Convenience store owners have been urged to stock more wine in the £6-£8 category to help add £200 million to the convenience channel in the next five years.

Hunter: extending into Yorkshire

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail’s off-licence empire continues to expand as the group bought 26 Rhythm & Booze stores for £1.7 million.

Grupo Codorníu director Javier Pages has moved to reassure retailers of its commitment to the UK after it announced head Nick Mantella was stepping down.

The 2014 release of Tio Pepe Fino En Rama has arrived in the UK, a week after it was bottled on April 21.

Heineken is running a £3 million marketing campaign to back the launch of New Zealand cider Old Mout.

SHS Drinks has launched an amaretto-flavoured cider which it hopes will build on the popularity of the spirit-flavoured beer category.

McGuigan enjoys a glass with John Torode

Australian wine prices could be pushed up amid fears frost will lead to a short harvest down under.

Lambrini ad banned

01 May, 2014

The ASA has banned a Lambrini ad for promoting the message that alcohol is key to social success.

Frost: "From the outset we said that we believed MUP was contrary to EU law."

The Scotch Whisky Association’s legal battle with the Scottish government over minimum unit pricing has been referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Steve Barton, former director of wine supplier Brand Phoenix, is targeting the off-trade with a new brand of coconut water.

Robinsons has launched 33cl bottles of Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale as the Cheshire brewery seeks to build on the success of the bestselling beer in its history.

Diageo has launched a range of Smirnoff sorbets and frozen pouches and is giving away 1,000 freezers to convenience stores to encourage trial.

Brewdog has responded with typical insouciance after breaching the Portman Group’s alcohol marketing rules for its Dead Pony Club pale ale.

Jack Marland has taken over as lager buying manager at Tesco as part of a reshuffle of the beer and cider team at Britain’s largest retailer.

The drinks industry is on course to honour its pledge to strip a billion units of alcohol from the market by 2015, according to new government figures.

FE Barber has consolidated its Kingsland Wine & Spirits and Legacy Wines agencies under the name Kingsland in a bid to simplify the brand.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has confirmed it is in talks to buy several Rhythm & Booze off-licences from rival Bibby Retail Services.

Enotria has appointed former Constellation and Accolade Wines boss Troy Christensen as its chief executive.

Wild Turkey is heading to cities across the country as the bourbon appears in its first outdoor advertising campaign.

Arran Brewery has earmarked £80,000 to triple its production output with a further £80,000 being invested to help it reach new international markets.

Kopparberg: gaining listings and planning beer launches

Kopparberg has landed a listing with Marks & Spencer to become the only Swedish cider on its shelves. 

Sipsmith has responded to increasing demand for its boutique gin by moving to a larger home on a residential street in Chiswick, west London.

Councils are using statistics on 999 callouts, hospital admissions and crime to ban retailers from selling alcohol in “binge-drinking hotspots”.

Call off the dogs: Brewdog is known for its provocative marketing

Brewdog is to open the first in its Bottledog chain of specialist beer shops next week.

Wine Rack deal gave Conviviality confidence, says analyst

Costcutter owner Bibby Line Group could be ready to jettison its loss-making Rhythm & Booze off- licence chain to focus on its core convenience business.

Rosé wine sales dropped 4% by volume, with value sales creeping up less than 1%, in the year to March 1 – behind both white and red wine, Nielsen has reported.

Retailers will miss out on a huge growth opportunity if they continue to leave blended Scotch whisky in the shadow of single malt, according to a leading supplier.

Off Licence News has teamed up with Wines of Brazil to offer retailers the chance to win a trip to the South American nation.

Aldi boosts wine range

17 April, 2014

Aldi has upped the ante in the wine aisles with a range of entry-level products launched in time for the Easter rush.

Waitrose is trialling a deli and wine offer to encourage shoppers to spend longer in its new-look BWS areas and explore the range.

Morrisons breached advertising laws by using a nursery rhyme likely to appeal to children when marketing its range of spirits.

Moët & Chandon will be the title sponsor at Newmarket Racecourse’s three-day July festival.   

Halewood has launched an American-style cloudy apple cider in a bid to create a brand that can match Crabbie’s and Lambrini in scale.

A record number of Masters of Wine will gather in Florence next month for the Institute’s eight international symposium.

Hi-Spirits has accepted a “confidential settlement” after taking Global Brands to the High Court for releasing a sambuca brand that breached EU law.

Stirling-based Traditional Scottish Ales has relaunched under the name Black Wolf Brewery.

North Yorkshire’s Black Sheep brewery is revamping its range of bottled ales.

Heineken is releasing a new version of its Kronenbourg ad starring ex-footballer Eric Cantona.

Champagne shipments to the UK plummeted in 2013 as Britain struggled to emerge from the economic downturn and consumers opted for cheaper alternatives.

Liberty Wines has been certified carbon neutral by carbon management company Carbon Footprint.

London Wine Fair organiser Brintex has taken a hit to its own revenue in a bid to return the event to growth.

Scotch whisky exports remained flat at £4.3 billion in 2013 as surging sales in the USA made up for declines in Asian markets.

A new Bargain Booze ad debuts on ITV tonight after the retailer decided to shout about the range of deals it is offering its shoppers over Easter.

Eight retailers have been chosen to visit the Golden State on a wine buying trip in a promotion run by OLN and the Wine Institute of California.

Red Army vodka, which is sold in a glass bottle shaped like a gun, has breached alcohol responsibility rules for its association with violence and aggression.

Alcohol Concern has attacked David Beckham for teaming up with Diageo to launch a single grain Scotch whisky because “it will send a confusing message” to underage fans.

The Co-operative Group is turning 54 former Marston’s pubs into c-stores as the convenience channel continues to grow at the expense of rivals. 

Old Speckled Hen is returning to TV screens this month in a £2 million ad campaign featuring Henry the fox.

English Wine Week is increasing its emphasis on retailers this year.

Leading suppliers claim the major supermarkets’ “obsession” with discounters could risk the health of the sector if they fail to develop a point of difference in the face of growing competition.

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