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Guala launches screwcap for sparkling wines

Guala Closures Group has launched what it says is the world’s first screwcap closure for 75cl bottles of sparkling wine.

TV and cinema ad for Kopparberg

Kopparberg cider launches a new advertising campaign on TV today and in cinemas later in the summer.

New English sparkler for Tesco

Tesco has added an English sparkler to its range ahead of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

Scottish government wants 50p minimum price

The Scottish government has set its preferred minimum unit price for alcohol at 50p.

Free glass promotion on BBFB spirits

Bacardi-Brown Forman Brands is running a free branded glass promotion on 500,000 bottles of its spirits brands in grocery accounts and convenience stores.

Pear variant for Stella Artois Cidre

AB Inbev is set to launch a pear variant of its Stella Artois Cidre.

Oddbins matches music and wine

Oddbins has launched what it says is “the world’s first synchronised wine and music-matching event”.

New Norwich shop for Adnams

Adnams has opened a new Cellar & Kitchen shop in Norwich.

M&S unveils Mediterranean range

Marks & Spencer is introducing 15 wines from six eastern Mediterranean countries.

Naked Wines to launch in the US and Australia

Online retailer Naked Wines is moving into the US and Australia with low-key retail operations setting up in both countries over the summer.

English vineyards reach record high

The amount of land under vine in England has grown by more than 60% in just five years, according to the latest figures from the Wine Standards Branch of the Food Standards Agency.

Competition seeks inspirational women in drinks retail

Specsavers is looking for women in drinks retailing to enter its Everywoman in Retail awards.

D&D wines goes into administration

D&D Wines has collapsed after running into cash flow problems, OLN has learned.

Red & White to grow with franchise

A West Midlands wine retailer is hoping to expand with franchised shops.

Irish independents in crisis

Ireland’s independent off-licence sector will go out of business in five years, warns the chairwoman of the National Off-Licence Association, unless the Irish government enforces legislation to curb aggressive price promotion and introduces structural segregation of alcohol.

Chain collapse cost 732 jobs

It has emerged that the number of people who lost their jobs in last year’s collapse of Simon Baile’s Oddbins was almost twice that stated by administrator Deloitte at the time.

Sainsbury's scoops top prize in cider challenge

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference French Sparkling Cider has won the International Cider Challenge 2012.

Booker's Hart leaves to set up brewing business

Booker’s wine category manager, Rob Hart, has left the business to start his own microbrewery.

Sunset clause for minimum unit pricing in Scotland

MSPs have agreed a sunset clause in proposed minimum pricing legislation which will see the measure automatically expire after six years unless a specific order is made by ministers for it to continue.

Bargain Booze loses Hughes

Bargain Booze joint managing director Matthew Hughes has left the business after owner ECI Partners called off its search for a buyer for the franchise chain.

HMRC cracks down on shops selling illicit alcohol

HM Revenue & Customs has stepped up its work with local councils to strip retailers who sell duty-defrauded and counterfeit alcohol of their licences.

Bacardi Brown-Forman launches retailer advice site

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands has launched a trade support programme for convenience stores.

Scratchcard push for E&J Brandy

Gallo’s E&J Brandy has launched a scratchcard promotion for independent convenience stores.

Cube tour and special packs to aid Peroni campaign

Peroni is taking a giant cube installation on a UK tour as part of its new advertising campaign.

Ad campaign for Carling Zest

Molson Coors has launched a £2 million ad campaign for citrus-flavoured 2.8% abv lager Carling Zest.

Accolade launches pre-mix range

Accolade Wines has launched a new range of canned, pre-mixed cocktails based on its Hardys, Banrock Stations, Echo Falls and Stone’s wines.

ECI calls off hunt for Bargain Booze buyer

Bargain Booze owner ECI Partners has called off its search for a buyer for the franchise chain.

Courvoisier to spend £15m with focus on cocktails

A competition for consumers to win a trip to a number of exotic locations around the world will appear in an on-pack promotion for Courvoisier Cognac this summer.

Special edition for Tio Pepe En Rama

González Byass is set to release a special edition of Tio Pepe En Rama, its unclarified, unfiltered fino, to celebrate the 200th birthday of the winery’s founder Manuel Maria González.

New look for Nyetimber

English sparkling wine Nyetimber has revamped its packaging in time for the UK’s summer of celebrations.

Profits rise at Bruichladdich

Islay’s Bruichladdich distillery has boosted its operating profits by 19.6% to £1.4 million, it has announced in its latest results.

Win tickets to Cheltenham jazz festival with Westons

Westons’ Henry Westons cider has become the official sponsor of the Cheltenham Jazz & Literature Festival for the next three years – and is celebrating by offering OLN readers tickets to the jazz festival on May 4-7.

Tesco in dragons' den at LIWF

Tesco is taking a stand at the London International Wine Fair and is calling on suppliers and producers to come to its wine team with ideas and projects – in what the supermarket is calling a “Dragons Den-style opportunity”.

Guinness boosts African brands

Diageo GB is boosting distribution of its Nigerian-brewed Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and non-alcoholic Malta Guinness through Surrey-based distributor Kato Enterprises.

Strongbow earns new ad campaign

Heineken has launched a multi-million pound ad campaign for Strongbow, positioning the cider as a reward for “men who get the job done”.

Blavod releases Red Leg rum

Blavod Wines & Spirits is introducing its own spiced rum as a replacement for Cockspur, the agency rights to which it lost in October 2010.

Cirencester opening for Oxford Wine

Oxford Wine Co opens its fourth store on Friday.

Carlsberg names line-up for England football packs

Carlsberg will have special packs featuring England footballers on sale from late May until the end of Euro 2010 in July.

Slurp launches corporate gift division

Online retailer Slurp has launched a microsite in a bid to build sales of corporate gifts of wine.

All change at the top for SAB Miller

Graham Mackay is to step down as chief executive of SAB Miller – the group whose brands include Peroni and Pilsner Urquell – in July.

Local health chiefs want powers to veto licences

An influential group of local government officials wants to see health experts given a say in the issue of licences to off-trade retailers.

Lower-alcohol not slowing wine decline

Rapid growth from the new wave of lower-alcohol wines is failing to halt decline in the overall wine market. 

Budget fails to dampen supermarket promotions

The latest round of increases in drinks duty has failed to dampen the ardour of supermarkets for heavy price promotions, with a range of deals hitting the market since the Budget.

Budget fails to dent supermarket price deals

The latest round of increases in drinks duty has failed to dampen the ardour of supermarkets for heavy price promotions, with a range of deals hitting the market since the Budget.

Wine Australia offers producers flexible options on generic involvement

Australian wine producers are to be allowed to cherry-pick the specific marketing activities they want to participate in rather than signing up for the whole annual generic programme.

MPs launch beer tax fraud inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Beer Group has launched its own inquiry into beer tax fraud.

Great Yarmouth CAP scheme targets proxy purchasing

A new Community Alcohol Partnership scheme has been launched in Great Yarmouth to crack down on under-age drinking and antisocial behaviour. 

Slurp launches French site

Online retailer Slurp has launched a French site in what it is calling “an audacious bid to beat the French on their own patch”.

Barefoot signs up Ben Fogle

Barefoot Wine has signed up environmentalist and adventurer Ben Fogle to front its annual Beach Rescue Project.

Landmark revamps Vintners Collection

Landmark Wholesale has given its Vintners Collection wine range a new look and grown it with a new Italian Pinot Grigio, Australian Pinot Grigio and South African Shiraz/Grenache blend.