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Drinking behaviour changing: Drinkaware

Drinkaware is starting to see “green shoots of behaviour change” among its target audiences.

More than a quarter of tobacco illicit: JTI

More than a quarter of tobacco smoked in the UK is non-duty paid, according to estimates from Japan Tobacco International.

Range revamp for Campo Viejo

Pernod Ricard UK is revamping the Campo Viejo range in a bid to raise awareness of the Tempranillo grape and the wines of Rioja.

Portman Group appoints new panel members

The Portman Group has appointed two new members to its Independent Complaints Panel, which considers complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing under the body’s code of practice.

Easthope sells 24,000 bottles in 24 hours through Naked Wines

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope has pre-sold 24,000 bottles of unmade wine worth more than £280,000 in 24 hours after signing up with Naked Wines.

Has duty fraud affected you? Take part in our poll

As part of our ongoing campaign against duty fraud – Fight Against Fraud – Off Licence News is calling on retailers to let us know how they’ve been affected by duty fraud.

Pernod Ricard launches espresso martini kit

Pernod Ricard has launched a kit to make an espresso martini at home.

Bigger bottle for St Stefanus

Miller Brands has launched a 75cl version of its Belgian craft beer St Stefanus.

10% of all beer sales illicit: HMRC

One tenth of all beer sales in the UK are illicit, according to HM Revenue & Customs.

Naked Wines signs up Rod Easthope

New Zealand winemaker Rod Easthope, who recently resigned as chief winemaker of Craggy Range, will make an exclusive range of wines for Naked Wines in a £300,000 project.

Independent push for Portugal

Wines of Portugal is targeting independent wine merchants in a new push to enthuse the wine trade about the quality and diversity of Portuguese wines.

Gallo launches Moscato with biggest ever investment

Gallo will launch Moscato wines under its Gallo Family Vineyards and Barefoot labels next month, the winery has announced.

Independent exclusive from Codorníu

Codorníu has extended its Anna de Codorníu range with Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Noirs, exclusive to independent wine merchants and the on-trade.

Is there a future for National Wine Month?

The agency which organised National Wine Month last year has called on the wine trade to ask if wants to continue the initiative this year.

Outdoor ad push for Stella

AB Inbev has launched an outdoor ad campaign for Stella Artois that aims to highlight the brand’s brewing heritage.

Golden ticket to the Golden State

The Wine Institute of California and Off Licence News are giving independents the chance to win a trip to the Golden State and an Enomatic wine sampling machine.

Marston's hails 2012 as year of the PBA

Bottled beers are driving growth in the ale market but retailers are missing £20 million in sales due to out-of-stocks, according to new figures. 

Fraudsters face jail terms

The owner of an Essex bonded warehouse has been jailed for 10 years for leading a £50 million alcohol and VAT fraud.

Diageo seeks to evade grocery price wars

Diageo has said a decline in UK sales of its spirits brands in the last half of 2011 was the result of a reduction of its active involvement in deep supermarket promotions. 

Crunk rebrands after Portman ban

Alcoholic energy drink Crunk Juce is set to relaunch as Crunk CJ after the Portman Group banned it in its original format. 

Trade responds to Cameron's pledge to beat binge-drinking

Trade bodies have responded to prime minister David Cameron’s pledge to tackle problem drinking today (February 15). 

Prime Minister calls time on alcohol abuse 'scandal'

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to cut alcohol abuse. A problem he calls "one of the scandals of our society".

£1m fund for safer communities launched

A £1 million fund to help local communities tackle under-age and binge-drinking has been launched by the government’s champion for active safer communities, Baroness Newlove.

Abandon tax hike to give drinks an Olympic boost: WSTA

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has called on the government to scrap this year’s planned alcohol tax hike to give businesses a boost for the Olympics.

Waitrose scoops five gongs at 2012 Drinks Retailing Awards

Waitrose has scooped five awards in OLN's Drinks Retailing Awards -  including the Lifetime Achievement Award, which went to Dee Blackstock MW.

