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.

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.