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English sparkling wine producer aims to raise £3 million to ramp up production

English sparkling wine producer Hambledon Vineyard aims to raise £3 million in a crowdfunding retail bond to increase production as it bids to sell 200,000 bottles a year by 2020.

Pimm's to launch 'spider'

Pimm’s is targeting the burgeoning fruit cider market with a new spirit cider – or “spider” – that blends the brand’s strawberry and cucumber flavours with British cider.

Waitrose and discounters winning wine wars

Waitrose and the discounters have been the biggest winners in still wine over the past year, significantly outpacing rivals’ sales and snatching their customers.

Diageo launches Guinness golden ale

Diageo is aiming to breathe life into its beer division by launching Guinness golden ale and backing the new brew with a £4.5 million ad campaign.

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago questions Prowein's value

Tesco’s recently reinstated global wine boss, Dan Jago, has questioned the commercial value of Germany’s Prowein trade show and urged producers to focus on more innovation.

Portman Group: partnership more effective than regulation

The head of the Portman Group says a partnership approach to issues around alcohol misuse between the industry and government has helped bring more lower-in-alcohol drinks to the market.

Scotch Whisky Association boss slams health lobby "disdain"

The boss of the Scotch Whisky Association has called on health campaigners to show “a little less disdain” for workers in the drinks industry.

Australia producing "best premium wines ever"

Australia is on the brink of a renaissance as it “bounces back” and is boosted by increasingly favourable exchange rates and “the best premium wines the country has ever made”, according to the trade.

New Aldi wine range to aid trade-up

Aldi has upped the ante in the aisles by releasing a set of £9.99 wines to trade its customers into higher price points.

Corks Out adds a sixth store

Cheshire chain Corks Out is set to open a sixth store as founder Ruth Yates focuses on a concept combining a shop and wine bar.

Frosty Jack's supplier hits back at street drinker stereotypes

The UK’s second largest cider producer has hit back after a homeless charity said its flagship Frosty Jack’s should be withdrawn from sale on public health grounds.

Sopexa makes port producer its first non-French client

Sopexa has added the first non-French brand to its portfolio after becoming a private agency that can represent estates from across the world.

Heineken urges stores to champion rugby World Cup

Retailers need to champion the 2015 Rugby World Cup in the absence of any major football tournaments this summer, according to a leading supplier.

Portugal grows UK wine sales after targeting independents

Wines of Portugal said it has increased exports to the UK by 23% in the past year after targeting independent wine merchants.

Watchdog to police alcohol ads on social media

Advertising regulators are planning to take action to prevent children being exposed to alcohol marketing on social media.

Chancellor cuts duty on beer, cider and spirits

The Chancellor announced a duty cut on beer, cider and spirits in today’s Budget speech.

Craft beer's soaring popularity recognised by ONS

The soaring popularity of craft beer and e-cigarettes has been recognised by the Office for National Statistics, which added them to the virtual shopping basket it uses to measure UK inflation.

Edinburgh brewer urges consumers to drink Scottish

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has launched its first-ever outdoor advertising campaign in its hometown to remind drinkers: “when in Rome, drink Italian lager…but you’re in Edinburgh”.

Wine Australia UK boss Laura Jewell MW to put focus back on consumers

Wine Australia’s new UK head Laura Jewell MW claims the country is on the brink of a renaissance as it “bounces back” with new wines and an increasingly favourable currency for export.

Cape Wine close to selling out

Wines of South Africa has sold 95% of exhibitor space for trade fair Cape Wine, six months before it begins in Cape Town.

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago linked with top job at Majestic

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago is rumoured to be in the frame for the top job at Majestic, Off Licence News can exclusively reveal.

Barry Dick MW joins Origin Wines from Accolade

Origin Wines has appointed Barry Dick MW to consult on its supply base.

Scotch whisky industry calls for tax break to revive flagging fortunes

The Scotch Whisky Association blamed excessive taxation after revealing the UK market for 70cl bottles of Scotch declined by almost 5% in 2014.

Ridgeview revamps range

English sparkling wine producer Ridgeview has given its entire range a makeover to mark its 20th anniversary this year.

Heineken aims to win over young adults with new Bulmers and Desperados flavours

Heineken has launched a pair of colourful drinks in a bid to draw more young adults into the beer and cider category.

Hogs Back craft lagers gain listings at supermarkets

Hogs Back Brewery has won listings for Montezuma’s chocolate lager and Hogstar craft lager Tesco and Booths.

