Golf partnership for Warsteiner

Warsteiner German lager is to be supported by print advertising as part of a marketing push that sees it become the official beer supplier to the European golf tour.

Jeremiah Weed hits the off-trade

Diageo has launched its Jeremiah Weed Brews range in the off-trade, after successfully seeding it in the on-trade last year.

Budget 2012: the trade reacts

Here are some of the trade reactions to the 2012 Budget announcement:

Sainsbury's buyer Peek to leave

Sainsbury’s buyer David Peek is leaving to join Copestick Murray Wine Solutions as commercial director.

Maxxium to launch Beam Honey

Maxxium UK is launching a honey-infused version of Jim Beam in the UK.

Budget adds 11p to a bottle of wine

Any hopes of relief from rising alcohol duty were dashed when Chancellor George Osborne announced the 2% above inflation escalator mechanism would remain in place.

Beale to be new WSTA head

Miles Beale will join the Wine & Spirit Trade Association as its new chief executive in June.

Pernod Ricard targets premium wine shoppers

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled research claiming 58% of shoppers are willing to trade up to "premium" wines and has outlined plans to inject growth into the category.

Scotland votes for minimum pricing

Scotland has moved a step closer to introducing a minimum unit price on alcohol after MSPs passed the bill in principle with no opposition.

Drinks brands appeal to children: Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern Cymru has called for drinks brands to be banned from sponsoring sports and cultural events and for strict curbs on advertising, after a poll of primary school children found many were more familiar with alcohol brands than other popular foods and snacks.

Tesco boosts fine wine sales

Tesco has grown its fine wine sales by 50% after overhauling its range, the supermarket has reported.

Sidekick turns sour

Halewood International has launched a sub-brand into its Sidekick range – Sidekick Sours.

Harveys teams up with Ideal Home Show

Harveys Bristol Cream has signed up as the exclusive sherry partner of the Ideal Home Show again.

LIWF organiser defends London fair

London International Wine Fair organiser Brintex has defended the event after a number of major exhibitors said they would not attend this year, as reported by OLN on March 9.

Sainsbury's targets microbrewers in Beer Hunt

Sainsbury’s has launched its Great British Beer hunt with a new category designed to support microbrewers.

Naked Wines seeks unknown winemakers

Online retailer Naked Wines has launched a competition looking for the world’s most talented unknown winemakers – with US$1 million up for grabs.

OLN Pink Poll 2012

What do you think of rosé wine? What are the latest trends in sales, styles and consumers? Please answer our poll and let us know.

Boost for microbrewers

A new scheme to give wider take-home distribution to Britain’s micro-brewed beers has been set up by the Society of Independent Brewers.

Brewer hits out at Portman group

A Cumbrian brewer has hit out at the Portman Group, despite agreeing to a request to change one of its bottled beer labels.

González Byass plans Tio Pepe En Rama re-run

González Byass is planning to release its unfiltered fino Tio Pepe En Rama for the third time this year. The wine will be launched at the London wine fair, but in the past two years much of it has sold ahead of its official release.

£3m investment for Meantime

Meantime Brewing’s new head has outlined ambitions to treble its production as part of a £3 million investment in its London site.

Winerack.co.uk goes live

Wine Rack’s transactional website is now live and the chain says online sales are going well. The retailer has given the website – winerack.co.uk – a soft launch with offers of 10% off six or more bottles of wine and 5% off six or more bottles of Champagne, with no consumer advertising yet.

UK still top of Champagne list

The UK remains the biggest importer of Champagne in spite of a 2.7% fall in volumes in 2011, the Champagne Bureau has reported.

Price controls on the cards for 2015

Price controls on alcohol are on the cards for April 2015, industry insiders believe, after the Cabinet Office gave a series of briefings on the issue to senior political journalists.

Duty fraud hits shop sales

Nearly three-quarters of retailers say duty fraud has hit their income, an OLN survey as part of our Fight Against Fraud campaign has revealed.

No return to LIWF for New Zealand Winegrowers

New Zealand Winegrowers has pulled out of this year’s London International Wine Fair along with a number of suppliers, including Pernod Ricard UK, Percy Fox and PLB. 

Carling launches 2.8% abv Zest

Molson Coors has launched a limited edition 2.8% abv, citrus-flavoured version of Carling – Carling Zest.

WOSA's Birch wins Wine Intelligence award

Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch has become the first of 10 people honoured by Wine Intelligence for their achievements in the wine business.

Raisin Social signs up Du Toitskloof

Raisin Social has signed up South African producer Du Toitskloof and will be its exclusive UK representative for a new range of Fairtrade products.

Thierry's Williams to join M&S winemaking team

Jeneve Williams is to join Marks & Spencer as winemaker for Bordeaux, Loire, Italy, Chile, Hungary, Argentina, rosé and sparkling wine.

Yalumba firm raises indie profile

Yalumba-owned Negociants UK is to handle its own sales direct to independents for the first time, after a deal which saw it use third party distribution through Berkmann Wine Cellars came to an end.

Spending pinch hits wine and spirit sales says WSTA report

Wine and spirits sales have declined in the off-trade as consumers have reined in their spending, according to a report for the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

First Cape launches wine club

First Cape has launched an online wine club as part of its sponsorship of the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia.

OLN's Atkin nominated as one of wine's most influential

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW has been shortlisted as one of the figures in the wine trade who has achieved great things in the past decade, and changed the industry for the better. 

Sourz launches RTD range

Maxxium UK has launched an RTD version of its Sourz shots range.

Royal Tokaji stock stolen

More than 500 cases of Royal Tokaji wine have been stolen from a lorry parked near the Dartford Tunnel.

New look and launch for Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich has repackaged its 21 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky and released its first ever vatted vintage reserve, from 1974.

Global Brands takes on Reef

Molson Coors has licensed Global Brands to produce and distribute its Reef RTD brand.

Portuguese importers honour retailers

Majestic, Tanners and the Wine Society have been honoured at an awards ceremony for those in the UK who make an outstanding contribution to supporting Portuguese wine.

Single serve bottle for Thatchers Rosé

Thatchers Rosé has been released in a 50cl single serve bottle for the first time.

Highland Park launches 21 Year Old

Highland Park has reintroduced a 21 Year Old single malt to the UK two years after the distillery sold out of the expression worldwide.

Laithwaites buys third Bordeaux vineyard

Laithwaites has bought a vineyard near the village of Castillon in Bordeaux, where founder Tony Laithwaite first began importing wine into the UK under the name Bordeaux Direct.

Cockspur sponsors West Indies cricket

Cockspur rum has been named the official rum of West Indies cricket for the team’s tour of England this year.

Majestic wins e-commerce award

Majestic has been given an award for its innovative use of online media.

Draycott and Lusa join Spain's caballeros

González Byass sales director Melissa Draycott and London restaurateur Abel Lusa have joined the ranks of the Gran Orden de Caballeros.

ASA bans Laithwaites ad

A Laithwaites ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading consumers.

New look for Champagne Devaux

Champagne Devaux has repackaged its Classics range to bring its look into line with the premium Collection D portfolio.

New look for Snow Queen vodka

Organic Kazakhstan vodka Snow Queen has had a revamp.

Fuller's bottles Black Cab stout

Fuller’s has bottled its Black Cab stout and will be releasing it to supermarkets next month.

Carling updates iPint app

Molson Coors has launched a new version of its Carling iPint app, which lets users pretend to drink beer through their smartphones.