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Ab-Inbev moves into spirit beers

AB-InBev has launched a rum-flavoured beer called Cubanisto to capitalise on the burgeoning market for spirit infused beers.

Provenance key to wine's success

The wine trade will succeed if it fights off the threat of innovative rival categories by keeping ranges fresh, pushing new varietals and highlighting wine’s provenance, according to a leading supplier.

Ehrmann's predicts star turns

Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and France will be the star performers in the wine world this year, according to Ehrmann’s.

Plea for cider aid after flooding

North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has submitted an early day motion asking Parliament to debate the merits of scrapping the duty escalator on cider.

Vin de France puts faith in 87 wines

The body that represents pan-French appellation Vin de France has picked 87 wines to represent the country this year.

PLB takes on Western Australian winery

PLB has added Western Australian winery Capel Vale to its portfolio and will distribute a four-strong range across the UK.

Memorial service for Michael Cox announced

A memorial service for Michael Cox will take place at Southwark Cathedral on Thursday, April 10.

Portugal's D&F Wines goes upmarket

A Portuguese wine company is launching a premium range of estate-grown wines after more than 30 years supplying the volume end of the market.

Four Loko producer hits back at Portman

A Chicago drinks maker has hit back at the Portman Group after it was banned from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.

Heineken to spend £100m on 2014 ad campaigns

Heineken is spending £100 million on marketing a wide range of new and existing brands in 2014 as it embarks on its “biggest innovation year ever”.

Jagermeister funds seven-figure push into off-trade

Jägermeister will hit TV screens for the first time ever next month as part of a £3 million ad campaign designed to boost its off-trade sales.

Portman Group bans Four Loko

The Portman Group has banned Chicago drinks maker Phusion Projects from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.

Amarula launches Gold

Amarula cream liqueur is set to launch its first new product in 25 years – Amarula Gold, a clear golden 30% abv spirit.

Black Tower bucks lower-alcohol wine decline

Reh Kendermann’s 5.5% abv B by Black Tower grew 52% in 2013, bucking a decline in the lower-alcohol wine market.

Michael Cox's Taittinger collection to be auctioned for charity

Before he died last week, wine industry doyenne Michael Cox donated his limited-edition collection of Taittinger Champagne to drinks trade charity The Benevolent.

Bid to make Moscato this season's must-have

Californian wine supplier Gallo aims to make Moscato this season’s must-have varietal with the launch of two new wines and a £1 million ad campaign.

Gallo targets independents with record selling vodka

Gallo is targeting independent retailers with New Amsterdam vodka, the first spirits brand to sell 1 million cases within its first year in the US.

Diageo slammed for linking alcohol to toughness

Diageo has been warned that its future advertising must not link alcohol with daringness or toughness after the watchdog banned a Captain Morgan ad featuring a daredevil buccaneer. 

Thatchers blends 458 different apples

Thatchers has released a limited edition cider made from 458 different types of apple grown in a single orchard.

Co-op launches Fairtrade promotion

Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday (Feb 24) and the Co-op is offering 20% off many of its own-brand range to celebrate 10 years of Fairtrade wine.

The late, great Michael Cox: his last big interview

Industry legend Michael Cox has died following a battle with cancer and twin brother David has led tributes to “an amazing man”.

Scotch Whisky Association fights to scrap MUP plans

The Scotch Whisky Association has vowed to fight tooth and nail to see the proposed minimum unit pricing policy axed in Scotland.

Wines of Chile's Michael Cox dies

Wines of Chile’s European director Michael Cox has died after a battle with cancer.

Budweiser asks football fans to Rise as One

AB Inbev aims to reach 43 million UK consumers with a marketing campaign promoting Budweiser’s sponsorship of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Diageo launches new Ciroc variant

Diageo has launched a peach variant of super-premium vodka brand Ciroc.

Diageo urges Britain to remain in EU

Diageo has warned that Britain leaving the EU could lead to dwindling Scotch whisky exports and impede the UK’s economic recovery.

