Rémy Cointreau-owned Mount Gay Distilleries has snapped up 134ha of land around its distillery in Barbados so it can create a “true luxury rum brand”.

Hugues Lechanoine with The Open's executive director Michael Tate

Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s chief executive Hugues Lechanoine will be sharing bottles of Mouton Cadet with guests at The Open today as 22-year-old Irish amateur Paul Dunne bids to scoop the famous Claret Jug trophy.

Jack Daniel’s is working with convenience retailers to provide shoppers with all the tools they need to the ultimate summer house party.

Laithwaites, Oddbins and Morrisons were all celebrating last night after scooping prestigious gongs at the 32nd International Wine Challenge.

Boutinot has teamed up with Spanish producer Bodegas Murviedro to develop a red and white duo specifically aimed at UK independent wine merchants and the on-trade.

Martin Thatcher and Lord Jones

Somerset cider producer Thatchers has appointed former minister of state for UK trade Lord Digby Jones as a non-executive director.

Badet Clement has hired former Bibendum off-trade boss Mike Bentley to help it boost retail listings and grow its share of the southern French category.

The two Simons: George and Warren at the brewery

Budvar has shaken up its UK team and launched a range of marketing plans to build on strong off-trade growth figures.

Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden are releasing a limited-edition brew to celebrate reaching the 10 million pint sales mark for the band’s Trooper ale.

Californian wine brand Barefoot will target 100,000 UK consumers in a summer marketing campaign called Barefoot Refresh Summer Cool Down.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has hired four senior executives to help it build on the 30% year-on-year growth it has enjoyed since 2013.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail plans to open 55 new stores in the year ahead after reporting a 4.4% growth in pre-tax profits for the 2014-15 financial year.

London wine merchant Bottle Apostle is set to open a fifth store in Primrose Hill this month.

Competition among the high street chains is hotting up as Oddbins and Majestic embark on new strategies and inject fresh investment to bolster their operations.

Incidents of drunken disorder have spiked dramatically in the town of Dover since it introduced a Reducing the Strength scheme.

Lidl wine team expands

10 July, 2015

Lidl has grown its drinks buying team as wine sales outstrip overall company growth.

on 10 July, 2015

Picture your favourite Champagne. Perhaps you’ve got more than one. Either way, I expect it occurred to you almost instantaneously, and that you conjured up an image of the bottle in your mind. Now ask yourself: why is it your favourite?

Lidl seized the title of Supermarket Own Branded Spirits Range of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in London last night.

Greene King is offering IPA fans the chance to win stateside trips to Boston, Washington D.C. and New York this summer via an on-pack promotion.

Selfridges wine and spirits buyer Dawn Davies will be joining Speciality Drinks as head buyer, OLN can reveal.

Meantime’s founder and master brewer Alastair Hook has been named Brewer of the Year by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

Diageo is planning an appeal over an Advertising Standards Authority ban on an ad for its Smirnoff vodka.

English wine producer Chapel Down has appointed Mark Harvey as managing director of its wine arm.

Raspberry-infused gin Pinkster has won listings in 19 branches of Spirited Wines and Nicolas this summer.

Trade bodies have slammed Government plans to give towns and cities the power to remove Sunday trading regulations, warning the move will threaten the retailers’ livelihoods.

Iconic London wine merchant Roberson Wine is shutting its doors after deciding to forgo bricks and mortar retailing in favour of better performing channels.

A fish and chip shop wanting to expand its business to sell alcohol has successfully overturned a decision banning it from stocking drinks over a certain strength. 

Spitfire is giving its drinkers the chance win a flight in a Spitfire aeroplane in an on-pack push.

Bohemian Hopsody

02 July, 2015

Don’t stop them now – rock legends Queen have released a pilsner to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Molson Coors UK has bought Swedish cider Rekorderlig UK from Manchester-based Chilli Marketing Brands.

WOSA targets indies

02 July, 2015

Wines of South Africa is targeting independent merchants with a new event this October.

Molson Coors is launching a £500,000 media campaign for Carling Zest to boost sales as the UK summer finally kicks in. 

Accolade Wine’s South African Fish Hoek brand has become the supplier’s first fully certified Fairtrade range.

The Benevolent is looking for volunteers from across the drinks trade to be its ambassadors and help spread the word about the drinks industry charity.

Stella Artois is flying high for this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships with a campaign focused around the club’s Harris hawk, Rufus.

Berry Bros & Rudd has opened a new cellar to host more private wine events at its historic London shop.

A strong off-trade performance has dragged the UK alcohol market back into volume growth for the first time in five years, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

Maxxium UK has released The Famous Grouse in four-pack cases of 35cl and 20cl bottles to help convenience stores who are increasingly selling spirits in smaller bottles.

Price-marked pre-mix

25 June, 2015

Global Brands has released a pre-mixed cocktail price-marked at £1 for 25cl.

Dutch family-owned brewery Bavaria has launched its flagship 5% abv lager with a consumer ad campaign in men’s magazines.

Discounters have opened more new shops in the past five years than supermarkets and convenience stores in what research company LDC is calling a “car crash” for the multiples.

Carlsberg has launched a range of beer-based male grooming products developed by its team of Danish scientists in time for Father’s Day. 

Retailers can win £1,000 worth of flight vouchers from Trail Finders by getting creative with POS to showcase Lindeman’s wines.

Oddbins has relaunched its competition to find the UK’s finest amateur wine taster and expects thousands to take part this weekend.

A multi-million-pound centre for English wine and spirits is being planned in Sussex.

Calais Wine Superstore has opened a new tasting room offering booze cruisers the chance to sample 150 different wines.

Burgundy producer Boisset is aiming to prove that the region can innovate by sourcing grapes from new areas and taking Macon in a fresh direction.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has raised £2.5 million towards building its own brewery, bottling line and barrel store through its mini-bond scheme.

Waitrose has seized the Supreme Champion crown at the International Cider Challenge 2015 after judges decided its English vintage perry was the star drink this year.

Bargain Booze is fighting back against the rise of the discounters with an ad campaign straplined Aldi Shmaldi.

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