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French Wines with Style ramps up digital focus

The French Wines with Style campaign has put digital marketing at the heart of its 2014 campaign in a bid to show off the best Gallic wines to increasingly web-savvy consumers.

Tesco reinvents classic beers for new range

Tesco is launching an exclusive range of beers after giving the five regional brew-masters at Marston’s free reign to create experimental brews for the retailer.

Retailers urged to wean themselves off discounts

Brands that have not had much exposure to discounting can help retailers push up the average price of a bottle of wine and shake off reliance on promotions, according to a leading supplier.

Diageo tips Gordon's Elderflower to dominate category

Diageo hopes that the new elderflower variant of Gordon’s gin will eventually account for more than a tenth of the brand’s sales.

New Budvar sales chief outlines growth plan

Budvar’s new UK sales director plans to grow the business by pushing 33cl cans, price-marked packs, the super-premium Budvar Premier Select and an alcohol-free beer.

The Benevolent to host London Wine Fair party

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has teamed up with the organisers of the London Wine Fair to put on a party at Kensington Roof Gardens on the final day of the fair.

California on the upswing

Californian wine is “on the upswing” in the UK market, according to one of the golden state’s most celebrated producers.

Rivals put boot into Heineken over Cantona ad

Advertising watchdogs have banned ads for Kronenbourg featuring ex-footballer Eric Cantona because they falsely implied the beer was made in France.

Broadleaf wines launched into off-trade

International Brands has launched a new range of nine varietal wines under the Broadleaf banner.

McWilliam's transfers from PLB to Kingsland

McWilliam’s has announced that distribution rights for the core McWilliam’s brand have been transferred from PLB to Kingsland Wine & Spirits.

WKD to ramp up price-marking

WKD is making price-marked 70cl bottles of Blue, Iron Brew and Green available in cash and carries from the end of February.

Wine school for the intimidated

A former buyer for Venus, Bibendum and the Antique Wine Company has set up a wine school targeting people who feel intimidated by the subject.

Gordon's launches elderflower gin

Diageo is introducing an elderflower version of its Gordon’s gin. The launch follows that of Gordon’s Crisp Cucumber a year ago.

£1m prize in Crabbie's Grand National promotion

Halewood International is offering a £1 million first prize in an on-pack competition on Crabbie’s in the run up to the Grand National, which is sponsored by the alcoholic ginger beer brand.

New brews mark 140 years for Batemans

Lincolnshire family brewer Batemans has rebranded with a contemporary new look and a range of unusual new craft beers to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

Dark Star teams up with Saltaire

Two British craft breweries have teamed up to produce a pair of European beers.

Highland Park launches Freya

Orkney distillery Highland Park has released the third whisky in its Valhalla Collection, inspired by the Norse gods.

Wine Society names new buyer

Amathus buyer Sarah Knowles has joined the Wine Society.

Taxi ads for No 3 gin

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched an ad campaign for its No 3 London Gin in London taxis.

London wine merchant expands

London wine merchant Bottle Apostle has announced it will open its third store in Clapham next month.

Supermarkets convert hundreds of pubs into stores

CAMRA has taken a swipe at major retailers for converting hundreds of pubs into local stores as the race to dominate the lucrative convenience channel hots up.

Dress made out of cork takes centre stage on awards night

OLN editor Rosie Davenport wowed guests at the Drinks Retailing Awards last night by taking to the stage in a dress made out of cork.

Drinks Retailing Awards: winners revealed

Industry legend Cliff Roberson was the toast of the Drinks Retailing Awards last night, as he scooped the Independent Wine Merchant of the Year gong and followed it up with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Independent French producers target terroir-loving UK

Independent French winegrowers have identified the UK as a market where consumers are moving towards premium, terroir-driven wines and they aim to capitalise on the trend.

Hooch given the Bo Selecta treatment

Global Brands has hired comedian Keith Lemon to front an ad campaign for lemon-flavoured RTD Hooch.

