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Fosters moves into lower abv market with 2% lager

Heineken has launched a new 2% abv Fosters Radler with the aim of dominating a mid-strength lager category it believes could be worth an extra £300 million to the UK drinks market.

Laithwaite's pushes online sales with new app

Laithwaite’s has launched a new iPad App after reporting that wine orders from tablets rose 300% in December 2012 compared to the previous year.

Beefeater to create "unique" visitors centre

Gin lovers will be able to see, touch and smell the botanicals used within the production process when Beefeater opens London’s first distillery visitor centre this year.

British love affair with sparkling wine set to continue, claims report

The UK will leapfrog Germany to become the world's leading importer of sparkling wine by 2016, according to a new report by Vinexpo.

Job cuts loom at Thwaites

Blackburn-based brewery Thwaites could axe 25 members of staff as it prepares to overhaul its business.  

Alcohol labels could include calorie content

Ministers are in talks with the drinks industry about using calorie labels on beer, wine and spirits to combat rising obesity levels in Britain.

Lebanese exports to UK rise by a third

UK drinkers are developing a thirst for Lebanese wine as new figures reveal exports to the UK grew 33%.

Retailers urged to push Australian sparkling

Australian sparkling wine can plug a gap in the market between Champagne and Prosecco, according to Pernod Ricard.

Glengoyne raises thousands for soldiers

Glengoyne has donated £15,000 to military charity Help for Heroes after a fundraising drive at Scottish sporting venues.

Morrisons snaps up Italian wine brand

Italian producer Caviro has secured a deal with Morrisons that will see its Tavernello wine range listed in all the retailer’s stores nationwide.

McGuigan and MasterChef host to launch app

Winemaker Neil McGuigan has teamed up with MasterChef host John Torode to create a food and wine matching service which consumers can access from their smart phones.

Cockburn's surges back to top of port table

Cockburn's has reclaimed its status as the UK's top selling port after strong sales growth during 2012, according to new Nielsen figures. 

PLB launches February roadshow

Importer and distributor PLB is following up last year’s inaugural regional roadshow tastings with a second UK tour designed to show off its specialist portfolio.

Petition to fight tobacco fraud

An online petition is urging the Government to toughen up the penalties available to the authorities when prosecuting producers, smugglers and suppliers of illicit tobacco.

Tullamore Dew to open new distillery

William Grant & Sons has announced it has received planning permission to build a new €35 million whiskey distillery to make Tullamore Dew in the Irish town of Tullamore.

Argentina and UK unite over a glass of wine

Argentine wine producers united UK and Argentine politicians under one roof with a wine tasting event in the Houses of Parliament this week.

Millions visit Drinkaware website

Drinkaware has revealed its website received more than 4 million unique visitors in 2012 and that its research shows around two-thirds of them decided to cut down on their drinking.

Kleine Zalze appoints new winemaker

South African winery Kleine Zalze said it is delighted to have snapped up winemaker RJ Botha to join its winery just outside Stellenbosch.

Nyetimber launches Valentine's Day competition

Nyetimber aims to add sparkle to this year’s Valentine’s Day with a Facebook campaign called Celebrating British Romance.

National listing for Glengoyne

Glengoyne Highland has secured a deal that will see its recently repackaged 10 Year Old single malt whisky stocked at the top 150 malt-selling Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

Tasting offers retailers small-batch French wines

Retailers are invited to taste wines from small, terroir-driven French producers at the fourth annual First Date for France tasting in London next month.

Discounting leads to sales spike at Asda

Asda’s Christmas strategy of slashing the price of Champagne below the £10 per bottle mark saw its Champagne and sparkling wine sales rise by 23% compared to the previous Christmas.

New LIWF boss pledges to reinvigorate exhibition

The new director of the London International Wine Fair has vowed to use his experience as a buyer to reinvigorate the fair.

Online, fizz and craft beer lead the charge for growth in 2013

Retailers have been warned to embrace the online revolution and push sparkling wine in 2013 after these were the only growth areas in an otherwise dismal Christmas trading period.

