Brazil aims to grow wine exports to the UK by 300%Published: 22 May, 2013
Wines of Brazil aims to increase UK exports by 300% in the next three years.
Piper-Heidsieck appoints brand ambassadorPublished: 22 May, 2013
Piper- Heidsieck’s new brand ambassador has pledged to travel across the UK to educate the trade about its wines and the Champagne category in general as supplier First Drinks ramps up its investment in the brand.
Stella Artois gets the Slumdog Millionaire treatment in TV adPublished: 22 May, 2013
An Oscar-winning cinematographer has been drafted in to add style to the upcoming TV ad from Stella Artois Cidre.
Uruguay groomed for UK wine stardomPublished: 22 May, 2013
New supplier Blends is on a mission to make Uruguay the next big country in the UK wine market by pushing wines from its 200ha vineyard in Maldonaldo into the off-trade.
Wine-based RTDs to hit the off-tradePublished: 21 May, 2013
The Winery Exchange has released a range of 5.5% abv wine-based RTDs into the off-trade.
Strongbow launches Dark Fruit flavourPublished: 20 May, 2013
Heineken has added a Dark Fruit flavor variant to the Strongbow line-up and it will be exclusive to the off-trade from June.
Wine price pushed up to all-time highPublished: 17 May, 2013
The average cost of a bottle of wine has risen to its highest-ever figure of £5.11 on the back of escalating taxation – but there are signs consumers are still prepared to trade up, according to new Nielsen data.
Cairns to move Co-op away from discountsPublished: 17 May, 2013
The Co-operative Group’s new wine boss plans to move away from discounts and overhaul its own-label range.
Oddbins stores to receive first revamp in 17 yearsPublished: 17 May, 2013
Oddbins is set to undergo its first overhaul in 17 years with a new look across stores as its owner pledges to make the chain profitable by 2015.
Tesco taps into co-buying powerPublished: 17 May, 2013
Tesco has launched a website that allows customers to buy cases of wine at discount prices through an emerging e-commerce model called co-buying.
Suppliers reignite buyers debatePublished: 17 May, 2013
Suppliers have reignited the debate over the approach taken by retailers’ buying teams with calls for them to spend more time in-store and less at head office or visiting wineries abroad.
Push behind Aussie ReislingPublished: 17 May, 2013
Australian Vintage has vowed to put Aussie Riesling in the spotlight in a bid to revive the varietal on the back of its successful repositioning of Semillion.
Selfridges expands wine store and overhauls rangePublished: 17 May, 2013
Selfridges promises its customers “an Aladdin’s cave of new, boutique, exclusive one-off products and gifts” after opening a new wine store.
Stowford Press grows off-trade volumes by 69%Published: 16 May, 2013
Westons Cider has introduced a price-marked pack for Stowford Press to build on volume growth of 69% in the off-trade (IRI Volume MAT to April 27, 2013).
Own label battled cranked upPublished: 16 May, 2013
Sainsbury’s has upped the ante in the own-label wine battleground with the launch of the next phase of its Winemakers’ Selection range.
Wine Australia head steps downPublished: 15 May, 2013
Wine Australia’s chief executive Andrew Cheesman has resigned to “pursue other opportunities within the wine sector”.
C&C hails Tennent's as cider portfolio strugglesPublished: 15 May, 2013
C&C has reported a small decrease in net revenue for the business year to the end of February 2013 but operating profit rose 2.4 per cent.
Murdoch moves into wine tradePublished: 14 May, 2013
Australian media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has bought a 6.5ha vineyard in Bel Air, California, for a fee believed to be in the region of £19 million.
Officers raid Scottish off licencesPublished: 14 May, 2013
HMRC officers raided 49 off licences in Edinburgh and seized 5,641 litres of counterfeit booze.
Portman Group chairman leaves rolePublished: 13 May, 2013
Portman Group chairman Seymour Fortescue will step down on 18 June after four years in the role.
Angels swoop to save winemakerPublished: 10 May, 2013
Winemaker Katie Jones has started believing in angels after 2,500 Naked Wines customers came to her rescue when vandals destroyed her entire white vintage.
Wine retailer teams up with cricket legend for exclusive rangePublished: 09 May, 2013
Laithwaite’s Wine has signed former England cricket captain David Gower as its new brand ambassador.
Health secretary insists minimum unit pricing is not deadPublished: 09 May, 2013
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt insists the omission of minimum unit pricing laws from the Queen’s speech does not amount to a final nail in the coffin for the planned legislation.
WOSA future in the spotlightPublished: 07 May, 2013
Leading South African producers have urged the country’s generic wine body to review its marketing message and recruit from overseas as the hunt begins for its new head.
Tesco buying team to "speed-date" at LIWFPublished: 07 May, 2013
Tesco is offering visitors to this month’s London International Wine Fair the chance to pitch new ideas to its buying team in a repeat of its “speed-dating” style activity.
