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Minimum pricing announcement expected today

The government is expected to formally announce today that it has abandoned plans for minimum unit pricing and a ban on multibuys for alcohol in England and Wales.

Harrods opens new luxury wine and spirits department

Jerobaums of £18,000 Cristal Champagne, first growths and vertical selections of Chateau Margaux and Petrus and a whisky collection worth almost £1 million are on sale at Harrod’s new wine and spirits department.

MEP wants calorie labels on alcoholic drinks

Labour’s European spokesperson for health has called for alcoholic drinks to feature calorie labels.  

Diageo launches "Embarrassing Drunken Walks" video

Diageo is targeting young adults with a campaign designed to remind them that binge drinking can lead to “shame and embarrassment”. 

Oddbins offers holidaymakers chance to "be the buyer"

Oddbins is offering holidaymakers the chance to earn thousands of pounds by recommending their favourite wines from their travels under a new scheme called The Listing.

Big names confirm they will return for 2014 London Wine Fair

Brintex has reported that 32 out of 35 exhibitors at this year’s London Wine Fair have now rebooked for the 2014 show.

Hooch revival continues with new flavours

Global Brands has brought Hooch Orange and Hooch Blackcurrant back to the market after a 10-year absence.

Duchess calls for new name for English sparkling wine

The Duchess of Cornwall believes the English sparkling wine category needs to be rebranded with a new name to help it compete with the likes of Champagne.

Ashes legends join Wolf Blass for cricket sponsorship

Former England cricket captains Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan have signed up as brand ambassadors to front Wolf Blass’s Ashes broadcast partnership with Sky Sports.

Chapel Down unveils bold expansion plans

English wine and beer producer Chapel Down is planting new vines in Essex, Kent and Sussex and building a brewery for its Curious beer range after securing £4.3 million in equity funding.

Carling British Cider makes TV debut

Carling British Cider has made its small screen debut with an ad designed to “champion British sense of humour” as a man attempts to combine bungee jumping with apple bobbing.

Cambride Wine Merchants in sustainability push

Cambridge Wine Merchants is running a wine festival involving tastings, masterclasses, promotions and education on the theme of sustainability throughout July.

UK hailed as key market in global wine business

Australia’s fourth-largest wine supplier hailed the UK as a key strategic market in the global wine business and said it will not turn its back on Britain in the face of a poor exchange rate and difficult trading conditions.

New Iron Maiden beer hits one million pint mark

Robinsons has produced the millionth pint of Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale just eight weeks after the launch.

BWS sales stutter among multiples

BWS volume sales among multiple retailers dipped 0.1% year-on-year in the four weeks to June 22, according to the latest set of Nielsen figures.

Bancroft pushing premium New Zealand wine

Bancroft has taken on a new winery that produces premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling from New Zealand’s Central Otago.

Stowford Press hits TV screens for first time

Stowford Press is making its TV debut this summer with in an ad campaign designed to reach 28 million adults. 

Campaign promotes Swedish town of Kopparberg

An ad campaign running until the end of August is promoting the cider’s brand’s Swedish heritage on TV and social media platforms.

French Wines with Style meets Tour de France

With the Tour de France in full swing, Gerard Basset MW has made a video designed to educate Off Licence News readers about the wines from each region the world's most famous cycle race passes through.

Treasury increases luxury vineyard holdings

Treasury Wine Estates has signed a deal to purchase the 116ha White Hills vineyard in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley from Brown Brothers.

The Beautiful South smashes target

A new tasting event that brings together leading producers from Argentina, Chile and South Africa under one roof in London has exceeded its exhibitor target.

Drinks trade charity launches teaching grants

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent is launching a scheme to give grants to help existing members of the industry advance through extra training and career support. 

Brewdog plots move into retail trade

Brewdog is planning to enter the retail trade with a chain of speciality beer shops with the working name Bottledog.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2014 open for entries

The Drinks Retailing Awards 2014 are now open for entries, allowing independents, specialists, convenience stores and major multiples from across the UK the chance to win coveted trophies and recognition among the leading lights of our dynamic industry. 

City support for Majestic remains strong, says boss

Support for Majestic’s model among City investors remains as strong as ever despite it posting a moderate profit rise dampened by it’s decision to stop supplying wholesale businesses, according to its chief executive. 

