Chilean winery appoints new UK distributor

Chilean winery Viña Undurraga has appointed Gonzalez Byass as its exclusive UK distributor.

Virgin Wines announces record sales

Virgin Wines said it achieved record sales of £2.16 million in the past seven days as thirsty customers snapped up 31,500 cases ahead of Christmas.

Greene King launches Twickenham promotion

Rugby fans can win £5,000 by showing off their rugby skills in front of 80,000 fans at Twickenham in a promotion run by Greene King.

Lousada appointed director at Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg UK has appointed James Lousada as sales director.

Stroud lands New Zealand Winegrowers role

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced Chris Stroud will succeed David Cox as the body's UK and European marketing manager.

Glenfiddich creates a Christmas tree made of whisky bottles

The Glenfiddich distillery is marking the single malt’s 125th anniversary with a Christmas tree made of whisky bottles.

Bubbly sales set to go flat in 2013

Champagne sales will be flat in 2013, according to an expert from the Reims Management School.

New report attacks minimum unit pricing

Government plans to slap a 45p minimum unit price on alcohol will cost drinkers an extra £659million per year and almost half will come from the poorest households, new research has claimed.

Stratford's headquarters to close

F E Barber has announced plans to close Stratford’s Wine Agency’s Cookham office after it bought out the firm in September.

Ex-Oddbins Baile forced to close stores in Excellar chain

Former Oddbins owner Simon Baile has been forced to close a number of stores in his Excellar chain and is looking to restructure its ownership.

Tesco to move away from deals in BWS shake-up

Tesco’s new category director for beers and spirits has vowed to move away from heavy discounting and try to reconnect with jaded shoppers through a greater range of new products.

Trade braced for 2013 challenge

The drinks trade will soldier on doggedly through increasingly hostile market conditions in 2013, according to an exclusive OLN survey of hundreds of drinks retailers.

Accolade boss announces changes across the board

Accolade Wines’ UK boss has outlined his vision for the company as he prepares to implement a raft of changes across the business.

Morrisons set to name wine chief

Morrisons is in the final stages of recruiting a new head for its wine team as it steps up its presence in the category.

Asda opts out of price pact

Asda has refused to sign up to a protocol adopted by other major supermarkets which could restrict controversial half-price deals on wine.

Police cadets target hundreds of off-licences in crackdown

Hundreds of volunteer police cadets carried out undercover test purchase stings at off-licences across London as part of a crackdown on the trade called Operation Condor.

Drinks trade stalwart dies days before his 60th birthday

Justin Llewelyn, Taittinger’s UK ambassador since 1998, died of a heart attack on December 8, aged 59.

Direct's Howard-Sneyd to set up own consultancy

Direct Wines global wine director Justin Howard-Sneyd is to set up his own consultancy firm. He will continue to work for the company, whose operations include Laithwaite’s, as global wine consultant.

Gin brands will soon fall out of the market, warns distributor

The explosion in the number of gin brands flooding the UK market will soon fizzle out, according to a leading distributor.

Mangrove plans to double in size by exploiting take-home cocktail market

Coe Vintners’ premium spirits arm Mangrove UK has laid out plans to double in size in the next three years by targeting the UK off-trade.

Bibendum restructures senior team

Bibendum has shaken-up its managment team to "streamline" its UK business.

Suppliers rally against laws that could end up ruining the drinks industry

Suppliers have slammed government plans to put a minimum unit price of 45p on alcohol because they believe it could open the floodgates for a raft of laws from those hell-bent on destroying the drinks trade.

Government outlines multi-buy and minimum unit pricing plans

The Government has proposed a ban on multi-buy deals and a minimum unit price on alcohol of 45p as part of a 10-week consultation on its Alcohol Strategy launched today.

LIWF 2013 wants to bring back the "buzz"

The London International Wine Fair 2013 aims to be easier to navigate, more exciting and more focused on UK businesses than previous outings.

"Drinks trade must unite to fight duty escalator"

The wine and spirits industries must grow more vocal and join the beer lobbyists in fighting the duty escalator that is crippling the entire drinks trade, according to Accolade Wines.

