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16 September, 2014

Heineken unimpressed by SAB Miller overture

The Heineken family has rejected a takeover approach from SAB Miller for the Dutch brewery to which they give their name.

Friends and family of the late Michael Cox have so far raised more than £13,000 for drinks industry charity The Benevolent after pledging to run the Medoc Marathon in his honour.

Dan Jago has broadened his role as Tesco’s group wine director to incorporate beers and spirits.

Pernod Ricard UK boss Denis O’Flynn has taken over from Diageo’s Nick Hyde as chairman of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

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Scotch whisky producer Douglas Laing and Co has taken inspiration from poet Robert Burns for a new Highland malt called Timorous Beastie.

Champagne Perrier-Jouët has released unveiled a £248 Cuvée Belle Epoque Rosé 2005 which it describes as “the most extravagant wine of the Belle Epoque Collection”.  

French supplier Les Grands Chais de France has snapped up the 59ha Château de la Tuilerie estate in the Costières de Nimes.

Australian brewery Redoak has claimed the Supreme Champion award at the International Beer Challenge for the second year running after thrilling judges with its Chateau Sour.

Anita Jackson has pledged to put consumer and trade education at the centre of her strategy after being instilled as UK director at Wines of Chile.

Diageo is offering £62,000 grants to technology firms that create tools to help prevent retail theft.

The wine trade lost one of its most dedicated and well-respected figures last week with the sad passing of Yvonne May. Many readers will know her best for her four-year stint as the UK and European head of Wine Australia, a role she approached with such passion and energy it was easy to believe it was a job she had longed to do.

Kopparberg is launching a Spiced Apple variant in a bid to boost sales during the typically lean winter trading period.

William Grant and Sons has snapped up the Drambuie Liqueur Company after it admitted it has always secretly admired the firm’s eponymous brand.

An existing Bargain Booze franchisee has become the first to take on Wine Rack stores under a franchise agreement with Conviviality Retail.

Tesco is backing controversial schemes to ban the sale of high-strength beers and ciders, despite ongoing concerns over their legality.

The industry has paid tribute to Yvonne May’s passion and inspiration following news that the UK and European regional director for Wine Australia has died after a battle with leukaemia.

Whisky Shop founder Ian Bankier is among Scottish business leaders who have put their names to a letter opposing Scottish independence.

Retailers need to do more to embrace online shopping and recognise that the market is changing, Pernod Ricard UK managing director Denis O’Flynn has warned.

Virgin Wines is to launch a gift business that it hopes will corner the market for wine presents.

Off Licence News has teamed up with consultant and former Wine Australia boss Hazel Murphy to offer independents the chance to join a two-week trip Down Under.

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