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Portman cracks down on Crunk Juce

An alcoholic jelly called Suck & Blow has been banned in its current format for breaching three elements of the Portman Group’s code.

Tesco develops 2.8% beers

Tesco is hoping to steal a march on rivals by becoming the first retailer to list a new range of lower-strength beers.

'World's hottest chilli vodka' launched

Online retailer and bottler Master of Malt has launched what it says is the world’s hottest chilli vodka.

Clem Yates MW leaves Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates MW is leaving the retailer to join Off-Piste Wines as sourcing and supply director.

Scotland accuses supermarkets of "undermining" law

The Scottish government has accused supermarkets of “undermining the spirit” of its alcohol laws by selling cheap drinks.

Paul Braydon joins Guy Anderson Wines

Paul Braydon has joined Guy Anderson Wines as national account manager.

Magners sees lift in GB volumes

A 5.8% rise in volume sales of Magners cider in GB in the quarter to November 30, 2011, has been reported by Dublin-based C&C Group.

New sparklers from Distell

Brand Phoenix and Distell have launched two new sparkling wines.

Wine Society appoints new chief executive

The Wine Society has appointed Berry Bros & Rudd chief operating officer Robin McMillan as its new chief executive.

Beefeater launches London pack

Beefeater gin has launched a limited edition pack to celebrate its London heritage.

Bibendum to unveil 23 new producers

Bibendum is to launch 23 new wineries at its annual trade tasting next week.

Seckford Agencies woos Wooing Tree

Central Otago wine brand Wooing Tree has joined Seckford Agencies’ portfolio.

Exportiberia opens UK office

Regional Spanish wine specialist Exportiberia has opened a UK office.

Blue Nun launches 5.5% abv range

Blue Nun has launched a low-alcohol range of wines at 5.5% abv.

Pre-mix Challenge results revealed

Pre-mixed drinks scooped a host of awards in the 2012 Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge, run by OLN’s sister paper Drinks International.

Scotland should ban drinks sales in supermarkets: doctor

Scotland should consider stopping supermarkets from selling alcohol, a leading Scottish psychiatrist has said.

Man dies at Glenfiddich distillery

A man has been found dead at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland. According to several newspapers, Brian Ettles died in a 16ft washback.

Benevolent names new chairman

Pernod Ricard UK deputy managing director Simon Thomas has been named the new chairman of the Benevolent.

Xenia Irwin to leave Spar

Xenia Irwin MW is to leave Spar to become commercial manager at ABS Wine Agencies.

Changes at Thierry's

Thierry’s has made two appointments in its management team.

New flavour for Lambrini

Halewood International has launched a new flavour for Lambrini.

Majestic's Xmas sales leap 8%

Majestic’s sales grew 8.4% over the nine weeks of Christmas trading from November 1 to January 2, the retailer has reported.

Las Bodegas adds 30 wines to its list

Argentina specialist Las Bodegas is adding 30 new wines to its portfolio over the next two months – all of them new to the UK.

Sainsbury's launches Responsibility Deal campaign

Sainsbury’s is running an in-store campaign to raise awareness of alcohol units, promote lighter-style wines and encourage consumers to manage their drinking responsibly.

Budvar reports record exports

Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar has reported record exports in 2011.

Crabbie's goes to the Great Outdoors

Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is setting up a ski lodge at the Outdoors Show at London’s Excel exhibition centre from January 12-15.

Jacob's Creek signs up tennis star Agassi

Jacob’s Creek has signed up tennis star Andre Agassi for a three-year global campaign promoting its wines.

Rémy Martin launches new VSOP

Rémy Martin has launched a cask-finished VSOP for the European market.

Codorníu reshuffles sales team

Codorníu has appointed a new UK brand manager as part of a reshuffle in its sales and marketing departments.

Oxford Wine Co appoints new buyer

The Oxford Wine Co has appointed Marcia Waters MW as wine buyer.

Accolade launches trade website

Accolade Wines has launched a website to help independent convenience stores grow their sales today (January 4).

Fine wine prices drop 15% in 2011

Fine wine prices fell 15% in 2011, fine wine index Liv-ex has reported.

Naked Wines ad banned

A Naked Wines ad offering its customers their money back has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.

D-Day for Booker's indie campaign

Booker is launching a campaign that aims to draw 2 million extra shoppers to independent retailers.

Sterling launches rolling tobacco

JTI has launched its first value roll-your-own tobacco brand – Sterling Rolling.

Château Brown launches QR code

Pessac-Léognan grand cru estate Château Brown has introduced a Quick Response code for its forthcoming vintages.

Price-marked pack for Eristoff

Eristoff has launched a 70cl bottle price-marked at £11.49.

More girls than boys hospitalised for alcohol

Girls are being taken to hospital following binge drinking in greater numbers than boys, government figures reveal.

Brighton doubles alcohol crackdown zone

Brighton has created what is thought to be the biggest cumulative impact area in the UK.

PM considers minimum alcohol pricing, says report

England could be about to follow Scotland with plans for minimum prices for alcohol.

Scottish government defends silence over minimum pricing

The Scottish health minister has come under fire for failing to declare the government’s preferred level for minimum alcohol pricing.

Health minister says pricing won't cure UK's drink problem

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has rejected the idea of using minimum pricing as a way of curbing problem drinking.

Alcohol pricing scheme is illegal, minister says

The government remains convinced that minimum unit pricing for alcohol is illegal under European law, despite the Scottish government’s determination to press ahead with the policy.

Medics urge MPs to increase alcohol prices

Medics have repeated their call for the government to use minimum pricing as a way of curbing alcohol misuse.

Christmas tunes annoy shoppers

Shoppers feel they are being bombarded with the same Christmas songs over and over again, a new poll has revealed.

Retail awards shortlist out

Off Licence News has released the shortlist for our prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards 2012. 

Inflation surges on wine and spirits

Inflation on wine and spirits has leapt up in the past month, according to the Office of National Statistics and the Wilson Drinks Report.

Gin tipped for top at Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s is tipping gin as a top-selling spirit this Christmas.

Wine sales slump as tax hikes bite

Wine sales dropped 3% in the past year and the pace of decline has accelerated this autumn as tax hikes bite, the WSTA has reported.

Molson Coors backs barley farmers

Molson Coors has written to 60 MPs across the UK to challenge the duty escalator on beer by highlighting the relationship between barley farming and brewing.