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Carling raises a toast to royal baby

A new celebratory digital ad that Carling released within minutes of the announcement of the royal birth has already been viewed more than 400,000 times as royal baby mania continues to grip the UK.

How to make a Purple Lady

How to make a Purple Lady pomegranate-flavoured summer cocktail: 

Brewdog caused "serious offence"

Brewdog has been sanctioned by the advertising watchdog for referring to itself as a “post punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery” on its website.

Retailers missing £500 million sparkling wine opportunity

Independent retailers and convenience store owners are missing a “huge” opportunity to sell more sparkling wine, according to a leading supplier.

I Heart wine brand signs MW to bolster range

Copestick Murray has appointed Jo Ahearne MW as consultant winemaker for its I Heart wine brand.

Supermarket wine buyers come under renewed fire

The calibre of supermarket wine buyers has come under renewed fire from suppliers complaining poor expertise could be costing sales.

Multiples increase market share at expense of smaller retailers

Multiples continue to grow BWS sales at the expense of smaller retailers, according to the First Drinks Market Report 2013.

Suppliers call for low alcohol wine to be rebranded

The industry needs to overhaul its approach to low-alcohol wine to up its appeal among younger consumers and give the category a more positive image, according to leading suppliers. 

Overhaul of online alcohol advertising laws due in weeks

An overhaul of the way drinks companies use social media is expected within two weeks as the Advertising Standards Authority prepares to tighten its laws.

Retailers join Drinkaware in lower alcohol campaign

Drinkaware is teaming up with retailers in Glasgow to use POS to urge shoppers to switch their usual drink to a lower strength version.

World Wine Agencies sold

New World specialist World Wine Agencies has been bought by Hayward Brothers in a deal to give the European-focused importer a broader portfolio.

Budvar brings new beer to UK market

Budvar brewery is launching a 3.8% abv beer to join its flagship brand in the UK. Pardal is brewed at the same facility as Budvar but has a lower price point and will debut at Morrisons in the autumn.

Rum sales soar

Rum could soon overtake gin to become the UK’s third most popular spirit if retailers tap into its potential, according to a leading supplier.

Bibendum launches spirits business

Bibendum has launched a standalone spirits agency business and is on the lookout for new brands to add to its portfolio.

Bargain Booze set for £65 million float

The owner of Bargain Booze is seeking to rapidly accelerate the chain’s national roll out after it launched a bid to raise up to £65 million by floating the company on the stock exchange. 

Minimum pricing announcement expected today

The government is expected to formally announce today that it has abandoned plans for minimum unit pricing and a ban on multibuys for alcohol in England and Wales.

Harrods opens new luxury wine and spirits department

Jerobaums of £18,000 Cristal Champagne, first growths and vertical selections of Chateau Margaux and Petrus and a whisky collection worth almost £1 million are on sale at Harrod’s new wine and spirits department.

MEP wants calorie labels on alcoholic drinks

Labour’s European spokesperson for health has called for alcoholic drinks to feature calorie labels.  

Diageo launches "Embarrassing Drunken Walks" video

Diageo is targeting young adults with a campaign designed to remind them that binge drinking can lead to “shame and embarrassment”. 

Oddbins offers holidaymakers chance to "be the buyer"

Oddbins is offering holidaymakers the chance to earn thousands of pounds by recommending their favourite wines from their travels under a new scheme called The Listing.

Big names confirm they will return for 2014 London Wine Fair

Brintex has reported that 32 out of 35 exhibitors at this year’s London Wine Fair have now rebooked for the 2014 show.

Hooch revival continues with new flavours

Global Brands has brought Hooch Orange and Hooch Blackcurrant back to the market after a 10-year absence.

Duchess calls for new name for English sparkling wine

The Duchess of Cornwall believes the English sparkling wine category needs to be rebranded with a new name to help it compete with the likes of Champagne.

Ashes legends join Wolf Blass for cricket sponsorship

Former England cricket captains Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan have signed up as brand ambassadors to front Wolf Blass’s Ashes broadcast partnership with Sky Sports.

Chapel Down unveils bold expansion plans

English wine and beer producer Chapel Down is planting new vines in Essex, Kent and Sussex and building a brewery for its Curious beer range after securing £4.3 million in equity funding.

