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16 April, 2014

Moët to sponsor Newmarket festival

Moët & Chandon will be the title sponsor at Newmarket Racecourse’s three-day July festival.   

Halewood has launched an American-style cloudy apple cider in a bid to create a brand that can match Crabbie’s and Lambrini in scale.

A record number of Masters of Wine will gather in Florence next month for the Institute’s eight international symposium.

Hi-Spirits has accepted a “confidential settlement” after taking Global Brands to the High Court for releasing a sambuca brand that breached EU law.

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Stirling-based Traditional Scottish Ales has relaunched under the name Black Wolf Brewery.

North Yorkshire’s Black Sheep brewery is revamping its range of bottled ales.

London Wine Fair organiser Brintex has taken a hit to its own revenue in a bid to return the event to growth.

Heineken is releasing a new version of its Kronenbourg ad starring ex-footballer Eric Cantona.

Champagne shipments to the UK plummeted in 2013 as Britain struggled to emerge from the economic downturn and consumers opted for cheaper alternatives.

Liberty Wines has been certified carbon neutral by carbon management company Carbon Footprint.

Scotch whisky exports remained flat at £4.3 billion in 2013 as surging sales in the USA made up for declines in Asian markets.

A new Bargain Booze ad debuts on ITV tonight after the retailer decided to shout about the range of deals it is offering its shoppers over Easter.

Alcohol Concern has attacked David Beckham for teaming up with Diageo to launch a single grain Scotch whisky because “it will send a confusing message” to underage fans.

Red Army vodka, which is sold in a glass bottle shaped like a gun, has breached alcohol responsibility rules for its association with violence and aggression.

Eight retailers have been chosen to visit the Golden State on a wine buying trip in a promotion run by OLN and the Wine Institute of California.

The Co-operative Group is turning 54 former Marston’s pubs into c-stores as the convenience channel continues to grow at the expense of rivals. 

Old Speckled Hen is returning to TV screens this month in a £2 million ad campaign featuring Henry the fox.

English Wine Week is increasing its emphasis on retailers this year.

Leading suppliers claim the major supermarkets’ “obsession” with discounters could risk the health of the sector if they fail to develop a point of difference in the face of growing competition.

The major multiples opened 291 new convenience stores in the past year and BWS sales in this channel are up 6.1% in volume and 9.1% in value to £1.7 billion (IRI, year to March 1).

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