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ASA bans Budweiser ad

A radio ad for Budweiser has been banned for linking alcohol to sexual success.

£6,000 of alcohol seized from Lincolnshire shop

Lincolnshire Police and licensing officers from North Kesteven District Council have seized £6,000 worth of alcohol from an off-licence after it failed a test purchase sting.

Low alcohol gathers pace

Blossom Hill and Gallo are both developing 5.5% abv wines to target the growing low-alcohol wine market.

£1m push for Rhône wines

The generic marketing body for the Rhône valley has earmarked a £1 million investment to push its wines in the UK this year. 

Win a trip to the Cape Wine fair

Following the success of last year’s initiative, OLN is again working with Wines of South Africa to target leading independents. We are offering two readers the opportunity to win a trip to the Cape Wine fair, taking place in Cape Town from September 25-27. 

Register for £50 LIWF bursaries

Off Licence News is inviting independent readers to register for a £50 bursary to visit the London International Wine Fair in May. 

Anti-fraud measures to rise

The government insists it is determined to step up efforts to clamp down on duty fraud and support responsible retailers disadvantaged by criminal gangs.

Proxy buying increases

Proxy purchasing is on the rise and supermarkets are now seen as the most difficult places for under-age drinkers to get alcohol, a new study has found.

Ambitious plans for chain

Rhythm & Booze could become a nationwide franchise chain after it was bought by Costcutter owner Bibby Retail Services in a pre-pack administration.

Wine Shed owner Guy Wilkes dies

Guy Wilkes, owner of Somerset wine merchant the Wine Shed, has died of pancreatic cancer aged 49.

Tobacco display ban comes in

Tobacco products can no longer be displayed in large stores from tomorrow (April 6).

WKD launches weekend campaign

WKD is set to launch what it says is its biggest ever promotional campaign this summer.

Tesco relaunches online subscription service

Tesco has relaunched its wine case subscription service Tesco Wine Select with six more pre-mixed cases and new deals for subscribers.

Three Wine Men invite independents

The Three Wine Men are offering independent retailers the chance to show their wares at their shows in Manchester and Edinburgh this summer.

Pernod Ricard UK's Lee James promoted

Pernod Ricard UK’s channel director for wine Lee James has been promoted within the group to international brand development manager for premium wine brands EMEA.

£6m push for San Miguel Fresca

Carlsberg UK has launched a £6 million marketing campaign for San Miguel’s Fresca offshoot.

Indie promotion for German Riesling

Wines of Germany is calling on independent retailers to run Riesling promotions this July.

Blue Nun sponsors funny women

Blue Nun is sponsoring women’s comedy competition the Funny Women Awards in its 10th anniversary year.

Heineken back on TV

Heineken has launched the second TV ad in its Open Your World campaign.

Stream films with Stella Artois

Stella Artois has teamed up with online film platform MUBI to give consumers the chance to stream a film online instantly in an on-pack promotion.

Brothers launches TV and cinema campaign

Brothers cider has announced its biggest ever marketing investment of £5 million this year – including ads on TV and in cinemas.

Speyside's Tamdhu distillery to reopen

Speyside distillery Tamdhu is set to reopen and relaunch its malt whisky after it was bought from the Edrington Group by Ian Macleod Distillers last year.

Kopparberg launches apple cider

Swedish cider brand Kopparberg is building on its success with fruit ciders by launching an apple cider.

New mobile site for Drinkaware

Drinkaware has launched a new version of its mobile site which offers different content during the day and at night – after seeing a 200% increase in mobile phone traffic.

IBC open for entries

The International Beer Challenge 2012 is now open for entries.

New variant for Rekorderlig

Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig has launched a new variant – Orange & Ginger.

Pedigree celebrates 60 years

Marston’s Pedigree is celebrating its 60th birthday with the launch of a special edition bottle.

Sunshine sales boost for Oddbins

Oddbins has seen a surge in sparkling wine sales thanks to the unseasonal sunshine.

Rhythm & Booze bought by Costcutter owner

Rhythm & Booze has been bought by Bibby Retail Services, the group that owns Costcutter supermarkets, after the chain went into administration this morning (March 29).

Wine Rack announces price freeze

Wine Rack has announced it will hold its wine, spirit and Champagne prices until mid-April after the duty hike announced in last week’s Budget.

Pernod unveils summer spirits plans

Pernod Ricard is launching a limited edition Beefeater pack to celebrate the London Olympics.

Discover IWC wines at LIWF

More than 1,000 wines looking for representation will be on taste at the London International Wine Fair as part of a team-up with the International Wine Challenge.

Heineken launches c-store programme

Heineken has launched a programme that aims to help convenience stores boost beer and cider sales by up to 20%.

Ad puts 'new spin' on WKD

WKD is launching a new TV ad which it says puts “a new spin” on its long-running Have You Got a WKD Side campaign.

Majestic commercial director Reynolds dies

Majestic’s commercial director Mark Reynolds has died after a battle against cancer. He was 48.

British pack for Stone's ginger wine

Accolade Wines has launched a limited edition pack for Stone’s ginger wine.

UK to host its first Riesling Summit

Wines of Germany is to hold a Riesling Summit in the UK for the first time.

Thatchers to run £2.5 million TV campaign

Thatchers is to run a TV ad campaign worth £2.5 million for its flagship Thatchers Gold brand this spring and summer.

Booker offers indies free Epos systems

Booker is offering independent retailers free Epos systems if they commit to spending more at their local cash and carry.

Mixed reception for minimum unit price plans

There has been a mixed drinks industry reaction to this morning’s announcement by the UK government that it will seek to introduce a 40p per unit minimum price for alcohol.

Tesco in supply base cull

Tesco is making drastic cuts to its wine supply base in what it says is a bid to improve producers' profitability and encourage brand owners to increase consumer loyalty.

Majestic demands 5% from Portuguese suppliers

Majestic has contacted Portuguese suppliers demanding they make a contribution towards promoting the category or jeopardise future listings. 

Rosé still in the pink

The rosé boom may have been and gone but the UK trade is confident it will still grow, an OLN poll has revealed.

UK faces cut in wine funds

The heads of leading wine marketing bodies have warned that support for the UK will be significantly reduced amid tough trading conditions and pressure from producers to explore new export markets. 

Better than expected trading for new Oddbins

A strong Christmas meant Oddbins performed better than expected in its first year of trading.

Online Threshers remains offline

Plans for a new online Threshers wine business have still not come to fruition, almost two-and-a-half years after First Quench went into administration.

Bubbly price wars defended

Champagne importers have defended deep discounting on brands in UK supermarkets.

Blossom Hill's £1.2m push

Percy Fox is positioning Blossom Hill rosé as a drink to “get things started” with its biggest summer campaign.

Piper-Heidsieck pushes quality

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne is setting out to refocus on the prestige of the house – and is prepared to sacrifice retail volumes to do so.

WWA offers "duty window"

World Wine Agencies is offering its customers a duty window before it raises prices after the tax hike announced in yesterday’s Budget.