BII chief executive John McNamara will
at the Alcohol Harm Reduction Conference on Oct 17 at London's College of Emergency Medicine. His presentation will cover alcohol pricing, responsible retailing and promotions, enforcement and young people. Other speakers
include Alcohol Concern chief executive Don Shenker
and Professor Ian Gilmore, chair of Alcohol Health Alliance UK . To register
Asda seeks out prize brews
Asda is offering brewers a 12-week listing in its stores as prizes in its beer competition. The supermarket is seeking out the best new beers and ciders from micro, regional and national breweries. They will be judged on taste, packaging sustainability and design.
Sainsbury's lists multiple ciders
Cider producer Thatchers is celebrating new and extended listings for its brands with Sainsbury's. Old Rascal is being taken
on a national basis, and
Thatchers Pear and Gold will be featured in some stores. The number of branches selling
Thatchers' Katy and Vintage brands will be doubled. Tesco is also taking on Old Rascal , an oak-aged cider made from Dabinett and Redstreak cider apples.
Retirement for Stevens
Stevens Garnier founder Alastair Stevens has retired after 32 years with the business.
He will retain his shareholding and remain as non -executive chairman.
Red Stripe is official Q beer
Red Stripe will be the official beer of the Q Awards 2008. The sponsorship includes coverage for the brand in Q magazine, and
on radio and the internet before and after the awards. Red Stripe is also sponsoring the Best New Act category at the awards on Oct 6.
Blush gains Champagne gong
Sophie Rudge, owner of corporate wine consultancy Blush, has won the UK leg of the Champagne Ambassador's Award.
Contestants were judged on their knowledge, communication skills and ability to bring the subject
to life. Rudge, who has just completed the first year of the Master of Wine programme, will go on to compete against national finalists from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland.
Paskins climbs the B-M ranks
Bacardi-Martini UK has named David Paskins as senior brand manager. He joins from his previous role as director of drinks industry consultancy the Gorgeous Group, where he worked directly on Bacardi's Build Belief programme for 18 months. Marketing director Liam Newton said: "His appointment is very much a natural progression that will allow us to continue to develop relevant and highly engaging activity on our brands."