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Truly Irresistible wines to hit Co-op shelves

A six-strong range of wines under the Co-operative’s premium own-label Truly Irresistible is to reach store shelves next week.

Gluten-free gift pack from St Peter's

Suffolk brewer St Peter’s has launched a gluten-free gift pack targeting beer fans with coeliac disease this Christmas.

Jungfrau goes for gold

Global Brands has become the latest spirits company to launch a liqueur laced with gold.

Tequila cider is 'crazy apple'

Hi-Spirits has launched a cider with tequila and lime flavour called Manzana Loca – or “crazy apple” in Spanish.

Nearly half children have seen parents drunk: Drinkaware

Nearly half of 10 to 14-year-olds have seen their parents drunk, alcohol education charity Drinkaware has reported.

Loire additions for Domaine Direct

Burgundy specialist Domaine Direct has added two Loire growers to its portfolio – Domaine David in Muscadet and Domaine Tinel-Blondelet in Pouilly-Sur-Loire.

Asda ups its game in BWS

Asda’s BWS chief has set out her ambitions for the retailer’s drinks offer for the coming year, starting with the launch of a dedicated online wine site and a series of developments in spirits and beer.

En primeur hit for Berry Bros

A tough year for en primeur was the main contributor to an operating loss and falling turnover for royal wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

Glasgow drinks production boom

Glasgow city centre is to become a drinks production hotbed with plans for a new distillery and a brewery.

Women flock to Sainsbury's ale aisle

Sainsbury’s has sold premium bottled ale to 95,000 extra female shoppers in the past year (Nectar Card data, year to September 30).

Morrisons wine sales up 3%

Morrisons said it is constantly growing market share of the wine category and sales are up 3% year on year.

Booths trials wine samplers

North west England supermarket chain Booths is using a four-week long wine promotion to test the viability of sampling machines.

Call for action on social media code

Current rules governing the drinks industry’s use of social media may not be fit for purpose, according to a concerned supplier.

Premium push for South African wines

Cape Legends said it is giving its 20 wine brands a “big push” into the UK market as it sees a huge opportunity to trade consumers up to premium South African wine.

Grape beats promotions in survey

Consumers put grape variety ahead of promotions in deciding which wine to buy, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Rioja rocks London

The new president of Wines of Rioja has pledged to invest in the UK market in a bid to build exports over the next decade.

Spanish buzz boosts sherry

The UK market is benefiting from its most diverse range of sherry ever, according to the Sherry Institute.

Smirnoff ramps up marketing spend

Smirnoff ads will be on TV screens every month except for January in 2014 as the brand ups its annual marketing spend to £7.5 million.

Diageo seeks to reinvent spirits category

Diageo plans to revitalise the UK spirits market by recreating the food revolution led by celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver.

Merry 'Christ-Moose' from WKD

WKD is wishing retailers a happy “Christ-Moose” with the launch of its Christmas POS kits and deals.

Royal Family's wine merchant to post first loss in recent memory

Berry Bros & Rudd is set to post a pre-tax loss of £7.3 million for the 2012-13 financial year as the 315-year-old wine merchant prepares to overhaul its business.

Merrydown launches blackcurrant cider

Merrydown has launched a 4% abv blackcurrant cider – the first in a planned range of “hedgerow”-flavoured ciders.

Johnnie Walker gets £7.2 million push into UK market

Diageo is relaunching Johnnie Walker into the UK market with a £7.2 million marketing campaign and it hopes the move will revive the UK whisky category.

Wine fraud could be worth £700 million: HMRC

Illicit wine sales could be as much as 11% of the market and may have lost HM Revenue & Customs as much as £700 million, a new report has revealed.

Bourbon struggles to meet demand

The company behind Buffalo Trace bourbon is struggling to keep up with demand as interest in the Kentucky spirit grows in the US and around the world.

Glittery new look for VK

Global Brands has revamped the whole VK RTD range, launching five new flavours and adding edible glitter to its Ice Storm flavour.

