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Convenience stores eat BWS market share

The major multiples opened 291 new convenience stores in the past year and BWS sales in this channel are up 6.1% in volume and 9.1% in value to £1.7 billion (IRI, year to March 1).

Asda attacks C-stores over cheap beer deals

Asda has launched an attack on convenience stores for ruining the off-trade’s reputation by pushing high-abv beer and cider.

Majestic boss admits growth must speed up

Majestic’s boss has admitted it needs to accelerate growth after suffering a “disappointing setback” following an extended profit warning which caused its shares to plummet.

Minister steps in on strength issue

The minister for consumer affairs has promised to seek legal clarity for retailers who could be breaching competition law by stripping shelves of beers and ciders of a certain abv under Reducing the Strength schemes.

Cloudy Bay owner goes Off-Piste in France

Off-Piste Wines has teamed up with the man behind New Zeland’s iconic Cloudy Bay to launch a Bordeaux Sauvignon with a New World slant.

Concha y Toro targets double-digit growth

Concha y Toro UK has upped its marketing budget by 20% in a bid to drive double-digit growth in each of the next five years.

Freixenet celebrates sparkling's success

Market analyst Nielsen hailed sparkling wine the star performer of the drinks industry after another set of impressive growth figures, and the leading supplier thinks the category will only continue to go from strength to strength.

Rioja enjoys UK success

Wines of Rioja has reported that the region grew volume sales by 4% in the UK off-trade during 2013, outperforming a total wine category that was down 3% (Nielsen, year to December 7, 2013).

Westons plans new TV campaign

Westons will bring Stowford Press back to the small screen this summer after growing its market share to 4.1% on the back of its first TV campaign last year.

Beer and cider return BWS market to volume growth

A strong performance from beer and cider has seen the off-trade BWS market return to volume and value growth, according to new IRI data.

Australia's bid for fine wine dominance

Australia will go on to dominate all tiers of the UK wine market for years after surging ahead of rivals and muscling into fine wine, according to a leading supplier.

Enter the Benevolent Bake Off

The Benevolent is calling on cake enthusiasts to raise cash by entering its Bake Off.

Tobacco to go in plain packs

The government is to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products after an independent review found it could stop thousands of children from taking up smoking each year.

Minister calls for more local alcohol partnerships

A Home Office Minister has called for more local partnerships to tackle alcohol problems.

Sparkling wines topple spirits and RTDs

UK sparkling wine consumption has grown by 6 million bottles in five years, and UK drinkers are turning away from spirits and RTDs in favour of fizz, Wine Intelligence has reported.

WKD Facebook posts breach advertising rules

WKD has come under fire from the advertising watchdog for posting “irresponsible” messages on its Facebook page that suggested alcohol could enhance confidence and was integral to social success.

New Zealand winery joins Accolade portfolio

Accolade has finalised the purchase of New Zealand wine brands Mud House and Waipara Hills from the Mud House Wine Group.

Teenage store worker wins William Grant award

A 19-year-old worker at an independent drinks retailer has won a spirits scholarship launched by William Grant to celebrate the life of its former prestige retail manager Ian Murray.

South Africa must be allowed to reinvest in wine production

A South African Fairtrade producer has praised UK buyers for agreeing not to push down prices despite a weak rand so that wineries can invest in the future.  

Accolade gives a new look to Echo Falls

Accolade Wines has brought out a new look for its Echo Falls range, the third biggest wine brand in the UK.

"Retailers use deplorable tactics to peddle booze"

Money-grabbing retailers are destroying public health by using deplorable tactics to entice shoppers to buy ever-increasing amounts of alcohol, according to the UK’s chief medical officer.

Scotland to get first sake brewery

The Arran Brewery is planning to set up Scotland’s first sake brewery after buying a five-acre site in Dreghorn, near Kilmarnock, for the purpose. 

Derek Lewis to chair CAP

Community Alcohol Partnerships has named Derek Lewis, former chair of the Drinkaware Trust, as its new chair.

