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Château Brown launches QR code

Pessac-Léognan grand cru estate Château Brown has introduced a Quick Response code for its forthcoming vintages.

Price-marked pack for Eristoff

Eristoff has launched a 70cl bottle price-marked at £11.49.

More girls than boys hospitalised for alcohol

Girls are being taken to hospital following binge drinking in greater numbers than boys, government figures reveal.

Brighton doubles alcohol crackdown zone

Brighton has created what is thought to be the biggest cumulative impact area in the UK.

PM considers minimum alcohol pricing, says report

England could be about to follow Scotland with plans for minimum prices for alcohol.

Scottish government defends silence over minimum pricing

The Scottish health minister has come under fire for failing to declare the government’s preferred level for minimum alcohol pricing.

Health minister says pricing won't cure UK's drink problem

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has rejected the idea of using minimum pricing as a way of curbing problem drinking.

Alcohol pricing scheme is illegal, minister says

The government remains convinced that minimum unit pricing for alcohol is illegal under European law, despite the Scottish government’s determination to press ahead with the policy.

Medics urge MPs to increase alcohol prices

Medics have repeated their call for the government to use minimum pricing as a way of curbing alcohol misuse.

Christmas tunes annoy shoppers

Shoppers feel they are being bombarded with the same Christmas songs over and over again, a new poll has revealed.

Retail awards shortlist out

Off Licence News has released the shortlist for our prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards 2012. 

Inflation surges on wine and spirits

Inflation on wine and spirits has leapt up in the past month, according to the Office of National Statistics and the Wilson Drinks Report.

Gin tipped for top at Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s is tipping gin as a top-selling spirit this Christmas.

Wine sales slump as tax hikes bite

Wine sales dropped 3% in the past year and the pace of decline has accelerated this autumn as tax hikes bite, the WSTA has reported.

Molson Coors backs barley farmers

Molson Coors has written to 60 MPs across the UK to challenge the duty escalator on beer by highlighting the relationship between barley farming and brewing.

Marketing push for Morgan's Spiced

Diageo has invested £2 million in a digital media and consumer PR push for Captain Morgan’s Spiced.

£2m push for Guinness

Diageo has launched a £2 million Christmas ad campaign for Guinness.

Bleak prediction for wine

Rising taxes may mean there is no future for wine in the UK, a leading Californian winemaker has warned.

Minimum price to hit poorest

Plans for minimum unit pricing in Scotland will hit poorest households the hardest, a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has claimed.

Heynen to leave Molson Coors

Molson Coors sales director John Heynen is to leave the brewer at the end of this year, as part of an organisational restructure.

Morrisons trials new drinks layouts

Morrisons is trialling a range of new initiatives to make its drinks aisles more accessible.

£10 fizz leads price charge

Asda was selling £10 bottles of Champagne this week as the supermarkets’ battle for hard-up consumers’ Christmas drinks budgets hotted up.

Westons and Marco Pierre White launch cider

Westons has teamed up with chef Marco Pierre White for the launch of a new cider.

Kiss cover features in Smirnoff ads

A version of the Kiss song Crazy Crazy Nights features in a £1 million pre-Christmas ad campaign for Smirnoff.

Virgin Wines launches mobile version

Virgin Wines has launched a mobile phone version of its website.

November retail sales hit a six-month low

UK like-for-like retail sales fell 1.6% in November compared with the same month in 2010 – the weakest performance since May.

Innis & Gunn to double workforce

Oak-aged beer producer Innis & Gunn is to double its workforce with the creation of 13 new jobs. 

Diageo pays for new year travel in London

Diageo is to sponsor free travel on public transport in the capital on New Year’s Eve.

Eisberg backs Love Your Liver month

Eisberg alcohol-free wine has joined up with the British Liver Trust to support its Love Your Liver month in January.

Jacob's Creek launches Cool Harvest

Jacob’s Creek has created a range of wines made from cool-climate regions and targeted at women.

Oddbins gives away Christmas turkeys

Oddbins is giving away turkeys this Christmas.

New Benevolent head named

The Wine & Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society has appointed Paul Newman as its new chief executive.

WSTA announces interim head

WSTA communications director Gavin Partington will take over from chief executive Jeremy Beadles in an interim role while the body hunts for a permanent successor.

Brand Phoenix boosts low-alcohol

Brand Phoenix has pledged to cut 50 million units of alcohol from the market over the next three years by growing its low-alcohol Café Collection range and cutting abv levels across the rest of the First Cape portfolio.

Greene King takes brews to Brussels

Greene King has delivered a selection of East Anglian beers to Brussels for a meeting in which MEPs will discuss policy and issues.

Treasury creates fine wine unit

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a fine wine business unit for the UK and Ireland, aimed at boosting sales of its regional and premium wines.

Kraken sponsors Kitschies

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is sponsoring the Kitschies – the alternative science fiction and fantasy writing awards.

Chancellor puts off fuel tax hike

A 3p hike in fuel duty will be deferred from January to August, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his autumn statement. 

Macallan launches Facebook app

Maxxium UK has created a Facebook app that lets fans of The Macallan whisky create and share a “virtual dram”.

Kopparberg to double marketing

Kopparberg cider is to double its marketing spend in 2012 after its Find Kopparberg campaign led to a surge in sales of the brand.

McGuigan brings City Vineyard to Dublin

Australian Vintage is bringing its McGuigan City Vineyard installation to Dublin during summer 2012. The Australian winery said it will take members of the UK trade to the event, which represents a £250,000 investment.

Supermarkets slash spirits prices

Asda was offering bottles of Baileys for just £7 this week in the keenest supermarket deal on big-name spirit brands, as the last monthly pay day before Christmas approached.

Budvar beefs up brewing

Budweiser Budvar has invested £13 million in its Czech brewery to significantly increase production and packaging as it looks to widen the number of lines it offers.

Majestic trials TV ads

Majestic is broadcasting its first ever TV ads in a pilot scheme to attract supermarket wine shoppers.

International Gamay Competition launched

Inter Beaujolais has launched the second International Gamay Competition.

Luxardo pops its cherries

Cellar Trends has launched a jar of maraschino cherries marinated in sugar syrup and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.

Accolade targets independent c-stores

Accolade Wines is to target independent convenience stores after research revealed they are coming under pressure from multiple rivals.

Wine Rack opens 21st shop

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire – bringing its estate to 21 shops.

Scotland investigates minimum price impact

An Edinburgh university is to investigate what impact, if any, Scotland’s alcohol policies will have on its heaviest drinkers.

Ads and on-pack for Chivas

Pernod Ricard UK is backing its Chivas Regal Scotch whisky brand with outdoor advertising at high-footfall London sites, including Canary Wharf and locations in the City.