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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.

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.