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LWF launches travel bursaries

The London Wine Fair has set aside a £40,000 pot to help independent wine merchants and sommeliers from around the UK with travel and accommodation costs.

Tsingtao launches cinema ads

Halewood International has launched a cinema ad campaign for Tsingtao.

Trinchero sets up UK distribution business

California’s fourth-largest winery has ended a decade-long supply deal with PLB to set up its own UK distribution business.

Absolut launches Brazilian limited-edition

Pernod Ricard has released a limited-edition flavoured vodka called Absolut Karnival that is infused with passionfruit and orange blossom.

Drinkaware overhauled after audit criticises charity

Drinkaware has overhauled its board, resolved to forge stronger relationships with the health lobby and pledged to become more independent from the drinks industry after a damning audit.

New Zealand winemakers challenged to justify high prices

Wines of New Zealand boss Philip Gregan has challenged his nation’s winemakers to justify the expensive price tags their bottles command by producing the best wines in the world.

Champagne shipments drop 1.5%

Champagne shipments dropped 1.5% to 304 million bottles in 2013, but the generic body called it a “satisfactory result” amid difficult economic conditions in Europe.

Brancott Estate releases three new wines

Pernod Ricard will release three new wines under New Zealand brand Brancott Estate this summer in a bid to show the diversity the Marlborough region can offer.

Asda's £10 Champagne breaks into top five brands

Asda’s exclusive label Pierre Darcys Champagne fought its way into the UK’s five-bestselling Champagne brands over Christmas after the retailer slashed its price to £10.

BWS returns to growth over Christmas period

Drinks retailers enjoyed a relatively strong Christmas trading period as BWS volume sales grew by the slightest of margins.

Actor Sam Neill buys fourth New Zealand vineyard

Hollywood actor Sam Neill has bought a fourth vineyard in Bannockburn, Central Otago.

Dark n Stormy now comes in a can

Bermuda rum producer Gosling’s has launched a pre-mixed can of Gosling’s Dark n Stormy cocktail – made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer.

William Grant announces off-trade WSET scholarship

William Grant & Sons has created a scholarship to give off-trade workers the chance to study spirits at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, in honour of former prestige retail manager Ian Murray.

Bargain Booze owner reports strong Christmas

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail enjoyed a strong Christmas trading period as like-for-like franchisee retail sales grew 2.8% in the two weeks to January 5.

Three-for-£10 finally axed by Asda

Asda has axed its controversial three-for-£10 wine promotion after admitting it had become impossible to maintain quality and deliver profit.

New wine tax brand plea

Australian Vintage claims wines with an abv of up to 10.5% would account for a third of wine sold in the UK if the government introduced a new tax band.

Lower alcohol wine sales nosedive

Volume sales of wine at 5.5% abv and under are down 12% over the past year.

Call for Australian wine funding boost

Leading players in the UK trade are calling on the Australian government and Wine Australia to boost funding for the body’s UK arm so it can keep competing against rival countries.

Call for "world beer" classification

A supplier has urged the beer industry to devise a proper classification system to prevent the trade using the tag “world beers” to describe drinks brewed in the UK.

Red C cider rebrands

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has relaunched its Red C cider with a new-look pack.

Diageo launches stylish Guinness TV ad

Guinness has signed up a Congolese fashion cult called the Sapeurs to star in its colourful new TV ad.

Enotria's game for Fowles Wine

Enotria has signed up an Australian producer who makes wines designed to be drunk with game.

Benevolent chairman in football club challenge

Benevolent chairman Chris Porter is to visit all 91 league football grounds in the UK in two weeks, using only trains, trams and a push-bike to raise cash for the trade charity. 

Boisset, Duboeuf team up to buy Beaujolais vineyards

Three major Beaujolais producers have teamed up to buy vineyards in a bid to secure a long-term future for producers in the region.

South Africa reports record wine exports

The South African wine industry exported a record 5.52 million hl in 2013.

Suntory buys Beam for £9.7 billion

Japanese supplier Suntory Holdings has bought US group Beam in a £9.7 billion deal that creates the world’s third-largest spirits company.

C&C Group workers threaten industrial action

Workers at C&C Group’s Shepton Mallet cider plant are threatening industrial action after a row over pay.

Liberty snaps up Montes

Chilean winery Viña Montes has left PLB and signed up Liberty Wines as its UK distributor.

Aperol teams up with Manchester United

Italian liqueur Aperol has become Manchester United’s official spirits partner and will feature on digital advertising boards at home matches until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat to open London office

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat is ramping up its focus on the UK market by setting up a London office in the Old Truman’s brewery in Shoreditch.

Scotland to axe public health tax on supermarkets

Scotland will axe the public health supplement tax it imposes on supermarkets that sell alcohol and tobacco when it expires in 2015.

Supermarkets attacked for selling booze next to sweets

Supermarkets have come under fire from the Home Office for selling alcohol next to sweets and school uniforms.

Hungarian wine sales grow at supplier

Bottle Green has increased volume sales of Hungarian wine by 62% in the past year and is now developing its own range to build on the growth.

Marblehead signs up ginger liqueur

Marblehead has signed up French ginger liqueur Domaine de Canton, made with fresh baby ginger from Vietnam.

Enotria takes on Australian winery

Enotria has added boutique Australian winery Burch Family Wines to its portfolio.

Trade hits back in row over scrapping of MUP

Trade bodies have hit back after the British Medical Journal accused lobbyists of killing minimum unit pricing through a “cosy” relationship with Government.

Majestic buoyant after strong Christmas growth

Strong sales of South African Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec drove a 5.9% rise in sales over the Christmas period at Majestic.

Leading wine merchant Richard Tanner dies

Richard Tanner, one of Britain’s leading wine merchants, has died following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Alcohol industry and Government accused of being "too cosy"

The drinks industry has been accused of enjoying too “cosy” a relationship with the government in a report on the collapse of minimum unit pricing.

E-cigarette brand vows to make tobacco obsolete

E-cigarette brand Njoy has vowed to banish tobacco to the history books after gaining listings in 15,000 stores this month.

Tesco opens alcohol-free Express store

Tesco has opened an alcohol-free convenience store in Newcastle upon Tyne after the city’s licensing boss launched a clampdown on off-licences in the area.

Former Jessops boss joins Conviviality

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed former Jessops boss David Adams as chairman as part of a boardroom shake-up.

US craft vodka to launch

Hi-Spirits is set to launch Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a six-time pot distilled vodka from Texas.

New look and IPA for US craft brew Fordham

US craft beer range Fordham has been given a new look and added an IPA to the line-up.

Reward offered to help find stolen Brewdog beers

A wholesaler who suffered the theft of 16,000 bottles of Brewdog beer from his warehouse in Essex has urged the trade to help him recover it.

Gin pioneer Martin Miller dies

Gin pioneer Martin Miller has died after a short battle with cancer.

Scotland toasts soaring whisky exports

Scotch whisky exports have almost doubled in the past 10 years, according to new analysis of HM Revenue & Customs figures by the Scottish government.

Berkshire brewery launches share scheme

A Berkshire brewery is offering fans of its beers the opportunity to invest in the business.

Castel fined €4m over non-disclosure of acquisition

The French wine company that once owned Oddbins has been fined €4 million (£3.3 million) for failing to disclose the 2011 acquisition of six compaines from the Burgundy wine producer Patriarche to competition authorities.

Witney supermarket among test purchase failures

Three people have been fined for serving alcohol to under-18s after Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council undertook a Christmas test purchasing operation.