Fruit cider is still driving growth in the cider market while pear and apple struggle, the latest Nielsen figures have revealed.

Codorníu is back on the hunt for a new UK boss after the appointment of John Hearn fell through.

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors is celebrating after news that a wholesaler registration scheme on alcohol it has long campaigned for will be included in the Treasury’s 2015 finance bill.

Borough Wines has opened its sixth London shop in Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market.

Formula 1 stars Mika Häkkinen, Jenson Button, and Kevin Magnussen are the faces of Johnnie Walker’s new campaign to cut out drink driving.

The Wine Fusion has signed an exclusive deal with Conviviality Retail to supply its stores with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brand Bay of Plenty.

Global Brands is launching 66cl bottles of its tequila-flavoured beer Amigos in a bid to tap into the growth of big bottle formats in the off-trade.

Enotria has appointed Hallgarten Druitt’s Helen Munday as its new marketing director.

Pernod Ricard chief executive Pierre Pringuet has vowed to take the Scotch industry “from strength to strength” after becoming the new chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association.

Hatch Mansfield has added boutique winery Te Awa to its portfolio after the New Zealand producer parted ways with Bibendum.

The trade can taste wines from a host of niche importers under one roof next year after the organisers of the London Wine Fair confirmed that Esoterica will return in 2015.

Spanish brewer Estrella Galicia has launched a Christmas beer that uses Nugget hops from its home region to create a spicy golden brew.

Accolade has sealed a long-anticipated deal to add Australian wine producer Grant Burge to its portfolio.

Pernod Ricard UK’s wine boss Chris Ellis has been promoted to a role that also encompasses the group’s spirits portfolio.

Michaluk and his dog need help from locals in war on village idiots

The Arran Brewery has “declared war” on the “antisocial idiots and thieves” of North Ayrshire after its new site in Dreghorn was again hit by vandals.

Laura Jewell MW is leaving Tesco to take up the top job at Wine Australia in the UK.

Tesco has slashed the price of its exclusive label Champagne to just £8 – the cheapest any supermarket has sold Champagne in recent years.

Buck’s Fizz is the nation’s favourite Christmas tipple, according to a survey of 1,000 people by Waitrose Cellar.

Maison Sichel has teamed up with Amazon to offer UK consumers its flagship brand Sirius Red in an exclusive online deal.

The advertising watchdog has upheld complaints against Morrisons after disappointed shoppers could not find wines advertised in a high-profile three-for-£10 deal.

Maxxium is launching a new rage of fractionals on brands including Courvoisier, Jim Beam and Macallan to drive convenience sales over Christmas.

Aldi has put BWS at the heart of its Christmas marketing strategy and is taking on specialists, online businesses and luxury retailers with cut-price deals on premium lines.

Festive brews from Sheps

24 November, 2014

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has released two festive brews.

Jon Pepper MW is joining Enotria as buying and retail director in February 2015.

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola has admitted plans to re-establish the group as a 300-store national chain have stalled, but remains confident of returning the business to profit.

Asda has slashed the price of its exclusive-label Pierre Darcys Champagne to £10 as the Christmas price war heats up.

The Campaign for Real Ale is lending its name to a range of beers sold in Tesco to raise the profile of bottle-conditioned ales.

Off Licence News’ campaign for legal clarity over the swathe of Reducing the Strength schemes mushrooming across the UK has moved up a gear with action in both Westminster and Brussels.

A leading licensing expert says people applying for licences for shops in cumulative impact zones shouldn’t bow to police opposition without a fight.

Maxxium UK has launched four limited edition Courvoisier expressions for luxury retailers.

Gallo releases Autumn Red

20 November, 2014

Gallo Family Vineyards has launched a wine called Autumn Red, and is running an experiential campaign in retailers to support the release.

WKD has launched a Christmas campaign giving consumers the chance to win Christmas presents for their friends and themselves.

The wine industry needs to cut out the jargon and overhaul its marketing to stem falling sales and attract younger consumers, according to Blossom Hill supplier Diageo.

Resisting discounts and pushing gift packs will bring the Scotch category back into growth in the UK, according to a leading supplier.

Harper Wells in Norwich has scooped the top prize in Off Licence News’ and the Wine Institute of California’s independent retailer promotion.

Kingsland has bolstered its agency portfolio by taking on Australia’s Limestone Coast Winery.

Eighty-three percent of suppliers at this year’s London Wine Fair have signed up for the 2015 show, and they will be joined by a host of new names.

Greene King has overhauled packaging on the Old Speckled Hen family in a bid to “target the next generation of discerning beer enthusiasts with a contemporary design”.

Tesco is fighting back against the invasion of Americanised beers by launching an own-label brew that supports the British Hop Association.

Non-alcoholic beer is growing in popularity among British drinkers as one in seven bought into the category in the past year, according to new Mintel figures.

Street artist Bansky’s famous spy booth mural is the inspiration for a seasonal brew from Cheltenham independent Favourite Beers.

Catherine Friend has joined the Tesco wine team as an assistant buyer and will be responsible for the fortified, Portuguese and wine-gift categories.

Health campaigners have attacked the new raft of e-cigarette ads for making smoking seem sexy.

Bargain Booze is expanding into Scotland through a franchisee partnership with Scottish Midland Co-operative Society.

The French Wines with Style campaign has teamed up with salon chain Toni & Guy to match wine styles with haircuts.

Vandals and thieves have caused more than £60,000 worth of damage after breaking into the Arran brewery’s new site in North Ayrshire three times in as many weeks.

Retailers are confident they will enjoy a stronger Christmas trading period in 2014 than last year, citing an improving economy and a healthy year of sales as reasons for optimism.

The explosion of niche, craft and esoteric distilleries opening around the country is set to continue – and they could even take share from bigger players, suppliers have said in OLN's Spirits Report.

Independents are the best prospect for the spirits market, with 29% of suppliers polled in OLN's Spirits Report saying they have the most potential for the coming year.

proliferation of copycat own-labels in supermarkets is stealing share from the original brands and eroding their value, suppliers have warned.

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