Christie & Co offers hope for off-trade

Commercial property agent Christie & Co has said the corporate off-licence sector should not be written off – but a convenience rather than specialist model would increasingly become the norm.

Carlsberg in three-year deal with Premier League

Carlsberg will be the official beer partner of football’s Barclays Premier League from the start of next season.

Champagne’s fortunes rest on co-operation

A leading Champagne House has urged retailers to work with suppliers to drive value in the category and ensure it is sold at full-price throughout the year.

New Zealand faces vintage challenge

New Zealand wine must maintain its premium position in the UK market while coping with an 18% drop in the 2012 vintage, according to New Zealand Winegrowers’ new UK marketing manager.

Bourbon and tequila flavoured beers hit the market

SHS aims to exploit the growing trend for spirit-flavoured beer with its new bourbon-flavoured beer Dead Crow and rum-flavoured beer Cuvana.

Carling to enter cider market

Molson Coors is to launch a cider under the name of its mass market lager brand Carling.

Louis Royer appoints Mangrove as UK distributor

Mangrove UK has added Louis Royer Cognac to its portfolio as it steps up plans to double in size in the next three years by targeting the UK off-trade.

Drinks industry attacked over Facebook use

Alcohol suppliers have been slammed for using Facebook to encourage drinking in a two-pronged attack from the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Volume sales fall during tough Christmas trading conditions

Nielsen has revealed dismal Christmas trading figures that show total liquor sales were down 6.1% in volume on the previous year in the off-trade.

Tesco wins naming battle on alcohol range

Tesco has won the right to keep the Everyday Value name label on its budget alcohol range after the Independent Complaints Panel decided it does not breach alcohol responsibility rules.

Large fine for selling fake booze

A shop owner has been fined more than £10,000 after a trading standards raid found he was selling counterfeit wine.

New Benevolent chairman urges senior industry figures

The Benevolent’s new chairman has called on leading lights within the drinks industry to join his mission to ensure the trade takes care of its workers.

Majestic posts narrow sales rise over Christmas

Majestic Wine called the Christmas trading period "challenging" despite posting a narrow sales rise.

Redheads and Germans will get discount booze at Oddbins

Ginger-haired people will get a discount when they shop at Oddbins this month.

Bargain Booze to expand its frozen offering

Bargain Booze plans to expand its frozen food offering in 2013 after latest Nielsen data showed the category is worth £285 million in the convenience channel.

I Heart brand launches Valentine's Day push

Copestick Murray has launched a limited-edition variation of its I Heart brand to target romantic shoppers in the build-up to Valentine’s Day.

Cobevco appoints new winemaking consultant

Bottling specialist Cobevco has snapped up one of only 301 global Masters of Wine as its new winemaking consultant.

Bucks raids net counterfeit Champagne and vodka

Trading Standards officers in Buckinghamshire seized counterfeit and grey market alcohol in raids on shops over the Christmas trading period.

Wine Shak goes into liquidation

Off-licence chain Wine Shak has gone into liquidation, leading to a possible 34 job losses. 

Praise for Lincolnshire shops on under-age test purchase results

Alcohol and tobacco retailers in North East Lincolnshire have been praised by enforcement agencies for a dramatic improvement in preventing under-age sales.

Christmas trading was unexceptional, says retail organisation chief

Christmas trading has been described as “not exceptional” by trade association the British Retail Consortium.

Glenfiddich casks Christmas Day spirit to mark 125th anniversary

William Grant is to cask every drop of whisky distilled today to create a limited edition “Christmas spirit” of the future.

Jail for Midlands cigarette smuggling gang members

Seven men who conspired to illegally import 9 million cigarettes have been jailed following an HM Revenue & Customs investigation.

London International Wine Trade Fair organiser James Murray leaves post

James Murray, the director of the London International Wine Trade Fair, is stepping down to explore "new horizons".

Chilean winery appoints new UK distributor

Chilean winery Viña Undurraga has appointed Gonzalez Byass as its exclusive UK distributor.

Virgin Wines announces record sales

Virgin Wines said it achieved record sales of £2.16 million in the past seven days as thirsty customers snapped up 31,500 cases ahead of Christmas.