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Stolichnaya releases NZ edition of super-premium Elit

Stolichnaya has released a New Zealand edition of its super-premium Elit Pristine Water Series.

Duty cut and summer weather send beer sales soaring

The off-trade enjoyed its best performance in beer for a decade during the third quarter of this year, according to figures form the British Beer & Pub Association.

Global wine shortage 'deepest in 40 years'

The world is facing its biggest wine shortage in 40 years according to a report by Morgan Stanley Research in the US.

Fewer multiple promotions cause Magners to stumble

Magners and Gaymers cider maker C&C Group said the UK market “remains challenging” as it reported a 15.5% drop in revenue in its UK cider business in the half-year to August 31.

HMRC urged to pursue US-style distribution system

An American drinks trade association has urged the UK government to consider a US-style, three-tier distribution system to counter counterfeit and adulterated alcohol.

Irwin back in retail with Waitrose move

Ex-Spar wine boss Xenia Irwin MW is to rejoin the retail sector as multi-channel buyer for BWS at Waitrose Wine Direct.

Corky's uses glitter to add sparkle

Corky’s is the latest spirits brand to use glitter to add a little sparkle to its liqueur sales.

New Deen Vat wine from De Bortoli

De Bortoli has added a new blend to its Deen Vat Series, targeted at independents and regional wholesalers.

Brothers launches tequila cider

Brothers Drinks has launched a tequila-flavoured cider called Perro Loco – or “mad dog” in Spanish.

New look for Captain Morgan

Diageo is giving Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold a new bottle and pre-mixed can design.

BBFB offers c-stores free gift bags

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is offering convenience store shoppers free gift bags with some of its brands to boost trade in the run-up to Christmas.

Ilminster independent moves online

Ilminster independent Cornhill Wines has shut its doors after 20 years.

Barefoot Wine cleans beaches

More than 1,000 volunteers have cleaned up 14 UK beaches thanks to California wine brand Barefoot.

World's strongest beer weighs in at 67.5% abv

Scottish brewery Brewmeister has launched what it says is the world’s strongest beer – at 67.5% abv.

Italy approves screwcaps for DOC wines

Italian DOC and DOCG wines can now be closed with screwcaps or synthetic corks after the country’s government caved in to pressure from the trade. 

Support drinks trade members in need this Christmas

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting a Christmas Ceilidh on November 28 and urged industry figures to sign up for an evening of Scottish-inspired dancing, food and drink.

Guinness in landmark deal with ITV

Guinness is taking over all three ad breaks within The Jonathan Ross Show on October 26 in what marks a landmark deal for ITV.

Hi-Spirits reviewing social media activity after breaching code again

Hi-Spirits said it has suspended activity on the social media pages of its Fireball brand to review its approach after breaching the Advertising Standards Authority code for the fifth time this year.

Former Tesco development manager joins Origin Wine

Origin Wine has appointed Phil Reedman MW to build up its new brand Camden Park in Australia.

Box Steam enjoying rapid off-trade expansion

Box Steam brewery is set to double its turnover after redesigning its bottles, ramping up its focus on the off-trade and increasing listings at Tesco.

Truly Irresistible wines to hit Co-op shelves

A six-strong range of wines under the Co-operative’s premium own-label Truly Irresistible is to reach store shelves next week.

Gluten-free gift pack from St Peter's

Suffolk brewer St Peter’s has launched a gluten-free gift pack targeting beer fans with coeliac disease this Christmas.

Jungfrau goes for gold

Global Brands has become the latest spirits company to launch a liqueur laced with gold.

Tequila cider is 'crazy apple'

Hi-Spirits has launched a cider with tequila and lime flavour called Manzana Loca – or “crazy apple” in Spanish.

Nearly half children have seen parents drunk: Drinkaware

Nearly half of 10 to 14-year-olds have seen their parents drunk, alcohol education charity Drinkaware has reported.

Loire additions for Domaine Direct

Burgundy specialist Domaine Direct has added two Loire growers to its portfolio – Domaine David in Muscadet and Domaine Tinel-Blondelet in Pouilly-Sur-Loire.

Asda ups its game in BWS

Asda’s BWS chief has set out her ambitions for the retailer’s drinks offer for the coming year, starting with the launch of a dedicated online wine site and a series of developments in spirits and beer.

En primeur hit for Berry Bros

A tough year for en primeur was the main contributor to an operating loss and falling turnover for royal wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

Glasgow drinks production boom

Glasgow city centre is to become a drinks production hotbed with plans for a new distillery and a brewery.

Women flock to Sainsbury's ale aisle

Sainsbury’s has sold premium bottled ale to 95,000 extra female shoppers in the past year (Nectar Card data, year to September 30).

Morrisons wine sales up 3%

Morrisons said it is constantly growing market share of the wine category and sales are up 3% year on year.

Booths trials wine samplers

North west England supermarket chain Booths is using a four-week long wine promotion to test the viability of sampling machines.

Call for action on social media code

Current rules governing the drinks industry’s use of social media may not be fit for purpose, according to a concerned supplier.

Premium push for South African wines

Cape Legends said it is giving its 20 wine brands a “big push” into the UK market as it sees a huge opportunity to trade consumers up to premium South African wine.

Grape beats promotions in survey

Consumers put grape variety ahead of promotions in deciding which wine to buy, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Rioja rocks London

The new president of Wines of Rioja has pledged to invest in the UK market in a bid to build exports over the next decade.

Spanish buzz boosts sherry

The UK market is benefiting from its most diverse range of sherry ever, according to the Sherry Institute.

Smirnoff ramps up marketing spend

Smirnoff ads will be on TV screens every month except for January in 2014 as the brand ups its annual marketing spend to £7.5 million.

Diageo seeks to reinvent spirits category

Diageo plans to revitalise the UK spirits market by recreating the food revolution led by celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver.

Merry 'Christ-Moose' from WKD

WKD is wishing retailers a happy “Christ-Moose” with the launch of its Christmas POS kits and deals.

Royal Family's wine merchant to post first loss in recent memory

Berry Bros & Rudd is set to post a pre-tax loss of £7.3 million for the 2012-13 financial year as the 315-year-old wine merchant prepares to overhaul its business.

Merrydown launches blackcurrant cider

Merrydown has launched a 4% abv blackcurrant cider – the first in a planned range of “hedgerow”-flavoured ciders.

Johnnie Walker gets £7.2 million push into UK market

Diageo is relaunching Johnnie Walker into the UK market with a £7.2 million marketing campaign and it hopes the move will revive the UK whisky category.

Wine fraud could be worth £700 million: HMRC

Illicit wine sales could be as much as 11% of the market and may have lost HM Revenue & Customs as much as £700 million, a new report has revealed.

Bourbon struggles to meet demand

The company behind Buffalo Trace bourbon is struggling to keep up with demand as interest in the Kentucky spirit grows in the US and around the world.

Glittery new look for VK

Global Brands has revamped the whole VK RTD range, launching five new flavours and adding edible glitter to its Ice Storm flavour.

Beers of Europe set to expand

Britain’s biggest beer shop is set to expand its shop and add a cafe, bar and new offices after planners in Kings Lynn gave its ambitious proposals the green light.

Whisky from Down Under lands in UK

A whisky range from Down Under is now available to buy for the first time ever in the UK.

Cockburn's given £1.5 million ad boost

Cockburn’s has launched a £1.5 million ad campaign designed to boost growth in the burgeoning port category.

Babycham turns 60

Babycham is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an on-pack promotion, limited edition packaging, a new website and a Facebook campaign.