesco wine team as an assistant buyer and will be responsible for the fortified, Portuguese and wine-gift categories.

E-cigarettes are making smoking seem too sexy, say campaigners

Health campaigners have attacked the new raft of e-cigarette ads for making smoking seem sexy.