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Beer duty debate rages on

Debate over the impact of beer duty will rage on after economic secretary Chloe Smith agreed to hold further meetings with MPs who claim the tax is damaging the British economy.

Heineken creates Olympic fan hub

Heineken will host a fan hub throughout the upcoming Olympic Games that will display fan content online and on outdoor TV screens across London.

Chance to win buying trip to Chile

Retailers can win a buying trip to Chile as part of a new promotion designed to promote Chilean wines in the UK.

Diageo releases Chinese spirit in the UK

Diageo is launching a Chinese baijiu white spirit in the UK market.

Wynchwood launches two new fruity drinks

Wynchwood Brewery has launched two new fruit beers to satisfy consumer desire for flavoured drinks served over ice.

Darnley's View launches new gin

Darnley’s View has launched a new London Dry gin spiced with a blend of juniper, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Peroni immortalised in opera

Quintessential Italian lager Peroni Nastro Azzurro will be immortalised in its very own opera.

SHS unleashes Krusovice Czech beer

SHS Sales & Marketing has outlined plans for its assault on the imported lager category with the Czech brand Krusovice.

Harveys on-pack aims to lift sherry category

Harveys Bristol Cream has linked up with Sony to give away digital book readers in the first of two on-pack promotions for the sherry this year.

Budvar wins latest round in Budweiser trademark row

Czech brewer Budějovický Budvar can continue to use the Budweiser name on its UK beer after the Court of Appeal ruled in its favour this morning.

First Drinks outlines Zubrowka plans

First Drinks is embarking on a new marketing strategy for its Zubrowka Polish vodka brand.

Retailer launches 'super-group' as voice for independents

A Colchester-based wine merchant has set up a body that he hopes will bring together independent retailers around the country and give them a united voice.

Scottish ban fails to impact alcohol

A report by NHS Scotland has shown “no obvious change” in alcohol sales as a result of the ban on multibuy promotions on alcohol in Scotland.

Lewis: tough year ahead

Majestic chief executive Steve Lewis has warned that “next year will be as tough as the one that’s just finished”, despite turning in increased sales, profits and prices. The wine warehouse chain’s pre-tax profit for the 53 weeks to April 2 was up 14.5% to £23.2 million on a sales increase of 8.9% at £280.3 million.

No hope for D&D as a going concern

The administrator for D&D Wines International has given up trying to sell the company as a going concern.

Shell appeal could change face of garage licensing

 ruling by magistrates in Leeds could alter the way licensing committees and other courts measure the suitability of garages for drinks licences.

Cost of wine fraud may reach £1.3m

Fraud or suspected fraud may have cost UK wine companies as much as £1.3 million since last May, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has revealed.

Jubilee boosts retail figures

The Jubilee gave retailers a sales boost in June according to the Confederation of British Industry.

Weather hits Magners sales

Ireland’s C&C Group has said sales of Magners cider plummeted in the second quarter of this year because of the poor weather.

UK exclusive for the Macallan

Malt whisky the Macallan has launched a new range exclusive to the UK – the 1824 Series.

Grolsch confirms 'world beer' repositioning

Molson Coors UK has confirmed plans to reposition it Grolsch lager away from the mainstream premium lager category and into the booming world beers category.

Portman seeks new complaints panel chair

The Portman Group is looking for a new chair for its independent complaints panel, which rules on complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing.

Romania trebles UK imports

Romanian wine exports to the UK nearly trebled in 2011, latest figures have revealed.

Kent to roll out alcohol partnerships

Kent’s Community Alcohol Partnership scheme is being rolled out across the county after successful pilot schemes in Edenbridge, Canterbury and Thanet.

Hastings cracks down on alcohol problems

Hastings, in East Sussex, is cracking down on alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and under-age drinking in a new Community Alcohol Partnership scheme.

Herbal liqueur breaks Portman rules

The makers of a herbal liqueur have been asked to change their marketing because it made medical claims about the drink.

Bacchus wins prizes in English wine competition

Bacchus wines scooped five trophies in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, run by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Naked Wines invests in Marlborough winemaker

Naked Wines is investing £526,000 to help Marlborough winemaker Mike Paterson set up his own label.

New look for Echo Falls

Accolade Wines has given Echo Falls a new look as part of a year-long campaign for the brand with an unprecedented spend.

'We'll revitalise high street': new Rhythm & Booze owner

Rhythm & Booze’s new owner believes its plans for the chain could breathe new life into a “tired” high street off-licence sector.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2013 open for entries

Is your operation the best in the business? Then enter Off Licence News’s Drinks Retailing Awards and get the trophy and the recognition you deserve.

More indies at LIWF

The number of independent retailers visiting the London wine fair was up by 12% this year, while the number of visi- tors from off-licences was up 7%, according to organiser Brintex.

Slurp ventures into daily deals

Online drinks retailer Slurp is to introduce daily deal promotions in a move it hopes will appeal to supermarket wine shoppers.

Online retailers risk selling to under-18s: report

Online drinks retailers risk selling alcohol to under-18s because there are not enough policies and checks in place to prevent it, a new report has warned.

Boutique sets out its stall

A new company has been set up to provide marketing and sales support to overseas craft brewers.

Heineken buys Stassen

Heineken has bought Belgian cidermaker Stassen in a move to boost its production capacity and bolster its new product development capability.

Diageo in £1bn investment

Diageo boss Paul Walsh has described a planned £1 billion investment in distilleries and warehousing as a “pivotal movement” in its participation in the global Scotch whisky market.

Massive price rises for wine and spirits: WSTA

Wine and spirits prices have risen by more than twice the level of inflation in the past year, and sales are declining in shops, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has reported.

Frosty Jack's ads banned

Three Youtube ads for Frosty Jack’s have been banned for appealing to under-18s.

Cockspur adds spice to the UK

Cockspur rum is introducing a spiced version in the UK, the first major product launch since the distribution rights switched to Whyte & Mackay in October 2010.

Oddbins launches search for the UK's top amateur wine tasters

Oddbins is launching a national competition to find the UK’s best amateur wine tasters.

Santa Rita links with Help for Heroes

Chilean winery Santa Rita is looking for retail partners for sales of a wine to raise money for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

TV burst for Miller Genuine Draft

Miller Genuine Draft lager is being backed by new TV advertising and sponsorship.

Ad campaign for Casillero del Diablo

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo has launched a press and Facebook campaign based around the legend of the “devil’s cellar”, which is what the brand’s name means.

Brand Phoenix sponsors Jubilee festival

Brand Phoenix’s Etienne Dumont and First Cape brands will be the exclusive Champagne and wine sponsors of the Jubilee Family Festival which takes place in Hyde Park on June 2-3.

Lower-alcohol wines to grow to 6% of off-trade: Wine Intelligence

Lower-alcohol wine sales will grow but will never be a huge slice of the wine market, Wine Intelligence has predicted.

Champagne Jacquart launches cooler bag

Champagne Jacquart is launching a cooler bag for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the picnic season.

Wells marketing boss Lewis to leave

Wells & Young’s marketing director Chris Lewis is to leave the business to set up his own marketing consultancy.

Festival visitors to get a taste of Pilsen

Visitors to the Taste of London festival will be able to try an unfiltered and unpasteurised version of Pilsner Urquell, the original golden pilsner-style beer from the Czech Republic.

OLN's Atkin wins Wine Intelligence award

OLN's Tim Atkin MW has won one of Wine Intelligence's 10 for 10 Business Awards.