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Origin Wine stresses importance of auditing

South African supplier Origin Wine is celebrating after passing three crucial audits in the past week.

International Beer Challenge 2014 open for entries

The International Beer Challenge 2014 is now open for entries and a dedicated website has been launched to celebrate excellence in brewing.

LWF aims to "add value to the UK wine industry"

Thousands of guests at the upcoming London Wine Fair will receive a copy of a report called Carpe Vinum that investigates the challenges faced with attracting 18 to 35-year-olds to wine.

Estrella launches 50cl cans

Spanish lager producer Estrella Galicia has launched 50cl cans into the UK market and is targeting convenience and cash and carry channels.

Bargain Booze franchisees given bonuses

Bargain Booze and Thorougoods franchisees will share around £180,000 in bonuses under a reward scheme launched by owner Conviviality Retail.

Reducing the Strength: United to Protect Choice

Off Licence News is campaigning for legal clarity over the Reducing the Strength initiative after an alarming rise in the number of councils banning retailers from selling various drinks.

Reducing the Strength: Chaos Reigns

Representatives from more than 40 councils attended a conference hosted by Suffolk Police this week with a view to implementing a ban on “super-strength” products in their areas.

Reducing the Strength: In a Policy Spin

It’s clear that ordinary retailers across the country are coming under great pressure to remove “super-strength” beers and ciders from their shelves.

Mangrove uproots

Premium spirits supplier Mangrove has broken away from parent company Coe Vintners to create an independent firm dedicated to driving value into the spirits market.

Back trade bid to end duty escalator

Readers still have time to back OLN’s push to get the duty escalator scrapped in this year’s Budget, as the industry’s efforts to influence the chancellor intensify before his March 19 announcement.

Cave to head up Morrisons wine team

Morrisons has appointed Phil Cave to head up its wine team following the departure of Andrew Turner.

Penfolds releases 2014 Bin Series

Australian winery Penfolds has released its 2014 Bin Series into the UK market as it celebrates its 170th birthday.

Heineken vows to bring back banned Cantona ad

Heineken has vowed to bring Kronenbourg’s Hero Hop Farmers of Alsace back to TV screens after revising an ad that was banned for falsely implying the beer was brewed in France.

Microbrewery teams up with drinks giant for new beer

A Hackney microbrewery has teamed up with multinational drinks giant Pernod Ricard to create a limited-edition stout aimed at the St Patrick’s Day market.

Blend your own Bordeaux with Berry Bros

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving consumers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing an agency deal with start-up company Viniv.

Ab-Inbev moves into spirit beers

AB-InBev has launched a rum-flavoured beer called Cubanisto to capitalise on the burgeoning market for spirit infused beers.

Provenance key to wine's success

The wine trade will succeed if it fights off the threat of innovative rival categories by keeping ranges fresh, pushing new varietals and highlighting wine’s provenance, according to a leading supplier.

Ehrmann's predicts star turns

Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and France will be the star performers in the wine world this year, according to Ehrmann’s.

Plea for cider aid after flooding

North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has submitted an early day motion asking Parliament to debate the merits of scrapping the duty escalator on cider.

Vin de France puts faith in 87 wines

The body that represents pan-French appellation Vin de France has picked 87 wines to represent the country this year.

PLB takes on Western Australian winery

PLB has added Western Australian winery Capel Vale to its portfolio and will distribute a four-strong range across the UK.

Memorial service for Michael Cox announced

A memorial service for Michael Cox will take place at Southwark Cathedral on Thursday, April 10.

Portugal's D&F Wines goes upmarket

A Portuguese wine company is launching a premium range of estate-grown wines after more than 30 years supplying the volume end of the market.

Four Loko producer hits back at Portman

A Chicago drinks maker has hit back at the Portman Group after it was banned from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.

Heineken to spend £100m on 2014 ad campaigns

Heineken is spending £100 million on marketing a wide range of new and existing brands in 2014 as it embarks on its “biggest innovation year ever”.

