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Study predicts drastic changes in world wine map

A new study suggests that Britain could join New Zealand, the Netherlands, China and Tasmania as the world’s foremost wine growing regions by 2050 if climate change continues.

Accolade gains listings for higher tier Australian ranges

Accolade’s plan to increase its presence in the ultra-premium wine market has gathered pace with the news that Majestic will stock its Eileen Hardy Chardonnay. 

Store overturns alcohol sales ban after test purchase sting

A Lidl store has seen a five-day ban on alcohol sales overturned after emerging victorious from a long-running battle with Glasgow’s Licensing Board.

Smirnoff launches TV ad campaign

Smirnoff is returning to TV screens this month as part of a new £2.5 million ad campaign.

Wine suppliers criticise skills of supermarket buyers

Leading wine suppliers have criticised the skills of supermarket buyers, claiming lack of experience is damaging the industry’s ability to trade sustainably as market pressures intensify.

Convenience stores snatch market share

Growth in wines sales through convenience stores is outpacing the rest of the off-trade as the roll-out of supermarkets’ smaller store formats gathers speed and cash-strapped shoppers shun the big weekly shop.

Scheckter rails against Portman

Ex Formula 1 racing driver Jody Scheckter has refused to alter the packaging for his Laverstoke Park beer range despite a ruling from the Portman Group’s independent complaints panel that it could appeal to children.

Focus on taste to aid Champagne

A drop in price promotions and falling own-label sales has led to a 3.3% decline in Champagne as Lanson urged retailers to give shoppers more information about styles and tastes on shelf.

Business as usual after Boutinot buyout

The leader of a team that has staged a management buyout at one of the UK’s best-known wine suppliers has pledged that it will be “business as usual”.

Wine group targets younger adults in bid to become top UK supplier

FE Barber aims to become the UK’s biggest wine supplier by offering retailers a “one-stop shop” and targeting younger consumers with bright bottles, quirky brands and social media.

Teaninich earmarked for new £50m Diageo distillery

Diageo has named Teaninich, near Alness in the Highlands, as the preferred location for a new malt whisky distillery.

New boss at Fuller's brewery

Fuller’s has appointed group managing director Simon Emeny as its chief executive, with effect from July 1.

Aston Manor in £2.5 million orchard investment

Aston Manor has signalled its confidence in the future of the UK’s cider market by investing £2.5 million in 1,000 acres of new orchards in Herefordshire.

Cause for optimism in soft drinks

Glucose stimulant drinks, flavoured water and “cold hot drinks” were the bright spots in the soft drinks market in 2012, according to a new market report from Pepsi and J2O supplier Britvic.

Southern Comfort relaunches TV ad

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is relaunching a Southern Comfort TV ad in which a barrel-chested man with a round belly and mob-displeasing swimming trunks saunters along a beach. 

Accolade's diamond Geyser

Accolade is launching three varietal wines under its Geyser Peak Californian wine brand, which have been specifically developed for the UK consumer’s palate.

Malibu launches price marked packs

Malibu is launching a £12.99 price marked pack for its 70cl bottle of coconut-flavoured rum.

Gaymers launches tropical variant

Gaymers has added a pear cider blended with pineapple, mango and passion fruit flavours to its range.

Advertising group hits back at health alliance

The advertising industry has branded calls to ban alcohol ads and sponsorship in the UK “lazy and naïve”.

France determined to challenge New World on price

Vin de France has urged retailers to put French wines on gondola ends as often as possible in a bid to attract younger drinkers with wines in the £5-8 bracket.

Celliers les Dauphins branches out into white wine

Cellier les Dauphins has launched a Côtes du Rhône Blanc to capitalise on the success of its red wines from the region.

Perrier-Jouët releases metalwork centrepiece

Perrier-Jouët has launched a limited-edition metalwork Champagne “flute tree” from award-winning Dutch designer Tord Boontje.

David Cox to head up trade charity

David Cox has taken over as chief executive of drinks industry charity The Benevolent in a bid to help trade members that have fallen on hard times.

