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Corks Out owner bags trip Down Under

The owners of Corks Out have won a trip Down Under after winning a competition run by Wine Australia and OLN.

Charity funding helps 26-year-old open off licence

A budding entrepreneur from Scotland has opened his own off-licence after securing charity funding aimed at helping young people in business.

Independents look to join forces in growing business

Importer PLB has called on independent wine merchants to travel round the country, visit each other’s stores and share ideas on how to grow their businesses.

Diageo's new site cuts out retailers

Diageo has launched an e-commerce site which will cut out the regular supply chain and sell premium products direct to consumers.

Thatchers aims for top four

Thatchers is launching a £4 million marketing campaign for its Gold cider, including TV and national billboard advertising, as it seeks to break into the off-trade’s top four cider brands.

Coca Cola ads puts focus on calories

Coca-Cola GB has launched a TV and print campaign giving information on the calorie count of its products as part of a global push the company said was aimed at “explaining the importance of energy balance to manage weight”.

Tartan cans return to Scotland

Wells & Young’s has brought back its Younger’s Tartan Special in a can for the Scottish market.

Gallo bullish about 2013

Gallo is launching a low-alcohol white wine, a pink Moscato and an ultra-pre- mium red blend into the UK off-trade in a bid to increase its share of a volume declining wine market.

Halewood in Romanian Pinot Noir push

Halewood has launched a campaign to put Romanian Pinot Noir in the spotlight and urge the trade to reconsider its potential.

New senior appointments in Morrisons BWS team

Morrisons has appointed a new head of wine operations and a new wine sourcing manager to drive online sales and boost its in-store offering.

Global Brands rolls out bourbon-flavoured beer

Global Brands has launched a bourbon-flavoured beer targeted at 18 to 24-year-old men looking for variety in a burgeoning category.

New role for Woodrow

Arabella Woodrow MW has been appointed director of wine at Norwich-based producer and importer Broadland Wines.

New bottle shape for Baileys

Diageo has unveiled a new bottle design for Baileys.

Brothers Cider given makeover

Brothers Cider is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a new look that will be backed by a £5 million ad campaign designed to reach 20 million people.

Licensing officers oppose minimum unit price plans

The officers that would be charged with enforcing the Government’s planned minimum unit price on alcohol have criticised the scheme.

Spar launches beer festival

Spar is promoting the likes of San Miguel, Peroni and Tiger in its first-ever world beer festival in stores.

Ehrmanns rolls out new portfolio and new website

Ehrmanns held its first-ever portfolio tasting in central London to cap a month that has seen it launch a new website and put new sales, buying and marketing teams in place.

Enotria puts on a show at the Saatchi Gallery

Enotria took over the Saatchi Gallery in London’s Sloane Square for its annual tasting yesterday.

Nyetimber takes on Champagne at Paris Fashion Week

Nyetimber’s English sparkling wine will be served during Paris Fashion Week for the first time tomorrow.

Wine drinkers can win trip to Asia and New Zealand

Brancott Estate has teamed up with National Geographic to launch a competition designed to celebrate and reward curiosity.

Diageo claims frozen cocktails will equal huge profits for retailers

Diageo believes its new range of frozen cocktails will open up “huge” sales opportunities in the off-trade.

Chinese wine on offer at LIWF

Buyers attended the London International Wine Fair in May will be able to taste Chinese wine for the first time in the fair’s 33-year history.

Retailers urged to persist with fine wine offering

The managing director of Mentzendorff has urged retailers not to be panicked into dropping the top ends of their wine ranges as the consumer purse continues to tighten.

WSTA in fresh attack on minimum unit pricing plans

The WSTA has warned that a minimum unit price on alcohol would boost crime, harm UK business and damage the health of consumer in its latest attack on the government plans.

Forget cannabis, make wine

The world’s first Lebanese Fairtrade wine – hailing from a region historically more famous for producing cannabis – has landed in the UK.