Jagermeister funds seven-figure push into off-trade

Jägermeister will hit TV screens for the first time ever next month as part of a £3 million ad campaign designed to boost its off-trade sales.

Portman Group bans Four Loko

The Portman Group has banned Chicago drinks maker Phusion Projects from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.

Amarula launches Gold

Amarula cream liqueur is set to launch its first new product in 25 years – Amarula Gold, a clear golden 30% abv spirit.

Black Tower bucks lower-alcohol wine decline

Reh Kendermann’s 5.5% abv B by Black Tower grew 52% in 2013, bucking a decline in the lower-alcohol wine market.

Michael Cox's Taittinger collection to be auctioned for charity

Before he died last week, wine industry doyenne Michael Cox donated his limited-edition collection of Taittinger Champagne to drinks trade charity The Benevolent.

Bid to make Moscato this season's must-have

Californian wine supplier Gallo aims to make Moscato this season’s must-have varietal with the launch of two new wines and a £1 million ad campaign.

Gallo targets independents with record selling vodka

Gallo is targeting independent retailers with New Amsterdam vodka, the first spirits brand to sell 1 million cases within its first year in the US.

Diageo slammed for linking alcohol to toughness

Diageo has been warned that its future advertising must not link alcohol with daringness or toughness after the watchdog banned a Captain Morgan ad featuring a daredevil buccaneer. 

Thatchers blends 458 different apples

Thatchers has released a limited edition cider made from 458 different types of apple grown in a single orchard.

Co-op launches Fairtrade promotion

Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday (Feb 24) and the Co-op is offering 20% off many of its own-brand range to celebrate 10 years of Fairtrade wine.

The late, great Michael Cox: his last big interview

Industry legend Michael Cox has died following a battle with cancer and twin brother David has led tributes to “an amazing man”.

Scotch Whisky Association fights to scrap MUP plans

The Scotch Whisky Association has vowed to fight tooth and nail to see the proposed minimum unit pricing policy axed in Scotland.

Wines of Chile's Michael Cox dies

Wines of Chile’s European director Michael Cox has died after a battle with cancer.

Budweiser asks football fans to Rise as One

AB Inbev aims to reach 43 million UK consumers with a marketing campaign promoting Budweiser’s sponsorship of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Diageo launches new Ciroc variant

Diageo has launched a peach variant of super-premium vodka brand Ciroc.

Diageo urges Britain to remain in EU

Diageo has warned that Britain leaving the EU could lead to dwindling Scotch whisky exports and impede the UK’s economic recovery.

Comedian Danny Wallace to release beer

Comedian Danny Wallace has created a new beer in collaboration with the recently reopened east London brewery Truman’s.

New boss for Let There Be Beer campaign

The team behind the Let There Be Beer campaign has hired a former Accolade, Diageo and LVMH marketing boss to spearhead the initiative.

Revolutionary rum lands in the UK

A small-batch rum inspired by a Filipino revolutionary has hit the UK off-trade after Glasgow-based supplier Marblehead signed a distribution deal with Bleeding Heart Rum Company.

Tesco expands wine team

Tesco has bolstered its wine team by plucking Charlotte Lemoine from the shop floor at Majestic and turning her into an assistant product developer.

Make your own wine with Berry Bros

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving wine lovers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing up start-up company Viniv.

On-pack promotion for Brazilian wine

Consumers can win a trip for two to Brazil in a new on-pack promotion launched by the nation’s generic body.

New boss at Imperial Tobacco

Melvin Ruigrok has taken over as general manager at Imperial Tobacco’s UK arm.

Join the fight to end duty escalator

The industry’s ability to contribute more to the country’s economic recovery is being severely hampered by the government’s policy on alcohol tax, an exclusive OLN survey has shown.

"People are Pinot Grigio-ed and Sauvignon Blanc-ed out"

Accolade has reported double-digit growth in market-leading Australian brand Hardys and said the return to prominence of Chardonnay from Down Under will spur even greater progress.