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21 October, 2014

Status Quo beer sales pass million pint mark

Rockers Status Quo have passed a million sales for the first time since the 1970s after the millionth pint of the bands Piledriver ale was downed this week.

The WSTA has urged the government to freeze duty on alcohol after the Republic of Ireland halted drinks tax rises in its latest Budget. 

New look for Rudgate

17 October, 2014

North Yorkshire-based craft brewery Rudgate has given its bottled ale range a revamp.

Greene King has teamed up with Tesco to release four bottled beers designed to cater for growing interest in specialist brews and new flavours.

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Babycham has added two flavoured variants to its range for the first time.

Pernod Ricard has chosen three brands – Jameson, Chivas Regal and Brancott Estate – to focus its marketing efforts on in the run-up to Christmas.

The advertising watchdog has warned Diageo that future marketing must not appeal to children after it banned a Parrot Bay ad that was deemed to “appeal strongly to under-18s”.

William Grant has bolstered its advocaat range by launching Warninks White, a vodka liqueur with flavours of white chocolate and mint.

Tesco has confirmed it has suspended global head of BWS Dan Jago over the £250 million accounting scandal.

The 2014 Bordeaux vintage should be “as good as, if not better than 2006”, according to a leading producer.

One of the world’s largest online e-cig suppliers is making a concerted push into the UK off-trade with a range of cartridges, pens, pipes and liquids.

Chivas Brothers said it is confident in long-term growth potential for Scotch whsiky after announcing production will start at its new distillery later this month.

The number of UK wineries has risen to a 20-year high after 46 budding vignerons registered with HMRC in the past year.

Westons has launched a mulled version of its Henry Westons cider in bag-in-box.

Lager and cider suffered dwindling sales over the summer months as shoppers turned to spirits and ales instead, according to the latest Nielsen data.

Suppliers have had their hopes raised of less one- sided relationships with the major supermarkets in the wake of the controversy over Tesco’s accounts.

Pierpaolo Petrassi MW presides over a BWS empire that is showing healthy growth and cannot stop winning awards for the dynamism it brings to the grocery channel.

Off Licence News has taken its fight for legal clarity over Reducing the Strength schemes to the European Commission.

The quality of Crus Bourgeois wine is improving each year and bringing younger consumers into the Bordeaux category, according to retailers.

Wines of Rioja is redistributing its marketing budget to focus on independent retailers and the on-trade as it seeks to push into more premium tiers.

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