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Accolade snaps up Mud House and Waipara Hills

Accolade Wines has reached an agreement to buy New Zealand brands Mud House and Waipara Hills from the Mud House Wine Group.

Bargain Booze owner appoints new commercial director

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed Musgrave trading director Kenton Burchell as its new commercial director.

Icehotel prize in Warninks on-pack promotion

Warninks advocaat is running an on-pack promotion with a competition prize of a holiday for two at Sweden’s Icehotel

Mezcal range launched by Cask Liquid Marketing

Spirits agency firm Cask Liquid Marketing has launched a range of mezcals created by a TV executive and chef.

Thornbridge adds capacity on back of exports surge

Jaipur IPA brewer Thornbridge is scaling up production at its plant in Bakewell, Derbyshire, in response to rising export sales.

Bargain Booze owner reports sales growth

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has reported like for like sales growth of 0.6% during the six months to October 27.

Ginger Grouse in marketing push at rugby matches

Maxxium UK is planning a heavy marketing presence for its Ginger Grouse alcoholic ginger beer at the Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh around this autumn’s Scotland rugby union internationals.

New WOSA head targets premium wines

Wines of South Africa’s new chief executive wants to push more premium wines in the UK and to see average bottle prices rise above £5.

SIBA lines up second Beer X festival

The Society of Independent Brewers is to hold its second Beer X event in Sheffield from March 11-15, 2014.

Piper-Heidsieck releases 2006 Vintage

First Drinks has launched the 2006 Vintage Brut mark of its Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.

Off-trade beer sales up 12.5%

UK off-trade beer sales rose 12.5% in the third quarter of 2013, driving the largest quarter-on-quarter growth the overall beer category has seen this century.

Third National Wine Week to run in December

The UK’s third National Wine Week is to run in the lead-up to Christmas.

Grey Goose launches cinema campaign

Grey Goose has launched a £1.8 million marketing campaign including cinema ads that tell the story behind the French vodka.

LWF targets independent agents

The London Wine Fair is targeting small independent importers and agents with a “show within the show” called Esoterica.

National Calvados Week hailed a success

Emporia Brands and Père Magloire Calvados have hailed National Calvados Week as a success and plan to run the promotion again next year.

Stolichnaya releases NZ edition of super-premium Elit

Stolichnaya has released a New Zealand edition of its super-premium Elit Pristine Water Series.

Duty cut and summer weather send beer sales soaring

The off-trade enjoyed its best performance in beer for a decade during the third quarter of this year, according to figures form the British Beer & Pub Association.

Global wine shortage 'deepest in 40 years'

The world is facing its biggest wine shortage in 40 years according to a report by Morgan Stanley Research in the US.

Fewer multiple promotions cause Magners to stumble

Magners and Gaymers cider maker C&C Group said the UK market “remains challenging” as it reported a 15.5% drop in revenue in its UK cider business in the half-year to August 31.

HMRC urged to pursue US-style distribution system

An American drinks trade association has urged the UK government to consider a US-style, three-tier distribution system to counter counterfeit and adulterated alcohol.

Irwin back in retail with Waitrose move

Ex-Spar wine boss Xenia Irwin MW is to rejoin the retail sector as multi-channel buyer for BWS at Waitrose Wine Direct.

Corky's uses glitter to add sparkle

Corky’s is the latest spirits brand to use glitter to add a little sparkle to its liqueur sales.

New Deen Vat wine from De Bortoli

De Bortoli has added a new blend to its Deen Vat Series, targeted at independents and regional wholesalers.

Brothers launches tequila cider

Brothers Drinks has launched a tequila-flavoured cider called Perro Loco – or “mad dog” in Spanish.

New look for Captain Morgan

Diageo is giving Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold a new bottle and pre-mixed can design.

BBFB offers c-stores free gift bags

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is offering convenience store shoppers free gift bags with some of its brands to boost trade in the run-up to Christmas.

Ilminster independent moves online

Ilminster independent Cornhill Wines has shut its doors after 20 years.

Barefoot Wine cleans beaches

More than 1,000 volunteers have cleaned up 14 UK beaches thanks to California wine brand Barefoot.

World's strongest beer weighs in at 67.5% abv

Scottish brewery Brewmeister has launched what it says is the world’s strongest beer – at 67.5% abv.

Italy approves screwcaps for DOC wines

Italian DOC and DOCG wines can now be closed with screwcaps or synthetic corks after the country’s government caved in to pressure from the trade. 

Support drinks trade members in need this Christmas

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting a Christmas Ceilidh on November 28 and urged industry figures to sign up for an evening of Scottish-inspired dancing, food and drink.

Guinness in landmark deal with ITV

Guinness is taking over all three ad breaks within The Jonathan Ross Show on October 26 in what marks a landmark deal for ITV.

Hi-Spirits reviewing social media activity after breaching code again

Hi-Spirits said it has suspended activity on the social media pages of its Fireball brand to review its approach after breaching the Advertising Standards Authority code for the fifth time this year.

Former Tesco development manager joins Origin Wine

Origin Wine has appointed Phil Reedman MW to build up its new brand Camden Park in Australia.

Box Steam enjoying rapid off-trade expansion

Box Steam brewery is set to double its turnover after redesigning its bottles, ramping up its focus on the off-trade and increasing listings at Tesco.

Truly Irresistible wines to hit Co-op shelves

A six-strong range of wines under the Co-operative’s premium own-label Truly Irresistible is to reach store shelves next week.

Gluten-free gift pack from St Peter's

Suffolk brewer St Peter’s has launched a gluten-free gift pack targeting beer fans with coeliac disease this Christmas.

Jungfrau goes for gold

Global Brands has become the latest spirits company to launch a liqueur laced with gold.

Tequila cider is 'crazy apple'

Hi-Spirits has launched a cider with tequila and lime flavour called Manzana Loca – or “crazy apple” in Spanish.

Nearly half children have seen parents drunk: Drinkaware

Nearly half of 10 to 14-year-olds have seen their parents drunk, alcohol education charity Drinkaware has reported.

Loire additions for Domaine Direct

Burgundy specialist Domaine Direct has added two Loire growers to its portfolio – Domaine David in Muscadet and Domaine Tinel-Blondelet in Pouilly-Sur-Loire.

Asda ups its game in BWS

Asda’s BWS chief has set out her ambitions for the retailer’s drinks offer for the coming year, starting with the launch of a dedicated online wine site and a series of developments in spirits and beer.

En primeur hit for Berry Bros

A tough year for en primeur was the main contributor to an operating loss and falling turnover for royal wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

Glasgow drinks production boom

Glasgow city centre is to become a drinks production hotbed with plans for a new distillery and a brewery.

Women flock to Sainsbury's ale aisle

Sainsbury’s has sold premium bottled ale to 95,000 extra female shoppers in the past year (Nectar Card data, year to September 30).

Morrisons wine sales up 3%

Morrisons said it is constantly growing market share of the wine category and sales are up 3% year on year.

Booths trials wine samplers

North west England supermarket chain Booths is using a four-week long wine promotion to test the viability of sampling machines.

Call for action on social media code

Current rules governing the drinks industry’s use of social media may not be fit for purpose, according to a concerned supplier.

Premium push for South African wines

Cape Legends said it is giving its 20 wine brands a “big push” into the UK market as it sees a huge opportunity to trade consumers up to premium South African wine.

Grape beats promotions in survey

Consumers put grape variety ahead of promotions in deciding which wine to buy, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.