In Brief

04 May, 2007

Calories count for alcohol

Health minister Caroline Flint has warned that the government is looking at including calorie information on UK drinks labels. Speaking at the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's spring conference, Flint said: "Obesity is an issue in the UK and we are looking into labelling calorie intake on alcohol at the present time." Flint said she has urged the Food Standards Agency to include alcohol intake as part of the wider issue of the nation's diet .

De Mellow quits Majestic

Majestic marketing director Steve de Mellow is to leave the company. No official statement had been made as OLN went to press.

Big chill

Beam Global UK has created a neck collar for Harveys Bristol Cream that reveals the outline of a wine glass when the bottle reaches the perfect temperature. Designed to encourage consumers to enjoy Harveys Bristol Cream chilled, it will appear on 75cl and 1-litre bottles for eight weeks and forms part of Beam's For Chilled Out Occasions campaign.




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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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