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WSTA sets up fraud prevention unit

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is to launch a fraud prevention unit.

Retail administrations soar says Deloitte report

The number of retail companies going into administration increased by 30% in the first quarter of the year, according to a report by business advisory firm Deloitte.

'Retail conditions still tough' - CBI

High street sales volumes rose in April but the pace of growth remains “subdued” according to the employers' organisation the CBI.

Foster's shareholders confirm wine and beer demerger

Shareholders in Australia’s Foster’s Group have approved the protracted demerger of its wine and beer businesses.

EFB confirms Oddbins store package

European Food Brokers has confirmed the acquisition of 37 Oddbins stores from administrator Deloitte.

'EFB buys 37 Oddbins stores' – reports

There are unconfirmed reports that 37 Oddbins stores have been bought by European Food Brokers, the Midlands-based owner of the Whittalls Wines chain, for around £4 million.

Four jailed in fake tobacco plot

Four men have been jailed for conspiring to cheat the public revenue after setting up a counterfeit tobacco factory.

Brighton rejects Sainsbury's licence plan

Sainsbury’s has been refused a licence at a controversial new store in Brighton.

HMRC rejects Oddbins rescue plan

The Oddbins rescue plan – being considered by creditors in London this morning – is under serious threat after being rejected by HM Revenue & Customs.

HMRC rejects Oddbins rescue plan

The Oddbins rescue plan – being considered by creditors in London this morning – is under serious threat after being rejected by HM Revenue & Customs.

Oddbins downgrades payout estimate

Accountancy firm Deloitte has revised downwards the projected dividend that would be received by Oddbins creditors if the company enters administration.

UK drinks apply for European status

Four styles of British alcohol are hoping to gain European recognition with protected name status.

Oddbins applies for administration

Oddbins has applied to the courts go into administration to stave off winding-up orders from creditors ahead of next Thursday's meeting to vote on a proposed company voluntary arrangement.

Call for entries from franchisors

Nominations for the BFA HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards close on March 31, and “innovative and entrepreneurial franchisors that have excelled in 2010” are being asked to send in entries.

Call for entries from franchisors

Nominations for the BFA HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards close on March 31, and “innovative and entrepreneurial franchisors that have excelled in 2010” are being asked to send in entries.

Alcohol pricing contributes to 'apocalypse'

Scotland could be heading for an “apocalypse” if it does not tackle its issues with alcohol consumption, according to one of the country’s leading legal figures.

Osborne: no change on duty

Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will stick to an alcohol duty increase of 7.2% in today's Budget.

Budget speech for alcohol and tobacco

The Chancellor's speech covering the government's plans for tobacco and alcohol duty in full.

Budget responses

The National Association of Cider Makers, Diageo and the ACS have reacted to the Budget announced this afternoon.

Diageo in frame for Jose Cuervo bid

There is heavy speculation that Diageo could make a US$2 billion bid for tequila brand Jose Cuervo.

New members for complaints panel

Two new members have joined the Independent Complaints Panel – the independent body that looks at complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing made under the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

Makeover for Blue Nun

Blue Nun is embarking on another relaunch, with a reformulated version of its flagship blend and new packaging.

Drink-drive limit remains unchanged

The government has announced a fresh crackdown on drink-driving, but stopped short of lowering the blood/alcohol limit for motorists.

'Duty rise to hit smuggling fight' – TMA

The Tobacco Manufacturers Association has said expected duty rises in Wednesday’s Budget will undermine efforts to curb smuggling.

Pernod Ricard suspends Malibu distribution

Pernod Ricard UK has suspended distribution of Malibu after a fault was found affecting the flavour of some stocks.

Funding for fake whisky detector

Researchers at the University of Leicester are working on a hand held device to detect fake wine and whisky through the bottle.

Oddbins latest: HMRC is owed £8.6 million

Documents relating to the proposed company voluntary arrangement for beleaguered wine chain Oddbins show it owes HM Revenue & Customs £8.6 million in duty, VAT and PAYE.

CAP takes on new recruit

There are now more than 35 Community Alcohol Partnership schemes around the country and the project has proved so popular that it is recruiting a second full-time employee.

Drinks trade welcomes Responsibility Deal

Drinks trade leaders say they can play a key part in creating a responsible drinking culture in the UK.

Health lobby shuns drinks industry pledges

Six organisations representing the health lobby on alcohol issues have confirmed that they have refused to sign up to a series of proposed pledges to be made by drinks retailers and suppliers arising form the government’s responsibility deal.

Heineken to reduce alcohol in major brand

Heineken UK has pledged to reduce the abv content of one of its major drinks brands by 2013 as part of the drinks industry’s responsibility deal with the government.

Record low for Portman complaints

Complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing have reached a record low thanks to marketing people “seeking more advice than ever before”.

Diageo GB expands premix range

Diageo Great Britain has announced a new addition to its range of premixed drinks: Smirnoff Vodka and Diet Cola.

Oddbins seeks deal with creditors

Oddbins is to seek to enter a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in a bid to allow the chain to carry on trading.

Eisberg capitalises on Lent abstinence

More people are giving up chocolate for Lent than alcohol, according to a survey commissioned by Eisberg.

Russia and Lebanon to feature at London wine fair

Russia and Lebanon will have a bigger presence than ever at this year’s London International Wine Fair.

First African design for Taittinger series

Senegalese artist Amadou Sow has created the latest limited edition bottle for the Taittinger Collection Champagne range.

Tobacco display ban announced

The government has announced it will press ahead with a tobacco display ban.

Rioja reports increase in sales

Rioja imports to the UK soared by 23% last year, according to the Consejo Regulador.

Room is new head Caballero

Waitrose buyer Nick Room has been named chairman of the Gran Orden de Caballeros, the body which honours people who promote Spanish wine in the UK.

Drinks seized from Morecambe shops

Beer, spirits and cigarettes have been seized from shops in the Lancashire town of Morecambe.

Like-for-like retail sales fell in February – BRC

February retail sales values were down 0.4% on a like-for-like basis over the same month in 2010, according to British Retail Consortium figures.

Northern Ireland consults on minimum pricing proposals

A formal consultation on minimum pricing for alcohol has been launched in Northern Ireland.

Scotch industry backs Earth Hour

The Scotch Whisky Association is supporting the WWF’s Earth Hour initiative, which aims to make a stand against climate change.

Oddbins to close 39 stores

Oddbins is to close 39 store as part of a strategic review.

Portman rap for Asda over cider

Asda has been found in breach of the Portman Group’s code of practice over the labelling of an own-label cider.

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