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Duty escalator scrapped in Budget

Chancellor George Osborne has scrapped the duty escalator on wines and spirits a year early in today's Budget.

C&C buys out Wallaces Express

Magners owner C&C Group has taken full ownership of Wallaces Express, the Scottiish wines and spirits wholesaler in which it took a 50% stake a year ago.

New look for pair of liqueur brands

First Drinks has introduced new packaging for its Bénédictine and De Kuyper liqueurs.

Benevolent Ball breaks £40k barrier

The annual ball of trade charity The Benevolent raised over £40,000.

Producer aims to convert UK to Pinot Gris

Languedoc producer Badet Clement has added a Pinot Gris to its Les Jamelles Cepage Rare range in a bid to offer UK consumers an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Rumfest 2014 targets trade with education day

Rum ambassador Ian Burrell will impart his knowledge of the rum industry to spirits buyers and wholesalers in a trade-only event the day before Rumfest 2014.

Aisle-end displays boost drinks sales

Displaying alcohol at the end of an aisle can boost sales by up to 46%, a study has revealed.

Crabbie's leaves out the ginger for RTD launch

Halewood International is launching a range of gingerless RTDs under the Crabbie’s brand name.

Rekorderlig releases Apple-Guava flavour

Swedish cider Rekorderlig has launched a limited edition flavour – Apple-Guava.

New look for Fish Hoek

South African brand Fish Hoek has been given a new look with its fish skeleton logo printed into the bottle.

Bristol brew named SIBA champion

Bristol Beer Factory’s American pale ale Independence has been named supreme champion bottled beer in the Society of Independent Brewers’ National Beer Competition.

All change at SIBA

Guy Sheppard has taken over from Keith Bott as chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers.

Sogrape launches Mateus Expressions

Sogrape has released a new Mateus Expressions range that combines indigenous Portuguese grapes with well-known international varieties.

Buckingham Schenk

Buckingham Schenk has bolstered its team with the appointment of Patrick Sutton as sales support executive and William Lay as product development executive.

Torres crowned World's Most Admired Wine Brand

Torres has been voted the World's Most Admired Wine Brand for 2014, usurping last year's winner Concha y Toro. 

Origin Wine stresses importance of auditing

South African supplier Origin Wine is celebrating after passing three crucial audits in the past week.

International Beer Challenge 2014 open for entries

The International Beer Challenge 2014 is now open for entries and a dedicated website has been launched to celebrate excellence in brewing.

LWF aims to "add value to the UK wine industry"

Thousands of guests at the upcoming London Wine Fair will receive a copy of a report called Carpe Vinum that investigates the challenges faced with attracting 18 to 35-year-olds to wine.

Estrella launches 50cl cans

Spanish lager producer Estrella Galicia has launched 50cl cans into the UK market and is targeting convenience and cash and carry channels.

Bargain Booze franchisees given bonuses

Bargain Booze and Thorougoods franchisees will share around £180,000 in bonuses under a reward scheme launched by owner Conviviality Retail.

Reducing the Strength: United to Protect Choice

Off Licence News is campaigning for legal clarity over the Reducing the Strength initiative after an alarming rise in the number of councils banning retailers from selling various drinks.

Reducing the Strength: Chaos Reigns

Representatives from more than 40 councils attended a conference hosted by Suffolk Police this week with a view to implementing a ban on “super-strength” products in their areas.

Reducing the Strength: In a Policy Spin

It’s clear that ordinary retailers across the country are coming under great pressure to remove “super-strength” beers and ciders from their shelves.

Mangrove uproots

Premium spirits supplier Mangrove has broken away from parent company Coe Vintners to create an independent firm dedicated to driving value into the spirits market.

Back trade bid to end duty escalator

Readers still have time to back OLN’s push to get the duty escalator scrapped in this year’s Budget, as the industry’s efforts to influence the chancellor intensify before his March 19 announcement.

