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Six retailers lose licences in council clampdown

Six retailers have lost their licences and 10 more are under review after Newham council’s enforcement team blitzed the east London borough in a series of test purchasing stings.

Calls for "treatment tax" on off-trade alcohol sales

A “treatment tax” for helping alcoholics should be added to alcohol sold in the off-trade, according to think tank Centre for Social Justice.

Britain's most northerly distillery launches gin

Britain’s most northerly distillery has launched its first gin.

JTI trials tobacco test purchasing

Tobacco manufacturer JTI has sponsored a pilot test purchasing scheme to help retailers in the north west tackle under-age tobacco sales.

Alliance Wine signs up Valencian winery

Alliance Wine has signed up Valencia-based artisanal producer Celler del Roure.

"Have they had their tongues cut out?" Brewer hits back at report claiming Budvar, Heineken and Stella Artois taste the same

Czech brewer Budvar has hit back at a report claiming drinkers cannot taste the difference between Stella Artois, Heineken and its eponymous beer, writing it off as a prank from a notorious troublemaker.

'Stand your ground on high strength ban' urges expert

Retailers need to stand their ground and refuse to be bullied into adopting Reducing the Strength schemes by heavy-handed authorities, according to a licensing expert.

Scottish independence could mean double taxation

A “yes” vote for Scottish independence could leave the drinks industry out of pocket either side of the border, an excise specialist has warned.

Barwell & Jones adds 10 new names to wine portfolio

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has added 10 wineries from across the globe to its portfolio in a bid to build on 30% growth in the past year.

Multimillion-pound shot opportunity

The off-trade will enjoy a multimillion-pound boost if retailers create a clear shot category in the spirits fixture, according to a leading supplier.

Argentina faces rising costs for wine production

The cost of wine production will continue to soar in Argentina after the South American nation defaulted this month, according to a leading wine consultant.

Bowmore releases second batch of cult whisky

Islay distillery Bowmore has released the second batch of its limited-edition Devil’s Cask whisky.

Redesign and Mini prize for Greenall's

Quintessential Brands has redesigned the packaging for its Greenall’s gin brand and is promoting it with an on-pack competition to win a Mini Cooper.

Waitrose offers veggie food wine case

Waitrose Cellar has created what is claims is the perfect pre-selected case of wines for vegetarians.

Warner Edwards to add rhubarb gin

Northamptonshire-based boutique distiller Warner Edwards is launching a limited edition rhubarb gin on September 1.

Bidding war for Treasury Wine Estates

Treasury Wine Estates is at the centre of a bidding war after a second private equity group launched a £1.9 billion takeover bid for the Wolf Blass and Penfolds supplier.

Hendrick's gives away tea cups with gin

Hendrick’s is giving away its signature tea cups in a new gift pack called Dreamscape.

Waitrose knocks 25% off all wines

Waitrose is offering its customers 25% off all wines over this coming weekend.

Adnams hails retail arm after posting sales growth

Adnams said its shops are enjoying a “positive trend” as it announced a 29% in operating profits for the first half of 2014.

New £100 million distillery for The Macallan

Edrington has been given the green light for a £100 million redevelopment of its Macallan distillery near Craigellachie on Speyside.

Wine Australia to host London tasting in September

Wine Australia is returning to London this September for a free-pour showcase of 100 wines after hailing last year’s inaugural event a success.

Origin breaks the mould with Stormhoek Stack

South African producer Origin Wine has launched a 75cl bottle of wine separated into four ready-to-drink glasses that can be snapped apart upon opening.

Diageo bringing cocktail revolution into homes

Diageo is ramping up its bid to bring the cocktail revolution into shoppers’ homes after identifying a £340 million growth opportunity in the off-trade.

Drinks Retailing Awards deadline extended

The Drinks Retailing Awards 2015 entry deadline has been extended to August 8 to give retailers a final opportunity to win a prestigious gong.

Budweiser and Stella gaining market share, says AB-Inbev

AB-Inbev said it has grown UK sales by 8.1% in the first half of 2014, driven by market share gains for Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Diageo Great Britain posts 2% sales growth

Diageo Great Britain has announced a net sales growth of 2% over the past year, with Baileys and reserve brands such as Talisker and Ciroc leading the charge.

