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Bibendum and PLB merge

Bibendum Wine and PLB have announced plans to merge the businesses in a bid to become a one-stop shop for both on and off-trade retailers.

Marston's and Tesco launch Help for Heroes beer

Marston’s and Tesco have teamed up to launch a beer created by injured veterans that will raise funds for military charity Help for Heroes.

Calls for research into alcohol advertising ban

The UK government wants a future EU alcohol strategy to promote more research into the possible impact of restrictions on alcohol advertising, according to a top official at the Department of Health.

Trade bodies concerned about new licensing law guidance

Trade associations have slammed the government for forcing through a raft of changes to licensing law guidance that will embolden draconian local councils.

Creative accounting 'no surprise' in retail

Former buyers have spoken out about the culture of “creative accounting” across the big retailers and warned more could have their practices scrutinised in the wake of the financial investigation at Tesco.

City slams shops for failure to act

Portsmouth council has attacked retailers for failing in their responsibilities and warned that “selling alcohol is a privilege, not a right”.

European wineries unite

Nine wineries from across Europe have joined forces to promote the Old World’s heritage through a series of collaborations.

Tesco profits drop 92%

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent is to step down after the supermarket revealed the “black hole” in its accounts was even bigger than had been suspected and saw pre-tax profits plummet 92%.

Diageo to push luxury portfolio after Haig Club launch

Diageo aims to grow its luxury reserve portfolio from 12% of the business to 20% after launching the £45 rrp Haig Club whisky in partnership with David Beckham.

Rioja must hold price

Deep discounts risk denting the image of Rioja and wineries should resist cutting prices to shift surplus wine, according to Marques de Riscal.

Asda forced to recall exploding Prosecco bottles

Asda has been forced to recall its own-label Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry after bottles started exploding in stores and in customers’ homes.

Pernod Ricard sales dip 1% in Europe

Pernod Ricard posted a 1% sales dip in Europe during the first quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

McWilliam's family buys remaining shares from Gallo

Australian wine producer McWilliam’s is 100% family-owned once more after buying the remaining shares held by E&J Gallo.

Heineken blames the rain for sales slump

Heineken blamed wet weather for a 4.1% drop in revenues for Western Europe during the third quarter of 2014.

Brewdog announces second annual craft beer festival

Brewdog will serve 16 collaboration beers made in partnership with local breweries at each of its bars across the UK as its craft beer festival returns on October 25.

Status Quo beer sales pass million pint mark

Rockers Status Quo have passed a million sales for the first time since the 1970s after the millionth pint of the bands Piledriver ale was downed this week.

New look for Rudgate

North Yorkshire-based craft brewery Rudgate has given its bottled ale range a revamp.

Babycham releases new flavours

Babycham has added two flavoured variants to its range for the first time.

Greene King launches experimental brews in Tesco

Greene King has teamed up with Tesco to release four bottled beers designed to cater for growing interest in specialist brews and new flavours.

Pernod Ricard devotes marketing budget to Jameson, Chivas and Brancott Estate

Pernod Ricard has chosen three brands – Jameson, Chivas Regal and Brancott Estate – to focus its marketing efforts on in the run-up to Christmas.

William Grant launches Warninks White

William Grant has bolstered its advocaat range by launching Warninks White, a vodka liqueur with flavours of white chocolate and mint.

Diageo ad banned for appealing to children

The advertising watchdog has warned Diageo that future marketing must not appeal to children after it banned a Parrot Bay ad that was deemed to “appeal strongly to under-18s”.

Tesco confirms Dan Jago suspension

Tesco has confirmed it has suspended global head of BWS Dan Jago over the £250 million accounting scandal.

"2014 could be best Bordeaux vintage since 2010"

The 2014 Bordeaux vintage should be “as good as, if not better than 2006”, according to a leading producer.

E-cig brand V2 targets UK off-trade

One of the world’s largest online e-cig suppliers is making a concerted push into the UK off-trade with a range of cartridges, pens, pipes and liquids.