Valentine's limited-edition for Lambrini

Halewood has launched a limited-edition Valentine's bottle of Lambrini Original that will sell in Tesco and Morrisons this month.

Wine Society launches Vintage Cellar Plan

The Wine Society’s buyers will select wines that benefit from ageing and send them out to subscribers under a scheme called the Vintage Cellar Plan. 

SH Jones continues expansion

SH Jones Wines has added to its growing empire by snapping up the wholesale and retail arm of Stevens Garnier.

Pernod Ricard hails UK as innovation hotspot

Pernod Ricard has hailed the UK as a ripe breeding ground for innovation after launching two global exclusives in the market.

Mateus quits flask shape for new blends

Mateus is moving away from its distinctive flask-shaped bottle with the launch of a new dual varietal wine range.

Suppliers and retailers praise Australia tasting

Cambridge Wine Merchants owner Hal Wilson lauded the quality of recent Australian vintages after attending Wine Australia’s annual tasting.

Thatchers lands Down Under

Somerset cider brand Thatchers has landed Down Under after signing a contract with Australian brewery Coopers to distribute Thatchers Gold to the on- and off-trades.

Diageo's reserve portfolio shows strong growth

Diageo Great Britain’s reserve brand portfolio grew 24% in the six months, driving a 1% rise in overall sales at the British arm of the world’s largest spirits supplier.

Grey is the new pink

Grey is the new pink, according to Vranken Pommery.

Drinks companies in sponsorship pledge

Drinks producers have committed to promoting responsible drinking at sponsored events in the widest ever partnership between producers, retailers, rights holders and representatives of sport, music and venues.

Premium addition for Les Dauphins

Rhône producer Cellier des Dauphins has added a premium “cru” level, rrp £9.99, to its Les Dauphins brand.

Upham marks anniversary with seasonal brew

Hampshire’s Upham Brewery is celebrating a year of record-breaking sales by recreating seasonal ale First Drop – the beer it brewed to mark the opening of its new state-of-the-art brewery a year ago.

Striking launch from Paul Mas

Arrogant Frog producer Les Domaines Paul Mas is set to launch a new range called Striking French.

Travel bursaries launched for Portugal tasting

Wines of Portugal is offering travel bursaries to help 20 independent retailers get to the annual tasting on March 5.

Diageo dodges rap over "violent" Baileys ad

Diageo escaped a rap on the knuckles from the advertising watchdog after viewers complained about Baileys ads featuring a woman kicking a man in the face.

Marblehead to distribute Ypióca cachaça

Marblehead has signed a deal with Diageo to distribute Brazil’s leading cachaça brand Ypióca in the UK and Ireland.

Sainsbury's chief to step down

Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King is to step down after a decade in charge.

Birmingham considers Reducing the Strength campaign

Birmingham’s director of public health has urged Britain’s second city to adopt the Reducing the Strength campaign pioneered in Ipswich.

UK beer sales grow again

Off-trade beer sales grew 3.9% in the final quarter of 2013, leaving the overall British beer in growth for two consecutive quarters for the first time in a decade.

What will the wine trade look like in 2034?

The wine industry must innovate to stave off the growing threat of craft beer, flavoured cider and cocktails over the next 20 years, according to Wine Intelligence.

US craft beers land at Tesco

The Winery Exchange has gained listings at Tesco for two US craft beers from its Roscoe’s Hop House range.

Hobgoblin promotes cask ale with bottles

Hobgoblin is using bottled beers to promote cask ale.

Lambrini cuts abv and calories in Luci

Halewood International has relaunched Lambrini Light with a new lower abv of 3.5%, just 29 calories per 12.5cl serving and redesigned labels – under the name Luci by Lambrini.

Strong sales driving a return to ale's heyday

The ale category is firmly on course to return to the glory days of the 1980s after enjoying strong sales growth over Christmas, according to a leading supplier.

Maori tribe releases award-winning wines into UK

A Maori tribe that has farmed the same land for 800 years has launched a range of wines into the UK market after scooping a bunch of medals in New Zealand.