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Treasury Wine Estates rejects takeover bid

Treasury Wine Estates has rejected a £1.7 billion takeover bid from private equity group Kohl Kravis Roberts.

Laithwaites, Majestic and Hedonism owners feature on Rich List

Drinks retailers enjoyed a strong showing on The Sunday Times Rich List published yesterday, with Tony and Barbara Laithwaite leading the charge.

Buckfast cans: the perfect BBQ accompaniment?

Buckfast will be sold in cans for the first time and the Benedictine monks that brew it in Devon hope they will be a hit with barbecue fans over the summer.

Fells adds Barolo producer to portfolio

John E Fells has added Barolo producer Renato Ratti to its portfolio.

Diageo makes whisky art of Masterchef finalists' faces

Diageo has commissioned food artist Nathan Wyburn to create portraits of the Masterchef finalists out of whisky grains, berries and honey to celebrate the final of the hit show this week.

Ab-Inbev targets women with Stella Artois Cidre Raspberry

AB-Inbev has released a new raspberry variant of Stella Artois Cidre in 33cl and 50cl bottles in a bid to attract more female consumers.

Diageo bids to revive wine category with Blossom Hill launches

Diageo claims its new Blossom Hill Sun-Kissed wines will “revive the wine category” by boosting sales and attracting new consumers.

Southern Comfort offers to put your mug on a mug

Southern Comfort has launched a marketing campaign called Go Drink Yourself! that encourages drinkers to create their own cocktails in a bid to win prizes.

Cloudy Bay teams up with Harvey Nichols

Cloudy Bay is hosting a sensory garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the second year running in a bid to teach consumers about the aromas and textures that make up the wine.

Brand Phoenix culls light wine in portfolio shake-up

Brand Phoenix has revamped its portfolio to focus on full-strength wines after admitting an over-reliance on the light wine category.

Former Cordoniu boss fears a price war

Codorniu’s former UK boss has warned against the threat posed by aggressive promotions, and of the need to develop more channel-specific products, as retailers’ market share battles intensify.

Rhythm & Booze all out of time

The sale this week of a batch of 26 Rhythm & Booze stores by Bibby Retail Services signalled the end of the road for the chain founded by the Swaine family in 1993.

Premium bottled ales: retailer exclusives cannibalising market

Sales of own-label premium bottled ale grew by almost a third in 2013 – but a

Jagermeister team on off-trade mission

Jägermeister plans to ramp up its push into the off- trade after setting up a UK subsidiary complete with 75 staff in Surrey.

Waitrose launches own-grown fizz

Waitrose has released the first bottles of a wine made from grapes grown in its vineyard in Hampshire.

“What wine goes with this dress?”

Nothing goes with a glass of Champagne quite like… a gold sequin jacket and a pair of lace trousers, according to the French wines with Style team.

Asda adds 30 low-alcohol beers and ciders to range

Asda has stepped up its commitment to helping cut the number of alcohol units sold by introducing nearly 30 new lower-strength products.

Tesco launches fine wine discount

The Tesco wine team is targeting fine wine lovers with a 15% off deal on more than 200 lines as part of a “spring clean” of its range.

Black Tower teams up with romcom

German brand Black Tower is set to launch a marketing campaign centred around British romantic comedy Walking on Sunshine.

Morrisons scraps wine site: the £100 million opportunity it was chasing must seem increasingly hard to snare

It was only a matter of time before Morrisons’ board-level woes impacted on its drinks team’s aspirations.

Cava plans new classification system

The association responsible for promoting Cava is introducing a new classification to emphasise the range and diversity of the Spanish fizz and encourage shoppers to trade-up.

Oddbins launches own-label pale ale

Oddbins has teamed up with Compass Brewery in Oxfordshire to launch an own-label pale ale called Oddbins No.2.

New Waitrose wine site: “We aim to be one of the key players in volume and quality”

Waitrose has launched a specialist wine e-commerce site called Waitrose Cellar.

McWilliam's rebrands to make Australian wine more exciting

Australian supplier McWilliam’s has revamped its entire portfolio to offer the UK market improved packaging and extra higher tier wines.

