Trade hits back in row over scrapping of MUP

Trade bodies have hit back after the British Medical Journal accused lobbyists of killing minimum unit pricing through a “cosy” relationship with Government.

Majestic buoyant after strong Christmas growth

Strong sales of South African Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec drove a 5.9% rise in sales over the Christmas period at Majestic.

Leading wine merchant Richard Tanner dies

Richard Tanner, one of Britain’s leading wine merchants, has died following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Alcohol industry and Government accused of being "too cosy"

The drinks industry has been accused of enjoying too “cosy” a relationship with the government in a report on the collapse of minimum unit pricing.

E-cigarette brand vows to make tobacco obsolete

E-cigarette brand Njoy has vowed to banish tobacco to the history books after gaining listings in 15,000 stores this month.

Tesco opens alcohol-free Express store

Tesco has opened an alcohol-free convenience store in Newcastle upon Tyne after the city’s licensing boss launched a clampdown on off-licences in the area.

Former Jessops boss joins Conviviality

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed former Jessops boss David Adams as chairman as part of a boardroom shake-up.

US craft vodka to launch

Hi-Spirits is set to launch Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a six-time pot distilled vodka from Texas.

New look and IPA for US craft brew Fordham

US craft beer range Fordham has been given a new look and added an IPA to the line-up.

Reward offered to help find stolen Brewdog beers

A wholesaler who suffered the theft of 16,000 bottles of Brewdog beer from his warehouse in Essex has urged the trade to help him recover it.

Gin pioneer Martin Miller dies

Gin pioneer Martin Miller has died after a short battle with cancer.

Scotland toasts soaring whisky exports

Scotch whisky exports have almost doubled in the past 10 years, according to new analysis of HM Revenue & Customs figures by the Scottish government.

Berkshire brewery launches share scheme

A Berkshire brewery is offering fans of its beers the opportunity to invest in the business.

Castel fined €4m over non-disclosure of acquisition

The French wine company that once owned Oddbins has been fined €4 million (£3.3 million) for failing to disclose the 2011 acquisition of six compaines from the Burgundy wine producer Patriarche to competition authorities.

Witney supermarket among test purchase failures

Three people have been fined for serving alcohol to under-18s after Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council undertook a Christmas test purchasing operation.

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.