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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.

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.