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The late, great Michael Cox: his last big interview

Industry legend Michael Cox has died following a battle with cancer and twin brother David has led tributes to “an amazing man”.

Scotch Whisky Association fights to scrap MUP plans

The Scotch Whisky Association has vowed to fight tooth and nail to see the proposed minimum unit pricing policy axed in Scotland.

Wines of Chile's Michael Cox dies

Wines of Chile’s European director Michael Cox has died after a battle with cancer.

Budweiser asks football fans to Rise as One

AB Inbev aims to reach 43 million UK consumers with a marketing campaign promoting Budweiser’s sponsorship of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Diageo launches new Ciroc variant

Diageo has launched a peach variant of super-premium vodka brand Ciroc.

Diageo urges Britain to remain in EU

Diageo has warned that Britain leaving the EU could lead to dwindling Scotch whisky exports and impede the UK’s economic recovery.

Comedian Danny Wallace to release beer

Comedian Danny Wallace has created a new beer in collaboration with the recently reopened east London brewery Truman’s.

New boss for Let There Be Beer campaign

The team behind the Let There Be Beer campaign has hired a former Accolade, Diageo and LVMH marketing boss to spearhead the initiative.

Revolutionary rum lands in the UK

A small-batch rum inspired by a Filipino revolutionary has hit the UK off-trade after Glasgow-based supplier Marblehead signed a distribution deal with Bleeding Heart Rum Company.

Tesco expands wine team

Tesco has bolstered its wine team by plucking Charlotte Lemoine from the shop floor at Majestic and turning her into an assistant product developer.

Make your own wine with Berry Bros

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving wine lovers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing up start-up company Viniv.

On-pack promotion for Brazilian wine

Consumers can win a trip for two to Brazil in a new on-pack promotion launched by the nation’s generic body.

New boss at Imperial Tobacco

Melvin Ruigrok has taken over as general manager at Imperial Tobacco’s UK arm.

Join the fight to end duty escalator

The industry’s ability to contribute more to the country’s economic recovery is being severely hampered by the government’s policy on alcohol tax, an exclusive OLN survey has shown.

"People are Pinot Grigio-ed and Sauvignon Blanc-ed out"

Accolade has reported double-digit growth in market-leading Australian brand Hardys and said the return to prominence of Chardonnay from Down Under will spur even greater progress.

French Wines with Style ramps up digital focus

The French Wines with Style campaign has put digital marketing at the heart of its 2014 campaign in a bid to show off the best Gallic wines to increasingly web-savvy consumers.

Tesco reinvents classic beers for new range

Tesco is launching an exclusive range of beers after giving the five regional brew-masters at Marston’s free reign to create experimental brews for the retailer.

Retailers urged to wean themselves off discounts

Brands that have not had much exposure to discounting can help retailers push up the average price of a bottle of wine and shake off reliance on promotions, according to a leading supplier.

Diageo tips Gordon's Elderflower to dominate category

Diageo hopes that the new elderflower variant of Gordon’s gin will eventually account for more than a tenth of the brand’s sales.

New Budvar sales chief outlines growth plan

Budvar’s new UK sales director plans to grow the business by pushing 33cl cans, price-marked packs, the super-premium Budvar Premier Select and an alcohol-free beer.

The Benevolent to host London Wine Fair party

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has teamed up with the organisers of the London Wine Fair to put on a party at Kensington Roof Gardens on the final day of the fair.

California on the upswing

Californian wine is “on the upswing” in the UK market, according to one of the golden state’s most celebrated producers.

Rivals put boot into Heineken over Cantona ad

Advertising watchdogs have banned ads for Kronenbourg featuring ex-footballer Eric Cantona because they falsely implied the beer was made in France.

Broadleaf wines launched into off-trade

International Brands has launched a new range of nine varietal wines under the Broadleaf banner.

McWilliam's transfers from PLB to Kingsland

McWilliam’s has announced that distribution rights for the core McWilliam’s brand have been transferred from PLB to Kingsland Wine & Spirits.

