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.

Bols launches cocktail foams

A range of ready-made foams for adding a twist to cocktails has been developed by Bols.

Riot advice: put personal safety first

Shops have been urged to put the safety of staff first and pull up the shutters up if any doubt, after rioting and looting spread from London to other major cities across the UK.

Grant's releases two can pre-mixes

Canned pre-mixes of Grant’s Scotch whisky with cola and with ginger are being introduced by First Drinks.

Halewood launches Lazy Jacks RTD

Halewood International has launched a rum-based, ginger-flavoured RTD aimed at young male adults.

De Vere sells Greenalls gin

The De Vere hospitality group has sold its Greenalls gin business to a private equity-backed management team.

Wine Gang adds Edinburgh date

The wine writers’ collective known as The Wine Gang is to add a second Christmas Wine Fair for consumers.

Mount Gay sampling at Cowes Week

Mount Gay rum is to carry out sampling and other promotional activity during next week's Cowes Week regatta.

Campari buys Sagatiba cachaça

Italian spirits manufacturer Campari has brought the privately-owned cachaça brand Sagatiba for €18 million.

Clay to release Schneider wheat beer special

German wheat beer brewer Schneider is launching a limited edition bottle-fermented beer in the UK.

TV ad plan for Lambrini

Halewood International is to advertise Lambrini on national TV from August 28 to September 18.

Gonzalez Byass grabs Wirra Wirra agency

Gonzalez Byass UK is to add the Australian winery Wirra Wirra to is agency portfolio from September 1.

Aspall adds Imperial to its range

Suffolk cider firm Aspall is launching a top-of-the range, 8.2% abv product called Imperial.

Martell to give away a house

Martell Cognac is giving consumers the chance to win a house in the region in an on-pack promotion.

Thwaites to build new brewery

Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites has announced plans to sell its current site to Sainsbury’s and build a state-of-the art brewery at another location.

Football-free summer hits beer sales

The absence of a major football tournament from this summer’s calendar has put a big dent in off-trade beer sales.

New test for fake whisky

A method for distinguishing between authentic and counterfeit Scotch whisky brand has been devised by scientists at the University of Strathclyde. 

Holly Valance to front Foster's Gold campaign

Former Neighbours actress Holly Valance is to be the star of a TV and print ad campaign for Heineken UK’s new Foster’s Gold lager.

Barwell & Jones to take Morandé agency

Barwell & Jones is to handle UK distribution of Chile’s Viña Morandé wine brand from July 25.

Caipirinha pre-mix heads for UK

A pre-mixed caipirinha cocktail is making an assault on the UK market.

Staropramen to join Carlsberg portfolio

Distribution of the Czech lager Staropramen is to be taken on by Carlsberg UK.

Mobiles drive retail internet search growth

The number of consumers searching for retail products on internet search engines increased by 27% in the second quarter of 2011.

Illegal distillery theory after five die in explosion

Five people have been killed in an explosion and fire on a Lincolnshire industrial estate in an incident which it’s been reported may have been caused by an illegal vodka distillery.

Global art campaign for Absolut

Absolut vodka is to launch a global campaign consisting of collaborations with 18 rising stars in the visual arts world.

Global art campaign for Absolut

Absolut vodka is to launch a global campaign consisting of collaborations with 18 rising stars in the visual arts world.

London raids net counterfeit wine

Trading Standards officers in the London Borough of Hillingdon have seized large amounts of counterfeit alcohol from local businesses in a four-day operation.

Fake Smirnoff seized in Barnsley

Council officials in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, have issued a warning about bottles of counterfeit Smirnoff vodka.

Pernod Ricard and AA launch summer campaign against drink-driving

Pernod Ricard UK and motoring organisation the AA are launching the second phase of their joint anti-drink driving consumer marketing campaign.

June sales 'better but not great' – BRC

The British Retail Consortium says retail sales rallied in June but were still “not great”.

White rum joins Brugal range

Maxxium UK is adding a white rum to its Brugal portfolio.

Miller Brands boss heads to Meantime

The managing director of Miller Brands UK, Nick Miller, is leaving the global giant to take up the role of CEO at London craft brewery Meantime.

New boss for Pernod Ricard UK

On the same day that Diageo announced a new boss for its GB business, rival Pernod Ricard UK has appointed a new managing director for its UK business.

Cowan bags Diageo GB country director role

Diageo has appointed Andrew Cowan as its country director for GB.

Lane offers support service for producers

A former Sainsbury’s wine buyer has set up a new consultancy business to help overseas wineries establish themselves in the UK market.

Tesco revamps wine aisle

Tesco is revamping the look of its wine aisles after carrying out its largest ever piece of wine consumer research.

Portman raps Kronenbourg over music promotion

Heineken UK has been rapped by marketing watchdog the Portman Group after a song called Too Drunk to F*** appeared in a playlist in a Kronenbourg 1664 promotion on the Spotify music streaming service.

Retailers celebrate Independents' Day

Consumers are being urged to buy at least one item from an independent store today to celebrate diversity in the high street.

Off-trade launch for Bacardi cocktails

Bacardi has launched its Bacardi Originals range of ready-to-serve cocktails in the off-trade.

Glasgow to get tough on alcohol problems

A new multi-agency group has been set up in Glasgow to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by excessive drinking.

Ian Macleod buys Tamdhu

Ian Macleod Distillers has bought the Speyside distillery Tamdhu from the Edrington Group.

On-pack style prize for Maker's Mark

Maker’s Mark bourbon will be offering consumers the chance to win a £5,000 “style allowance” in its first UK on-pack offer from August.

Big bottle launch for Quilmes

Morgenrot is launching a 97cl sharing bottle for its Quilmes Argentine lager.

Sainsbury's names Beer Hunt winners

Sainsbury’s has named the regional finalists in its Great British Beer Hunt competition.