Takings up for Adnams Cellar & Kitchen

Adnams’ Cellar & Kitchen shops saw turnover grow 6% in 2013.

Stevens Garnier takes on Mouton Cadet

Baron Philippe de Rothschild has appointed Stevens Garnier as its UK off-trade distributor.

Edinburgh gin launches

The first gin to be distilled in Edinburgh for 150 years has launched in the Scottish capital.

Bargain Booze opens first Kent store

Conviviality Retail has opened the first Bargain Booze store in Kent as it seeks to conquer the affluent south east of England.

Carling launches cherry cider

Carling British Cider has launched a cherry flavour.

Lambrini launches strawberry flavour

Halewood International has launched a strawberry variant of Lambrini.

Win a spa break with Mozart

Specialist spirits and liqueurs agency Mangrove is running an on-pack competition to win a spa weekend for two in a UK luxury hotel on bottles of chocolate liqueur Mozart Gold.

Brown Brothers targets younger drinkers

Australia’s Brown Brothers has launched a range targeted at 22 to 44-year-olds.

"New Zealand wine can hold price despite large harvest"

The demand for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is strong enough to ensure a bumper harvest will not push the price down, according to one of New Zealand’s leading producers.

Government scraps plans to abolish personal licences

The government has scrapped plans to abolish personal licences after a consultation found little support for the move.

Camra chief to head SIBA

The Society of Independent Brewers has appointed Campaign for Real Ale chief executive Mike Benner as its new managing director.

Emporia Brands launches Irish whiskeys

Emporia Brands has launched a range of triple-distilled Irish whiskeys.

Strongbow challenges five-a-siders

Strongbow is giving an ordinary men’s five-a-side football team the chance to take on a Brazilian professional women’s team.

Reducing the Strength: MPs call for OFT clarity

A group representing more than 300 MPs and 75 peers has demanded legal clarity from the Office of Fair Trading over controversial Reducing the Strength schemes, in response to OLN’s United to Protect Choice campaign.

Reducing the Strength: Producers speak out

Four-fifths of brewers and cidermakers polled by OLN said local authorities should be stripped of the power to pressure retailers into removing certain products from shelves.

Arsenal FC stadium to host rum festival

Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium will host the inaugural Mauritian Rum Festival next month.

Black Tower launches white fizz

Reh Kendermann is set to release Black Tower White Bubbly, to build on the success of Black Tower Pink Bubbly.

Vinho Verde exports to UK surge

The Vinho Verde region has enjoyed a double-digit rise in exports to the UK market in 2013, according to the generic body.

Australian wine brand sponsors England cricket

Accolade has signed a three-year deal for the UK’s bestselling wine brand Hardys to become the wine partner of the England cricket team.

Champagne body slams "parasite" discounts

Retailer discounts are a parasite on the image of Champagne and must be stopped to ensure the category’s long-term health, according to the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne.

Kopparberg adds beer to UK offer

Kopparberg is looking to strengthen its position with the roll out of several Swedish beers to complement its ciders.

Cotes du Rhone aims to go premium

Inter Rhone is keen to reinvent Cotes du Rhone wine as a premium category after volume sales dropped 3% in the UK in 2013 (IRI).

Wines of South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy

Wines of South Africa has released a video to celebrate 20 years of democracy in the rainbow nation.

Online beer shop sees sales soar

An online beer retailer has seen sales volumes grow by nearly 200% after helping a number of brewers run their in-house mail order businesses.

William Grant celebrates its president

A commemorative expression of Glenfiddich will be released this year to mark the passing of Charles Grant Gordon, the man who turned it from a boutique label into the world’s leading single malt brand.

Shares fall at Majestic after profit warning

Majestic said it has experienced challenging trading conditions in the first three months of 2014 and that like-for-like sales for the financial year will now be flat.

Drinks industry hails chancellor

The alcohol industry praised Chancellor George Osborne after he froze duty on spirits and cider, lopped a penny off beer duty and scrapped the duty escalator on wine.