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27 January, 2015

Australian wine category is not broken, says market leader

Accolade boss Paul Schaafsma declared that “Australia is not broken” after announcing flagship brand Hardys grew 12.4% in volume over Christmas (Nielsen, 12 weeks to January 3).

Rival countries would kill for New Zealand’s affluent young consumer base, according to Mud House supplier Accolade.

Former Gonzalez Byass marketing supremo and OLN columnist Jeremy Rocket has become managing director at Marblehead.

John Hearn will leave Diageo’s wine arm Percy Fox to take over as off-trade commercial director at Enotria this week.

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A Goldings hop from Worcestershire grower S J Adams & Son has beaten 123 rivals to be named the overall winner at the British Hop Awards for 2014.

The organisers of Prowein are ramping up their focus on attracting UK buyers after all the exhibitors begged for more Brits.

Diageo has signed UK distribution deals with Marblehead and Catalyst brands to help grow some its smaller brands.

Eight leading independent Scottish brewers have joined forces to support, promote and protect the industry through The Brewers’ Association of Scotland.

The tobacco industry claims criminal gangs will be rubbing their hands with glee at the news that the government has announced a pre-election vote on plain cigarette packs.

An OLN workshop aims to help retailers capitalise on the unprecedented growth in the gin category by helping them boost sales of tonic.

The London Wine Fair is targeting suppliers seeking UK representation with a new exhibitor area called Wines Unearthed.

The Competition and Markets Authority has admitted to MPs it failed to investigate councils it knew were breaking competition law and could be putting retailers at risk of significant fines and possible imprisonment.

The UK wine market will enjoy strong volume and value growth over the next three years, according to analysts at the International Wine and Spirit Research.

William Grant has prevailed over Alcohol Concern after the charity reported it to the advertising watchdog over an ad that stated: “Without Warninks advocaat it just wouldn’t be Christmas.”

Carlsberg has launched a campaign to find the UK’s greatest football fan and will install the recipient as a Talk Sport pundit at a Premiership match on the final day of the season.

Wine is becoming an increasingly important part of the Bargain Booze offering after the business overhauled its range, according to chief executive Diana Hunter.

Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar has seen sales grow 20% in the UK off-trade as the brewery celebrates a record year of production and exports.

Copestick Murray has struck a distribution deal with Minervois producer Hegarty Chamans after owner Robin Copestick turned a Q&A session at the annual WSTA conference to his advantage.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has announced that pre-tax profits grew 47% to £3.2 million during the six months to October 26, 2014.

Senior MPs have launched an inquiry into Reducing the Strength schemes in response to Off Licence News’ campaign and have called the Competition & Markets Authority to the House of Commons for a hearing next week.

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