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Ding-dong over social media

Retailers are being urged to keep tighter controls on the way managers and staff use social media sites after Oddbins landed in hot water over a Twitter post following the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Innis & Gunn urges smaller craft brewers to join forces

Innis & Gunn plans to drive growth in the craft and speciality beer category by helping smaller brewers get their products on to supermarket shelves.

New "weatherproof" Pimm's

Diageo is launching a special-edition version of Pimm’s to inject fresh appeal into the quintessential summer drink brand and sustain sales regardless of the weather.

ACS to fight plans to restrict off licence numbers

The head of the body which represents small retailers has vowed that fighting local restrictions on off-licence numbers will be a key political objective for the year ahead.

Kingfisher joins Heineken UK stable

Heineken will brew, sell and distribute Kingfisher in the UK from October.

Portman Group urges retailers not to stock Laverstroke Farm beer

The Portman Group has urged retailers not to stock Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Park Farm Ale and Lager after the former Formula 1 champion ignored the group’s ruling that the packaging must be altered.

JTI in ad campaign row

A row has broken out over the latest ad from JTI in its fight against plain packaging for tobacco products.

VK launches Big Blue

Global Brands is launching a 50cl version of VK Blue into the off-trade.

Weak rand could mean great value South African wines

A leading producer believes favourable currency rates mean South African wines can now beat the likes of Australia in offering “exceptional value for money” at all price points.

Diageo wants to help make your store matter

Retailers can receive tips on issues like range and layout by visiting a new website from Diageo called My Store Matters.

Distell takes over Burn Stewart

South African wine and spirits producer Distell has paid £160 million to buy Scotch whisky firm Burn Stewart Distillers.

Visitor numbers soar at Drinkaware website

Drinks charity Drinkaware said visits to its website received a sharp spike after a story broke suggesting Britons fail to report their true alcohol intake.

South west France wines given UK push

Ninety-three wines selected by The Wine Gang from a south west France tasting of more than 200 wines will be promoted in the UK.

Multiples enjoy large BWS sales growth during March

An early Easter drove a 12% rise in BWS value sales at the major multiples during the four weeks to March 30 (Nielsen, compared to the same period in 2012).

Langley's No.8 gin targets male drinkers

A new gin is being launched into the off-trade aimed at men.

Study predicts drastic changes in world wine map

A new study suggests that Britain could join New Zealand, the Netherlands, China and Tasmania as the world’s foremost wine growing regions by 2050 if climate change continues.

Accolade gains listings for higher tier Australian ranges

Accolade’s plan to increase its presence in the ultra-premium wine market has gathered pace with the news that Majestic will stock its Eileen Hardy Chardonnay. 

Store overturns alcohol sales ban after test purchase sting

A Lidl store has seen a five-day ban on alcohol sales overturned after emerging victorious from a long-running battle with Glasgow’s Licensing Board.

Smirnoff launches TV ad campaign

Smirnoff is returning to TV screens this month as part of a new £2.5 million ad campaign.

Wine suppliers criticise skills of supermarket buyers

Leading wine suppliers have criticised the skills of supermarket buyers, claiming lack of experience is damaging the industry’s ability to trade sustainably as market pressures intensify.

Convenience stores snatch market share

Growth in wines sales through convenience stores is outpacing the rest of the off-trade as the roll-out of supermarkets’ smaller store formats gathers speed and cash-strapped shoppers shun the big weekly shop.

Scheckter rails against Portman

Ex Formula 1 racing driver Jody Scheckter has refused to alter the packaging for his Laverstoke Park beer range despite a ruling from the Portman Group’s independent complaints panel that it could appeal to children.

Focus on taste to aid Champagne

A drop in price promotions and falling own-label sales has led to a 3.3% decline in Champagne as Lanson urged retailers to give shoppers more information about styles and tastes on shelf.

Business as usual after Boutinot buyout

The leader of a team that has staged a management buyout at one of the UK’s best-known wine suppliers has pledged that it will be “business as usual”.

Wine group targets younger adults in bid to become top UK supplier

FE Barber aims to become the UK’s biggest wine supplier by offering retailers a “one-stop shop” and targeting younger consumers with bright bottles, quirky brands and social media.