Beers of Europe set to expand

Britain’s biggest beer shop is set to expand its shop and add a cafe, bar and new offices after planners in Kings Lynn gave its ambitious proposals the green light.

Whisky from Down Under lands in UK

A whisky range from Down Under is now available to buy for the first time ever in the UK.

Cockburn's given £1.5 million ad boost

Cockburn’s has launched a £1.5 million ad campaign designed to boost growth in the burgeoning port category.

Babycham turns 60

Babycham is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an on-pack promotion, limited edition packaging, a new website and a Facebook campaign.

Little public appetite for minimum unit pricing

A research firm has suggested minimum unit pricing on alcohol would be unpopular and ineffective after its survey revealed the public would prefer cigarettes and fatty food to be targeted by the NHS.

Accolade revamps wine advice site

Accolade has revamped the website it launched two years ago to help retailers sell more wine after reporting that membership to the free site has grown “significantly”.

Lindeman's in £1 million ad campaign

Treasury is investing in a multimillion pound ad campaign for Australian wine brand Lindeman’s.

Leading supplier aims to bring single grain Scotch to the masses

William Grant & Sons aims to see single grain whisky stand alongside single malt and blended as a major Scotch category after launching The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 25 Year Old.

Batemans wins Sainsbury's Beer Hunt again

Batemans B Bock beat hundreds of new beers brewed across the UK to win a listing at Sainsbury’s after it was named winner of the retailer’s Great British Beer Hunt 2013.

Montes celebrates quarter century

Chilean producer Viña Montes is launching a new wine and releasing special vintages of its icon wines Alpha M, Folly and Purple Angel to celebrate a quarter of a century of winemaking.

City bringing in minimum unit pricing "to make a stand"

The man who is intent on bringing minimum unit pricing to one of England’s largest cities said he is not worried about defying central government’s decision to scrap the measure.

Magnums and iPads to drive Champagne sales

Magnums and iPads will drive sales in a brave new world for Champagne, according to Moët Hennessy.

Retailer feeling heat from Reducing the Strength campaign

A shop that is refusing to join the Reducing the Strength campaign in Ipswich said it is being unfairly blamed for antisocial behaviour and vowed to continue selling strong beer and cider.

Christmas discounting begins in earnest

Major retailers have already begun to run deep discounts on drinks brands as they jostle for position in the pre-Christmas market.

Maxxium pushes Courvoisier with ad campaign

Maxxxium UK is launching a print ad campaign for Courvoisier that will bring a campaign called Here’s to Now to the pages of the Sunday Times, Short List and the London Evening Standard.

New porter honours Britain's last steam train

Box Steam brewery has released a dark porter called Evening Star in honour of the last steam train ever built in Britain.

Call for collaboration between drinks trade and health lobby

The British Liver Trust’s chief executive has called on the health lobby and the drinks industry to work together to promote a healthier Britain.

Bumper year for Thatchers

Thatchers Cider recorded turnover of £42 million in the year to the end of August as the summer heatwave boosted sales from last year’s £40 million. July was the company’s best month since the firm was founded in 1904.

Miliband backs small businesses

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed a commitment from Labour leader Ed Milliband to reverse a hike in small business rates due in April 2015 and to freeze the levy the following year.

McGuigan encourages trade-up

Australian Vintage believes that within two years its new McGuigan Black Label Reserve range will account for 25% of McGuigan Black Label sales.

Bargain Booze bolsters range with exclusive wines

Bargain Booze has added seven exclusive wines to the list available to franchisees as it seeks to beef up its premium offering.

PLB's Darbyshire to step down

PLB’s sales director John Osborne is to take over as the agency’s managing director next year, when current managing director Peter Darbyshire steps down.

Halewood launches lower-abv herb schnapps

Halewood International has launched Stukaberg, a 22% herbal schnapps created by Cubic Brands.

Nyetimber new release hailed as best ever

English sparkling wine Nyetimber said its newly released Classic Cuvee 2009 is the finest vintage it has ever produced.