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Beer, cider and sparkling wine enjoy volume growth

Alcohol volume sales dropped 1% in the past 12 weeks but beer, cider and sparkling wine all enjoyed growth.

Champagne supplier warns against discounts

A leading supplier has warned that Champagne houses cannot afford to devalue their brands by competing with sparkling wine on price.

Charity calls for harsher controls on alcohol ads

Alcohol Concern has demanded a clampdown on alcohol advertising after a TV ad produced by five of the UK’s biggest suppliers was banned.

Comparison site created for alcohol

A price comparison website has been set up for alcoholic drinks.

Craft beer focus from Greene King

Greene King believes craft beer sales will double in three years and has built a £750,000 a microbrewery to capitalise on the trend.

Tesco launches online wine tasting

Laura Jewell MW will host a live online Christmas tasting for members of Tesco Wine Community on December 12.

South African producers launch Cape Vintner Classification

South Africa’s leading producers have launched the Cape Vintner Classification in an attempt to establish a system of accreditation for distinctive, site-specific wines.

TV campaigns for Crabbie's and Lambrini

Halewood International has Christmas TV campaigns for both its Crabbie’s and Lambrini brands.

Bulleit increases strength and releases Rye in UK

Diageo has released a rye whiskey under its Bulleit bourbon brand in the UK and is increasing the abv of the main Bulleit bourbon from 40% to its US standard 45%.

Rémy and First Drinks to end UK deal

Rémy Cointreau is to part company with UK distributor First Drinks from March 31 next year.

Macallan releases 62YO in Lalique decanter

Macallan and luxury glass producer Lalique have collaborated on a limited edition decanter containing a 62-year-old single malt.

Bargain Booze launches TV ad

Bargain Booze has made Scotch eggs the focus of its Christmas TV ad campaign.

St Austell launches customised beer service

Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery has launched a service allowing consumers to create personalised bottles of its beers.

Ratcliffe to take top job at Accolade

Ex-Oddbins boss John Ratcliffe has been appointed as the new global chief executive of Australian wine producer Accolade Wines.

PLB to handle Scottish brewer's brands

Perth-based Inveralmond Brewery has signed a deal with wine supplier PLB for its beers to be given wider distribution in the off-trade.

Origin moves into Scandinavia

Origin Wine is opening a new office in Sweden in a bid to break into the Nordic markets.

Tesco reports record wine sales

Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined to contribute towards a record week of online wine sales at Tesco.

Wine duty could rise 54% in six years

Duty will rise 54% on wine and 31% on spirits in the next six years if the Chancellor does not scrap the duty escalator, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Wholesaler registration scheme is "victory for the good guys"

Wholesalers’ pleas were answered in George Osbourne’s autumn statement when he announced that the government will launch a registration scheme for alcohol wholesalers.

Wine Rack launches spirits festival

Wine Rack is holding a “Festival of Spirits” in all stores in the run-up to Christmas.

Iron Maiden beer given London ad campaign

The skeletal face of Eddie the Head, the mascot of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, will appear on billboards across the south-east to promote the band’s ale.

Echo Falls heads to Clothes Show Live

California wine brand Echo Falls has teamed up with fashion blog What I Wore Today (WIWT) in the run-up to Clothes Show Live, which starts tomorrow at Birmingham’s NEC.

Glenfarclas 15YO is retailer's top whisky of 2013

Specialist spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange has named Glenfarclas 15 Year Old as its Whisky of the Year.

Brintex launches London Wine Week

Brintex is teaming up with the organisers of London Cocktail Week to launch London Wine Week, which will run in conjunction to the London Wine Fair.

Liberty snaps up Trinity Hill

Hawkes Bay winery Trinity Hill will move from Enotria to Liberty Wines on January 1.

Thatchers back on TV screens

Thatchers is launching an ad campaign in the West Country in a bid to boost sales in the build-up to Christmas.

