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Wales considers pushing through minimum unit pricing plans of its own

Wales could pursue its own plans to introduce minimum unit pricing after being left disappointed by the UK Government’s decision to scrap plans to implement the measure.

Thatcher's claims record sales as cider's purple patch continues

Thatcher’s cider has reported that July was the best month for sales it has enjoyed since the firm was founded in 1904.

Nederburg offers shoppers chance to wine and dine in style

Distell has launched a neck collar promotion on its prestige collection Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve, offering shoppers the chance to win a meal at a top London restaurant.

Steve Barton leaves Britain to head up US division of Brand Phoenix

Brand Phoenix co-founder Steve Barton is leaving the UK business and relocating to the USA to push the company’s First Cape brand into that market.

Responsibility Deal lies in tatters

The largest local authority in the UK has become the latest organisation to leave the Responsibility Deal in protest over the scrapping of minimum unit pricing.

Costcutter in £35 million deal to boost growth

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has signed a £35 million refinancing deal with Barclays to boost its ambitious growth plans.

New trustees join The Benevolent

The Benevolent has appointed three senior drinks industry figures as new trustees.

Australian Vintage takes on rivals in 5.5% abv category

Australian Vintage has become the latest supplier to launch a low alcohol wine range into the UK market.

Gin brand hopes to cash in on Ashes mania

Greenall’s Gin has timed its new sponsorship of Lancashire Country Cricket Club perfectly as the biggest match in cricket heads to the team’s Old Trafford home on Thursday.

Tesco secures exclusive listing of Jamie's Italian wines

Tesco has secured an exclusive listing of three new wines from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group.

Cider and lager sales enjoying purple patch

The glorious sunshine that has bathed Britain this month has led to a surge in cider and lager sales, according to various leading suppliers.

Retailer to open boutique London winery

Wine merchant Roberson is taking over an old gin distillery in Earls Court and turning it into a boutique winery that will start making wine in September.

Scottish minimum pricing plans opposed by 11 countries

Eleven European wine and spirits producing countries have lodged a bid to block Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing on alcohol by branding them illegal, unfair and ineffective.

Cru Bourgeois tasting announced

The UK trade will be able to sample the 2011 vintage of Bordeaux wines to gain Cru Bourgeois status at a tasting in London on September 19.

Brewdog calls watchdogs "killjoy, self-important pen pushers"

Brewdog has responded with typical defiance after receiving a rap on the knuckles from the Advertising Standards Authority over material on its website deemed to cause “serious offence”.

Carling raises a toast to royal baby

A new celebratory digital ad that Carling released within minutes of the announcement of the royal birth has already been viewed more than 400,000 times as royal baby mania continues to grip the UK.

How to make a Purple Lady

How to make a Purple Lady pomegranate-flavoured summer cocktail: 

Brewdog caused "serious offence"

Brewdog has been sanctioned by the advertising watchdog for referring to itself as a “post punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery” on its website.

Retailers missing £500 million sparkling wine opportunity

Independent retailers and convenience store owners are missing a “huge” opportunity to sell more sparkling wine, according to a leading supplier.

I Heart wine brand signs MW to bolster range

Copestick Murray has appointed Jo Ahearne MW as consultant winemaker for its I Heart wine brand.

Supermarket wine buyers come under renewed fire

The calibre of supermarket wine buyers has come under renewed fire from suppliers complaining poor expertise could be costing sales.

Multiples increase market share at expense of smaller retailers

Multiples continue to grow BWS sales at the expense of smaller retailers, according to the First Drinks Market Report 2013.

Suppliers call for low alcohol wine to be rebranded

The industry needs to overhaul its approach to low-alcohol wine to up its appeal among younger consumers and give the category a more positive image, according to leading suppliers. 

Overhaul of online alcohol advertising laws due in weeks

An overhaul of the way drinks companies use social media is expected within two weeks as the Advertising Standards Authority prepares to tighten its laws.

Retailers join Drinkaware in lower alcohol campaign

Drinkaware is teaming up with retailers in Glasgow to use POS to urge shoppers to switch their usual drink to a lower strength version.

World Wine Agencies sold

New World specialist World Wine Agencies has been bought by Hayward Brothers in a deal to give the European-focused importer a broader portfolio.

