First Drinks takes on Zubrowka and Green Mark

First Drinks has added Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and top Russian vodka brand Green Mark to its portfolio, after parting company with Russian Standard.

Greene King in Six Nations rugby giveaway

Greene King is offering rugby fans the chance to win a training session with the England team in an on-pack promotion on bottles of its IPA.

Kiwis take on Grüner Veltliner

Kiwi winemakers are experimenting with Grüner Veltliner – which they believe could be the next big thing from New Zealand.

Cox upbeat on New Zealand

New Zealand Winegrowers’ Europe director David Cox remains bullish in the face of duty hikes, exchange rate pressures and early reports of a potentially small 2012 vintage, he has told OLN.

Brancott Estate launches 18.7cl bottle

Pernod Ricard UK is set to launch a 18.7cl bottle of Brancott Estate.

Trade must work together on duty fraud: FWD

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has called on the drinks trade to work with HM Revenue & Customs to stamp out alcohol duty fraud.

Truman's calls on London ale fans in hunt for new home

East London brewer Truman’s is asking London ale drinkers to help it find a new brewery site.

Minimum price 'may not affect binge-drinking'

Minimum unit pricing may not stop young people binge-drinking, one of the academics behind the influential Sheffield Report on alcohol pricing has said.

'No progress' against duty fraud

HM Revenue & Customs is making little or no progress in fighting alcohol duty fraud, with fewer than six cases a year leading to convictions, a National Audit Office report has revealed.

£2.48 wine 'above duty and VAT'

Asda has insisted that a wine it has been selling for £2.48 is not selling for less than duty plus VAT.

Olympics won't save tough 2012

The drinks trade is facing a tough 2012 as the country struggles economically – and even major sporting events aren’t expected to bring much of a sales uplift.

Australia faces market share loss

The head of Wine Australia has warned the country stands to lose market share in the UK amid tough conditions driven by exchange rates and pricing pressures.

OLN bursary to bring independents to LIWF

Off Licence News is launching a raft of activity at this year’s London International Wine Fair to increase the show’s appeal to independent retailers and help maximise its business-building potential.

Top two quit JS wine team

Sainsbury’s has started the year on the hunt for a new wine chief after two high-profile team members announced their departures. 

Brazil in fresh generic push

Wines from Brazil is increasing its presence in the UK to grow awareness as it gears up to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

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.