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Naked offers bond options

Online retailer Naked Wines is offering investors the chance to buy fine wine bonds to raise £3 million to invest in winemakers.

Wine Car Boot set for future events

The organiser of London’s first Wine Car Boot is planning another event before the end of the year after declaring last week’s sale a success.

Wine Rack franchise offer

Bargain Booze franchisees will be offered the chance to convert to the Wine Rack fascia if their stores meet criteria on location and customer demographics.

Heineken sponsors London Film Festival

Heineken has become the official beer of the 57th BFI London Film Festival, which takes place from October 9-20.

Jacob's Creek launches lighter Pinot Grigio

Pernod Ricard UK has added a Pinot Grigio to Jacob’s Creek’s lower-alcohol Cool Harvest range. 

Brands team reshuffle for PLB

PLB has made new appointments to the brand team that is part of its buying team.

Hi Spirits rapped over Fireball ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered Hi Spirits to change its advertising material for the fourth time this year over an ad for its Fireball Whiskey liqueur brand.

Rioja wines to hold first UK tasting

More than 100 Rioja wineries are teaming up to hold a generic trade tasting in the UK for the first time.

New look for Ballantine's

Pernod Ricard UK has given Ballantine’s Finest a new look in a bid to appeal to modern whisky drinkers.

Thwaites to distribute Warsteiner

Lancashire brewer Thwaites has become the UK distributor for Warsteiner, one of Germany’s biggest premium beer producers. 

Lord Black to speak at WSTA conference

Lord Black of Brentwood will be the keynote speaker at the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s annual conference this month.

Henkell takes Copestick Murray stake

German-owned sparkling wine producer Henkell has bought a 60% stake in the wine importer Copestick Murray, best known for its I Heart wine brand.

Bargain Booze owner buys Wine Rack for £1.6m

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has bought the Wine Rack chain from Venus Wine & Spirit Merchants.

Waitrose showcases Turkish wine

Turkish wine is the unusual star of the Waitrose Wine Showcase running in shops and online from September 2 to October 8.

Most drinks packs are responsible: Portman

The overwhelming majority of drinks are packaged responsibly, the Portman Group has announced. 

Crabbie's wins Grand National

Halewood International’s Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer has taken over title sponsorship of the Grand National and Grand National Festival at Aintree.

Register now for the Beautiful South

With just under two weeks to go, the Beautiful South Tasting is now open for online registration.

Drop local minimum price plans, council urged

A Cheshire councillor has called on his own local authority to scrap plans for a minimum unit price on alcohol.

Wine Rack opens in Hampstead

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Hampstead - bringing its estate to 20. 

Co-op to launch premium own-label wine

The Co-operative has expanded its premium own-label Truly Irresistible into wine.

WSTA conference to tackle consumer challenges

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association will tackle how digital technology and increasing regulation are affecting drinks consumers at its 2013 conference on September 25.

Louis Jadot branches out into Oregon

Maison Louis Jadot has snapped up the 8ha Resonance Vineyard to produce Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for an undisclosed fee.

New Zealand wine exports to UK drop 2%

New Zealand wine exports to the UK slipped by 2% in value in the year to June 30, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato heads to the UK

Gallo has unveiled Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato as a new addition to its Californian wine portfolio.

Consultation on wholesaler registration scheme launched

HMRC has launched a 10-week consultation to assess the costs, feasibility and effectiveness of launching a wholesaler registration scheme.

Brewing giants struggle in UK market

Brewing giants Heineken and Carlsberg blamed bad weather, tax hikes and continued austerity for declining volume sales in the UK market.

The Whisky Shop expands into Manchester

The Whisky Shop is taking on Selfridges and Harvey Nichols by opening its newest outlet in the heart of Manchester’s retail area.

Naked Wines receives £6.4 million investment

Norwich-based retailer Naked Wines has secured a £6.4 million from German wine seller WIV Wein International to fund a further push into US and Australian markets.

Malborough celebrates 40th birthday

New Zealand Winegrowers has hailed the decision to plant grapes in Marlborough as the “single most important event in the history of the New Zealand wine industry” as the region prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

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Smirnoff Gold launched into UK market

Diageo is introducing a liqueur called Smirnoff Gold, which blends Smirnoff No.21 premium vodka with natural cinnamon flavouring and visible flakes of edible 23 carat gold leaf, into the UK market.

Pernod Ricard launches Argentinian wine brand in UK

Pernod Ricard UK has expanded its premium wine portfolio with the introduction of Graffigna Centenario Malbec.

Croatia set for UK market push

Croatia is set for a push into the UK wine market after joining the EU this summer and starting to enjoy more relaxed trading conditions, according to Vina Croatia.

Sun shines on drinks sales

Soaring lager, cider and sparkling wine sales drove an 18% rise in BWS volumes during the heatwave that bathed Britain in sunshine throughout July.

Responsibility Deal leaders shrug off health lobby exodus

The Department of Health said it is fully committed to the Responsibility Deal it signed with the drinks industry despite a series of high-profile walkouts by health bodies.

Bargain Booze buys stores to tempt franchisees

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is in the process of buying two shops to run as “incubation” stores to sell on to new franchisees.

Brand Phoenix "will always be UK-centric"

Brand Phoenix has moved to reassure the trade of its commitment to the UK market after co-founder Steve Barton announced he was leaving to push its First Cape brand into the US.

Oddbins redesign begins

The first revamp of Oddbins stores in 17 years is underway with a new fascia starting to appear across the estate and a new-look website.

Red Bull resolves dispute with microbrewer

Energy drinks giant Red Bull has decided to end a dispute it started with Norfolk microbrewer Redwell.

Social media ads in spotlight

The Advertising Standards Authority said it may clamp down on alcohol suppliers’ and retailers’ use of social media after admitting that age-gating children so they cannot access adult content is failing.

Tobacco firms fight EU’s "enforced supersizing" plans

Tobacco manufacturers are fighting EU plans which would ban menthol and slimline cigarettes, all packs of 10 and limit sales of rolling tobacco to 40g pouches.

Convenience store sector "will consolidate"

The man who led Costcutter’s takeover of the Rhythm & Booze off-licence chain is predicting more consolidation in the convenience retailing sector.

Absolut designs break with flavour convention

Pernod Ricard is rolling out new bottle designs for its range of Absolut flavoured vodkas.

Red Bull challenges Redwell brewery over name

Red Bull has written to Norwich-based brewer Redwell, requesting it immediately withdraws its trademark application, claiming the names are too similar and would confuse customers.

Tesco unveils new BWS sections

A cocktail zone, beer and wine chillers and iPads with information on malt whisky are among the features in three new-look stores unveiled by Tesco.

Tesco overhauls mobile wine site

Tesco has revamped its Wine by the Case mobile site after discovering that a quarter of its online wine sales now comes from shoppers using their mobile phones.

Diageo launches Baileys Chocolate Luxe

Diageo has released a Belgian chocolate liqueur under its Baileys brand in what it bills as the world’s first fusion of Irish whiskey and real chocolate.

Aporkalypse now as Welsh brewer launches chocolate and bacon beer

Welsh brewery Brains is launching a bacon and chocolate porter called Aporkalypse at the Great British Beer Festival next week.

Bargain Booze owner hires Musgrave financial director

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has raided rival Musgrave to appoint a new chief financial officer.

Strike averted at Molson Coors brewery

Molson Coors brewery workers have agreed not to go on strike after signing a last-ditch deal that ends a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.