Sun boosts drinks sales

September’s record-breaking temperatures have given the drinks sector a huge boost, pepping up a tough summer for sales.

Sainsbury's new BWS head is all about quality

Sainsbury’s new BWS chief has pledged to deliver more consistency across its retail channels and put a greater emphasis on consumer needs.

City likes niche retailers says Majestic's Lewis

Drinks retailers remain attractive investment prospects despite the economic conditions, according to Majestic’s chief executive Steve Lewis.

Wine focus for Little Waitrose

Waitrose will be making its drinks range as diverse and premium as possible as it rolls out its Little Waitrose smaller-format convenience stores.

Festive campaign for Stone's

Accolade Wines has launched an off-trade push for Stone’s Original ginger wine in the run-up to Christmas.

Brains Dark gets Halloween push

Brains Dark is running an off-trade Halloween promotion, after a similar push last year brought a 30% sales uplift.

Greenall's signs TV deal

Greenall’s has signed the first TV deal in its 250-year history.

Brewdog launches beer made on the sea floor

Brewdog’s latest off-the-wall contribution to the beer world is an IPA brewed under the North Sea.

ISC trophies announced

The winners of the International Spirits Challenge trophies have been announced.

New members for CAP board

Eight new members have joined the board overseeing the roll-out of Community Alcohol Partnerships around the country.

Portman seeks new panel members

The Portman Group is looking for two new members to join its independent complaints panel.

New look for Cobra beer

Cobra beer is being given a brand redesign later this month.

Cono Sur cooks up recipe book promotion

Cono Sur Chilean wine is offering a free recipe book by chef Paul Merrett in an on-pack promotion on its Bicycle range.

Limited edition pack for Grand Marnier

Diageo is to supply a limited edition Grand Marnier bottle to luxury retailers and selected wholesalers until December.

Ad push for Diageo's pre-mix range

Diageo is set to launch a multimedia campaign to boost sales of its pre-mix range and encourage consumers to drink the cans on week nights.

Gang leader jailed for £1.8m duty fraud

The leader of a gang which evaded £1.8 million in excise duty has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

New look for Bud cans

Budweiser has revamped its cans, with a red “bow tie” sitting behind the Budweiser logo on the new-look version.

Drinkaware creates programme for schools

Drinkaware has launched a programme to teach primary and secondary schoolchildren life skills, in a bid to stop them abusing alcohol when they get older.

'Retail decline stable' – CBI

The volume of retail sales in September is lower than a year ago, but the pace of decline has stabilised says business organisation the CBI.

O'Flynn to head Pernod Ricard UK

Pernod Ricard has appointed Denis O’Flynn as managing director of its UK business.

Ad campaign for Campo Viejo

Pernod Ricard UK is to advertise its Campo Viejo Rioja brand in print media for the first time in three years.

SAB Miller to buy Foster's beer group

SAB Miller has agreed to buy Australia’s Foster's beer business in a deal which values the company at A$11.5 billion.

Hunter takes PLB wine brands role

Wine supplier PLB has appointed Willem Hunter as brand manager for its Viña Ventisquero and Yali Chilean wines, Spier from South Africa and California’s Sutter Home and Trinchero Family Vineyards.

CWE to launch Mount Rozier wines

Cape Wine Exporters plans to launch its Mount Rozier brand in the UK market in 2012.

Ashworth is new Portman boss

The Portman Group has appointed Henry Ashworth as its new chief executive officer.

Litherland fills new Britvic role

Former Diageo GB boss Simon Litherland has been appointed managing director of Britvic Soft Drinks, the GB arm of Britvic plc.

Carling TV campaign hits screens today

A new TV campaign for Carling starts today as part of a £7.3 million investment in the brand by Molson Coors.

Relaunch for Botany Creek

Halewood International is relaunching its Botany Creek British light wine brand.

Somerset cider brandy wins protected status

Somerset cider brandy has been given Protected Geographical Identification status by the EU after a trade campaign backed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and the UK government.

Scottish government confirms minimum pricing plans

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will introduce its Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill this autumn.

Fast Show returns in Foster's deal

The Fast Show is the latest comedy classic to be resurrected by Foster’s.

£1m depot opening for Soho Cash & Carry

West Midlands-based Soho Cash & Carry is opening a new depot in the Smethwick district of Birmingham on Friday, September 9.

Sainsbury's Yates becomes a Master of Wine

Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates is one of 11 new Masters of Wine.

Aspall to hand out apples at Harvest festival

Aspall has been named sponsor and sole cider supplier to the Harvest 2011 food and music festival.

Retail sales fell in August says BRC

UK retail sales fell 0.6% on a like-for-like basis in August, according to the British Retail Consortium.

V-Kat in student TV ad push

Intercontinental Brands is to advertise its V-Kat schnapps brand on the university TV network SubTV.

£6m bio-energy investment at Diageo distillery complex

Diageo is spending £6 million on a state-of-the-art bio-energy plant at its Glenlossie distillery complex in Speyside.

Interactive poster ads for Foster's Gold

Foster’s Gold lager is claiming an advertising first with a digital poster campaign that will allow users to upload content directly to Facebook.

'Bargain Booze up for sale' - report

A report in the Independent newspaper suggests that a buyer is being sought for Bargain Booze.

Common sense call on Scottish drink window displays

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has called for local authorities to take a common sense approach to the country’s new laws on pricing and promotions.

Fuller's releases new barrel-aged beer

Fuller’s has launched the third in its series of Brewer’s Reserve barrel-aged beers.

Redesign for Badger ale range

Hall & Woodhouse is redesigning its entire of Badger bottled beers.

Cameron outlines aid package for retailers affected by riots

The Prime Minster has suspended liability for business rates for shops affected by the riots in English towns and cities this week.

HMRC offers help to riot victims

HM Revenue & Customs says it will be flexible on tax payments for businesses facing short-term financial difficulty because of this week’s riots.

Bag-in-box move boosts sales at Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s says it has seen a 5.5% rise in sales of bag-in-box wine since moving its entire range to a 2.25-litre format.

'Suspend NI and rates for riot-hit shops' – BRC

The British Retail Consortium has called on the government to suspend business rates and National Insurance for businesses affected by this week’s riots in urban England.

Football effect knocks AB Inbev volumes

AB Inbev saw its UK beer volumes drop 16% in the second quarter of 2011. The fall reflects a spike in sales in the comparable period last year caused by the football World Cup, of which the company’s Budweiser brand was a main sponsor.

Retail group seeks riot help from Home Office

The British Retail Consortium is to ask the Home Secretary Theresa May for immediate support to help shopkeepers protect their properties in the wake of the disturbances in London and other cities.

Riot-hit retailers advised to move quickly on insurance

Retailers affected by rioting in London and other major cities in recent days are being urged to act quickly to make insurance claims.

'Act to prevent spending paralysis' – BRC

The British Retail Consortium says action is needed to prevent “spending paralysis” after a modest rise in retail sales in July.