Berry Bros seeks to roll out wine club

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving its overhauled wine club a big push in a bid to broaden its reach and attract younger consumers.

Villa Maria launches virtual vineyard app

Villa Maria is launching a “virtual vineyard” app that allows wine lovers to discover more about New Zealand’s wine regions.

Kingstone Press launches shrink-wrapped multipacks

Kingstone Press is launching its canned apple ciders in a range of shrink-wrapped multipacks.

Tesco rapped by ad watchdog over beer promotion

The advertising watchdog has warned Tesco to sort out its promotional strategy after it broke advertising rules with a misleading deal on Hobgoblin ale.

Jagermeister ad banned

A Jagermeister ad featuring surfers riding extreme waves on a windswept Icelandic beach has been banned for linking alcohol to “tough and daring behaviour”.

Thirty gold medals awarded at International Beer Challenge 2014

Judges handed out 30 gold medals, 103 silvers and 170 bronzes at the International Beer Challenge 2014.

TV star Jimmy Doherty fronts Nederburg ads

TV presenter Jimmy Doherty will front a new ad campaign for Distell’s premium South African wine brand Nederburg.

Domaines Jones Blanc 2013 released following 2012 vandalism

Languedoc-Roussillon winemaker Katie Jones has continued her resurgence by releasing a 2013 Domaine Jones Blanc Grenache Gris Côtes Catalanes into the UK market.

Trivento teams up with Premiership rugby

Argentinian wine brand Trivento has signed a deal to sponsor Premiership rugby throughout the 2014-15 season.

Bargain Booze owner launches drinks superstore brand

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is launching a new drinks superstore called BB’s Warehouse that will stock a 400-strong range of wines.

Younger drinkers targeted by Bordeaux campaign

A new campaign promoting white Bordeaux is targeting younger generations of UK wine lovers.

Retailers urged to enter Drinks Retailing Awards 2015

Retailers are urged to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards 2015, which offer independents, specialists, convenience stores and major multiples from across the UK the chance to win coveted trophies and recognition among the leading lights of our dynamic industry. 

Trade begs for end to deep discounts

Deep discounts on wine are crippling the trade and must be stopped if it is to have a sustainable future, according to suppliers.

Prosecco warned to avoid deals or become "another cava"

Prosecco producers must maintain prices to guard against becoming “another cava”, UK agents have warned.

Conviviality Retail lays out expansion plans

Conviviality Retail plans to ramp up Bargain Booze’s expansion into the south east, roll out Wine Rack stores across the country, bolster its online offering and trial a larger- format store as it seeks to build on strong trading figures.

Street drinking review under way

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has commissioned a project that will examine street drinking to gain a clearer picture of the problem and review whether the industry should assist in providing solutions.

Innis & Gunn slams abv restrictions

Scottish beer brand Innis & Gunn has slammed Reducing the Strength schemes, claiming they are anti-competitive, a blow to consumers and a threat to the UK’s burgeoning craft beer market.

Concha y Toro reports surging sales

Cono Sur sales have shot up 77% in value in the past year on the back of a sponsorship of the Tour de France (Nielsen, year to June 26).

Pernod Ricard in row with Portman Group over rules breach

A row has erupted between Pernod Ricard and the Portman Group after it sent out a bulletin asking retailers not to order bottles of Pernod.

Tesco adds to Finest wine range

Tesco has added seven new wines to its premium Finest range.

Lidl launches aggressive Claret strategy

Lidl is mounting an aggressive assault on premium wine shoppers with a £12 million campaign designed to lure Claret lovers and fans of other iconic French labels into stores.

Greene King secures UK deal for Goose Island beers

Greene King is to take over UK distribution of beers for AB-Inbev’s US craft brewer Goose Island in October.

TV and digital ad for Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort is screening a new TV and digital ad in its Whatever's Comfortable campaign until August 18.

Heineken winning World Cup battle of brewers

Retailers have sold less beer and cider during the World Cup than the previous in 2010, with volumes down by 608,000 hl, according to Nielsen (six weeks to 28/6/14).