Carling British Cider makes TV debut

Carling British Cider has made its small screen debut with an ad designed to “champion British sense of humour” as a man attempts to combine bungee jumping with apple bobbing.

Cambride Wine Merchants in sustainability push

Cambridge Wine Merchants is running a wine festival involving tastings, masterclasses, promotions and education on the theme of sustainability throughout July.

UK hailed as key market in global wine business

Australia’s fourth-largest wine supplier hailed the UK as a key strategic market in the global wine business and said it will not turn its back on Britain in the face of a poor exchange rate and difficult trading conditions.

New Iron Maiden beer hits one million pint mark

Robinsons has produced the millionth pint of Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale just eight weeks after the launch.

BWS sales stutter among multiples

BWS volume sales among multiple retailers dipped 0.1% year-on-year in the four weeks to June 22, according to the latest set of Nielsen figures.

Bancroft pushing premium New Zealand wine

Bancroft has taken on a new winery that produces premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling from New Zealand’s Central Otago.

Stowford Press hits TV screens for first time

Stowford Press is making its TV debut this summer with in an ad campaign designed to reach 28 million adults. 

Campaign promotes Swedish town of Kopparberg

An ad campaign running until the end of August is promoting the cider’s brand’s Swedish heritage on TV and social media platforms.

French Wines with Style meets Tour de France

With the Tour de France in full swing, Gerard Basset MW has made a video designed to educate Off Licence News readers about the wines from each region the world's most famous cycle race passes through.

Treasury increases luxury vineyard holdings

Treasury Wine Estates has signed a deal to purchase the 116ha White Hills vineyard in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley from Brown Brothers.

The Beautiful South smashes target

A new tasting event that brings together leading producers from Argentina, Chile and South Africa under one roof in London has exceeded its exhibitor target.

Drinks trade charity launches teaching grants

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent is launching a scheme to give grants to help existing members of the industry advance through extra training and career support. 

Brewdog plots move into retail trade

Brewdog is planning to enter the retail trade with a chain of speciality beer shops with the working name Bottledog.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2014 open for entries

The Drinks Retailing Awards 2014 are now open for entries, allowing independents, specialists, convenience stores and major multiples from across the UK the chance to win coveted trophies and recognition among the leading lights of our dynamic industry. 

City support for Majestic remains strong, says boss

Support for Majestic’s model among City investors remains as strong as ever despite it posting a moderate profit rise dampened by it’s decision to stop supplying wholesale businesses, according to its chief executive. 

Brewers invest millions in campaign promoting British beer

A group of the UK’s biggest brewers have joined forces to launch a multi-million pound consumer campaign to change the image of beer and stem slowing sales.

UK drinks industry stance praised

The president of Europe-wide organisation Wine in Moderation has praised the UK trade for its proactive drive to combat abusive drinking and urged the British government not to punish responsible drinkers with prohibitionist measures. 

Penderyn to triple production

Welsh whisky producer Penderyn has secured bank funding to triple production of its single malts.

SH Jones buys Slurp

Online wine, beer and spirits retailer Slurp has been bought by Oxfordshire wine merchant SH Jones.

Cornish brewer opens its own store

Cornish brewer Penpont has opened a shop selling its own and other brewers’ beers.

New ginger beer brand aims to help the homeless

A former Greene King marketing manager has launched a 4% abv ginger beer brand that will donate a share of its profits to charities like Centrepoint that tackle homelessness. 

Brookfield Drinks buys Diamond cider brand

Former Wells and Young’s managing director Nigel McNally has followed up the purchase of Kestrel lager by snapping up Diamond Cider from C&C.

Drinks charity aims to double beneficiaries after selling care home

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent has taken “the tough and uncomfortable decision” to sell a care home that looks after drinks industry veterans due to its “unsustainable drain” on funds.

Whisky priced at £150k goes on sale in London

An exclusive bottle of whisky priced at £150,000 has gone on sale at The Whisky Shop’s flagship store in London’s Piccadilly.

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East Anglia cleans up at wine awards

East Anglia has been hailed as the top spot for producing English wine after the region scooped five of the 13 trophies given out at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition.