Home
Menu
FE Barber consolidates wine business

FE Barber has consolidated its Kingsland Wine & Spirits and Legacy Wines agencies under the name Kingsland in a bid to simplify the brand.

Bargain Booze owner in talks to buy rival stores

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has confirmed it is in talks to buy several Rhythm & Booze off-licences from rival Bibby Retail Services.

Christensen takes helm at Enotria

Enotria has appointed former Constellation and Accolade Wines boss Troy Christensen as its chief executive.

Wild Turkey hits the streets

Wild Turkey is heading to cities across the country as the bourbon appears in its first outdoor advertising campaign.

Arran brewery announces investment plans

Arran Brewery has earmarked £80,000 to triple its production output with a further £80,000 being invested to help it reach new international markets.

Kopparberg glides into M&S

Kopparberg has landed a listing with Marks & Spencer to become the only Swedish cider on its shelves. 

Sipsmith moves to increase capacity

Sipsmith has responded to increasing demand for its boutique gin by moving to a larger home on a residential street in Chiswick, west London.

Councils clamp down on "binge drinking hotspots"

Councils are using statistics on 999 callouts, hospital admissions and crime to ban retailers from selling alcohol in “binge-drinking hotspots”.

Brewdog unleashes Bottledog store on London

Brewdog is to open the first in its Bottledog chain of specialist beer shops next week.

Bargain Booze linked with move for rival

Costcutter owner Bibby Line Group could be ready to jettison its loss-making Rhythm & Booze off- licence chain to focus on its core convenience business.

Rosé wine sales may have "plateaued"

Rosé wine sales dropped 4% by volume, with value sales creeping up less than 1%, in the year to March 1 – behind both white and red wine, Nielsen has reported.

Pernod Ricard: stop neglecting blended Scotch whisky

Retailers will miss out on a huge growth opportunity if they continue to leave blended Scotch whisky in the shadow of single malt, according to a leading supplier.

Brazil beckons for one lucky OLN reader

Off Licence News has teamed up with Wines of Brazil to offer retailers the chance to win a trip to the South American nation.

Aldi boosts wine range

Aldi has upped the ante in the wine aisles with a range of entry-level products launched in time for the Easter rush.

Waitrose launches deli and wine trial

Waitrose is trialling a deli and wine offer to encourage shoppers to spend longer in its new-look BWS areas and explore the range.

Morrisons breaches alcohol advertising rules

Morrisons breached advertising laws by using a nursery rhyme likely to appeal to children when marketing its range of spirits.

Moët to sponsor Newmarket festival

Moët & Chandon will be the title sponsor at Newmarket Racecourse’s three-day July festival.   

Halewood launches cloudy cider

Halewood has launched an American-style cloudy apple cider in a bid to create a brand that can match Crabbie’s and Lambrini in scale.

Masters of Wine gear up for record breaking event

A record number of Masters of Wine will gather in Florence next month for the Institute’s eight international symposium.

Sambuca war ends in "confidential settlement"

Hi-Spirits has accepted a “confidential settlement” after taking Global Brands to the High Court for releasing a sambuca brand that breached EU law.

Scottish brewer rebranded as Black Wolf

Stirling-based Traditional Scottish Ales has relaunched under the name Black Wolf Brewery.

Black Sheep beers to get a revamp

North Yorkshire’s Black Sheep brewery is revamping its range of bottled ales.

Kronenbourg releases revised Cantona ad

Heineken is releasing a new version of its Kronenbourg ad starring ex-footballer Eric Cantona.

Champagne sales plummet in UK

Champagne shipments to the UK plummeted in 2013 as Britain struggled to emerge from the economic downturn and consumers opted for cheaper alternatives.

Liberty Wines certified carbon neutral

Liberty Wines has been certified carbon neutral by carbon management company Carbon Footprint.

Wine fair price cuts hit Brintex bottom line

London Wine Fair organiser Brintex has taken a hit to its own revenue in a bid to return the event to growth.