Chivas Brothers confident Scotch whisky will return to growth

Chivas Brothers said it is confident in long-term growth potential for Scotch whsiky after announcing production will start at its new distillery later this month.

Number of UK wineries hits 20-year high

The number of UK wineries has risen to a 20-year high after 46 budding vignerons registered with HMRC in the past year.

Henry Westons launches bag-in-box mulled cider

Westons has launched a mulled version of its Henry Westons cider in bag-in-box.

Summer drinkers opt for ale and spirits as lager and cider sales dip

Lager and cider suffered dwindling sales over the summer months as shoppers turned to spirits and ales instead, according to the latest Nielsen data.

Tesco probe may aid supplier relations

Suppliers have had their hopes raised of less one- sided relationships with the major supermarkets in the wake of the controversy over Tesco’s accounts.

OLN challenges Reducing the Strength in Brussels

Off Licence News has taken its fight for legal clarity over Reducing the Strength schemes to the European Commission.

Younger generation falling for Bordeaux wine

The quality of Crus Bourgeois wine is improving each year and bringing younger consumers into the Bordeaux category, according to retailers.

Rioja focuses on independent wine merchants

Wines of Rioja is redistributing its marketing budget to focus on independent retailers and the on-trade as it seeks to push into more premium tiers.

Australian wine increases lead over its rivals

Australia continues to pull away from its closest rivals as the UK’s favourite wine producer after value sales grew 2% to £1.1 billion (Nielsen, year to July 19).

Office worker's beer hits Waitrose shelves

Office worker Graham Nelson first tried making beer a year ago, but today the beer he originally crafted in his kitchen went on sale at Waitrose.

10 vintages in latest Glenrothes addition

Berry Bros & Rudd has released a new whisky made from 10 vintages of aged spirit from its Glenrothes distillery on Speyside.

Sparkling wine category surges past £500 million mark

Sparkling wine is now worth £510 million to the UK retail trade after sales grew 19% in the past year (Nielsen, 52 weeks to July 19).

The Whisky Shop moves into e-commerce

Specialist retailer The Whisky Shop has launched a new e-commerce website in a bid to transport its “bricks and mortar flagship store concept into the online world”.

Girvan Patent Still launches fourth expression

William Grant & Sons is set to release the fourth expression of The Girvan Patent Still single grain Scotch whisky.

Gordon & MacPhail marks new era with whisky bottling

Gordon & MacPhail is to release a series of private bottlings to mark the transition of the family-owned firm to a new generation.

Co-op grows range for autumn

The Co-operative has added three new wines to its Truly Irresistible range.

Fine wine and Champagne sales soar at Waitrose

Waitrose said sales of fine wine and Champagne are up 7% this year compared to the same period in 2013.

Conviviality hires Spar fresh food boss in bid to improve range

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail will expand its food range after hiring Spar’s head of fresh food Andrew Dorricott to head up its non-licensed products team.

Tesco wine team member joins Concha y Toro

Tesco category manager Andy Gale has moved over to the supplier side of the drinks trade by joining Concha y Toro UK as head of new business and technical development.

The Benevolent Northern Ball adopts 007 theme

Drinks industry members are invited to spend a night in Double O Heaven as The Benevolent’s Northern Ball pays homage to James Bond this November.

William Grant brings New York's Hudson whiskey to the UK

William Grant has launched the first whiskey produced in New York state in 80 years into the UK market.

Government and trade dismiss report calling for minimum unit pricing

Researchers at Sheffield University have argued that putting a minimum unit price of 45p on alcohol would be 50 times more effective than the current ban on below-cost selling.

Pernod Ricard launches Absolut Cherrys

Pernod Ricard has added a cherry variant to premium vodka brand Absolut in a bid to build on 28% sales growth (Nielsen, May 24, 2014).

Tesco adds five bag-in-box wines to Finest range

The Tesco wine team has bolstered its range with five new 1.5 litre bag-in-box wines launched under its Finest banner.

Consumers have little love for own-label beer, wine and spirits

Retailers must add credibility to own-label alcohol by improving quality and value as it enjoys the least consumer love of any category in FMCG, according to research firm Datamonitor Consumer.