Budvar brings new beer to UK market

Budvar brewery is launching a 3.8% abv beer to join its flagship brand in the UK. Pardal is brewed at the same facility as Budvar but has a lower price point and will debut at Morrisons in the autumn.

Rum sales soar

Rum could soon overtake gin to become the UK’s third most popular spirit if retailers tap into its potential, according to a leading supplier.

Bibendum launches spirits business

Bibendum has launched a standalone spirits agency business and is on the lookout for new brands to add to its portfolio.

Bargain Booze set for £65 million float

The owner of Bargain Booze is seeking to rapidly accelerate the chain’s national roll out after it launched a bid to raise up to £65 million by floating the company on the stock exchange. 

Minimum pricing announcement expected today

The government is expected to formally announce today that it has abandoned plans for minimum unit pricing and a ban on multibuys for alcohol in England and Wales.

Harrods opens new luxury wine and spirits department

Jerobaums of £18,000 Cristal Champagne, first growths and vertical selections of Chateau Margaux and Petrus and a whisky collection worth almost £1 million are on sale at Harrod’s new wine and spirits department.

MEP wants calorie labels on alcoholic drinks

Labour’s European spokesperson for health has called for alcoholic drinks to feature calorie labels.  

Diageo launches "Embarrassing Drunken Walks" video

Diageo is targeting young adults with a campaign designed to remind them that binge drinking can lead to “shame and embarrassment”. 

Oddbins offers holidaymakers chance to "be the buyer"

Oddbins is offering holidaymakers the chance to earn thousands of pounds by recommending their favourite wines from their travels under a new scheme called The Listing.

Big names confirm they will return for 2014 London Wine Fair

Brintex has reported that 32 out of 35 exhibitors at this year’s London Wine Fair have now rebooked for the 2014 show.

Hooch revival continues with new flavours

Global Brands has brought Hooch Orange and Hooch Blackcurrant back to the market after a 10-year absence.

Duchess calls for new name for English sparkling wine

The Duchess of Cornwall believes the English sparkling wine category needs to be rebranded with a new name to help it compete with the likes of Champagne.

Ashes legends join Wolf Blass for cricket sponsorship

Former England cricket captains Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan have signed up as brand ambassadors to front Wolf Blass’s Ashes broadcast partnership with Sky Sports.

Chapel Down unveils bold expansion plans

English wine and beer producer Chapel Down is planting new vines in Essex, Kent and Sussex and building a brewery for its Curious beer range after securing £4.3 million in equity funding.

Carling British Cider makes TV debut

Carling British Cider has made its small screen debut with an ad designed to “champion British sense of humour” as a man attempts to combine bungee jumping with apple bobbing.

Cambride Wine Merchants in sustainability push

Cambridge Wine Merchants is running a wine festival involving tastings, masterclasses, promotions and education on the theme of sustainability throughout July.

UK hailed as key market in global wine business

Australia’s fourth-largest wine supplier hailed the UK as a key strategic market in the global wine business and said it will not turn its back on Britain in the face of a poor exchange rate and difficult trading conditions.

New Iron Maiden beer hits one million pint mark

Robinsons has produced the millionth pint of Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale just eight weeks after the launch.

BWS sales stutter among multiples

BWS volume sales among multiple retailers dipped 0.1% year-on-year in the four weeks to June 22, according to the latest set of Nielsen figures.

Bancroft pushing premium New Zealand wine

Bancroft has taken on a new winery that produces premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling from New Zealand’s Central Otago.

Stowford Press hits TV screens for first time

Stowford Press is making its TV debut this summer with in an ad campaign designed to reach 28 million adults. 

Campaign promotes Swedish town of Kopparberg

An ad campaign running until the end of August is promoting the cider’s brand’s Swedish heritage on TV and social media platforms.

French Wines with Style meets Tour de France

With the Tour de France in full swing, Gerard Basset MW has made a video designed to educate Off Licence News readers about the wines from each region the world's most famous cycle race passes through.

Treasury increases luxury vineyard holdings

Treasury Wine Estates has signed a deal to purchase the 116ha White Hills vineyard in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley from Brown Brothers.