High duty is the main reason UK spirits volumes are declining, suppliers have said in OLN's Spirits Report.

UK leads the way in spirits

07 November, 2014

The UK leads the way for the global spirits market when it comes to innovation, marketing and general sophistication, according to suppliers polled in OLN’s annual Spirits Report.

The public health minister has praised the drinks industry after a new report revealed it is hitting its targets for improving health labelling on alcohol products.

Jewell: maximum of 120 wines on promotion

Tesco is reducing the number of wines it will offer on promotion this Christmas as it seeks to simplify its offer and give consumers more focus.

A wine trade lawyer has urged suppliers to complain to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice adjudicator if they feel mistreated by UK multiples in the wake of the Tesco £263 million “black hole” affair.

The chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority has told an influential parliamentary committee that self-regulation offers better hope than legislation in tackling rogue online marketing activity on alcohol.

Two younger members of the Symington port dynasty have launched a UK-based online wine business.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack boss Diana Hunter claims off-licences have become too “formulaic” but remains confident the sector can attract backing from the City for the right proposition.

Convenience store owners need to overhaul their wine ranges if they are to arrest a sales decline that threatens the health of the industry, according to a leading supplier.

Growth in premium tiers will ensure port retains a strong presence in the British drinks industry, according to a leading supplier.

Diageo has launched a range of 70cl flavoured spirit drinks under its Parrot Bay brand.

Oddbins has teamed up with a pair of small breweries to launch two craft beers as part of its own-label offering.

Concha y Toro UK has appointed Jon Rosenthal as sales director.

Wright: delighted by partnership

Online retailer Virgin Wines has teamed up with the UK’s leading supplier Accolade Wines to launch an exclusive range of Hardys wines.

Guinness launches a TV campaign of four videos focusing on legends of rugby union tomorrow (November 5).

Diageo is to sell the Bushmills Irish whiskey brand and distillery in a deal which will give it outright control of Don Julio tequila.

Twinn: campaign confuses obesity and binge drinking

The trade body for advertisers has hit back at the health lobby’s renewed calls for calorie labels on alcohol, saying they “miss the point spectacularly”.

AB Inbev UK blamed a World Cup hangover and poor weather for a 9.8% volume sales drop in the third quarter of 2014.

Retailers stocking Fireball liqueur with cinnamon and whisky have been asked to remove the product from sale and prepare it for return.

The biggest names in the British beer industry have united to launch a £10 million marketing campaign called There’s a Beer for That.

Chancellor George Osborne hailed the impact the drinks industry is having on the UK’s economic recovery after meeting with WSTA chief executive Miles Beale.

Diageo has delayed plans to expand production capacity for Scotch whisky after the world’s thirst for the drink started to drop this year.

Diageo has reversed its decision to axe Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup after fans of the drink apparently bombarded the supplier with demands for its return.

Bibendum and PLB merge

29 October, 2014

Bibendum Wine and PLB have announced plans to merge the businesses in a bid to become a one-stop shop for both on and off-trade retailers.

Marston’s and Tesco have teamed up to launch a beer created by injured veterans that will raise funds for military charity Help for Heroes.

The UK government wants a future EU alcohol strategy to promote more research into the possible impact of restrictions on alcohol advertising, according to a top official at the Department of Health.

Trade associations have slammed the government for forcing through a raft of changes to licensing law guidance that will embolden draconian local councils.

Former buyers have spoken out about the culture of “creative accounting” across the big retailers and warned more could have their practices scrutinised in the wake of the financial investigation at Tesco.

Portsmouth council has attacked retailers for failing in their responsibilities and warned that “selling alcohol is a privilege, not a right”.

European wineries unite

24 October, 2014

Nine wineries from across Europe have joined forces to promote the Old World’s heritage through a series of collaborations.

Tesco profits drop 92%

23 October, 2014

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent is to step down after the supermarket revealed the “black hole” in its accounts was even bigger than had been suspected and saw pre-tax profits plummet 92%.

Diageo aims to grow its luxury reserve portfolio from 12% of the business to 20% after launching the £45 rrp Haig Club whisky in partnership with David Beckham.

Rioja must hold price

23 October, 2014

Deep discounts risk denting the image of Rioja and wineries should resist cutting prices to shift surplus wine, according to Marques de Riscal.

Asda has been forced to recall its own-label Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry after bottles started exploding in stores and in customers’ homes.

Pringuet: "resilience in a difficult context"

Pernod Ricard posted a 1% sales dip in Europe during the first quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

Australian wine producer McWilliam’s is 100% family-owned once more after buying the remaining shares held by E&J Gallo.

Heineken blamed wet weather for a 4.1% drop in revenues for Western Europe during the third quarter of 2014.

Brewdog Aberdeen teamed up with Cromarty

Brewdog will serve 16 collaboration beers made in partnership with local breweries at each of its bars across the UK as its craft beer festival returns on October 25.

Rockers Status Quo have passed a million sales for the first time since the 1970s after the millionth pint of the bands Piledriver ale was downed this week.

New look for Rudgate

17 October, 2014

North Yorkshire-based craft brewery Rudgate has given its bottled ale range a revamp.

Babycham has added two flavoured variants to its range for the first time.

Greene King has teamed up with Tesco to release four bottled beers designed to cater for growing interest in specialist brews and new flavours.

Pernod Ricard has chosen three brands – Jameson, Chivas Regal and Brancott Estate – to focus its marketing efforts on in the run-up to Christmas.

William Grant has bolstered its advocaat range by launching Warninks White, a vodka liqueur with flavours of white chocolate and mint.

The advertising watchdog has warned Diageo that future marketing must not appeal to children after it banned a Parrot Bay ad that was deemed to “appeal strongly to under-18s”.

Tesco has confirmed it has suspended global head of BWS Dan Jago over the £250 million accounting scandal.

The 2014 Bordeaux vintage should be “as good as, if not better than 2006”, according to a leading producer.

One of the world’s largest online e-cig suppliers is making a concerted push into the UK off-trade with a range of cartridges, pens, pipes and liquids.

Chivas Brothers said it is confident in long-term growth potential for Scotch whsiky after announcing production will start at its new distillery later this month.

The number of UK wineries has risen to a 20-year high after 46 budding vignerons registered with HMRC in the past year.

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