Three Barrels offers £1,000 cash prize

First Drinks Brands is launching a neck collar campaign for Three Barrels, offering consumers the chance to win £1,000 as part of its Ultimate Moments marketing campaign.

Tobacco display ban could net indies £1bn

Independents stand to net £1 billion in sales when the tobacco display ban comes into force next year.

Sherry Institute slashes funding

The generic campaign for sherry in the UK has had its budget slashed this year – and its future is hanging in the balance as the Sherry Institute weighs up its options for 2012.

Beat fraudsters with WSTA guide

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has produced a guide to buying wine to help prevent collectors and investors being ripped off by fraudsters.

Heavy weather forecast for retail trade

Stores are preparing themselves for a bleak Christmas as economic indicators show poor retail footfall and low consumer confidence.

Responsibility Deal under renewed fire

The drinks trade has defended the Responsibility Deal it struck with the government in spring, after the accord came under fire from the health lobby at a recent forum.

Grolsch poised to enter world beer market

Grolsch lager is in line for a repositioning exercise in 2012 to take it away from the mainstream premium lager category and into the world beers sector.

Teacher's launches Christmas gift pack

Maxxium UK has launched a gift carton for Teacher’s blended Scotch whisky – the brand’s first since 1988.

Naked Wines named online business of the year

Naked Wines has been named the UK’s Online Business of the Year at the National Business Awards 2011.

Trading slows as shoppers hold out for Christmas bargains

Supermarket trading slowed in October, suggesting that shoppers are holding off Christmas shopping in the hope of getting better deals closer to the festive season, according to Nielsen.

Wines of Chile names indie winners

Wines of Chile has announced the results of its second Independent Wine Merchants Awards. 

Ginger Joe makes TV debut

Alcoholic ginger beer Stone’s Ginger Joe is to make its TV debut this month.

Courvoisier runs Dickens tour

Courvoisier is running a walking tour that visits places in London associated with the author Charles Dickens, who is believed to have been a fan of the Cognac.

Martini launches 20cl sparklers

Martini has launched its sparkling wine range in 20cl bottles.

Three Choirs takes on Beaujolais Nouveau

English winery Three Choirs Vineyards has produced the first English wine from the 2011 harvest.

Below-cost sales to be banned from April

The government will ban the sale of alcohol below cost in England and Wales from April 2012, it has announced.

Portman Group bans Stiffy's

The Portman Group has banned the sale of Stiffy’s Jaffa Cake and Kola Kubez vodka liqueurs after a complaint that the name was a sexual reference.

Bancroft Wines signs up Croatia's Matosevic

Bancroft Wines has signed up Croatian producer Matošević, and is now its exclusive UK agent. 

TV ads for Savanna cider

Savanna cider is running a TV ad campaign this month after a successful burst of advertising in the summer.

Peter Lehmann rebrands

The Peter Lehmann range of wines from Australia’s Barossa Valley has been revamped for the first time since it launched 30 years ago.

Global wine trade agrees emissions calculating system

The wine trade has agreed on an international system for calculating carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

Moët sponsors ATP tennis tour

Moët & Chandon has been signed up as the official Champagne of the tennis ATP World Tour.

Oddbins puts customer-priced wines on shelf

Oddbins has put three wines priced by its customers in a blind tasting on shelves today (November 4).

OLN's Atkin relaunches website

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW has relaunched his website.

Fuller's releases seasonal stout

Fuller’s has launched a seasonal stout on draught, and plans to bottle it next year.

Sud de France to hold organic tasting

Generic body Sud de France is to hold an organic and biodynamic wine tasting this month.

Minimum pricing 'probably legal'

Scotland’s move to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol is “probably legal”, according to the government’s public health head Donald Henderson.

WSTA boss heads to Heineken

Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) chief executive Jeremy Beadles is to leave his post to join Heineken UK.

Sogrape buys Stevens Garnier

Stevens Garnier has been bought by Portugal-based producer Sogrape and has appointed a new managing director.

Minimum pricing would punish consumers: WSTA

Minimum pricing in Scotland would punish consumers already struggling in today’s tough economic climate, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.

Scotland introduces minimum alcohol price bill

The Scottish government has introduced its bill to create a minimum price for alcohol.

No consumers at wine fair

Brintex has ruled out allowing consumers to visit the London International Wine Fair next year after a consultation with the trade.

Wine Rack will not reach target

Wine Rack will fall short of its planned target of reaching 30 stores by the end of 2010.

Low alcohol market hits 1 million mark

Low and no-alcohol wine sales are growing rapidly from a small base and getting close to 1 million cases, according to the latest figures from Nielsen.

Relaunched Oddbins eyes expansion

The newly relaunched Oddbins chain is exploring sites as it considers expanding next year. 

Minimum alcohol pricing "probably illegal"

Minimum unit pricing on alcohol is “probably illegal”, public health minister Anne Milton has said.

Carlsberg UK's Sheps to leave

Carlsberg UK chief executive Isaac Sheps is leaving to take over leadership of the brewer’s Russian business, Baltika, and its eastern European operations.

Nicolas gears up for wine fair

Nicolas is gearing up for its annual wine and spirits fair on November 11-12.

Comedian has Joly time in Bordeaux

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux has teamed up with comedian Dom Joly to produce a series of videos.

Lindeman's adds New Zealand Sauvignon

Lindeman’s has added a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to its international Winemaker’s Discovery range.

Linton Park rebrands range for UK launch

South African winery Linton Park has rebranded its Louis Fourie 1699 range for the UK market, and will be launching it with new agent Chalié Richards next month.

Mont Tauch releases 'sustainable' Fitou

Mont Tauch has launched a sustainably produced single vineyard Fitou in Marks & Spencer. 

Off-trade beer sales up: BBPA

Off-trade beer sales grew 9.1% in the last quarter, according to the latest report by the BBPA.

Free Run Wines launches Rueda range

Free Run Wines and Felix Solis Avantis have launched a range of Spanish whites from Rueda. 

Judy Halewood to chair Lambrini company

The widow of the late John Halewood is to take over as chair of the company that bears his name.

Alcohol consumption keeps declining: Portman Group

Alcohol consumption continues to decline – in a trend that has been continuing since the early to mid-2000s, according to the Portman Group’s first annual report.

Heineken to sponsor 2015 Rugby World Cup

Heineken has extended its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup to remain its official beer supplier and worldwide partner for the 2015 tournament in England.

Diageo wine head nominated as new WSTA boss

Diageo Wines Europe managing director Nick Hyde has been nominated as the new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Halewood International founder dies

John Halewood of Halewood International has died. He passed away on October 15.

Drinkaware and Mumsnet target parents

Drinkaware has teamed up with parenting website mumsnet.com to target parents of pre-teens in a bid to put off the age when children have their first drink.