Co-op appoints new wine supremo

The Co-operative Group has appointed Morrisons buyer Simon Cairns as the new head of its wine team.

Premium bottled ale category tipped to double in value

A leading brewer believes the UK’s premium bottled ale market will double in value over the next five years.

Be the best in beer with OLN

Entries are now open for this year’s International Beer Challenge, organised by Off Licence News. 

Deal to tackle grocer power

Costcutter and Palmer & Harvey have formed a joint venture company with a combined buying power of £5 billion in a deal designed to counter the increasing power of the supermarkets.

New Morrisons wine boss pledges greater clarity

Morrisons’ new head of wine operations will overhaul its own-label range in a bid to help seize a “fair share” of the UK wine market for the chain.

Bargain Booze to follow Chancellor's lead

Bargain Booze is celebrating the Chancellor’s decision to cut 1p from the price of a pint of beer by following his example and cutting its beer prices by the same amount.

Old Speckled Henry returns to TV screens

A £4 million TV ad campaign for Old Speckled Hen and Greene King IPA will kick off during ITV’s coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Chelsea and Manchester United on April 1.

Chancellor slammed for ignoring wine and spirits trade

Off-licence chain Oddbins has branded the Chancellor’s scrapping of the beer duty escalator a “publicity stunt” and slammed the Treasury for failing to give wine the same break.

Chancellor's Budget speech met with joy and fury

While the beer industry raises a glass to its new best friend George Osborne, who today scrapped the duty escalator on beer, wine and spirits trade groups are enraged.

Greene King launches golden ale campaign

Greene King is urging retailers to make the most of double-digit growth in the golden ale category by backing its Love Golden Beer campaign.

Fight back against negative reviews

A new Channel 4 TV series fronted by Ruth Watson wants to hear from businesses that have been hampered by negative online reviews.

Chinese wine gets stamp of approval from Queen's vintner

Berry Bros & Rudd has given over permanent shelf space to four different Chinese wines.

Rhône wines see volume growth

Rhône wine volume sales in the UK off-trade rose 6.5% in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to IRI data.

New flavours of Crabbie's launched

Halewood International has launched two new flavours of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

Morrisons' online site exceeding expectations

Morrisons online wine business has taken almost 40,000 orders since it launched in November and is performing better than forecast, according to the man who spearheaded the project.

Torres to unveil new wines at fair

Torres will show off a number of new additions to its portfolio at the Wines of Spain Fair on March 21.

Fells to distribute Champagne Henriot

Champagne House Henriot has ended its partnership with Enotria and appointed John E Fells as its UK distributor.

New Zealand anticipates a vintage to remember

A scorching summer in New Zealand has created a "perfect" environment for grape production and led growers to predict a bumper 2013 crop.

Wine smugglers jailed

Wine smugglers who avoided paying more than £5 million in duty and VAT on illicit Italian wine they brought to the UK are behind bars. 

Comedians raise a toast to Spitfire

Spitfire Ale has snapped up the comedy duo behind the Armstrong & Miller Show as brand ambassadors.

Hendrick's sets up shop at Brighton Fringe

Hendick’s Gin hopes its Carnival of Knowledge will offer “intellectual sustenance to all minds” at this year’s Brighton Fringe festival.

New limited-edition bottle of Jameson

Jameson is releasing a limited edition bottle of its Irish whiskey to drive sales in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.

Minimum unit pricing plans facing the scrapheap

David Cameron is set to ditch his plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol after a Cabinet revolt led by home secretary Theresa May, according to reports.

LIWF organisers confident of strong 2013 event

The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have moved to reassure the trade that it will be a “solid event” despite “tough trading conditions”.

Carling launches ginger beer

Molson Coors aims to tap into the growing trend for alcoholic ginger beers by launching Carling Zest with a Hint of Ginger.

Wine sales set to drop by 10%

Wine sales are set to plunge by 10% over the next three years due to duty hikes and the pound’s continued weakness, a leading supplier has warned.

Health Alliance angers trade with call for harsh measures

Shopkeepers from across the UK have slated a report from health groups which calls for the government to take tougher action on alcohol misuse.