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17 January, 2017

Think Rum rewards leading retailers in dynamic spirits category

The UK’s leading retailers, bar operators and communicators were rewarded for their hard work in making rum one of the BWS trade’s most dynamic categories at OLN’s inaugural Think Rum event yesterday.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has appointed industry veteran Tom Yusef as chairman following the completion of Dan Townsend’s successful two-year tenure. 

Kingfisher Beer Europe is to market and distribute the popular Indonesia beer brand Bintang Beer across the UK and selected European markets.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled a new £4.5m advertising campaign to support Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, which it says is now the fastest growing of the top five cola brands in Great Britain.

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Vinita Italia is ready to tap into the UK’s Italian wine market with the launch of a new UK base.

Fallen Brewing has become one of the first craft breweries in Scotland to install a canning line and move its entire beer range into cans.

Les Vignobles Foncalieu will launch two new blended wines at this year’s Vinisud show in Montpelier, France.

Pinkster Gin has launched its first limited edition bottle for Valentine’s Day.

Liberty Wines has reached an agreement to become UK distributor for Sogrape, whose portfolio includes Mateus rosé, Sandeman port and various ranges from around the world.

Gin sales grew 14.5% to £420 million in UK supermarkets in 2016, making it the best performing spirits category.

BWS sales grew 5.7% over Christmas and drove the FMCG market to its best festive performance in four years (Nielsen, four weeks to December 31, 2016).

The producer of Skinny Prosecco has revealed plans to expand the business in 2017 following strong growth last year. 

Portsmouth City Council has failed in a bid to outlaw Oranjeboom lager and K cider on grounds they promote irresponsible drinking.

Complaints about the packaging of three different alcoholic drink brands have not been upheld by The Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel.

New Zealand wine producers are gearing up for a high level of interest in their Pinot Noir wines at the annual trade tasting event in London next week, following the news that tickets for the popular Pinot Noir NZ event in Wellington, New Zealand, have already sold out.

Buckingham Schenk has added Kreglinger Wine Estates to its portfolio to boost its Australian wine selection.

Aldi has reported record festive sales for 2016 supported by strong sales for its Prosecco, alongside low-priced festive veg.

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

BWS sales grew by 5.7% over Christmas, making it the second best performing FMCG category and helping drive the market to its best festive performance in four years (Nielsen, four weeks to December 31, 2016).

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly is introducing a pink Pinot Grigio as part of a plan to drive value back into the rose category.

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