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New large format for Estrella Damm

A new 66cl bottle for Catalan lager Estrella Damm is hitting shelves this month as distributor Wells & Young’s seeks to capitalise on the growth in larger formats.

Origin takes on Spanish winery

Origin’s mission to become a one-stop shop for old world wine has gathered pace with the addition of Spanish estate Alvisa to its growing portfolio of exclusive labels.

Twitter prepares to roll out age-gating tool

Twitter claims it has improved its age-gating system in a bid to help a wider range of drinks suppliers stop underage users receiving alerts about alcohol.

New Zealand targets lower-alcohol wine market

New Zealand wants to be the world’s leading producer of high quality low-calorie and lower-alcohol wines.

Let There Be Beer campaign cleared by ad watchdog

The group of brewers behind the Let There Be Beer TV ad campaign have been cleared of breaking advertising laws after complaints from four viewers.

Monks' pear brandy arrives in the UK

Pear brandy crafted by a group of Carthusian monks at the foothills of the Gorjanci Mountains in Slovenia is available in the UK for the first time.

Bombardier sponsors Talk Sport's Ashes coverage

Bombardier is sponsoring Talk Sport’s coverage of the England cricket team’s Ashes campaign in Australia.

Crackdown on duty fraud urged

Trade bodies in Scotland will unite to urge the authorities to crack down on duty fraud at a Parliamentary Reception in January.

Tia Maria teams up with Funkin in on-pack promotion

Tia Maria has teamed up with Funkin to give consumers an easy way to make its signature Tia Maria Espresso Martini serve.

SAB Miller offers responsible retailing training

SAB Miller is to hand out 10,000 scholarships to train workers in off-licences and pubs about responsible retailing.

Arran Brewery in crowd-funding push

Scotland’s Arran brewery has launched a crowd-funding initiative to raise £4 million.

Oddbins targets 300-store chain

Oddbins is launching a dramatic bid to return to UK high streets as its owners unveil plans to rebuild it as a 300-strong national chain.

Supermarkets battle it out for lowest Christmas prices

The Christmas price wars have fired up with Asda slashing its Pierre Darcys Champagne from £24.25 to £10 and Sainsbury’s selling branded Champagne at just £12.49.

Spirited closes 14 shops due to rent rises

Spirited Wines has been forced to close 14 stores in the past 18 months, blaming rising rents and increased competition.

Virgin's boss unveils growth plan

Virgin Wines chief executive Jay Wright has laid out ambitious plans to grow turnover after leading a £15.9 million management buyout.

Pernod pledges brand innovation

Pernod Ricard has put a trio of brands and a raft of new products at the centre of its growth strategy. UK managing director Denis O’Flynn told OLN it would launch two spirits and a pair of wines within the next year after identifying gaps in the market.

Co-op aims to make stores community hubs

The Co-operative Group believes it can fill the void left by the disappearance of off-licence chains from the high street because it already has a shop in every postcode.

WKD launches Christmas ad

WKD has launched a Christmas campaign on digital and social media channels and video-sharing sites. 

Northern ad campaign for John Smith's

Heineken has launched a new racing-themed ad campaign for John Smith’s Extra Smooth.

PLB launches Spanish lager

PLB has released Spanish lager Estrella Galicia.

Wychwood aims to bring Hobgoblin to the masses

The Wychwood Brewery team will visit eight cities across the UK in a purpose-built sample truck in the New Year in a bid to bring Hobgoblin to the masses.

Vergelegen signs to John E Fells

South African producer Vergelegen will transfer its agency from PLB to John E Fells on January 2.

Liberty optimistic after delivering financial results

Liberty Wines has announced an operating profit of £2 million for the 2012-13 financial year – up 0.15% on the previous year.

Anti-alcohol TV ads feature tumour in beer glass

A 40-second TV ad showing a cancerous tumour growing in a glass of beer has started playing on screens across the north-east of England.