Portman ban for 'sexual' tonic wine and 'hard' cider

A tonic wine which features a naked couple embracing on its label and a cider branded as “hard” have been banned by the Portman Group.

New look for Bowmore

Islay single malt whisky Bowmore has repackaged its UK and travel retail ranges with a new premium gift box and a refreshed bottle design.

Spirited Wines buys Nicolas estate

Spirited Wines, the company which bought the Nicolas shops outside London in 2010, has bought the remaining Nicolas estate from French wine company Castel.

Minimum price to cut consumption by 6% a year: report

A 45p-per-unit minimum price coupled with total ban on discounting in the off-trade could cut consumption by 6% in its first year, according to an updated forecast by the University of Sheffield.

Low-alcohol boost for Tesco

Low-alcohol wine sales in Tesco grew 3.4% to 1.9 million bottles over Christmas 2011, from 1.8 million bottles the year before.

Molson Coors boosts focus on supermarkets and c-stores

Molson Coors is increasing its focus on multiple grocers and convenience stores by hiring more field staff through marketing agency REL Field Marketing.

Cono Sur gift packs to get independents' sales sparkling

Cono Sur is offering independent wine merchants POS packs with its Sparkling Brut and Sparkling Rosé, in a bid to drive sales for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.

Edinburgh mulls cap on off-licences

Edinburgh City Council is considering capping the number of off-licences in the city.

New campaign for vinho verde

The body representing vinho verde has launched a major campaign in the UK in a bid to capitalise on growing demand for lighter styles of wine.

Smokers' group campaigns against plain packs

Smokers’ lobbying body Forest is to launch a campaign against plain packaging of tobacco – called Hands Off Our Packs.

First Drinks takes on Zubrowka and Green Mark

First Drinks has added Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and top Russian vodka brand Green Mark to its portfolio, after parting company with Russian Standard.

Greene King in Six Nations rugby giveaway

Greene King is offering rugby fans the chance to win a training session with the England team in an on-pack promotion on bottles of its IPA.

Kiwis take on Grüner Veltliner

Kiwi winemakers are experimenting with Grüner Veltliner – which they believe could be the next big thing from New Zealand.

Cox upbeat on New Zealand

New Zealand Winegrowers’ Europe director David Cox remains bullish in the face of duty hikes, exchange rate pressures and early reports of a potentially small 2012 vintage, he has told OLN.

Brancott Estate launches 18.7cl bottle

Pernod Ricard UK is set to launch a 18.7cl bottle of Brancott Estate.

Trade must work together on duty fraud: FWD

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has called on the drinks trade to work with HM Revenue & Customs to stamp out alcohol duty fraud.

Truman's calls on London ale fans in hunt for new home

East London brewer Truman’s is asking London ale drinkers to help it find a new brewery site.

Minimum price 'may not affect binge-drinking'

Minimum unit pricing may not stop young people binge-drinking, one of the academics behind the influential Sheffield Report on alcohol pricing has said.

'No progress' against duty fraud

HM Revenue & Customs is making little or no progress in fighting alcohol duty fraud, with fewer than six cases a year leading to convictions, a National Audit Office report has revealed.

£2.48 wine 'above duty and VAT'

Asda has insisted that a wine it has been selling for £2.48 is not selling for less than duty plus VAT.

Olympics won't save tough 2012

The drinks trade is facing a tough 2012 as the country struggles economically – and even major sporting events aren’t expected to bring much of a sales uplift.

Australia faces market share loss

The head of Wine Australia has warned the country stands to lose market share in the UK amid tough conditions driven by exchange rates and pricing pressures.

OLN bursary to bring independents to LIWF

Off Licence News is launching a raft of activity at this year’s London International Wine Fair to increase the show’s appeal to independent retailers and help maximise its business-building potential.

Top two quit JS wine team

Sainsbury’s has started the year on the hunt for a new wine chief after two high-profile team members announced their departures. 

Brazil in fresh generic push

Wines from Brazil is increasing its presence in the UK to grow awareness as it gears up to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.