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21 August, 2014

Pernod Ricard urges premium spirits push at Christmas

The convenience channel is missing a trick on premium spirits and should use Christmas 2014 to catch up with the grocers, according to a leading supplier.

Six retailers have lost their licences and 10 more are under review after Newham council’s enforcement team blitzed the east London borough in a series of test purchasing stings.

A “treatment tax” for helping alcoholics should be added to alcohol sold in the off-trade, according to think tank Centre for Social Justice.

Britain’s most northerly distillery has launched its first gin.

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Alliance Wine has signed up Valencia-based artisanal producer Celler del Roure.

Tobacco manufacturer JTI has sponsored a pilot test purchasing scheme to help retailers in the north west tackle under-age tobacco sales.

Czech brewer Budvar has hit back at a report claiming drinkers cannot taste the difference between Stella Artois, Heineken and its eponymous beer, writing it off as a prank from a notorious troublemaker.

Retailers need to stand their ground and refuse to be bullied into adopting Reducing the Strength schemes by heavy-handed authorities, according to a licensing expert.

A “yes” vote for Scottish independence could leave the drinks industry out of pocket either side of the border, an excise specialist has warned.

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has added 10 wineries from across the globe to its portfolio in a bid to build on 30% growth in the past year.

The off-trade will enjoy a multimillion-pound boost if retailers create a clear shot category in the spirits fixture, according to a leading supplier.

The cost of wine production will continue to soar in Argentina after the South American nation defaulted this month, according to a leading wine consultant.

Islay distillery Bowmore has released the second batch of its limited-edition Devil’s Cask whisky.

Quintessential Brands has redesigned the packaging for its Greenall’s gin brand and is promoting it with an on-pack competition to win a Mini Cooper.

Waitrose Cellar has crated what is claims is the perfect pre-selected case of wines for vegetarians.

Northamptonshire-based boutique distiller Warner Edwards is launching a limited edition rhubarb gin on September 1.

Treasury Wine Estates is at the centre of a bidding war after a second private equity group launched a £1.9 billion takeover bid for the Wolf Blass and Penfolds supplier.

Hendrick’s is giving away its signature tea cups in a new gift pack called Dreamscape.

Waitrose is offering its customers 25% off all wines over this coming weekend.

Adnams said its shops are enjoying a “positive trend” as it announced a 29% in operating profits for the first half of 2014.

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