Teaninich earmarked for new £50m Diageo distillery

Diageo has named Teaninich, near Alness in the Highlands, as the preferred location for a new malt whisky distillery.

New boss at Fuller's brewery

Fuller’s has appointed group managing director Simon Emeny as its chief executive, with effect from July 1.

Aston Manor in £2.5 million orchard investment

Aston Manor has signalled its confidence in the future of the UK’s cider market by investing £2.5 million in 1,000 acres of new orchards in Herefordshire.

Cause for optimism in soft drinks

Glucose stimulant drinks, flavoured water and “cold hot drinks” were the bright spots in the soft drinks market in 2012, according to a new market report from Pepsi and J2O supplier Britvic.

Southern Comfort relaunches TV ad

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is relaunching a Southern Comfort TV ad in which a barrel-chested man with a round belly and mob-displeasing swimming trunks saunters along a beach. 

Accolade's diamond Geyser

Accolade is launching three varietal wines under its Geyser Peak Californian wine brand, which have been specifically developed for the UK consumer’s palate.

Malibu launches price marked packs

Malibu is launching a £12.99 price marked pack for its 70cl bottle of coconut-flavoured rum.

Gaymers launches tropical variant

Gaymers has added a pear cider blended with pineapple, mango and passion fruit flavours to its range.

Advertising group hits back at health alliance

The advertising industry has branded calls to ban alcohol ads and sponsorship in the UK “lazy and naïve”.

France determined to challenge New World on price

Vin de France has urged retailers to put French wines on gondola ends as often as possible in a bid to attract younger drinkers with wines in the £5-8 bracket.

Celliers les Dauphins branches out into white wine

Cellier les Dauphins has launched a Côtes du Rhône Blanc to capitalise on the success of its red wines from the region.

Perrier-Jouët releases metalwork centrepiece

Perrier-Jouët has launched a limited-edition metalwork Champagne “flute tree” from award-winning Dutch designer Tord Boontje.

David Cox to head up trade charity

David Cox has taken over as chief executive of drinks industry charity The Benevolent in a bid to help trade members that have fallen on hard times.

Co-op appoints new wine supremo

The Co-operative Group has appointed Morrisons buyer Simon Cairns as the new head of its wine team.

Premium bottled ale category tipped to double in value

A leading brewer believes the UK’s premium bottled ale market will double in value over the next five years.

Be the best in beer with OLN

Entries are now open for this year’s International Beer Challenge, organised by Off Licence News. 

Deal to tackle grocer power

Costcutter and Palmer & Harvey have formed a joint venture company with a combined buying power of £5 billion in a deal designed to counter the increasing power of the supermarkets.

New Morrisons wine boss pledges greater clarity

Morrisons’ new head of wine operations will overhaul its own-label range in a bid to help seize a “fair share” of the UK wine market for the chain.

Bargain Booze to follow Chancellor's lead

Bargain Booze is celebrating the Chancellor’s decision to cut 1p from the price of a pint of beer by following his example and cutting its beer prices by the same amount.

Old Speckled Henry returns to TV screens

A £4 million TV ad campaign for Old Speckled Hen and Greene King IPA will kick off during ITV’s coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Chelsea and Manchester United on April 1.

Chancellor slammed for ignoring wine and spirits trade

Off-licence chain Oddbins has branded the Chancellor’s scrapping of the beer duty escalator a “publicity stunt” and slammed the Treasury for failing to give wine the same break.

Chancellor's Budget speech met with joy and fury

While the beer industry raises a glass to its new best friend George Osborne, who today scrapped the duty escalator on beer, wine and spirits trade groups are enraged.

Greene King launches golden ale campaign

Greene King is urging retailers to make the most of double-digit growth in the golden ale category by backing its Love Golden Beer campaign.

Fight back against negative reviews

A new Channel 4 TV series fronted by Ruth Watson wants to hear from businesses that have been hampered by negative online reviews.

Chinese wine gets stamp of approval from Queen's vintner

Berry Bros & Rudd has given over permanent shelf space to four different Chinese wines.