Plain cigarette packaging: tobacco firms, retailers and lawyers slam move

Retailers, lawyers and the tobacco industry have condemned the Government’s decision to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes across the UK next year.

Heineken prevails over Alcohol Concern in advertising row

The advertising watchdog has dismissed a complaint from Alcohol Concern arguing that a Heineken TV ad encouraged excessive drinking and linked alcohol to social and sexual success.

Maxxium appoints new boss

Maxxium is promoting off-trade sales director Mark Riley to managing director after Huw Pennell left the position to take on a new role at parent company Edrington.

Wine supplier aims to cash in on barbecue season

Scottish supplier Inverarity Morton is aiming to cash in on the upcoming barbecue season with the launch of a range of wines called The Pitmaster.

Trade bodies ramp up campaign to cut alcohol duty

Trade bodies are ramping up their lobbying of parliamentary candidates by urging them to push for a duty cut on beers, wines and spirits.

Lords heap pressure on government over minimum pricing and tax reforms

A House of Lords committee has put minimum pricing back on the agenda, pressuring the UK government to fulfill its 2012 pledge to introduce the measure. 

New Zealand wine industry launches low-alcohol initiative

Villa Maria is launching a range of 9% abv wines in the UK market after the New Zealand government teamed up with producers to position the country as the world leader for lower alcohol wines.

Bargain Booze super-franchisee predicts golden dawn for convenience stores

A convenience store expert who has taken on 36 of the 37 stores Conviviality Retail bought from GT News last month believes off-licence owners can look forward to a golden future.

Dan Jago says there is "lots to do" after returning to Tesco

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago has spoken of his “delight” at support from the trade after his return to the retailer – and says he is pleased to be back.

MPs express support for 2% alcohol duty cut campaign

Politicians have heaped further pressure on the Competition & Markets Authority to ensure retailers are not being forced to sign up to illegal Reducing the Strength schemes.

Reducing the Strength: MPs ramp up calls for clarity

Politicians have heaped further pressure on the Competition & Markets Authority to ensure retailers are not being forced to sign up to illegal Reducing the Strength schemes.

Oddbins beer shop kicks off trials

Oddbins is moving beyond its wine heritage with the opening of a craft beer shop as it trials new formats to accelerate expansion.

Wine supplier expects price freeze for 2015

Improved freight costs and favourable currency movements mean that, for the first time in years, UK retailers will not be charged more for wine in 2015, according to a leading supplier.

Molson Coors moves on convenience sector

Molson Coors has pledged to ramp up its focus on the convenience channel after admitting beer and cider suppliers have not done enough to capitalise on the growing segment of the market.

Independent wine merchants can win on Portugal, says leading supplier

Independent wine merchants will have a field day selling Portuguese wine after supermarkets cut ranges to compete with discounters, according to a leading supplier.

Pernod Ricard committed to Jacob's Creek despite 15% sales slump

Pernod Ricard has affirmed its commitment to the Jacob’s Creek brand but said it will persist with a premiumisation strategy despite volume sales falling 15% (Nielsen, six months to January 2015).

Brighton craft beer store opening this month

Three hundred beers from around the globe will be on offer at a new Brighton store built from recycled and reclaimed materials from the local area.

New guidance issued for retailers asked to join Reducing the Strength schemes

Leading trade associations have teamed up to offer guidance and support for retailers asked to strip shelves of beer and cider above a certain abv as part of a Reducing the Strength scheme.

London Wine Fair will be 'most diverse in its 35 year history'

The organisers of the London Wine Fair have promised the May event will be the most diverse in its 35 year history and claim to have sold nearly all the exhibitor slots.

Champagne shipments to UK grow 6%

Champagne shipments to the UK grew 6.1% in 2014, cementing Britain’s position as the regions top export market, according to new Champagne Bureau figures.

Robert Parker: nobody will dominate wine criticism like I have

Robert Parker believes that nobody will ever dominate wine criticism like he has again, but played down his ability to make or break brands.

Gallo targets young adults with low-alcohol, fruity wine

Californian producer Gallo is seeking to win over young British adults that are scared of wine with a host of new fruity, easy-drinking, low-alcohol wines.

Thieves steal £80,000 worth of wine from West Sussex producer

Thieves broke into the warehouse at Bolney Wines Estate in West Sussex and made off with around 5,000 bottles of wine.

Diageo launches new Pimm's flavour

Diageo is launching Pimm’s Strawberry with a Hint of Mint and backing the new variant with a “six-figure” ad campaign.