Tesco aims to take on independents with new Bordeaux range

Tesco is pushing a wide range of 2009 Bordeaux wines purchased en-primeur in the spring of 2010 on its wine-by-the-case website.

Case against minimum unit pricing gathers steam as Cameron prepares consultation

David Cameron’s plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol are based on flawed research and will punish moderate drinkers, according to a new report by a leading think-tank.

MW tally passes the 300 mark

There are now 301 Masters of Wine in the world after Cees van Casteren became only the second Dutchman to achieve the ultimate wine title.

New World generics to link up for Olympia super-tasting

Three New World generic wine marketing agencies are coming together for a major London tasting in 2013 in a move that will change the face of the UK wine trade events calendar.

Clampdown on alcohol tax fraud imminent

HMRC has set up a taskforce to tackle tax fraud in the alcohol industry in Scotland.

Kick Energy unveils new on-pack promotion

Kick Energy aims to build on the success of previous partnerships with Avenger’s Assemble and Batman by launching an on-pack promotional link-up with eagerly anticipated computer game Far Cry 3.

New Thierry's owner claims no "moral obligation" to creditors

The new owner of Thierry's said it is feels "no moral obligation" to repay debts to suppliers left out of pocket by the importer, but it is willing to negotiate. 

Retailers slash Champagne prices to £10 and under

The Christmas price war has kicked off as supermarkets slashed Champagne prices to less than £10 in a desperate bid to gain market share.

Brintex moots venue change for LIWF 2014

The organiser of the London International Wine Fair will not rule out a return to the capital’s Olympia venue.

JTI calls for aggressive approach to fraudsters

Mayfair and Silk Cut cigarette supplier JTI has called for more prosecutions and tougher penalties to curb tobacco- related fraud.

Retailers urged to meet calls for clearer pricing

Diageo has urged retailers to stock price–marked packs (PMPs) in the build-up to Christmas after 41% of the 500 convenience shoppers it inter- viewed said they want clearer pricing.

Retailers take top prizes

Waitrose and Gerry’s Wine & Spirits were the big winners as the movers and shakers of the spirits industry gathered for the glittering International Spirits Challenge awards dinner in London.

Bottlegreen plots expansion

Bottlegreen plans to increase turnover from £15 million this year to £25 million by 2017 after teaming up with global brands like Diageo and Bacardi to make cocktails.

New product claims to clean and age spirits in a matter of hours

A product that claims to reduce hangovers and retailers’ overheads in one fell swoop by cleaning and rapidly aging spirits has been launched in the UK.

Tesco to give Lillet Blanc first national listing

A French wine-based drink produced since 1872 has secured its first supermarket listing in the UK.

Brazilian wines hit UK market

Five wines from Brazil’s leading producer are now available from Stevens Garnier.

“Waverley TBS collapse offers huge opportunity for smaller wholesalers”

Wholesaler Venus called the collapse of Waverley TBS a huge opportunity for smaller merchants after picking up extra business amid the wreckage.

Cox to head Carling firm in UK

Molson Coors has a new boss in the UK and Ireland after Stewart Glendenning left his post as chief executive to head the company’s Canadian business after just four months in the job.

Waverley TBS goes into administration

Waverley TBS, one of the UK's leading drinks distributors, has fallen into administration.

New ad direction for Guinness

A new ad campaign for Guinness will position the famous stout brand as “made of more”.

Drinks industry must innovate to survive as it prepares for five years of pain

The drinks industry was told to expect five more years of pain before growth speeds up by leading economists at the WSTA annual conference.

Industry must fight government's "aggressive" minimum unit pricing tactics

The alcohol industry must work together to mount a defence against minimum unit pricing in the face of aggressive government tactics, according to the chief executive of the WSTA.

Stratford's bought by Kingsland after entering administration

Stratford’s Wine Agencies has been bought by FE Barber – the parent company of Kingsland Wines & Spirits and Legacy Wines – after going into administration.

'Brands need soul' - McGuigan

The wine trade needs more high-profile ambassadors to inject personality into brands in the face of tough supermarket trading, according to Australian Vintage’s chief winemaker Neil McGuigan.

£1m Lidl investment in premium wine

Lidl is aiming for a more specialist approach to wine following a £1 million investment in the launch of a premium range.