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New wine tax brand plea

Australian Vintage claims wines with an abv of up to 10.5% would account for a third of wine sold in the UK if the government introduced a new tax band.

Lower alcohol wine sales nosedive

Volume sales of wine at 5.5% abv and under are down 12% over the past year.

Call for Australian wine funding boost

Leading players in the UK trade are calling on the Australian government and Wine Australia to boost funding for the body’s UK arm so it can keep competing against rival countries.

Call for "world beer" classification

A supplier has urged the beer industry to devise a proper classification system to prevent the trade using the tag “world beers” to describe drinks brewed in the UK.

Red C cider rebrands

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has relaunched its Red C cider with a new-look pack.

Diageo launches stylish Guinness TV ad

Guinness has signed up a Congolese fashion cult called the Sapeurs to star in its colourful new TV ad.

Enotria's game for Fowles Wine

Enotria has signed up an Australian producer who makes wines designed to be drunk with game.

Benevolent chairman in football club challenge

Benevolent chairman Chris Porter is to visit all 91 league football grounds in the UK in two weeks, using only trains, trams and a push-bike to raise cash for the trade charity. 

Boisset, Duboeuf team up to buy Beaujolais vineyards

Three major Beaujolais producers have teamed up to buy vineyards in a bid to secure a long-term future for producers in the region.

South Africa reports record wine exports

The South African wine industry exported a record 5.52 million hl in 2013.

Suntory buys Beam for £9.7 billion

Japanese supplier Suntory Holdings has bought US group Beam in a £9.7 billion deal that creates the world’s third-largest spirits company.

C&C Group workers threaten industrial action

Workers at C&C Group’s Shepton Mallet cider plant are threatening industrial action after a row over pay.

Liberty snaps up Montes

Chilean winery Viña Montes has left PLB and signed up Liberty Wines as its UK distributor.

Aperol teams up with Manchester United

Italian liqueur Aperol has become Manchester United’s official spirits partner and will feature on digital advertising boards at home matches until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat to open London office

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat is ramping up its focus on the UK market by setting up a London office in the Old Truman’s brewery in Shoreditch.

Scotland to axe public health tax on supermarkets

Scotland will axe the public health supplement tax it imposes on supermarkets that sell alcohol and tobacco when it expires in 2015.

Supermarkets attacked for selling booze next to sweets

Supermarkets have come under fire from the Home Office for selling alcohol next to sweets and school uniforms.

Hungarian wine sales grow at supplier

Bottle Green has increased volume sales of Hungarian wine by 62% in the past year and is now developing its own range to build on the growth.

Marblehead signs up ginger liqueur

Marblehead has signed up French ginger liqueur Domaine de Canton, made with fresh baby ginger from Vietnam.

Enotria takes on Australian winery

Enotria has added boutique Australian winery Burch Family Wines to its portfolio.

Trade hits back in row over scrapping of MUP

Trade bodies have hit back after the British Medical Journal accused lobbyists of killing minimum unit pricing through a “cosy” relationship with Government.

Majestic buoyant after strong Christmas growth

Strong sales of South African Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec drove a 5.9% rise in sales over the Christmas period at Majestic.

Leading wine merchant Richard Tanner dies

Richard Tanner, one of Britain’s leading wine merchants, has died following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Alcohol industry and Government accused of being "too cosy"

The drinks industry has been accused of enjoying too “cosy” a relationship with the government in a report on the collapse of minimum unit pricing.

E-cigarette brand vows to make tobacco obsolete

E-cigarette brand Njoy has vowed to banish tobacco to the history books after gaining listings in 15,000 stores this month.

Tesco opens alcohol-free Express store

Tesco has opened an alcohol-free convenience store in Newcastle upon Tyne after the city’s licensing boss launched a clampdown on off-licences in the area.

Former Jessops boss joins Conviviality

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed former Jessops boss David Adams as chairman as part of a boardroom shake-up.

US craft vodka to launch

Hi-Spirits is set to launch Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a six-time pot distilled vodka from Texas.

New look and IPA for US craft brew Fordham

US craft beer range Fordham has been given a new look and added an IPA to the line-up.

Reward offered to help find stolen Brewdog beers

A wholesaler who suffered the theft of 16,000 bottles of Brewdog beer from his warehouse in Essex has urged the trade to help him recover it.

Gin pioneer Martin Miller dies

Gin pioneer Martin Miller has died after a short battle with cancer.

Scotland toasts soaring whisky exports

Scotch whisky exports have almost doubled in the past 10 years, according to new analysis of HM Revenue & Customs figures by the Scottish government.

Berkshire brewery launches share scheme

A Berkshire brewery is offering fans of its beers the opportunity to invest in the business.

Castel fined €4m over non-disclosure of acquisition

The French wine company that once owned Oddbins has been fined €4 million (£3.3 million) for failing to disclose the 2011 acquisition of six compaines from the Burgundy wine producer Patriarche to competition authorities.

Witney supermarket among test purchase failures

Three people have been fined for serving alcohol to under-18s after Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council undertook a Christmas test purchasing operation.

William Grant's Charles Gordon dies, aged 86

The William Grant Scotch whisky business has announced the death of Charles Gordon, a member of the owning family and the company’slife president. He was 86.

Brewdog claims crowdfunding record

Brewdog has closed its Equity for Punks share ownership scheme a monthly early after hitting its £4.25 million investment target.

Cassis absinthe launched by Hi-Spirits

Absinthe Hapsburg has launched its XC Cassis style in the UK.

M&S issues apology in row over Champagne sale refusal

Marks & Spencer has moved to clarify its position on the sale of alcohol by staff with strong religious beliefs.

Corks Out hit by Champagne raiders

Award-winning wine shop chain Corks Out has lost Champagne and spirits worth an estimated £8,000 in a raid on its warehouse in Runcorn.

Estrella sends drinkers to watch Messi and co play

Football fans can win a trip to Spain to watch FC Barcelona play live next year in an on-pack promotion from Estrella Damm.

Gusbourne to expand with £2 million loan

English sparkling wine producer Gusbourne Estate has secured a £2 million loan from Barclay’s to help increase production and develop the business.

Leading suppliers cleared of breaching ad rules

Molson Coors and Bacardi Brown-Forman Beverages have both dodged sanctions after being cleared of breaching advertising rules by the watchdog.

Diageo launches Grumpy Gorilla responsible drinking ads

Diageo is plastering London and Edinburgh with posters of grumpy gorillas to urge revellers to drink responsibly over the festive season.

Matching French wine with Christmas dinner

Gerard Basset MW has released a video to help consumers and the trade match wines with festive meals as part of the French Wines with Style campaign.

MPs sent cider with a plea to scrap duty escalator

This Christmas every MP in the UK will be sent a customised bottle of cider with a label urging the government to support the trade by scrapping the duty escalator.

PLB takes on South African producer Bosman

PLB has moved quickly to fill a gap in its portfolio with South African producer Bosman Family Vineyards replacing Vergelegen, which transfers to Fells on January 2.

Rhythm & Booze aims to hit high note with new stores

Rhythm & Booze has unveiled two new concept stores as its owner looks to develop the drinks chain.

Co-op plans Fairtrade wine push

The Co-operative Group is planning a big push on Fairtrade wine for next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, from February 24 to March 9.

Price of English sparkling wine must drop

The average price of English sparkling wine will drop with volume sales set to increase fivefold over the next five years, according to leading producers.