London Wine Fair will return to OlympiaPublished: 07 May, 2013
The London International Wine Fair will return to Kensington Olympia in 2014, with cheaper rates designed to attract exhibitors that have deserted the event in recent years.
OLN party promises guests three tons of funPublished: 07 May, 2013
Global sensations The Three Tons of Fun have been confirmed as the headline entertainment for the Off Licence News and Origin Wines VIP industry bash taking place at this month’s London International Wine Fair.
Diageo will have new leader within two monthsPublished: 07 May, 2013
Paul Walsh, Diageo chief executive of 13 years, will step down within two months and hand over power to the firm’s chief operating officer Ivan Menezes.
Retailers missing £480 million convenience opportunityPublished: 02 May, 2013
Retailers can add £480 million to the convenience channel by improving their spirits ranges, according to First Drinks.
Lambrini to sponsor British Soap AwardsPublished: 01 May, 2013
Lambrini is to be the broadcast sponsor of the British Soap Awards which will be screened live on ITV in May.
Macallan unveils its complete 1824 Series line-upPublished: 30 April, 2013
Macallan has released three malt whiskies to complete the line-up of its new 1824 Series.
Off-trade beer volumes stabilised in Q1 says BBPAPublished: 29 April, 2013
Off-trade beer sales stabilised in the first quarter of 2013 after three successive quarters of decline.
New shape for Fuller's beer bottlesPublished: 29 April, 2013
Fuller’s has introduced a new-look for its premium bottled ales range, led by London Pride.
Pussy Drinks Ltd rapped by ad watchdogPublished: 24 April, 2013
The firm behind energy drink Pussy has been banned from running an ad that was deemed sexually explicit, derogatory, sexist and degrading to women.
Su Birch to leave Wines of South AfricaPublished: 24 April, 2013
Wines of South Africa chief Su Birch has announced she is stepping down after 14 years in the job.
Leading Rioja brand launches price marked packsPublished: 23 April, 2013
Pernod Ricard UK is launching a £6.99 price marked pack for its Campo Viejo Rioja brand.
Treasury accused of unfairly punishing female drinkersPublished: 22 April, 2013
The Chancellor’s decision to cut beer tax but overlook wine and spirits has unfairly penalised women, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
Ding-dong over social mediaPublished: 19 April, 2013
Retailers are being urged to keep tighter controls on the way managers and staff use social media sites after Oddbins landed in hot water over a Twitter post following the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Innis & Gunn urges smaller craft brewers to join forcesPublished: 19 April, 2013
Innis & Gunn plans to drive growth in the craft and speciality beer category by helping smaller brewers get their products on to supermarket shelves.
New "weatherproof" Pimm'sPublished: 19 April, 2013
Diageo is launching a special-edition version of Pimm’s to inject fresh appeal into the quintessential summer drink brand and sustain sales regardless of the weather.
ACS to fight plans to restrict off licence numbersPublished: 19 April, 2013
The head of the body which represents small retailers has vowed that fighting local restrictions on off-licence numbers will be a key political objective for the year ahead.
Kingfisher joins Heineken UK stablePublished: 19 April, 2013
Heineken will brew, sell and distribute Kingfisher in the UK from October.
Portman Group urges retailers not to stock Laverstroke Farm beerPublished: 18 April, 2013
The Portman Group has urged retailers not to stock Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Park Farm Ale and Lager after the former Formula 1 champion ignored the group’s ruling that the packaging must be altered.
JTI in ad campaign rowPublished: 18 April, 2013
A row has broken out over the latest ad from JTI in its fight against plain packaging for tobacco products.
VK launches Big BluePublished: 17 April, 2013
Global Brands is launching a 50cl version of VK Blue into the off-trade.
Weak rand could mean great value South African winesPublished: 16 April, 2013
A leading producer believes favourable currency rates mean South African wines can now beat the likes of Australia in offering “exceptional value for money” at all price points.
Diageo wants to help make your store matterPublished: 15 April, 2013
Retailers can receive tips on issues like range and layout by visiting a new website from Diageo called My Store Matters.
Distell takes over Burn StewartPublished: 15 April, 2013
South African wine and spirits producer Distell has paid £160 million to buy Scotch whisky firm Burn Stewart Distillers.
Visitor numbers soar at Drinkaware websitePublished: 12 April, 2013
Drinks charity Drinkaware said visits to its website received a sharp spike after a story broke suggesting Britons fail to report their true alcohol intake.
South west France wines given UK pushPublished: 12 April, 2013
Ninety-three wines selected by The Wine Gang from a south west France tasting of more than 200 wines will be promoted in the UK.
Multiples enjoy large BWS sales growth during MarchPublished: 11 April, 2013
An early Easter drove a 12% rise in BWS value sales at the major multiples during the four weeks to March 30 (Nielsen, compared to the same period in 2012).