Arran Brewery makes bid for Bladnoch

Scotland’s Arran Brewery has made a bid for the Lowland distillery Bladnoch which entered receivership in March.

Thatchers invests in £6.5m campaign to continue growth

Thatchers is investing in a £6.5 million marketing campaign that sees it on TV screens until September and sponsoring the Glastonbury music festival in June.

Morrisons axes wine site

Morrisons has abandoned dedicated wine site Morrisonscellar.com, which it launched with great fanfare in 2012 in a bid to add £100 million to the retailer's wine category.

Kilchoman to release fourth edition of 100% Islay

Family-owned farm distillery Kilchoman will release a new edition of its 100% Islay barley-to-bottle whisky brand next Monday.

Bloom gin launches Strawberry Cup for summer

Quintessential Brands has launched a version of its Bloom premium gin that has been steeped in fresh strawberries.

English wine producers celebrate record harvest

English vineyards produced a record 33,384 hl in the 2013 harvest, equating to almost 4.5 million bottles.

Supermarket own label wines clean up at IWC

Supermarket own-brand wines scooped 360 medals at the International Wine Challenge, with Marks & Spencer leading the pack with 138 gongs.

Campo Viejo gets streetwise to boost Spanish wine

Campo Viejo hosted a Streets of Spain festival in London in a bid to build on growth that has seen it catapult into the top 15 wine UK brands.

AB Inbev posts narrow UK volume sales growth

AB-Inbev has reported volume sales grew 0.6% over the past quarter in the UK market.

Conviviality Retail reports flat sales at Bargain Booze

Retail sales at Bargain Booze stores were flat in the past year but owner Conviviality Retail expects full year earnings to be “slightly ahead of expectations”.

"Got any ID?" New cards make dreaded question easier

Alcohol retailers can benefit from a new Pass 18 card being launched next month that aims to stamp out underage sales.

Convenience store channel can add £200 million to wine sales

Convenience store owners have been urged to stock more wine in the £6-£8 category to help add £200 million to the convenience channel in the next five years.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality buys 26 Rhythm & Booze stores

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail’s off-licence empire continues to expand as the group bought 26 Rhythm & Booze stores for £1.7 million.

Codorniu confirms UK commitment as Mantella quits

Grupo Codorníu director Javier Pages has moved to reassure retailers of its commitment to the UK after it announced head Nick Mantella was stepping down.

Tio Pepe En Rama 2014 reaches UK

The 2014 release of Tio Pepe Fino En Rama has arrived in the UK, a week after it was bottled on April 21.

Heineken backs Old Mout launch with £3m campaign

Heineken is running a £3 million marketing campaign to back the launch of New Zealand cider Old Mout.

SHS launches into 'spiders' with amaretto cider

SHS Drinks has launched an amaretto-flavoured cider which it hopes will build on the popularity of the spirit-flavoured beer category.

Australian wine prices could rise after short harvest

Australian wine prices could be pushed up amid fears frost will lead to a short harvest down under.

Lambrini ad banned

The ASA has banned a Lambrini ad for promoting the message that alcohol is key to social success.

Minimum unit pricing battle referred to EU court

The Scotch Whisky Association’s legal battle with the Scottish government over minimum unit pricing has been referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Steve Barton returns with coconut water

Steve Barton, former director of wine supplier Brand Phoenix, is targeting the off-trade with a new brand of coconut water.

Iron Maiden beer given new format

Robinsons has launched 33cl bottles of Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale as the Cheshire brewery seeks to build on the success of the bestselling beer in its history.

Diageo launches Smirnoff frozen pouches and sorbets

Diageo has launched a range of Smirnoff sorbets and frozen pouches and is giving away 1,000 freezers to convenience stores to encourage trial.

Brewdog: "the Portman Group is a gloomy gaggle of killjoy jobsworths"

Brewdog has responded with typical insouciance after breaching the Portman Group’s alcohol marketing rules for its Dead Pony Club pale ale.

Tesco reshuffles beer and cider team

Jack Marland has taken over as lager buying manager at Tesco as part of a reshuffle of the beer and cider team at Britain’s largest retailer.

Alcohol industry cuts 250 million units

The drinks industry is on course to honour its pledge to strip a billion units of alcohol from the market by 2015, according to new government figures.