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William Grant's Charles Gordon dies, aged 86

The William Grant Scotch whisky business has announced the death of Charles Gordon, a member of the owning family and the company’slife president. He was 86.

Brewdog claims crowdfunding record

Brewdog has closed its Equity for Punks share ownership scheme a monthly early after hitting its £4.25 million investment target.

Cassis absinthe launched by Hi-Spirits

Absinthe Hapsburg has launched its XC Cassis style in the UK.

M&S issues apology in row over Champagne sale refusal

Marks & Spencer has moved to clarify its position on the sale of alcohol by staff with strong religious beliefs.

Corks Out hit by Champagne raiders

Award-winning wine shop chain Corks Out has lost Champagne and spirits worth an estimated £8,000 in a raid on its warehouse in Runcorn.

Estrella sends drinkers to watch Messi and co play

Football fans can win a trip to Spain to watch FC Barcelona play live next year in an on-pack promotion from Estrella Damm.

Gusbourne to expand with £2 million loan

English sparkling wine producer Gusbourne Estate has secured a £2 million loan from Barclay’s to help increase production and develop the business.

Leading suppliers cleared of breaching ad rules

Molson Coors and Bacardi Brown-Forman Beverages have both dodged sanctions after being cleared of breaching advertising rules by the watchdog.

Diageo launches Grumpy Gorilla responsible drinking ads

Diageo is plastering London and Edinburgh with posters of grumpy gorillas to urge revellers to drink responsibly over the festive season.

Matching French wine with Christmas dinner

Gerard Basset MW has released a video to help consumers and the trade match wines with festive meals as part of the French Wines with Style campaign.

MPs sent cider with a plea to scrap duty escalator

This Christmas every MP in the UK will be sent a customised bottle of cider with a label urging the government to support the trade by scrapping the duty escalator.

PLB takes on South African producer Bosman

PLB has moved quickly to fill a gap in its portfolio with South African producer Bosman Family Vineyards replacing Vergelegen, which transfers to Fells on January 2.

Rhythm & Booze aims to hit high note with new stores

Rhythm & Booze has unveiled two new concept stores as its owner looks to develop the drinks chain.

Co-op plans Fairtrade wine push

The Co-operative Group is planning a big push on Fairtrade wine for next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, from February 24 to March 9.

Price of English sparkling wine must drop

The average price of English sparkling wine will drop with volume sales set to increase fivefold over the next five years, according to leading producers.

Beer, cider and sparkling wine enjoy volume growth

Alcohol volume sales dropped 1% in the past 12 weeks but beer, cider and sparkling wine all enjoyed growth.

Champagne supplier warns against discounts

A leading supplier has warned that Champagne houses cannot afford to devalue their brands by competing with sparkling wine on price.

Charity calls for harsher controls on alcohol ads

Alcohol Concern has demanded a clampdown on alcohol advertising after a TV ad produced by five of the UK’s biggest suppliers was banned.

Comparison site created for alcohol

A price comparison website has been set up for alcoholic drinks.

Craft beer focus from Greene King

Greene King believes craft beer sales will double in three years and has built a £750,000 a microbrewery to capitalise on the trend.

Tesco launches online wine tasting

Laura Jewell MW will host a live online Christmas tasting for members of Tesco Wine Community on December 12.

South African producers launch Cape Vintner Classification

South Africa’s leading producers have launched the Cape Vintner Classification in an attempt to establish a system of accreditation for distinctive, site-specific wines.

TV campaigns for Crabbie's and Lambrini

Halewood International has Christmas TV campaigns for both its Crabbie’s and Lambrini brands.

Bulleit increases strength and releases Rye in UK

Diageo has released a rye whiskey under its Bulleit bourbon brand in the UK and is increasing the abv of the main Bulleit bourbon from 40% to its US standard 45%.

Rémy and First Drinks to end UK deal

Rémy Cointreau is to part company with UK distributor First Drinks from March 31 next year.

Macallan releases 62YO in Lalique decanter

Macallan and luxury glass producer Lalique have collaborated on a limited edition decanter containing a 62-year-old single malt.

Bargain Booze launches TV ad

Bargain Booze has made Scotch eggs the focus of its Christmas TV ad campaign.

St Austell launches customised beer service

Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery has launched a service allowing consumers to create personalised bottles of its beers.

Ratcliffe to take top job at Accolade

Ex-Oddbins boss John Ratcliffe has been appointed as the new global chief executive of Australian wine producer Accolade Wines.

PLB to handle Scottish brewer's brands

Perth-based Inveralmond Brewery has signed a deal with wine supplier PLB for its beers to be given wider distribution in the off-trade.

Origin moves into Scandinavia

Origin Wine is opening a new office in Sweden in a bid to break into the Nordic markets.

Tesco reports record wine sales

Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined to contribute towards a record week of online wine sales at Tesco.

Wine duty could rise 54% in six years

Duty will rise 54% on wine and 31% on spirits in the next six years if the Chancellor does not scrap the duty escalator, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Wholesaler registration scheme is "victory for the good guys"

Wholesalers’ pleas were answered in George Osbourne’s autumn statement when he announced that the government will launch a registration scheme for alcohol wholesalers.

Wine Rack launches spirits festival

Wine Rack is holding a “Festival of Spirits” in all stores in the run-up to Christmas.

Iron Maiden beer given London ad campaign

The skeletal face of Eddie the Head, the mascot of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, will appear on billboards across the south-east to promote the band’s ale.

Echo Falls heads to Clothes Show Live

California wine brand Echo Falls has teamed up with fashion blog What I Wore Today (WIWT) in the run-up to Clothes Show Live, which starts tomorrow at Birmingham’s NEC.

Glenfarclas 15YO is retailer's top whisky of 2013

Specialist spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange has named Glenfarclas 15 Year Old as its Whisky of the Year.

Brintex launches London Wine Week

Brintex is teaming up with the organisers of London Cocktail Week to launch London Wine Week, which will run in conjunction to the London Wine Fair.

Liberty snaps up Trinity Hill

Hawkes Bay winery Trinity Hill will move from Enotria to Liberty Wines on January 1.

Thatchers back on TV screens

Thatchers is launching an ad campaign in the West Country in a bid to boost sales in the build-up to Christmas.

Surrey brewer launches craft lager

Surrey brewer Hogs Back has launched a 4.5% abv unpasteurised craft lager called Hogstar that will be listed at Majestic, Wine Rack, Budgens, Co-op and Booker.

Greene King launches off-trade competition

Greene King is offering shoppers the chance to win a day of indulgence worth £5,000 with an on-pack promotion on Abbot Ale.

Edrington invests £100 million in new distillery

Edrington is investing £100 million a new distillery for The Macallan in Speyside, Scotland.

Jägermeister launches multimillion ad campaign

Jägermeister is ramping up its campaign to move away from the Jägerbomb with a multimillion outdoor ad campaign.

Diageo aims to make Mortlach the next big luxury brand

Diageo will release four new expressions of Scotch brand Mortlach over the next year in a bid to make it a major player in the single malt category.

FWD award winners announced

Russian Standard Vodka beat Stella Artois and Carlsberg’s Somersby Cider to be crowned Drinks Brand of the Year at last night’s Federation of Wholesale Distributors Gold Medal Awards.

Oddbins craft beer sales grow 179%

Oddbins is launching an own-label premium bottled ale after reporting that sales of craft beer grew 179% over the past year.

New look for Addlestones

The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has given cloudy cider Addlestones a new look.

Anchorman stays classy with spin-off Scotch

Film company Paramount has launched a Ron Burgundy-branded Scotch whisky to celebrate the launch of Anchorman 2 in December.