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Proposal to end personal licences

The government has launched a consultation which could see the end of personal licences.

"Disingenuous" half price offers must go

A leading supplier claims half price wine deals will disappear from shelves and urged the trade to find new tactics to stem haemorrhaging sales.

Thousands more Brits flocked to Prowein 2013

Prowein organiser Messe Dusseldorf has revealed that 8% of the 26,000 international visitors to the 2013 show came from the UK.

Launch of ‘curated marketplace’ for niche brands

An online “curated marketplace” to showcase drinks from boutique British producers has been launched.

Student discount under fire

The Co-operative Group has come under fire from Alcohol Concern for offering students a 10% discount on beer, wine and spirits.

Buyers thinking more about consumers' palates

UK buyers are starting to think less about their own refined palates and more about their sweet-toothed customers, according to the supplier of one of the UK’s bestselling Argentinian wines.

Wines of South Africa names new head

Wines of South Africa has named Siobhan Thompson as its new chief executive as Su Birch prepares to step down next month. (November).

New Ciroc flavour lands in the UK

Diageo has brought a Red Berry flavour of its Ciroc super-premium vodka to the UK.

The Beautiful South will return in 2014

The three generic bodies that combined to create The Beautiful South tasting last week have announced the event will return next year.

Armchair football fans bombarded with alcohol ads

Researchers urged the Government to ban alcohol firms from sponsoring football matches after finding armchair fans are bombarded by more than 100 images of beer, wine and spirits every hour.

All change at the top of the SWA

Gavin Hewitt will step down as chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association at the end of 2013, to be replaced by British diplomat David Frost.

Diageo shareholders to vote on executive pay

Diageo is facing an investor revolt over “excessive” executive pay packages, according to shareholder advisory firm Manifest.

English wine producer bullish despite sales dip

Poor weather and short harvests caused turnover and earnings to drop slightly at English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down.

Lib Dems to wage war on large cider producers

The Liberal Democrats want to see the definition of cider changed so “mass-produced, lower quality” products do not benefit from low duty rates.

Hastings Council urges retailers to ditch "super-strength" beer and cider

Hastings Borough Council has become the latest local authority to begin a scheme urging off-licences to stop selling beer and cider at 6.5% abv and above.

MWs descend on London for 60th anniversary

The largest-ever gathering of Masters of Wine is assembling in London this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the wine world’s most prestigious title.

Maison Sichel unveils new winery

Bordeaux producer Maison Sichel has opened a new £1.7 million winery to welcome the 2013 harvest.

New range aims to display potential of Pinotage

The protégée of one of the "fathers of Pinotage" has unveiled a new range of wines that aims to display the depth and quality of South Africa’s emblematic variety.

Top Argentine producers celebrated

Sebastian Zuccardi of Familia Zuccardi was named Winemaker’s Winemaker of the Year at the Gaucho Awards, which celebrated the achievements of Argentine wine at the chain’s flagship Piccadilly restaurant.

Historic Truman's makes comeback at new site

Historic London brewery Truman’s is opening in Hackney this month, 24 years after its original Brick Lane brewery shut down.

Climate change could end grape growing in classic regions

Winegrowing could be completely wiped out in great swathes of the world – with the most famous classic regions being the hardest hit if temperatures rise by just a few degrees, as they are forecast to by the end of this century, according to a Chilean professor of bioclimatology.

Jägermeister sets up UK subsidiary

Jägermeister has set up its first ever foreign distribution subsidiary in the UK after seeing “outstanding growth” in the market.

Smirnoff launches hypnotic TV ad

Diageo has launched a new TV ad as part of a £4.5 million campaign to push Smirnoff's new signature serve, Smirnoff Apple Bite.

Morgenrot takes on Windhoek

Manchester-based importer Morgenrot has become the sole UK importer of Namibian lager Windhoek.

Council adopts Reducing the Strength scheme

Wakefield Council has introduced a scheme urging shops to stop selling beer and cider at 6.5% abv or above.

Aussie brewery is IBC champion

An Australian barley wine has been named Supreme Champion of the 2013 International Beer Challenge.

Carling launches winter berry variant

Molson Coors has added the limited-edition Carling Zest with a Hint of Winter Berries to its portfolio.

Casillero del Diablo launches new TV campaign

Casillero del Diablo has launched a new TV ad campaign designed to reach 4.1 million consumers.

Liberty Wines branches out into beer, cider and spirits

Liberty Wines has launched a range of cider, craft beer, gin and vermouth as it branches out from its core wine portfolio.

Hayman brings distilling in-house

Hayman Distillers has opened a dedicated distillery in Witham, Essex, where it already blended and bottled its gins, and has revamped its packaging.

Sales boost for Cape and Spain

Favourable prices have boosted sales of South African and Spanish, wines according to the latest Nielsen data released by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Pernod Ricard targets on-trade

Pernod Ricard UK is putting the on-trade at the heart of its strategy for the next two years, managing director Denis O’Flynn has said.

Morrisons cuts wine range after review

Morrisons is culling its wine range by 15% as part of a continued bid to reposition its approach to the category.

Calls for unity on street drinking

The head of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has urged the industry to collaborate on finding ways to combat street drinking in towns and cities.

Copestick Murray sets sights on fizz

Wiltshire-based importer Copestick Murray is poised to become a significant player in the booming sparkling wine market after selling a 60% stake to German fizz giant Henkell.

Naked offers bond options

Online retailer Naked Wines is offering investors the chance to buy fine wine bonds to raise £3 million to invest in winemakers.

Wine Car Boot set for future events

The organiser of London’s first Wine Car Boot is planning another event before the end of the year after declaring last week’s sale a success.

Wine Rack franchise offer

Bargain Booze franchisees will be offered the chance to convert to the Wine Rack fascia if their stores meet criteria on location and customer demographics.

Heineken sponsors London Film Festival

Heineken has become the official beer of the 57th BFI London Film Festival, which takes place from October 9-20.

Jacob's Creek launches lighter Pinot Grigio

Pernod Ricard UK has added a Pinot Grigio to Jacob’s Creek’s lower-alcohol Cool Harvest range. 

Brands team reshuffle for PLB

PLB has made new appointments to the brand team that is part of its buying team.

Hi Spirits rapped over Fireball ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered Hi Spirits to change its advertising material for the fourth time this year over an ad for its Fireball Whiskey liqueur brand.

Rioja wines to hold first UK tasting

More than 100 Rioja wineries are teaming up to hold a generic trade tasting in the UK for the first time.

New look for Ballantine's

Pernod Ricard UK has given Ballantine’s Finest a new look in a bid to appeal to modern whisky drinkers.

Thwaites to distribute Warsteiner

Lancashire brewer Thwaites has become the UK distributor for Warsteiner, one of Germany’s biggest premium beer producers. 

Lord Black to speak at WSTA conference

Lord Black of Brentwood will be the keynote speaker at the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s annual conference this month.

Henkell takes Copestick Murray stake

German-owned sparkling wine producer Henkell has bought a 60% stake in the wine importer Copestick Murray, best known for its I Heart wine brand.

Bargain Booze owner buys Wine Rack for £1.6m

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has bought the Wine Rack chain from Venus Wine & Spirit Merchants.

Waitrose showcases Turkish wine

Turkish wine is the unusual star of the Waitrose Wine Showcase running in shops and online from September 2 to October 8.

Most drinks packs are responsible: Portman

The overwhelming majority of drinks are packaged responsibly, the Portman Group has announced.