William Grant has prevailed over Alcohol Concern after the charity reported it to the advertising watchdog over an ad that stated: “Without Warninks advocaat it just wouldn’t be Christmas.”

Carlsberg has launched a campaign to find the UK’s greatest football fan and will install the recipient as a Talk Sport pundit at a Premiership match on the final day of the season.

Wine is becoming an increasingly important part of the Bargain Booze offering after the business overhauled its range, according to chief executive Diana Hunter.

Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar has seen sales grow 20% in the UK off-trade as the brewery celebrates a record year of production and exports.

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Copestick Murray has struck a distribution deal with Minervois producer Hegarty Chamans after owner Robin Copestick turned a Q&A session at the annual WSTA conference to his advantage.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has announced that pre-tax profits grew 47% to £3.2 million during the six months to October 26, 2014.

The UK’s leading grocers, symbol groups and a host of convenience stores have signed up to a best practice guide hailed as “an unprecedented collaborations between retailers”.

Senior MPs have launched an inquiry into Reducing the Strength schemes in response to Off Licence News’ campaign and have called the Competition & Markets Authority to the House of Commons for a hearing next week.

IRI says shoppers were willing to treat themselves

Supermarkets enjoyed a strong Christmas trading period as they grew BWS sales by 1% to £2.3 billion (IRI, seven weeks to January 3, 2015).

Adnams Cellar & Kitchen chain has made its first profit a year before expected and plans to expand to 20 shops by 2020.

Retailers can put their faith in leading brands to help see Burgundy through a tough period of short harvests and dwindling UK sales, according to a top agency.

A specialist importer of central and eastern European wines has opened its first shop, in Brighton.

Britons are rediscovering a thirst for whisk(e)y and the category has arrested years of plummeting sales, according to the latest Nielsen data.

Labour: targeting "high-strength, low-cost products that are affordable to children"

The drinks industry has hit back after the Labour Party promised a prohibitive assault on alcohol as part of its manifesto as the general election looms.

Thatcher’s aims to build up distribution of its Old Rascal cider after giving it a design makeover and launching it in cans.

The average price of a bottle of wine rose 3.4% in December despite UK inflation increasing by just 0.5% during the month, according to Office for National Statistics figures crunched by industry analyst Tim Wilson.

Spanish firm Vidrala has purchased bottle manufacturer Encirc in a deal speculated to have cost up to £400 million.

Treasury Wine Estates boss Dan Townsend has been appointed the new chairman of drinks charity The Benevolent.

Buckingham Schenk has promoted sales director Craig Durham to managing director after boss Jon Pepper MW left to join Enotria.

Bottle manufacturer Encirc is expected to be snapped up by Spanish firm Vidrala in a takeover worth up to £400 million.

Family-run distillery Isle of Skye has launched two limited editions of its blended Scotch whisky.

The dynamic gin category will be the focus of a new OLN event that aims to educate the drinks trade and help everyone boost sales.

Retailers have been warned not to give into the temptation of buying illicit booze after police discovered a distribution centre for counterfeit alcohol.

Dutch spirits supplier Lucas Bols plans to raise around £98 million by launching an Initial Public Offering on the Amsterdam stock exchange.

Liberty Wines has reported a record December as it grew sales by 15.8% on the previous year.

Boutique French producer Chene Bleu has released a cuvee called Astralabe to give more people the chance to enjoy its award-winning wines.

Majestic Wine’s share price sank this morning after it revealed that margins took a hit as it invested 50 basis points of gross margin to remain competitive over Christmas.

Newell: new firm can stand alongside global heavywieghts

Channel Islands drinks business Liberation Group has bought Bristol brewery Butcombe to form a company that brews 30,000 barrels a year.

CyT hopes to reach 44 million consumers with a yearlong TV ad campaign for Casillero del Diablo that will run on Sky Movies, Sky 1 and Sky Living from March.

Burgundy generic BIVB has launched a website promoting en primeur tastings hosted by the region across the UK.

Bombardier supplier Charles Wells has posted a 24% rise in profits for the year to September 27, 2014.

Lebanese wine industry legend Serge Hochar has died at the age of 74.

The Co-operative Group expects to sell three bottles of Prosecco a second today – continuing a rush on the Italian sparkling wine in the run-up to Christmas.

Political uncertainty caused by the general election threatens to hamper retail sales growth in 2015.

Scotch whisky producer Glengoyne has unveiled a new tour experience designed to show the whisky’s close connection with wood.

Research for AB-Inbev UK has shown that 18-34 year olds are eight times more likely than over-65s to replace full-strength alcohol with alcohol-free beer in January

Leading doctors and health campaigners have used the heavy holiday sports programme to restate calls to ban alcohol sponsorship.

A press ad for Belvedere vodka has fallen foul of advertising regulations.

Fake vodka alert after raids

22 December, 2014

Retailers across the country are being alerted to a proliferation of fake vodka over the Christmas period.

A report from Mintel says the beer market will end 2014 back in growth after five years of decline.

Ashworth: growing market for lower-alcohol drinks

The number of alcohol units sold in the UK dropped by 1.9 billion between 2011 and 2013, according to new Department of Health figures.

Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling will address the football nation on Boxing Day in a “King’s Speech” as part of Carlsberg UK’s Mid Season’s Greetings marketing campaign.

Online retailer Ales by Mail said it sold 300% more craft beer during November 2014 than in the same month last year.

The Local Government Association has indicated that retailers signing up to Reducing the Strength schemes could be breaking competition law.

Premium gin brand Pinkster has signed distribution deals with Coe Vinters and Gordon & MacPhail as it steps up expansion plans following second round financing.

Spar is giving away drinks brands including beers from Heineken and Molson Coors when it brings back its Shop & Win mobile promotion in January.

The godfather of booze cruising Dave West has been stabbed to death in central London, and his son David has been charged with murder.

Bargain Booze is launching an app called As If It Wasn’t Cheap Enough to offer customers exclusive deals and competitions.

Beale: cut UK’s sky-high duty rates

A 2% cut in duty on wine and spirits would give the Treasury a £1.5 billion boost, according to new independent research commissioned by the drinks industry.

Retailers are convinced that business will be better in 2015 than this year as consumer confidence and spending power rises, according to OLN research.

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