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Asda will tempt shoppers in the build-up to Christmas with a limited-edition bottle of Jack Daniel’s that celebrates the brand’s storied history.

Majestic Wine saw like-for-like sales of 7.5% in its retail division in the 10 weeks to January 2.

A study by Nielsen shows that British shoppers are among most likely in the world to carry a loyalty card but some of the least likely to use them.

Marks & Spencer is to increase its presence in high street drinks retailing by ploughing ahead with plans to open 200 new Simply Food stores.

Surrey’s Cellar Magneval wine shop and wine bar group has split in two with its site in Ripley in the county relaunched as Cellar Wines.

A YouGov survey for the Groceries Code Adjudicator shows a fall in the number of suppliers experiencing code-related issues in the past year.

Aldi is adding 40 wines and 35 beers and spirits to its range for Christmas.

Conviviality Retail has reached an agreement to buy Matthew Clark from Accolade Wines and Punch Taverns for £200 million.

A shop billing itself as “the best wine retailer in the world” has been opened in London’s West End by the founder of Russia’s largest mobile phone retailer.

The largest ad campaign in Bargain Booze’s 24-year history kicks off on TV screens this week.

Alcohol Concern slammed retailers for selling Champagne and popular drinks brands at “pocket-money prices” as Christmas price wars raged during Alcohol Awareness Week.

Bargain Booze has ended a franchise agreement with a retailer found guilty of selling an illicit brand of vodka.

Bargain Booze has named its new chief executive as Diana Hunter – Waitrose's former director of convenience.

The Whisky Shop will open its flagship store across from the Ritz in the heart of London’s Piccadilly on November 22.

Bargain Booze has ruled out rebranding its off-licences under a new name as part of an in-depth review of its strategy.

Morrisons launches new website

09 November, 2012

Morrisons’ new transactional website was launched this week as part of a strategy designed to add £100 million to the supermarket’s wine category within three years.

Bargain Booze will spend £1 million on a national television and radio ad campaign in the build-up to Christmas.

Competition in the own-label battleground is hotting up as the major retailers revamp their offer with Asda leading the charge.

Wine Rack has tipped Romania as an upcoming powerhouse in the wine trade after revealing its Romanian Pinot Grigio was selling as well as its Italian version.

Wine Rack plans to open four or five new stores by Christmas after announcing the business grew 6% over the past year.

The administrators handling the collapse of Waverley TBS has announced 685 staff have been made redundant after it failed to secure a buyer.

Bargain Booze has pledged to step up its lobbying profile on duty fraud.

Accolade Wines has outlined its commitment to the market despite launching a review into its UK operation.

Morrisons has vowed to add £100 million to its wine sales in the next three years as part of an aggressive challenge to rivals.

A Colchester-based wine merchant has set up a body that he hopes will bring together independent retailers around the country and give them a united voice.

Lewis: tough year ahead

28 June, 2012

Majestic chief executive Steve Lewis has warned that “next year will be as tough as the one that’s just finished”, despite turning in increased sales, profits and prices. The wine warehouse chain’s pre-tax profit for the 53 weeks to April 2 was up 14.5% to £23.2 million on a sales increase of 8.9% at £280.3 million.

 ruling by magistrates in Leeds could alter the way licensing committees and other courts measure the suitability of garages for drinks licences.

Naked Wines is investing £526,000 to help Marlborough winemaker Mike Paterson set up his own label.

Rhythm & Booze’s new owner believes its plans for the chain could breathe new life into a “tired” high street off-licence sector.

More indies at LIWF

15 June, 2012

The number of independent retailers visiting the London wine fair was up by 12% this year, while the number of visi- tors from off-licences was up 7%, according to organiser Brintex.