Surrey brewer launches craft lager

Surrey brewer Hogs Back has launched a 4.5% abv unpasteurised craft lager called Hogstar that will be listed at Majestic, Wine Rack, Budgens, Co-op and Booker.

Greene King launches off-trade competition

Greene King is offering shoppers the chance to win a day of indulgence worth £5,000 with an on-pack promotion on Abbot Ale.

Edrington invests £100 million in new distillery

Edrington is investing £100 million a new distillery for The Macallan in Speyside, Scotland.

Jägermeister launches multimillion ad campaign

Jägermeister is ramping up its campaign to move away from the Jägerbomb with a multimillion outdoor ad campaign.

Diageo aims to make Mortlach the next big luxury brand

Diageo will release four new expressions of Scotch brand Mortlach over the next year in a bid to make it a major player in the single malt category.

FWD award winners announced

Russian Standard Vodka beat Stella Artois and Carlsberg’s Somersby Cider to be crowned Drinks Brand of the Year at last night’s Federation of Wholesale Distributors Gold Medal Awards.

Oddbins craft beer sales grow 179%

Oddbins is launching an own-label premium bottled ale after reporting that sales of craft beer grew 179% over the past year.

New look for Addlestones

The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has given cloudy cider Addlestones a new look.

Anchorman stays classy with spin-off Scotch

Film company Paramount has launched a Ron Burgundy-branded Scotch whisky to celebrate the launch of Anchorman 2 in December.

New large format for Estrella Damm

A new 66cl bottle for Catalan lager Estrella Damm is hitting shelves this month as distributor Wells & Young’s seeks to capitalise on the growth in larger formats.

Origin takes on Spanish winery

Origin’s mission to become a one-stop shop for old world wine has gathered pace with the addition of Spanish estate Alvisa to its growing portfolio of exclusive labels.

Twitter prepares to roll out age-gating tool

Twitter claims it has improved its age-gating system in a bid to help a wider range of drinks suppliers stop underage users receiving alerts about alcohol.

New Zealand targets lower-alcohol wine market

New Zealand wants to be the world’s leading producer of high quality low-calorie and lower-alcohol wines.

Let There Be Beer campaign cleared by ad watchdog

The group of brewers behind the Let There Be Beer TV ad campaign have been cleared of breaking advertising laws after complaints from four viewers.

Monks' pear brandy arrives in the UK

Pear brandy crafted by a group of Carthusian monks at the foothills of the Gorjanci Mountains in Slovenia is available in the UK for the first time.

Bombardier sponsors Talk Sport's Ashes coverage

Bombardier is sponsoring Talk Sport’s coverage of the England cricket team’s Ashes campaign in Australia.

Crackdown on duty fraud urged

Trade bodies in Scotland will unite to urge the authorities to crack down on duty fraud at a Parliamentary Reception in January.

Tia Maria teams up with Funkin in on-pack promotion

Tia Maria has teamed up with Funkin to give consumers an easy way to make its signature Tia Maria Espresso Martini serve.

SAB Miller offers responsible retailing training

SAB Miller is to hand out 10,000 scholarships to train workers in off-licences and pubs about responsible retailing.

Arran Brewery in crowd-funding push

Scotland’s Arran brewery has launched a crowd-funding initiative to raise £4 million.

Oddbins targets 300-store chain

Oddbins is launching a dramatic bid to return to UK high streets as its owners unveil plans to rebuild it as a 300-strong national chain.

Supermarkets battle it out for lowest Christmas prices

The Christmas price wars have fired up with Asda slashing its Pierre Darcys Champagne from £24.25 to £10 and Sainsbury’s selling branded Champagne at just £12.49.

Spirited closes 14 shops due to rent rises

Spirited Wines has been forced to close 14 stores in the past 18 months, blaming rising rents and increased competition.

Virgin's boss unveils growth plan

Virgin Wines chief executive Jay Wright has laid out ambitious plans to grow turnover after leading a £15.9 million management buyout.