Scotch whisky needs political support

Scotch whisky exports remained flat at £4.3 billion in 2013 as surging sales in the USA made up for declines in Asian markets.

New Bargain Booze ad breaks

A new Bargain Booze ad debuts on ITV tonight after the retailer decided to shout about the range of deals it is offering its shoppers over Easter.

Eight retailers join trip to California

Eight retailers have been chosen to visit the Golden State on a wine buying trip in a promotion run by OLN and the Wine Institute of California.

Red Army vodka breaches ad rules

Red Army vodka, which is sold in a glass bottle shaped like a gun, has breached alcohol responsibility rules for its association with violence and aggression.

David Beckham attacked by charity over Diageo whisky deal

Alcohol Concern has attacked David Beckham for teaming up with Diageo to launch a single grain Scotch whisky because “it will send a confusing message” to underage fans.

Co-op converts 54 Marston's pubs

The Co-operative Group is turning 54 former Marston’s pubs into c-stores as the convenience channel continues to grow at the expense of rivals. 

Old Speckled Henry returns

Old Speckled Hen is returning to TV screens this month in a £2 million ad campaign featuring Henry the fox.

New trade focus for English wine

English Wine Week is increasing its emphasis on retailers this year.

Supermarkets' "obsession" with discounters threatens retail trade

Leading suppliers claim the major supermarkets’ “obsession” with discounters could risk the health of the sector if they fail to develop a point of difference in the face of growing competition.

Convenience stores eat BWS market share

The major multiples opened 291 new convenience stores in the past year and BWS sales in this channel are up 6.1% in volume and 9.1% in value to £1.7 billion (IRI, year to March 1).

Asda attacks C-stores over cheap beer deals

Asda has launched an attack on convenience stores for ruining the off-trade’s reputation by pushing high-abv beer and cider.

Majestic boss admits growth must speed up

Majestic’s boss has admitted it needs to accelerate growth after suffering a “disappointing setback” following an extended profit warning which caused its shares to plummet.

Minister steps in on strength issue

The minister for consumer affairs has promised to seek legal clarity for retailers who could be breaching competition law by stripping shelves of beers and ciders of a certain abv under Reducing the Strength schemes.

Cloudy Bay owner goes Off-Piste in France

Off-Piste Wines has teamed up with the man behind New Zeland’s iconic Cloudy Bay to launch a Bordeaux Sauvignon with a New World slant.

Concha y Toro targets double-digit growth

Concha y Toro UK has upped its marketing budget by 20% in a bid to drive double-digit growth in each of the next five years.

Freixenet celebrates sparkling's success

Market analyst Nielsen hailed sparkling wine the star performer of the drinks industry after another set of impressive growth figures, and the leading supplier thinks the category will only continue to go from strength to strength.

Rioja enjoys UK success

Wines of Rioja has reported that the region grew volume sales by 4% in the UK off-trade during 2013, outperforming a total wine category that was down 3% (Nielsen, year to December 7, 2013).

Westons plans new TV campaign

Westons will bring Stowford Press back to the small screen this summer after growing its market share to 4.1% on the back of its first TV campaign last year.

Beer and cider return BWS market to volume growth

A strong performance from beer and cider has seen the off-trade BWS market return to volume and value growth, according to new IRI data.

Australia's bid for fine wine dominance

Australia will go on to dominate all tiers of the UK wine market for years after surging ahead of rivals and muscling into fine wine, according to a leading supplier.

Enter the Benevolent Bake Off

The Benevolent is calling on cake enthusiasts to raise cash by entering its Bake Off.

Tobacco to go in plain packs

The government is to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products after an independent review found it could stop thousands of children from taking up smoking each year.

Minister calls for more local alcohol partnerships

A Home Office Minister has called for more local partnerships to tackle alcohol problems.

Sparkling wines topple spirits and RTDs

UK sparkling wine consumption has grown by 6 million bottles in five years, and UK drinkers are turning away from spirits and RTDs in favour of fizz, Wine Intelligence has reported.