Langley's No.8 gin targets male drinkersPublished: 10 April, 2013
A new gin is being launched into the off-trade aimed at men.
Study predicts drastic changes in world wine mapPublished: 09 April, 2013
A new study suggests that Britain could join New Zealand, the Netherlands, China and Tasmania as the world’s foremost wine growing regions by 2050 if climate change continues.
Accolade gains listings for higher tier Australian rangesPublished: 08 April, 2013
Accolade’s plan to increase its presence in the ultra-premium wine market has gathered pace with the news that Majestic will stock its Eileen Hardy Chardonnay.
Store overturns alcohol sales ban after test purchase stingPublished: 08 April, 2013
A Lidl store has seen a five-day ban on alcohol sales overturned after emerging victorious from a long-running battle with Glasgow’s Licensing Board.
Smirnoff launches TV ad campaignPublished: 08 April, 2013
Smirnoff is returning to TV screens this month as part of a new £2.5 million ad campaign.
Wine suppliers criticise skills of supermarket buyersPublished: 05 April, 2013
Leading wine suppliers have criticised the skills of supermarket buyers, claiming lack of experience is damaging the industry’s ability to trade sustainably as market pressures intensify.
Convenience stores snatch market sharePublished: 05 April, 2013
Growth in wines sales through convenience stores is outpacing the rest of the off-trade as the roll-out of supermarkets’ smaller store formats gathers speed and cash-strapped shoppers shun the big weekly shop.
Scheckter rails against PortmanPublished: 05 April, 2013
Ex Formula 1 racing driver Jody Scheckter has refused to alter the packaging for his Laverstoke Park beer range despite a ruling from the Portman Group’s independent complaints panel that it could appeal to children.
Focus on taste to aid ChampagnePublished: 05 April, 2013
A drop in price promotions and falling own-label sales has led to a 3.3% decline in Champagne as Lanson urged retailers to give shoppers more information about styles and tastes on shelf.
Business as usual after Boutinot buyoutPublished: 05 April, 2013
The leader of a team that has staged a management buyout at one of the UK’s best-known wine suppliers has pledged that it will be “business as usual”.
Wine group targets younger adults in bid to become top UK supplierPublished: 05 April, 2013
FE Barber aims to become the UK’s biggest wine supplier by offering retailers a “one-stop shop” and targeting younger consumers with bright bottles, quirky brands and social media.
Teaninich earmarked for new £50m Diageo distilleryPublished: 05 April, 2013
Diageo has named Teaninich, near Alness in the Highlands, as the preferred location for a new malt whisky distillery.
New boss at Fuller's breweryPublished: 05 April, 2013
Fuller’s has appointed group managing director Simon Emeny as its chief executive, with effect from July 1.
Aston Manor in £2.5 million orchard investmentPublished: 04 April, 2013
Aston Manor has signalled its confidence in the future of the UK’s cider market by investing £2.5 million in 1,000 acres of new orchards in Herefordshire.
Cause for optimism in soft drinksPublished: 04 April, 2013
Glucose stimulant drinks, flavoured water and “cold hot drinks” were the bright spots in the soft drinks market in 2012, according to a new market report from Pepsi and J2O supplier Britvic.
Southern Comfort relaunches TV adPublished: 04 April, 2013
Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands is relaunching a Southern Comfort TV ad in which a barrel-chested man with a round belly and mob-displeasing swimming trunks saunters along a beach.
Accolade's diamond GeyserPublished: 04 April, 2013
Accolade is launching three varietal wines under its Geyser Peak Californian wine brand, which have been specifically developed for the UK consumer’s palate.
Malibu launches price marked packsPublished: 02 April, 2013
Malibu is launching a £12.99 price marked pack for its 70cl bottle of coconut-flavoured rum.
Gaymers launches tropical variantPublished: 02 April, 2013
Gaymers has added a pear cider blended with pineapple, mango and passion fruit flavours to its range.
Advertising group hits back at health alliancePublished: 02 April, 2013
The advertising industry has branded calls to ban alcohol ads and sponsorship in the UK “lazy and naïve”.
France determined to challenge New World on pricePublished: 28 March, 2013
Vin de France has urged retailers to put French wines on gondola ends as often as possible in a bid to attract younger drinkers with wines in the £5-8 bracket.
Celliers les Dauphins branches out into white winePublished: 28 March, 2013
Cellier les Dauphins has launched a Côtes du Rhône Blanc to capitalise on the success of its red wines from the region.
Perrier-Jouët releases metalwork centrepiecePublished: 28 March, 2013
Perrier-Jouët has launched a limited-edition metalwork Champagne “flute tree” from award-winning Dutch designer Tord Boontje.
David Cox to head up trade charityPublished: 27 March, 2013
David Cox has taken over as chief executive of drinks industry charity The Benevolent in a bid to help trade members that have fallen on hard times.