Comedian Danny Wallace to release beer

Comedian Danny Wallace has created a new beer in collaboration with the recently reopened east London brewery Truman’s.

New boss for Let There Be Beer campaign

The team behind the Let There Be Beer campaign has hired a former Accolade, Diageo and LVMH marketing boss to spearhead the initiative.

Revolutionary rum lands in the UK

A small-batch rum inspired by a Filipino revolutionary has hit the UK off-trade after Glasgow-based supplier Marblehead signed a distribution deal with Bleeding Heart Rum Company.

Tesco expands wine team

Tesco has bolstered its wine team by plucking Charlotte Lemoine from the shop floor at Majestic and turning her into an assistant product developer.

Make your own wine with Berry Bros

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving wine lovers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing up start-up company Viniv.

On-pack promotion for Brazilian wine

Consumers can win a trip for two to Brazil in a new on-pack promotion launched by the nation’s generic body.

New boss at Imperial Tobacco

Melvin Ruigrok has taken over as general manager at Imperial Tobacco’s UK arm.

Join the fight to end duty escalator

The industry’s ability to contribute more to the country’s economic recovery is being severely hampered by the government’s policy on alcohol tax, an exclusive OLN survey has shown.

"People are Pinot Grigio-ed and Sauvignon Blanc-ed out"

Accolade has reported double-digit growth in market-leading Australian brand Hardys and said the return to prominence of Chardonnay from Down Under will spur even greater progress.

French Wines with Style ramps up digital focus

The French Wines with Style campaign has put digital marketing at the heart of its 2014 campaign in a bid to show off the best Gallic wines to increasingly web-savvy consumers.

Tesco reinvents classic beers for new range

Tesco is launching an exclusive range of beers after giving the five regional brew-masters at Marston’s free reign to create experimental brews for the retailer.

Retailers urged to wean themselves off discounts

Brands that have not had much exposure to discounting can help retailers push up the average price of a bottle of wine and shake off reliance on promotions, according to a leading supplier.

Diageo tips Gordon's Elderflower to dominate category

Diageo hopes that the new elderflower variant of Gordon’s gin will eventually account for more than a tenth of the brand’s sales.

New Budvar sales chief outlines growth plan

Budvar’s new UK sales director plans to grow the business by pushing 33cl cans, price-marked packs, the super-premium Budvar Premier Select and an alcohol-free beer.

The Benevolent to host London Wine Fair party

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has teamed up with the organisers of the London Wine Fair to put on a party at Kensington Roof Gardens on the final day of the fair.

California on the upswing

Californian wine is “on the upswing” in the UK market, according to one of the golden state’s most celebrated producers.

Rivals put boot into Heineken over Cantona ad

Advertising watchdogs have banned ads for Kronenbourg featuring ex-footballer Eric Cantona because they falsely implied the beer was made in France.

Broadleaf wines launched into off-trade

International Brands has launched a new range of nine varietal wines under the Broadleaf banner.

McWilliam's transfers from PLB to Kingsland

McWilliam’s has announced that distribution rights for the core McWilliam’s brand have been transferred from PLB to Kingsland Wine & Spirits.

WKD to ramp up price-marking

WKD is making price-marked 70cl bottles of Blue, Iron Brew and Green available in cash and carries from the end of February.

Wine school for the intimidated

A former buyer for Venus, Bibendum and the Antique Wine Company has set up a wine school targeting people who feel intimidated by the subject.

Gordon's launches elderflower gin

Diageo is introducing an elderflower version of its Gordon’s gin. The launch follows that of Gordon’s Crisp Cucumber a year ago.

£1m prize in Crabbie's Grand National promotion

Halewood International is offering a £1 million first prize in an on-pack competition on Crabbie’s in the run up to the Grand National, which is sponsored by the alcoholic ginger beer brand.

New brews mark 140 years for Batemans

Lincolnshire family brewer Batemans has rebranded with a contemporary new look and a range of unusual new craft beers to celebrate its 140th anniversary.