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Crabbie's wins Grand National

Halewood International’s Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer has taken over title sponsorship of the Grand National and Grand National Festival at Aintree.

Register now for the Beautiful South

With just under two weeks to go, the Beautiful South Tasting is now open for online registration.

Drop local minimum price plans, council urged

A Cheshire councillor has called on his own local authority to scrap plans for a minimum unit price on alcohol.

Wine Rack opens in Hampstead

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Hampstead - bringing its estate to 20. 

Co-op to launch premium own-label wine

The Co-operative has expanded its premium own-label Truly Irresistible into wine.

WSTA conference to tackle consumer challenges

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association will tackle how digital technology and increasing regulation are affecting drinks consumers at its 2013 conference on September 25.

Louis Jadot branches out into Oregon

Maison Louis Jadot has snapped up the 8ha Resonance Vineyard to produce Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for an undisclosed fee.

New Zealand wine exports to UK drop 2%

New Zealand wine exports to the UK slipped by 2% in value in the year to June 30, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato heads to the UK

Gallo has unveiled Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato as a new addition to its Californian wine portfolio.

Consultation on wholesaler registration scheme launched

HMRC has launched a 10-week consultation to assess the costs, feasibility and effectiveness of launching a wholesaler registration scheme.

Brewing giants struggle in UK market

Brewing giants Heineken and Carlsberg blamed bad weather, tax hikes and continued austerity for declining volume sales in the UK market.

The Whisky Shop expands into Manchester

The Whisky Shop is taking on Selfridges and Harvey Nichols by opening its newest outlet in the heart of Manchester’s retail area.

Naked Wines receives £6.4 million investment

Norwich-based retailer Naked Wines has secured a £6.4 million from German wine seller WIV Wein International to fund a further push into US and Australian markets.

Malborough celebrates 40th birthday

New Zealand Winegrowers has hailed the decision to plant grapes in Marlborough as the “single most important event in the history of the New Zealand wine industry” as the region prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

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Smirnoff Gold launched into UK market

Diageo is introducing a liqueur called Smirnoff Gold, which blends Smirnoff No.21 premium vodka with natural cinnamon flavouring and visible flakes of edible 23 carat gold leaf, into the UK market.

Pernod Ricard launches Argentinian wine brand in UK

Pernod Ricard UK has expanded its premium wine portfolio with the introduction of Graffigna Centenario Malbec.

Croatia set for UK market push

Croatia is set for a push into the UK wine market after joining the EU this summer and starting to enjoy more relaxed trading conditions, according to Vina Croatia.

Sun shines on drinks sales

Soaring lager, cider and sparkling wine sales drove an 18% rise in BWS volumes during the heatwave that bathed Britain in sunshine throughout July.

Responsibility Deal leaders shrug off health lobby exodus

The Department of Health said it is fully committed to the Responsibility Deal it signed with the drinks industry despite a series of high-profile walkouts by health bodies.

Bargain Booze buys stores to tempt franchisees

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is in the process of buying two shops to run as “incubation” stores to sell on to new franchisees.

Brand Phoenix "will always be UK-centric"

Brand Phoenix has moved to reassure the trade of its commitment to the UK market after co-founder Steve Barton announced he was leaving to push its First Cape brand into the US.

Oddbins redesign begins

The first revamp of Oddbins stores in 17 years is underway with a new fascia starting to appear across the estate and a new-look website.

Red Bull resolves dispute with microbrewer

Energy drinks giant Red Bull has decided to end a dispute it started with Norfolk microbrewer Redwell.

Social media ads in spotlight

The Advertising Standards Authority said it may clamp down on alcohol suppliers’ and retailers’ use of social media after admitting that age-gating children so they cannot access adult content is failing.

Tobacco firms fight EU’s "enforced supersizing" plans

Tobacco manufacturers are fighting EU plans which would ban menthol and slimline cigarettes, all packs of 10 and limit sales of rolling tobacco to 40g pouches.

