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Marketing push for Morgan's Spiced

Diageo has invested £2 million in a digital media and consumer PR push for Captain Morgan’s Spiced.

£2m push for Guinness

Diageo has launched a £2 million Christmas ad campaign for Guinness.

Bleak prediction for wine

Rising taxes may mean there is no future for wine in the UK, a leading Californian winemaker has warned.

Minimum price to hit poorest

Plans for minimum unit pricing in Scotland will hit poorest households the hardest, a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has claimed.

Heynen to leave Molson Coors

Molson Coors sales director John Heynen is to leave the brewer at the end of this year, as part of an organisational restructure.

Morrisons trials new drinks layouts

Morrisons is trialling a range of new initiatives to make its drinks aisles more accessible.

£10 fizz leads price charge

Asda was selling £10 bottles of Champagne this week as the supermarkets’ battle for hard-up consumers’ Christmas drinks budgets hotted up.

Westons and Marco Pierre White launch cider

Westons has teamed up with chef Marco Pierre White for the launch of a new cider.

Kiss cover features in Smirnoff ads

A version of the Kiss song Crazy Crazy Nights features in a £1 million pre-Christmas ad campaign for Smirnoff.

Virgin Wines launches mobile version

Virgin Wines has launched a mobile phone version of its website.

November retail sales hit a six-month low

UK like-for-like retail sales fell 1.6% in November compared with the same month in 2010 – the weakest performance since May.

Innis & Gunn to double workforce

Oak-aged beer producer Innis & Gunn is to double its workforce with the creation of 13 new jobs. 

Diageo pays for new year travel in London

Diageo is to sponsor free travel on public transport in the capital on New Year’s Eve.

Eisberg backs Love Your Liver month

Eisberg alcohol-free wine has joined up with the British Liver Trust to support its Love Your Liver month in January.

Jacob's Creek launches Cool Harvest

Jacob’s Creek has created a range of wines made from cool-climate regions and targeted at women.

Oddbins gives away Christmas turkeys

Oddbins is giving away turkeys this Christmas.

New Benevolent head named

The Wine & Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society has appointed Paul Newman as its new chief executive.

WSTA announces interim head

WSTA communications director Gavin Partington will take over from chief executive Jeremy Beadles in an interim role while the body hunts for a permanent successor.

Brand Phoenix boosts low-alcohol

Brand Phoenix has pledged to cut 50 million units of alcohol from the market over the next three years by growing its low-alcohol Café Collection range and cutting abv levels across the rest of the First Cape portfolio.

Greene King takes brews to Brussels

Greene King has delivered a selection of East Anglian beers to Brussels for a meeting in which MEPs will discuss policy and issues.

Treasury creates fine wine unit

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a fine wine business unit for the UK and Ireland, aimed at boosting sales of its regional and premium wines.

Kraken sponsors Kitschies

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is sponsoring the Kitschies – the alternative science fiction and fantasy writing awards.

Chancellor puts off fuel tax hike

A 3p hike in fuel duty will be deferred from January to August, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his autumn statement. 

Macallan launches Facebook app

Maxxium UK has created a Facebook app that lets fans of The Macallan whisky create and share a “virtual dram”.

Kopparberg to double marketing

Kopparberg cider is to double its marketing spend in 2012 after its Find Kopparberg campaign led to a surge in sales of the brand.

McGuigan brings City Vineyard to Dublin

Australian Vintage is bringing its McGuigan City Vineyard installation to Dublin during summer 2012. The Australian winery said it will take members of the UK trade to the event, which represents a £250,000 investment.

Supermarkets slash spirits prices

Asda was offering bottles of Baileys for just £7 this week in the keenest supermarket deal on big-name spirit brands, as the last monthly pay day before Christmas approached.

Budvar beefs up brewing

Budweiser Budvar has invested £13 million in its Czech brewery to significantly increase production and packaging as it looks to widen the number of lines it offers.

Majestic trials TV ads

Majestic is broadcasting its first ever TV ads in a pilot scheme to attract supermarket wine shoppers.

International Gamay Competition launched

Inter Beaujolais has launched the second International Gamay Competition.

Luxardo pops its cherries

Cellar Trends has launched a jar of maraschino cherries marinated in sugar syrup and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.

Accolade targets independent c-stores

Accolade Wines is to target independent convenience stores after research revealed they are coming under pressure from multiple rivals.

Wine Rack opens 21st shop

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire – bringing its estate to 21 shops.

Scotland investigates minimum price impact

An Edinburgh university is to investigate what impact, if any, Scotland’s alcohol policies will have on its heaviest drinkers.

Ads and on-pack for Chivas

Pernod Ricard UK is backing its Chivas Regal Scotch whisky brand with outdoor advertising at high-footfall London sites, including Canary Wharf and locations in the City.

Aldi lists 40 Year Old single malt

Aldi claims it is the first UK supermarket to sell a 40-year-old single malt Scotch whisky in its stores.

Veuve Clicquot teams up with ENO

Veuve Clicquot Champagne has signed a three-year partnership deal with the English National Opera.

Accolade revamps Nottage Hill

Accolade Wines has given Hardys Nottage Hill a new look as part of a £4.5 million investment. 

Talisker sponsors Atlantic rowing race

Talisker Whisky has signed up as the title sponsor of rowing race the Atlantic Challenge.

Harris steps down from National Wine Month

Wine & Spirit Education Trust chief executive Ian Harris has stepped down as organiser of National Wine Month to concentrate his efforts on the educator's core activities.

Shoppers to help Oddbins pick Xmas case

Oddbins is enlisting the help of consumers to select a mixed case of wines for Christmas.

Butcombe launches ale with Adam Henson

Butcombe Brewery has teamed up with TV presenter Adam Henson to create a golden ale called Adam Henson’s Rare Breed.

Absolut releases freezer pack

Absolut Vodka has launched a gift pack designed to go in the freezer.

Bestway reviews own-label wines

Bestway has reviewed its own-label wine brand Cellar Estate and slimmed it down to 65 wines.

Tullamore Dew launches 12YO Special Reserve

First Drinks Brands has launched Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve – the whiskey’s best-selling variant worldwide – in the UK.

Peel-off labels from Off-Piste

Off-Piste Wines has launched a South African brand with a back label that peels off to show information about the region where the wines are grown.

SIBA announces award winners

Two breweries are celebrating after winning awards for their label designs sponsored by Off Licence News.

Profits up for Majestic

Majestic has grown pre-tax profits by 20% to £8.8 million in the half-year to September 26 – but saw like-for-like sales in shops drop for the six weeks after the period ended, it has reported.

TV ads for Jacob's Creek

Pernod Ricard UK has launched a five-week TV ad campaign for Jacob’s Creek.

Diageo launches Johnnie Walker Double Black

Diageo has launched a limited edition version of Johnnie Walker – Johnnie Walker Double Black.