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2 October, 2014

Conviviality hires Spar fresh food boss in bid to improve range

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail will expand its food range after hiring Spar’s head of fresh food Andrew Dorricott to head up its non-licensed products team.

William Grant has launched the first whiskey produced in New York state in 80 years into the UK market.

Researchers at Sheffield University have argued that putting a minimum unit price of 45p on alcohol would be 50 times more effective than the current ban on below-cost selling.

Tesco category manager Andy Gale has moved over to the supplier side of the drinks trade by joining Concha y Toro UK as head of new business and technical development.

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Drinks industry members are invited to spend a night in Double O Heaven as The Benevolent’s Northern Ball pays homage to James Bond this November.

The Tesco wine team has bolstered its range with five new 1.5 litre bag-in-box wines launched under its Finest banner.

Pernod Ricard has added a cherry variant to premium vodka brand Absolut in a bid to build on 28% sales growth (Nielsen, May 24, 2014).

Camra has appointed Tim Page as its new chief executive after Mike Benner left the post to head up Siba.

Retailers must add credibility to own-label alcohol by improving quality and value as it enjoys the least consumer love of any category in FMCG, according to research firm Datamonitor Consumer.

Treasury Wine Estates has down two bids from private equity groups valuing the firm at £1.8 billion, preferring to grow the business as a standalone company.

Naked Wines saw pre-tax profits rise by 56% during 2013, according to new figures published by the online retailer.

Halewood has launched a new Romanian wine brand called Surprisingly Good as it seeks to challenge perceptions about the quality the nation’s winemakers can offer.

Tesco has launched a digital version of its Wine Magazine in a bid to reach more drinkers via their tablets.

Copestick Murray has struck a deal to distribute the wines of Lisa McGuigan, fourth generation winemaker of the legendary McGuigan winemaking dynasty.

Heineken has launched a digital ad campaign for Strongbow Dark Fruit and Citrus Edge.

Scottish brewer Brewmeister has been banned from marketing its 67.5% abv Snake Venom as the world’s strongest beer.

Kingsland has signed a deal with importer Brand Phoenix that will add South African brands First Cape and Distell to its portfolio.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched price-marked bottles for Wolf Blass and Lindeman’s in an effort to “unlock a £200 million opportunity” in convenience.

The French Wines with Style campaign has released a promoting video featuring Gerard Basset MW as he bids to pair wines with first dates.

Bibendum has hired sake consultant Natsuki Kiyuka to host trade training sessions that educate retailers about the Japanese drink.

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