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Grant's gift pack aims to drive convenience sales

First Drinks has unveiled a gift pack to showcase Grant’s Family Reserve in time for the Christmas trading period.

Rare whisky priced at £2,850 unveiled

Ian Macleod Distilers has released a limited-edition 35-year-old expression of Glengoyne single malt, priced at £2,850.

Wine needs to be more engaging, warns Jago

Tesco’s wine boss has warned consumers may leave the wine category because rival drinks are doing a better job of engaging them.

Legal threat over high-strength ban

Suppliers have warned they may take action against councils for breaking competition law by pushing retailers to strip shelves of premium beer and cider.

Wright leads management buyout at Virgin Wines

Direct Wines has sold Virgin Wines to chief executive Jay Wright and his team in a £15.9 million management buyout.

Asda seeks to lure wine lovers with Christmas ad

Asda has made wine a major focus of its Christmas advertising drive by telling shoppers that “wine lovers are better off at Asda”.

New off-licences could be banned in Scottish region

Health bosses are pushing for a ban on any new off-licences bigger than 40 square metres across the Highlands.

Inverarity goes Forth and multiplies

Scottish drinks wholesaler Inverarity Morton will expand its reach in England after buying Forth Wines in a seven-figure deal.

No danger of Argentina relying on Malbec too much

One of Argentina’s leading winemakers said there is no danger of the country becoming too reliant on Malbec but urged the trade to promote its diversity.

Aston Manor invests millions to meet demand

Aston Manor has investing in a new multimillion pound cider processing plant that handles 800 tonnes of apples a day in a bid to keep up with Britain’s growing thirst for the drink.

Producers go online to cut out retailers

Pernod Ricard is poised to become the second major supplier to launch an ecommerce site that sells direct to UK consumers.

Macallan Amber scoops prestigious gong

The Whisky Shop has named The Macallan Amber as its Whisky of the Year 2013.

Spirit-flavoured beers enjoy strong growth

Value sales of spirit-flavoured beers are growing at 262% in the off-trade, according to new IRI figures (year to August 17, 2013).

Press campaign for Courvoisier

Courvoisier Cognac has unveiled three print and outdoor ads aimed at broadening the brand’s appeal across a range of drinking occasions.

Trade bodies lobby minister over personal licence plans

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association and the Association of Convenience Stores are among 15 trade groups behind a joint letter urging the government to drop plans to abolish personal licences.

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.