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Bargain Booze expanding into Scotland

Bargain Booze is expanding into Scotland through a franchisee partnership with Scottish Midland Co-operative Society.

Toni & Guy and FWWS pair French wines with haircuts

The French Wines with Style campaign has teamed up with salon chain Toni & Guy to match wine styles with haircuts.

Rural crime wave costs Arran brewery £60,000

Vandals and thieves have caused more than £60,000 worth of damage after breaking into the Arran brewery’s new site in North Ayrshire three times in as many weeks.

Poll shows reasons for Christmas cheer

Retailers are confident they will enjoy a stronger Christmas trading period in 2014 than last year, citing an improving economy and a healthy year of sales as reasons for optimism.

Craft and niche distilleries are the future: suppliers

The explosion of niche, craft and esoteric distilleries opening around the country is set to continue – and they could even take share from bigger players, suppliers have said in OLN's Spirits Report.

Independents are top prospect for spirits

Independents are the best prospect for the spirits market, with 29% of suppliers polled in OLN's Spirits Report saying they have the most potential for the coming year.

Copycat own-labels threaten brands

proliferation of copycat own-labels in supermarkets is stealing share from the original brands and eroding their value, suppliers have warned.

Duty driving down spirits volumes: suppliers

High duty is the main reason UK spirits volumes are declining, suppliers have said in OLN's Spirits Report.

UK leads the way in spirits

The UK leads the way for the global spirits market when it comes to innovation, marketing and general sophistication, according to suppliers polled in OLN’s annual Spirits Report.

Public health minister praises drinks industry for hitting labelling targets

The public health minister has praised the drinks industry after a new report revealed it is hitting its targets for improving health labelling on alcohol products.

Tesco wine team cuts back on promotions to increase focus

Tesco is reducing the number of wines it will offer on promotion this Christmas as it seeks to simplify its offer and give consumers more focus.

Wine trade lawyer tells mistreated suppliers to call on grocery code

A wine trade lawyer has urged suppliers to complain to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice adjudicator if they feel mistreated by UK multiples in the wake of the Tesco £263 million “black hole” affair.

Ad watchdog backs self-regulation on alcohol marketing

The chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority has told an influential parliamentary committee that self-regulation offers better hope than legislation in tackling rogue online marketing activity on alcohol.

Symingtons set up online wine club

Two younger members of the Symington port dynasty have launched a UK-based online wine business.

Bargain Booze boss: off-licences lack imagination

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack boss Diana Hunter claims off-licences have become too “formulaic” but remains confident the sector can attract backing from the City for the right proposition.

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.