Brewers invest millions in campaign promoting British beer

A group of the UK’s biggest brewers have joined forces to launch a multi-million pound consumer campaign to change the image of beer and stem slowing sales.

UK drinks industry stance praised

The president of Europe-wide organisation Wine in Moderation has praised the UK trade for its proactive drive to combat abusive drinking and urged the British government not to punish responsible drinkers with prohibitionist measures. 

Penderyn to triple production

Welsh whisky producer Penderyn has secured bank funding to triple production of its single malts.

SH Jones buys Slurp

Online wine, beer and spirits retailer Slurp has been bought by Oxfordshire wine merchant SH Jones.

Cornish brewer opens its own store

Cornish brewer Penpont has opened a shop selling its own and other brewers’ beers.

New ginger beer brand aims to help the homeless

A former Greene King marketing manager has launched a 4% abv ginger beer brand that will donate a share of its profits to charities like Centrepoint that tackle homelessness. 

Brookfield Drinks buys Diamond cider brand

Former Wells and Young’s managing director Nigel McNally has followed up the purchase of Kestrel lager by snapping up Diamond Cider from C&C.

Drinks charity aims to double beneficiaries after selling care home

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent has taken “the tough and uncomfortable decision” to sell a care home that looks after drinks industry veterans due to its “unsustainable drain” on funds.

Whisky priced at £150k goes on sale in London

An exclusive bottle of whisky priced at £150,000 has gone on sale at The Whisky Shop’s flagship store in London’s Piccadilly.

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East Anglia cleans up at wine awards

East Anglia has been hailed as the top spot for producing English wine after the region scooped five of the 13 trophies given out at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition.

Amigos tequila-flavoured beer given facelift

Amigos tequila-flavoured beer has unveiled a new look bottle designed to promote its Aztec brand identity as Global Brands seeks to build on triple-digit growth figures.

Tesco ramps up premium spirits offering in affluent stores

The Tesco spirits team has selected 30 premium spirits from across the globe to add to shelves after it was buoyed by growth in the category.

Alcohol volume sales drop 3% in UK off-trade

Alcohol volume sales dropped 3% in the UK off-trade during the second quarter of 2013 as the market shows no sign of recovery.

Martini to dazzle race fans in festival of speed

The red and blue stripes of Martini will be displayed by 14 racing cars including a Porsche 911 at next month's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The humble wine cork receives modern twist

A re-sealable twist on the wine cork has been released after the world’s largest cork producer teamed up with the world’s largest glass container manufacturer to create an industry “game-changer”.

FE Barber staff raise thousands for cancer charity

Members of the wine trade have smashed their fundraising target after trekking 50km along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Bottle Green ties up Blue Nun

Bottle Green has signed a deal with German producer FW Langguth to secure total UK distribution rights for Blue Nun from July 1.

Brewer hits out at deal to ban beers above 5.5% abv

A deal between Tesco and a local licensing authority to ban beer and cider with an abv above 5.5% has been branded “nonsensical” by a craft beer supplier.

Majestic posts slight profit rise

Majestic has posted a dip in annual sales after scaling back its wholesale operation but recorded a slight rise in annual profits.

Dickinson: "Thierry's papers show no wrongdoing"

Former Thierry's director Matthew Dickinson claims to have submitted documents to accountants investigating the conduct of its management that show "no apparent evidence of wrongdoing" during his 10-year career with the firm. 

Fuller's outlines long-term cider vision

Fuller's has outlined long-term plans to build distribution for cider maker Cornish Orchards which it has bought for £3.8 million.

New chef de cave at Bollinger

Bollinger has named Gilles Descotes its new chef de cave.

Calls for alcohol ad ban at sporting events

Alcohol Concern has called for a ban on all alcohol advertising at sport, cultural and music events.

Shepherd Neame in racism row

Shepherd Neame is at the centre of a racism row after an advertising watchdog banned one of its TV ads because it was deemed offensive to Polish people.

Wholesaler doubles production at distillery

Whisky wholesaler and retailer Gordon & MacPhail is to double production at the Benromach distillery it owns on Speyside.