Convenience store sector "will consolidate"

The man who led Costcutter’s takeover of the Rhythm & Booze off-licence chain is predicting more consolidation in the convenience retailing sector.

Absolut designs break with flavour convention

Pernod Ricard is rolling out new bottle designs for its range of Absolut flavoured vodkas.

Red Bull challenges Redwell brewery over name

Red Bull has written to Norwich-based brewer Redwell, requesting it immediately withdraws its trademark application, claiming the names are too similar and would confuse customers.

Tesco unveils new BWS sections

A cocktail zone, beer and wine chillers and iPads with information on malt whisky are among the features in three new-look stores unveiled by Tesco.

Tesco overhauls mobile wine site

Tesco has revamped its Wine by the Case mobile site after discovering that a quarter of its online wine sales now comes from shoppers using their mobile phones.

Diageo launches Baileys Chocolate Luxe

Diageo has released a Belgian chocolate liqueur under its Baileys brand in what it bills as the world’s first fusion of Irish whiskey and real chocolate.

Aporkalypse now as Welsh brewer launches chocolate and bacon beer

Welsh brewery Brains is launching a bacon and chocolate porter called Aporkalypse at the Great British Beer Festival next week.

Bargain Booze owner hires Musgrave financial director

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has raided rival Musgrave to appoint a new chief financial officer.

Strike averted at Molson Coors brewery

Molson Coors brewery workers have agreed not to go on strike after signing a last-ditch deal that ends a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

Wales considers pushing through minimum unit pricing plans of its own

Wales could pursue its own plans to introduce minimum unit pricing after being left disappointed by the UK Government’s decision to scrap plans to implement the measure.

Thatcher's claims record sales as cider's purple patch continues

Thatcher’s cider has reported that July was the best month for sales it has enjoyed since the firm was founded in 1904.

Nederburg offers shoppers chance to wine and dine in style

Distell has launched a neck collar promotion on its prestige collection Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve, offering shoppers the chance to win a meal at a top London restaurant.

Steve Barton leaves Britain to head up US division of Brand Phoenix

Brand Phoenix co-founder Steve Barton is leaving the UK business and relocating to the USA to push the company’s First Cape brand into that market.

Responsibility Deal lies in tatters

The largest local authority in the UK has become the latest organisation to leave the Responsibility Deal in protest over the scrapping of minimum unit pricing.

Costcutter in £35 million deal to boost growth

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has signed a £35 million refinancing deal with Barclays to boost its ambitious growth plans.

New trustees join The Benevolent

The Benevolent has appointed three senior drinks industry figures as new trustees.

Australian Vintage takes on rivals in 5.5% abv category

Australian Vintage has become the latest supplier to launch a low alcohol wine range into the UK market.

Gin brand hopes to cash in on Ashes mania

Greenall’s Gin has timed its new sponsorship of Lancashire Country Cricket Club perfectly as the biggest match in cricket heads to the team’s Old Trafford home on Thursday.

Tesco secures exclusive listing of Jamie's Italian wines

Tesco has secured an exclusive listing of three new wines from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group.

Cider and lager sales enjoying purple patch

The glorious sunshine that has bathed Britain this month has led to a surge in cider and lager sales, according to various leading suppliers.

Retailer to open boutique London winery

Wine merchant Roberson is taking over an old gin distillery in Earls Court and turning it into a boutique winery that will start making wine in September.

Scottish minimum pricing plans opposed by 11 countries

Eleven European wine and spirits producing countries have lodged a bid to block Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing on alcohol by branding them illegal, unfair and ineffective.

Cru Bourgeois tasting announced

The UK trade will be able to sample the 2011 vintage of Bordeaux wines to gain Cru Bourgeois status at a tasting in London on September 19.

Brewdog calls watchdogs "killjoy, self-important pen pushers"

Brewdog has responded with typical defiance after receiving a rap on the knuckles from the Advertising Standards Authority over material on its website deemed to cause “serious offence”.