WKD to ramp up price-marking

WKD is making price-marked 70cl bottles of Blue, Iron Brew and Green available in cash and carries from the end of February.

Wine school for the intimidated

A former buyer for Venus, Bibendum and the Antique Wine Company has set up a wine school targeting people who feel intimidated by the subject.

Gordon's launches elderflower gin

Diageo is introducing an elderflower version of its Gordon’s gin. The launch follows that of Gordon’s Crisp Cucumber a year ago.

£1m prize in Crabbie's Grand National promotion

Halewood International is offering a £1 million first prize in an on-pack competition on Crabbie’s in the run up to the Grand National, which is sponsored by the alcoholic ginger beer brand.

New brews mark 140 years for Batemans

Lincolnshire family brewer Batemans has rebranded with a contemporary new look and a range of unusual new craft beers to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

Dark Star teams up with Saltaire

Two British craft breweries have teamed up to produce a pair of European beers.

Highland Park launches Freya

Orkney distillery Highland Park has released the third whisky in its Valhalla Collection, inspired by the Norse gods.

Wine Society names new buyer

Amathus buyer Sarah Knowles has joined the Wine Society.

Taxi ads for No 3 gin

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched an ad campaign for its No 3 London Gin in London taxis.

London wine merchant expands

London wine merchant Bottle Apostle has announced it will open its third store in Clapham next month.

Supermarkets convert hundreds of pubs into stores

CAMRA has taken a swipe at major retailers for converting hundreds of pubs into local stores as the race to dominate the lucrative convenience channel hots up.

Dress made out of cork takes centre stage on awards night

OLN editor Rosie Davenport wowed guests at the Drinks Retailing Awards last night by taking to the stage in a dress made out of cork.

Drinks Retailing Awards: winners revealed

Industry legend Cliff Roberson was the toast of the Drinks Retailing Awards last night, as he scooped the Independent Wine Merchant of the Year gong and followed it up with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Independent French producers target terroir-loving UK

Independent French winegrowers have identified the UK as a market where consumers are moving towards premium, terroir-driven wines and they aim to capitalise on the trend.

Hooch given the Bo Selecta treatment

Global Brands has hired comedian Keith Lemon to front an ad campaign for lemon-flavoured RTD Hooch.

Valentine's limited-edition for Lambrini

Halewood has launched a limited-edition Valentine's bottle of Lambrini Original that will sell in Tesco and Morrisons this month.

Wine Society launches Vintage Cellar Plan

The Wine Society’s buyers will select wines that benefit from ageing and send them out to subscribers under a scheme called the Vintage Cellar Plan. 

SH Jones continues expansion

SH Jones Wines has added to its growing empire by snapping up the wholesale and retail arm of Stevens Garnier.

Pernod Ricard hails UK as innovation hotspot

Pernod Ricard has hailed the UK as a ripe breeding ground for innovation after launching two global exclusives in the market.

Mateus quits flask shape for new blends

Mateus is moving away from its distinctive flask-shaped bottle with the launch of a new dual varietal wine range.

Suppliers and retailers praise Australia tasting

Cambridge Wine Merchants owner Hal Wilson lauded the quality of recent Australian vintages after attending Wine Australia’s annual tasting.

Thatchers lands Down Under

Somerset cider brand Thatchers has landed Down Under after signing a contract with Australian brewery Coopers to distribute Thatchers Gold to the on- and off-trades.

Diageo's reserve portfolio shows strong growth

Diageo Great Britain’s reserve brand portfolio grew 24% in the six months, driving a 1% rise in overall sales at the British arm of the world’s largest spirits supplier.

Grey is the new pink

Grey is the new pink, according to Vranken Pommery.

Drinks companies in sponsorship pledge

Drinks producers have committed to promoting responsible drinking at sponsored events in the widest ever partnership between producers, retailers, rights holders and representatives of sport, music and venues.