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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).

Sherry Cask Reserve release from Glenrothes

Speyside distiller Glenrothes has released its first single malt from all-first-fill sherry casks.

Jim Beam Maple gets a UK release

Jim Beam has given a UK launch to a Maple style of the well-known bourbon brand, nearly a year after it was launched in the US.

Naked Grouse reveals all in new look

Maxxium UK has given a packaging revamp to Naked Grouse, the small batch blend from the Edrington-owned Famous Grouse family.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality posts strong results

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail has reported a pre-tax profits increase of 31.5% for the financial year ending April 27.

New shop for Tanners

Tanners has opened a new shop in Shrewsbury’s Wyle Cop shopping centre.

First Drinks rebrands as William Grant & Sons UK

First Drinks has been renamed William Grant & Sons UK in a bid to reflect “the rich heritage of William Grant as one of the world’s finest distillers”.

Casillero del Diablo goes on a summer holiday

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo is doing a Cliff Richard and going on a summer holiday around the UK in a double-decker bus.

Tesco wine fairs target 15,000 consumers

Fifteen thousand shoppers are expected to attend Tesco’s annual wine fairs this autumn after the retailer moved the London leg to a larger venue at Earls Court to cope with increased demand.

Lakes Distillery launches first whisky blended from all British Isles

The Lakes Distillery has created what it believes is the first blend of whiskies from around the British Isles and launched it nationally through luxury department store Harvey Nichols.

Ex-Heineken director launches 2% abv fruity beer

A former Heineken director has set up his own drinks company and launched a beer blended with fruit and botanicals.

Glenmorangie launches "most exclusive" whisky

Glenmorangie has released a 34-year-old whisky called Pride 1978 that it describes as its “most exclusive” launch ever.

Robert Humphreys named Beer Drinker of the Year

Robert Humphreys was crowned Beer Drinker of the Year at the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group’s annual awards dinner last night.

Scotch Whisky Action Fund welcomes new chair

Political scientist Dame Joan Stringer has been appointed chair of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, a group set up by the industry to tackle alcohol abuse.

Alcohol industry praised by government over Responsibility Deal

The government praised the drinks industry after it voluntarily made six pledges to help the authorities tackle alcohol abuse and promote responsible drinking.