Cave to head up Morrisons wine team

Morrisons has appointed Phil Cave to head up its wine team following the departure of Andrew Turner.

Penfolds releases 2014 Bin Series

Australian winery Penfolds has released its 2014 Bin Series into the UK market as it celebrates its 170th birthday.

Heineken vows to bring back banned Cantona ad

Heineken has vowed to bring Kronenbourg’s Hero Hop Farmers of Alsace back to TV screens after revising an ad that was banned for falsely implying the beer was brewed in France.

Microbrewery teams up with drinks giant for new beer

A Hackney microbrewery has teamed up with multinational drinks giant Pernod Ricard to create a limited-edition stout aimed at the St Patrick’s Day market.

Blend your own Bordeaux with Berry Bros

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving consumers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing an agency deal with start-up company Viniv.

Ab-Inbev moves into spirit beers

AB-InBev has launched a rum-flavoured beer called Cubanisto to capitalise on the burgeoning market for spirit infused beers.

Provenance key to wine's success

The wine trade will succeed if it fights off the threat of innovative rival categories by keeping ranges fresh, pushing new varietals and highlighting wine’s provenance, according to a leading supplier.

Ehrmann's predicts star turns

Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and France will be the star performers in the wine world this year, according to Ehrmann’s.

Plea for cider aid after flooding

North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has submitted an early day motion asking Parliament to debate the merits of scrapping the duty escalator on cider.

Vin de France puts faith in 87 wines

The body that represents pan-French appellation Vin de France has picked 87 wines to represent the country this year.

PLB takes on Western Australian winery

PLB has added Western Australian winery Capel Vale to its portfolio and will distribute a four-strong range across the UK.

Memorial service for Michael Cox announced

A memorial service for Michael Cox will take place at Southwark Cathedral on Thursday, April 10.

Portugal's D&F Wines goes upmarket

A Portuguese wine company is launching a premium range of estate-grown wines after more than 30 years supplying the volume end of the market.

Four Loko producer hits back at Portman

A Chicago drinks maker has hit back at the Portman Group after it was banned from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.

Heineken to spend £100m on 2014 ad campaigns

Heineken is spending £100 million on marketing a wide range of new and existing brands in 2014 as it embarks on its “biggest innovation year ever”.

Jagermeister funds seven-figure push into off-trade

Jägermeister will hit TV screens for the first time ever next month as part of a £3 million ad campaign designed to boost its off-trade sales.

Portman Group bans Four Loko

The Portman Group has banned Chicago drinks maker Phusion Projects from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.

Amarula launches Gold

Amarula cream liqueur is set to launch its first new product in 25 years – Amarula Gold, a clear golden 30% abv spirit.

Black Tower bucks lower-alcohol wine decline

Reh Kendermann’s 5.5% abv B by Black Tower grew 52% in 2013, bucking a decline in the lower-alcohol wine market.

Michael Cox's Taittinger collection to be auctioned for charity

Before he died last week, wine industry doyenne Michael Cox donated his limited-edition collection of Taittinger Champagne to drinks trade charity The Benevolent.

Bid to make Moscato this season's must-have

Californian wine supplier Gallo aims to make Moscato this season’s must-have varietal with the launch of two new wines and a £1 million ad campaign.

Gallo targets independents with record selling vodka

Gallo is targeting independent retailers with New Amsterdam vodka, the first spirits brand to sell 1 million cases within its first year in the US.

Diageo slammed for linking alcohol to toughness

Diageo has been warned that its future advertising must not link alcohol with daringness or toughness after the watchdog banned a Captain Morgan ad featuring a daredevil buccaneer. 

Thatchers blends 458 different apples

Thatchers has released a limited edition cider made from 458 different types of apple grown in a single orchard.

Co-op launches Fairtrade promotion

Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday (Feb 24) and the Co-op is offering 20% off many of its own-brand range to celebrate 10 years of Fairtrade wine.