Waitrose has launched a sweeping clearance sale offering up to 50% off across 65 lines on its waitrosecellar.com site.

The off-trade BWS market has seen volume and value growth in the past year as strong performances from beer, cider and sparkling wine led the charge.

The Heineken family has rejected a takeover approach from SAB Miller for the Dutch brewery to which they give their name.

Friends and family of the late Michael Cox have so far raised more than £13,000 for drinks industry charity The Benevolent after pledging to run the Medoc Marathon in his honour.

Dan Jago has broadened his role as Tesco’s group wine director to incorporate beers and spirits.

Pernod Ricard UK boss Denis O’Flynn has taken over from Diageo’s Nick Hyde as chairman of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Scotch whisky producer Douglas Laing and Co has taken inspiration from poet Robert Burns for a new Highland malt called Timorous Beastie.

Champagne Perrier-Jouët has released unveiled a £248 Cuvée Belle Epoque Rosé 2005 which it describes as “the most extravagant wine of the Belle Epoque Collection”.  

French supplier Les Grands Chais de France has snapped up the 59ha Château de la Tuilerie estate in the Costières de Nimes.

Australian brewery Redoak has claimed the Supreme Champion award at the International Beer Challenge for the second year running after thrilling judges with its Chateau Sour.

Anita Jackson has pledged to put consumer and trade education at the centre of her strategy after being instilled as UK director at Wines of Chile.

Diageo is offering £62,000 grants to technology firms that create tools to help prevent retail theft.

The wine trade lost one of its most dedicated and well-respected figures last week with the sad passing of Yvonne May. Many readers will know her best for her four-year stint as the UK and European head of Wine Australia, a role she approached with such passion and energy it was easy to believe it was a job she had longed to do.

Kopparberg is launching a Spiced Apple variant in a bid to boost sales during the typically lean winter trading period.

William Grant and Sons has snapped up the Drambuie Liqueur Company after it admitted it has always secretly admired the firm’s eponymous brand.

An existing Bargain Booze franchisee has become the first to take on Wine Rack stores under a franchise agreement with Conviviality Retail.

Tesco is backing controversial schemes to ban the sale of high-strength beers and ciders, despite ongoing concerns over their legality.

The industry has paid tribute to Yvonne May’s passion and inspiration following news that the UK and European regional director for Wine Australia has died after a battle with leukaemia.

Whisky Shop founder Ian Bankier is among Scottish business leaders who have put their names to a letter opposing Scottish independence.

Retailers need to do more to embrace online shopping and recognise that the market is changing, Pernod Ricard UK managing director Denis O’Flynn has warned.

Virgin Wines is to launch a gift business that it hopes will corner the market for wine presents.

Off Licence News has teamed up with consultant and former Wine Australia boss Hazel Murphy to offer independents the chance to join a two-week trip Down Under.

Waitrose’s online wine site, Waitrose Cellar, has grown sales by nearly a quarter in its first three months since coming on stream.

Guinness launches porters

04 September, 2014

Guinness has launched two porters inspired by 18th and 19th-century recipes discovered in its historic brewers’ diaries.

Liberty Wines has signed a deal with Hess Family Wine Estates to take over distribution of Peter Lehmann Wines from the Barossa Valley and the Hess Collection Winery from the Napa Valley.

Sherry editions from Tomatin

04 September, 2014

The Tomatin Distillery Co has launched two sherry-finished whiskies.

World Beers launches Huber Bock

04 September, 2014

World Beer has launched a dark lager from the USA’s second-oldest brewery, Huber, based in Monroe, Wisconsin.

Ehrmanns is set to release new sherries from Williams & Humbert and Viniberia at the Great Sherry Tasting on September 15.

Castaway returns

03 September, 2014

Nineties favourite Castaway Spritz has returned to the UK thanks to International Wine Services.

Pernod Ricard UK’s brands have outperformed the market in the off-trade, the company has reported.

Sailor Jerry rum has teamed up with rock legend Iggy Pop to design a range of clothing.

London wine merchant Vagabond Wines has won Wines of Germany’s 31 Days of German Riesling retailer competition.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed Amanda Jones as its chief operating officer, with effect from December 1.

Berry Bros & Rudd has signed up a Swedish vodka made from virgin new potatoes.

Edinburgh-based Innis & Gunn is launching what it claims is the first modern-day beer matured in Scottish oak.

Marlboro launches RYO pack

01 September, 2014

Cigarette brand Marlboro has launched its first roll-your-own product.

Tesco is to use consumer comments from forthcoming wine tastings on labels for three wines.

SHS Drinks is running an outdoor ad campaign for Merrydown cider to boost autumn sales, the second instalment of what has been the brand’s first ad campaign in 15 years.

Better town centre management and societal intolerance of antisocial behaviour are the main reasons behind falls in alcohol-related crime, according to a poll by You Gov.

Wine Australia regional director for the UK & Europe Yvonne May has died after an illness of several months.

Casillero del Diablo’s Wine Legend Movie ad campaign is to return to UK TV screens this autumn.

JTI has cut prices on its Sterling Rolling Tobacco and given the brand a new look with new pack formats and rolling papers.

Heineken has unveiled a new-look edition of its 33cl Heineken bottles as part of its Open Your City campaign.

A new business is set to launch a limited edition craft beer financed by a crowd-funding initiative.

Jack Daniel’s is celebrating its eponymous founder’s birthday by giving consumers the chance to win prizes including gig tickets, a trip to the distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, or an exclusive party for them and their friends.

Ardbeg has released the third edition of its Supernova, described by the Islay distillery as its peatiest single malt.

Pernod Ricard has reported flat global sales in a year when it saw a dramatic collapse in China where revenue fell by 23%.

Colorado-based US brewer Left Hand is aiming to expand its presence on the UK market in a distribution partnership with James Clay.

South African wine producer Distell has added two wines under the name 56 Hundred to its Nederburg portfolio in the UK.

William Grant expects the first spirit from its new €35 million distillery at Tullamore in Ireland to come on stream from mid-September.

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