Bottlegreen plots expansion

Bottlegreen plans to increase turnover from £15 million this year to £25 million by 2017 after teaming up with global brands like Diageo and Bacardi to make cocktails.

New product claims to clean and age spirits in a matter of hours

A product that claims to reduce hangovers and retailers’ overheads in one fell swoop by cleaning and rapidly aging spirits has been launched in the UK.

Tesco to give Lillet Blanc first national listing

A French wine-based drink produced since 1872 has secured its first supermarket listing in the UK.

Brazilian wines hit UK market

Five wines from Brazil’s leading producer are now available from Stevens Garnier.

“Waverley TBS collapse offers huge opportunity for smaller wholesalers”

Wholesaler Venus called the collapse of Waverley TBS a huge opportunity for smaller merchants after picking up extra business amid the wreckage.

Cox to head Carling firm in UK

Molson Coors has a new boss in the UK and Ireland after Stewart Glendenning left his post as chief executive to head the company’s Canadian business after just four months in the job.

Waverley TBS goes into administration

Waverley TBS, one of the UK's leading drinks distributors, has fallen into administration.

New ad direction for Guinness

A new ad campaign for Guinness will position the famous stout brand as “made of more”.

Drinks industry must innovate to survive as it prepares for five years of pain

The drinks industry was told to expect five more years of pain before growth speeds up by leading economists at the WSTA annual conference.

Industry must fight government's "aggressive" minimum unit pricing tactics

The alcohol industry must work together to mount a defence against minimum unit pricing in the face of aggressive government tactics, according to the chief executive of the WSTA.

Stratford's bought by Kingsland after entering administration

Stratford’s Wine Agencies has been bought by FE Barber – the parent company of Kingsland Wines & Spirits and Legacy Wines – after going into administration.

'Brands need soul' - McGuigan

The wine trade needs more high-profile ambassadors to inject personality into brands in the face of tough supermarket trading, according to Australian Vintage’s chief winemaker Neil McGuigan.

£1m Lidl investment in premium wine

Lidl is aiming for a more specialist approach to wine following a £1 million investment in the launch of a premium range.

'UK brewery numbers at 70-year high' – Camra

Camra says that the UK has more breweries than at any time in the past 70 years.

Waitrose to launch Heston gin

A Heston Blumenthal gin and an Icelandic wheat beer are among new exclusives being listed by Waitrose in the run-up to Christmas.

Jubilee boosted gin and fizz – WSTA report

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Jubilee boosted gin and fizz – WSTA report

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Dyer handed McGuigan supplier job on permanent basis

Ex Sainsbury’s wine buyer Julian Dyer has been appointed general manager for Europe at Australian Vintage on a permanent basis.

French beer recall hits supermarkets

British supermarkets have been hit by product recalls on bottles of French beer after a safety scare.

Crabbie's goes into cans

The alcoholic ginger beer category has taken a significant step with the first move into cans by a major brand.

Lambrini backs brolly offer with magazine ads

Halewood International is backing its Lambrini Cider range with glossy magazine and radio ads to support an on-pack offer.

ID test methods prompt backlash

Retailers have attacked test purchasing methods after an Off Licence News investigation found a child volunteer working for the authorities is sold alcohol every seven hours.

Jubilee beats the Olympics for sales

Off-trade sales of beer, cider, RTDs and sparkling wine saw an uplift in the week of the Olympic opening ceremony – but overall the games brought less joy to drinks retailers than the Diamond Jubilee, according to market data firm Nielsen.

Independents are hardest workers

Owners of independent shops are the hardest working professionals in Britain, according to a report from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Waitrose hire new wine buying manager

Waitrose has appointed Ken Mackay MW to buying manager for wine.

Deadline extended to enter Drinks Retailing Awards

The deadline to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards has been extended to Wednesday, September 12.

Thatchers to give off trade drinkers pub experience with bag in box

Thatchers Heritage draught cider is now available in a three-litre bag in box in the off-trade, designed to give drinkers the pub experience at home.

Patrick Ricard dies aged 67

Patrick Ricard, the man who turned Pernod Ricard into one of the world’s largest drinks companies, has died suddenly at the age of 67.

Olympics frenzy fails to deliver gold for drinks retailers

The Olympics failed to deliver the anticipated boost in drinks sales, according to early indications from retailers. 

Paul Bastard leaves Co-op

The Co-operative is on the hunt for a new wine development manager after news Paul Bastard is stepping down after 17 years.

Tesco overhauls wine team

Tesco has overhauled its wine team by poaching Bibendum’s sales director Emma Biggs and adding three more new faces.

Two new members join Independent Alcohol Complaints Panel

A professor of marketing and a specialist licensing barrister have joined the Independent Complaints Panel.

Drinking rates among schoolchildren fall

Drinking rates among schoolchildren have fallen over the past decade, according to the latest NHS statistics published today.

Naked Wines goes global

Norwich-based Naked Wines has continued its global expansion by opening a winery in California.

New gadget aims to keep wine cold

The makers of a new gadget that looks like an icicle suspended in a bottle of wine claim it will “maintain the optimal drinking temperature while the bottle is consumed”.

Halewood to keep Olympic fans refreshed

Brands including Tsingtao beer and Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer will be on offer at London 2012 viewing platforms as part of producer Halewood International’s new marketing drive.

New brand director at Wells and Young's

Wells and Young’s has appointed Nestlè brands manager Phil Toms to the new post of director of brands.

Bibendum appoints new head of buying

Bibendum has appointed Waitrose’s wine buying manager Andrew Shaw as it new head of buying.

Industry rejects drink health warnings

Drinks industry leaders have rejected calls from a group representing the medical profession for legislation to introduce US-style health warnings on alcohol packaging.

Rain interrupts play as Euro sales slump

Euro 2012 proved a washout for retailers as less lager was sold during the period than during the same two weeks in 2011. 

MPs push for minimum unit pricing on alcohol

An influential committee of MPs has backed government plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol to combat the “insidious and pervasive” impact of binge drinking. 

SHS creates drinks umbrella

SHS Group has merged its drinks businesses under a single corporate identity.

Tim Stanley leaves Bargain Booze

Bargain Booze is on the hunt for a new chief executive after long-standing managing director Tim Stanley left his role at the company as part of a shake-up at the top.

Cox leaves New Zealand Winegrowers

New Zealand Winegrowers has parted company with its European director David Cox.

Winehouse director confident stores will reopen in July

The Paisley-based Winehouse chain has temporarily closed its Scottish stores over the past two weeks. Director Philip Craig said it was in the “process of revamping a selection of shops” and that the planned relaunch, originally promised for the first week of July, is still “on schedule”.

Tesco appoints new wine buying manager

Tesco has appointed Alain Guilpain to be its new buying manager for wine, OLN has learned. 

Partington to leave WSTA role

Wine & Spirit Trade Association communications director Gavin Partington is to become the director general of the British Soft Drinks Association in the autumn.

Coors Light teams up with Muscles from Brussels

Jean Claude Van Damme will dust off his hiking shoes once more to continue a Coors Light advertising campaigning that has helped boost sales of the lager by 40%.

New low alcohol wines from Blossom Hill

Blossom Hill has launched a new 5.5% wine in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.

Coe Vintners unveils modern makeover

Coe Vintners has revealed its new look after hiring the creative team behind Alton Towers and Currys to change its livery.