Sainsbury's teams up with Iron Maiden to boost beer sales

Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale has picked up a second supermarket listing, with Sainsbury’s joining Morrisons in stocking the 4.7% abv beer created by lead singer Bruce Dickinson.

Blason de Bourgogne given makeover

Burgundian wine brand Blason de Bourgogne has launched new packaging across its wine range.

Which? launches campaign against 'dodgy discounts'

The Consumers’ Association’s Which? magazine has launched a campaign against what it calls “dodgy discounts and misleading multibuys” in supermarkets.

Pre-tax profits up at Majestic

Soaring Prosecco sales and new store openings drove a 4.2% rise in pre-tax profits to £9.5 million at Majestic Wine in the six months to the end of September.

Magners given makeover

Magners has been given a new look across its Original, Pear and Berry variants in a bid to create greater shelf standout.

Finca Las Moras joins PLB line-up

Importer PLB has added Argentinian winery Finca Las Moras to its portfolio. 

Greenall's enjoys soaring sales

Greenall’s Original London gin has surged past the 100,000 9-litre case mark for the first time in the UK off-trade after growing volume sales by a third in the past year.

WSET names new honorary president

Gérard Basset MW will take over from Jancis Robinson MW as the Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s honorary president in January.

Three US states team up for largest-ever tasting

US west coast states California, Oregon and Washington will team up for a joint generic tasting in 2014, creating the most comprehensive tasting of the region’s wines ever available to the UK trade.

Lamb's Spiced relaunched with new liquid and bottle

Halewood International has relaunched rum brand Lamb’s Spieced with a new liquid that comes in a redesigned hexagonal bottle.

Grand Marnier celebrates Parisian heritage

Grant's gift pack aims to drive convenience sales

First Drinks has unveiled a gift pack to showcase Grant’s Family Reserve in time for the Christmas trading period.

Rare whisky priced at £2,850 unveiled

Ian Macleod Distilers has released a limited-edition 35-year-old expression of Glengoyne single malt, priced at £2,850.

Wine needs to be more engaging, warns Jago

Tesco’s wine boss has warned consumers may leave the wine category because rival drinks are doing a better job of engaging them.

Legal threat over high-strength ban

Suppliers have warned they may take action against councils for breaking competition law by pushing retailers to strip shelves of premium beer and cider.

Wright leads management buyout at Virgin Wines

Direct Wines has sold Virgin Wines to chief executive Jay Wright and his team in a £15.9 million management buyout.

Asda seeks to lure wine lovers with Christmas ad

Asda has made wine a major focus of its Christmas advertising drive by telling shoppers that “wine lovers are better off at Asda”.

New off-licences could be banned in Scottish region

Health bosses are pushing for a ban on any new off-licences bigger than 40 square metres across the Highlands.

Inverarity goes Forth and multiplies

Scottish drinks wholesaler Inverarity Morton will expand its reach in England after buying Forth Wines in a seven-figure deal.

No danger of Argentina relying on Malbec too much

One of Argentina’s leading winemakers said there is no danger of the country becoming too reliant on Malbec but urged the trade to promote its diversity.

Aston Manor invests millions to meet demand

Aston Manor has investing in a new multimillion pound cider processing plant that handles 800 tonnes of apples a day in a bid to keep up with Britain’s growing thirst for the drink.

Producers go online to cut out retailers

Pernod Ricard is poised to become the second major supplier to launch an ecommerce site that sells direct to UK consumers.

Macallan Amber scoops prestigious gong

The Whisky Shop has named The Macallan Amber as its Whisky of the Year 2013.

Spirit-flavoured beers enjoy strong growth

Value sales of spirit-flavoured beers are growing at 262% in the off-trade, according to new IRI figures (year to August 17, 2013).

Press campaign for Courvoisier

Courvoisier Cognac has unveiled three print and outdoor ads aimed at broadening the brand’s appeal across a range of drinking occasions.

Trade bodies lobby minister over personal licence plans

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association and the Association of Convenience Stores are among 15 trade groups behind a joint letter urging the government to drop plans to abolish personal licences.