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.

Westons has launched a mulled version of its Henry Westons cider in bag-in-box.

Lager and cider suffered dwindling sales over the summer months as shoppers turned to spirits and ales instead, according to the latest Nielsen data.

Suppliers have had their hopes raised of less one- sided relationships with the major supermarkets in the wake of the controversy over Tesco’s accounts.

Off Licence News has taken its fight for legal clarity over Reducing the Strength schemes to the European Commission.

The quality of Crus Bourgeois wine is improving each year and bringing younger consumers into the Bordeaux category, according to retailers.

Wines of Rioja is redistributing its marketing budget to focus on independent retailers and the on-trade as it seeks to push into more premium tiers.

Australia continues to pull away from its closest rivals as the UK’s favourite wine producer after value sales grew 2% to £1.1 billion (Nielsen, year to July 19).

Office worker Graham Nelson first tried making beer a year ago, but today the beer he originally crafted in his kitchen went on sale at Waitrose.

Berry Bros & Rudd has released a new whisky made from 10 vintages of aged spirit from its Glenrothes distillery on Speyside.

Sparkling wine is now worth £510 million to the UK retail trade after sales grew 19% in the past year (Nielsen, 52 weeks to July 19).

Specialist retailer The Whisky Shop has launched a new e-commerce website in a bid to transport its “bricks and mortar flagship store concept into the online world”.

William Grant & Sons is set to release the fourth expression of The Girvan Patent Still single grain Scotch whisky.

Gordon & MacPhail is to release a series of private bottlings to mark the transition of the family-owned firm to a new generation.

Co-op grows range for autumn

06 October, 2014

The Co-operative has added three new wines to its Truly Irresistible range.

Waitrose said sales of fine wine and Champagne are up 7% this year compared to the same period in 2013.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail will expand its food range after hiring Spar’s head of fresh food Andrew Dorricott to head up its non-licensed products team.

Tesco category manager Andy Gale has moved over to the supplier side of the drinks trade by joining Concha y Toro UK as head of new business and technical development.

Drinks industry members are invited to spend a night in Double O Heaven as The Benevolent’s Northern Ball pays homage to James Bond this November.

Erenzo: making it up as he goes along

William Grant has launched the first whiskey produced in New York state in 80 years into the UK market.

Researchers at Sheffield University have argued that putting a minimum unit price of 45p on alcohol would be 50 times more effective than the current ban on below-cost selling.

Pernod Ricard has added a cherry variant to premium vodka brand Absolut in a bid to build on 28% sales growth (Nielsen, May 24, 2014).

The Tesco wine team has bolstered its range with five new 1.5 litre bag-in-box wines launched under its Finest banner.

Retailers must add credibility to own-label alcohol by improving quality and value as it enjoys the least consumer love of any category in FMCG, according to research firm Datamonitor Consumer.

Camra has appointed Tim Page as its new chief executive after Mike Benner left the post to head up Siba.

Treasury Wine Estates has down two bids from private equity groups valuing the firm at £1.8 billion, preferring to grow the business as a standalone company.

All smiles: Naked boss Gormley

Naked Wines saw pre-tax profits rise by 56% during 2013, according to new figures published by the online retailer.

Halewood has launched a new Romanian wine brand called Surprisingly Good as it seeks to challenge perceptions about the quality the nation’s winemakers can offer.

Tesco has launched a digital version of its Wine Magazine in a bid to reach more drinkers via their tablets.

Copestick Murray has struck a deal to distribute the wines of Lisa McGuigan, fourth generation winemaker of the legendary McGuigan winemaking dynasty.

Heineken has launched a digital ad campaign for Strongbow Dark Fruit and Citrus Edge.

Scottish brewer Brewmeister has been banned from marketing its 67.5% abv Snake Venom as the world’s strongest beer.

Kingsland has signed a deal with importer Brand Phoenix that will add South African brands First Cape and Distell to its portfolio.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched price-marked bottles for Wolf Blass and Lindeman’s in an effort to “unlock a £200 million opportunity” in convenience.

The French Wines with Style campaign has released a promoting video featuring Gerard Basset MW as he bids to pair wines with first dates.

Bibendum has hired sake consultant Natsuki Kiyuka to host trade training sessions that educate retailers about the Japanese drink.

Diageo has launched a Smirnoff TV ad that premieres today as part of new £15 million marketing campaign designed to cement its status as the UK’s leading spirits brand.

Scotch whisky producer Douglas Laing has relaunched its golf-inspired McGibbon’s range of whiskies in a bid to cash in on the impending Ryder Cup.

All smiles for Hunter

Conviviality Retail boss Diana Hunter was given 1.7 million shares in the business as a bonus after its float last year, the company’s annual report has revealed.  

Scotch whisky exports drop 11%

22 September, 2014

Scotch whisky exports dropped 11% in the first half of 2014 as “economic headwinds and uncertainty” hampered growth in several markets.

Wine Rack begins brave new era

19 September, 2014

Conviviality Retail’s first Wine Rack franchisee is aiming to lead the brand into a new era of sampling and customer engagement.

Liberty Wines is looking to extend its reach into the convenience sector as it celebrates strong sales across independents and the on-trade.

Wines of Chile has promised to hit the UK market harder with plans to shake off its dour image and promote the sexier side of the South American nation.

Leading suppliers have warned that South Africa needs to ramp up its focus on premium tiers if it is to maintain impressive growth that has seen sales rise 9.5% to £521 million (Nielsen, year to August 16, 2014).

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