New Malibu bottle is “more slender with high shoulders"

Pernod Ricard has given coconut-flavoured rum Malibu a facelift including a new logo, bottle shape and type font.

Budvar opens new £3.6 million canning line

Budvar aims to increase its UK business by 40% after its new £3.6 million canning line started churning out thousands of cans at its Ceske Budejovice brewery this week.

Jacob's Creek launches Australia competition

Jacob’s Creek is offering drinkers the chance to win a trip to Australia as part of a new promotion called the True Character Series.

Stars toast awards with Taittinger

A Methuselah of Taittinger Champagne was signed by stars including George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Anne Hathaway at the Bafta Awards and will be auctioned for charity.

Sharp's launches new Connoisseur's Choice beers

Sharp’s brewery is rolling out the first of its Connoisseur’s Choice beers of the year – a range designed to partner food.

Award-winning Champagne House opens new cellar

The Champagne House which produces Tesco’s Finest Premier Cru and Finest Grand Cru Vintage has opened a new £10 million cellar.

Golden Virginia range revamped

Imperial Tobacco has overhauled its Golden Virginia brand with a new name and pack design for its core and smooth ranges.

"New Zealand must maintain premium price point"

Brancott Estate has launched an ultra-premium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as it seeks to cement New Zealand’s status as a region that focuses on quality rather than quantity.

Heineken UK appoints new leader

Dutch brewer Heineken has appointed David Forde as the new head of its UK business – a week after managing director Stefan Orlowski announced he would leave to head its Americas division.

Baile regains control of Excellar

Simon Baile has done a deal to buy back the bulk of his collapsed Excellar off-licence chain from its administrator.

Thierry's in debt to the tune of £5.5m, administrator reveals

A report into the financial affairs of Thierry’s Wine Services shows it owed just over £5.5 million to unsecured creditors when it entered administration in early December.

WSTA pleads for duty break

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has pressed the government for an end to the duty escalator on alcohol and closer co-operation on deregulation and tax fraud.

English wine innovation

A Sussex vineyard is planning to bring what it claims is a new concept in English wine to the market in 2016.

Vodka bootlegger is jailed

A West Midlands man has been jailed for 12 months for his part in a fake vodka-making operation in Birmingham city centre.

Prowein organisers talk up show's diversity

Next month 2,000 UK buyers will travel to Düsseldorf to sample wines and spirits from around the globe at the world’s largest wine fair.

Buyers impressed by Sud de France tasting

Wine buyers from across the globe pushed their palates to the limit in a bid to find hidden gems among more than 1,500 wines on offer at the Sud de France tasting in Montpellier.

Wine trade workers head to China for charity trek

A group of wine suppliers will trek 50km along the Great Wall of China in a bid to raise £30,000 for a brain tumour charity.

English wine gets Royal stamp of approval

The Duchess of Cornwall declared English wines will one day rival their French counterparts after tasting a range of homegrown sparklings, whites and reds last night.

Carlsberg launches first new lager in years

Carlsberg has launched a 2.8% abv lager blended with natural lime juice that will hit shelves this month.

Oxford Wine Co to open café concept

Oxford Wine Co is to open a café concept in the city at Easter.

Tesco store loses licence after police operation

A Tesco Express store has lost its licence for a month and two other shops have had to retrain staff and install CCTV after a test purchase sting.

Stars enjoy Disaronno's BAFTA after-party

Pop star Paloma Faith was amongst the celebrities who enjoyed the official Disaronno-sponsored BAFTA after-party at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. 

Gordon's to launch cucumber gin

Diageo will launch a cucumber-flavoured version of its Gordon’s gin next month.

Bibendum boss predicts cutthroat trading conditions in 2013

The managing director of Bibendum predicts the wine trade will see further casualties throughout 2013 as everyone desperately fights for a larger slice of a pie that is only shrinking.

Carling to give away two million prizes

Carling drinkers can win prizes including cars, designer suits, gig tickets and music downloads in an on-pack promotion celebrating the best of British.