Rioja enjoys UK success

04 April, 2014

Wines of Rioja has reported that the region grew volume sales by 4% in the UK off-trade during 2013, outperforming a total wine category that was down 3% (Nielsen, year to December 7, 2013).

Westons will bring Stowford Press back to the small screen this summer after growing its market share to 4.1% on the back of its first TV campaign last year.

A strong performance from beer and cider has seen the off-trade BWS market return to volume and value growth, according to new IRI data.

Australia will go on to dominate all tiers of the UK wine market for years after surging ahead of rivals and muscling into fine wine, according to a leading supplier.

The Benevolent is calling on cake enthusiasts to raise cash by entering its Bake Off.

The government is to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products after an independent review found it could stop thousands of children from taking up smoking each year.

A Home Office Minister has called for more local partnerships to tackle alcohol problems.

UK sparkling wine consumption has grown by 6 million bottles in five years, and UK drinkers are turning away from spirits and RTDs in favour of fizz, Wine Intelligence has reported.

WKD has come under fire from the advertising watchdog for posting “irresponsible” messages on its Facebook page that suggested alcohol could enhance confidence and was integral to social success.

Accolade has finalised the purchase of New Zealand wine brands Mud House and Waipara Hills from the Mud House Wine Group.

A 19-year-old worker at an independent drinks retailer has won a spirits scholarship launched by William Grant to celebrate the life of its former prestige retail manager Ian Murray.

A South African Fairtrade producer has praised UK buyers for agreeing not to push down prices despite a weak rand so that wineries can invest in the future.  

Accolade Wines has brought out a new look for its Echo Falls range, the third biggest wine brand in the UK.

Money-grabbing retailers are destroying public health by using deplorable tactics to entice shoppers to buy ever-increasing amounts of alcohol, according to the UK’s chief medical officer.

The Arran Brewery is planning to set up Scotland’s first sake brewery after buying a five-acre site in Dreghorn, near Kilmarnock, for the purpose. 

Derek Lewis to chair CAP

28 March, 2014

Community Alcohol Partnerships has named Derek Lewis, former chair of the Drinkaware Trust, as its new chair.

Adnams’ Cellar & Kitchen shops saw turnover grow 6% in 2013.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild has appointed Stevens Garnier as its UK off-trade distributor.

Edinburgh gin launches

28 March, 2014

The first gin to be distilled in Edinburgh for 150 years has launched in the Scottish capital.

Conviviality Retail has opened the first Bargain Booze store in Kent as it seeks to conquer the affluent south east of England.

Carling British Cider has launched a cherry flavour.

Halewood International has launched a strawberry variant of Lambrini.

Specialist spirits and liqueurs agency Mangrove is running an on-pack competition to win a spa weekend for two in a UK luxury hotel on bottles of chocolate liqueur Mozart Gold.

Australia’s Brown Brothers has launched a range targeted at 22 to 44-year-olds.

The demand for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is strong enough to ensure a bumper harvest will not push the price down, according to one of New Zealand’s leading producers.

The government has scrapped plans to abolish personal licences after a consultation found little support for the move.

Camra chief to head SIBA

24 March, 2014

The Society of Independent Brewers has appointed Campaign for Real Ale chief executive Mike Benner as its new managing director.

Emporia Brands has launched a range of triple-distilled Irish whiskeys.

Strongbow is giving an ordinary men’s five-a-side football team the chance to take on a Brazilian professional women’s team.

A group representing more than 300 MPs and 75 peers has demanded legal clarity from the Office of Fair Trading over controversial Reducing the Strength schemes, in response to OLN’s United to Protect Choice campaign.

Four-fifths of brewers and cidermakers polled by OLN said local authorities should be stripped of the power to pressure retailers into removing certain products from shelves.

Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium will host the inaugural Mauritian Rum Festival next month.

Reh Kendermann is set to release Black Tower White Bubbly, to build on the success of Black Tower Pink Bubbly.

The Vinho Verde region has enjoyed a double-digit rise in exports to the UK market in 2013, according to the generic body.

Accolade has signed a three-year deal for the UK’s bestselling wine brand Hardys to become the wine partner of the England cricket team.

Retailer discounts are a parasite on the image of Champagne and must be stopped to ensure the category’s long-term health, according to the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne.

Kopparberg is looking to strengthen its position with the roll out of several Swedish beers to complement its ciders.

Inter Rhone is keen to reinvent Cotes du Rhone wine as a premium category after volume sales dropped 3% in the UK in 2013 (IRI).

Wines of South Africa has released a video to celebrate 20 years of democracy in the rainbow nation.

An online beer retailer has seen sales volumes grow by nearly 200% after helping a number of brewers run their in-house mail order businesses.

A commemorative expression of Glenfiddich will be released this year to mark the passing of Charles Grant Gordon, the man who turned it from a boutique label into the world’s leading single malt brand.

Majestic said it has experienced challenging trading conditions in the first three months of 2014 and that like-for-like sales for the financial year will now be flat.

The alcohol industry praised Chancellor George Osborne after he froze duty on spirits and cider, lopped a penny off beer duty and scrapped the duty escalator on wine.

Chancellor George Osborne has scrapped the duty escalator on wines and spirits a year early in today's Budget.

Magners owner C&C Group has taken full ownership of Wallaces Express, the Scottiish wines and spirits wholesaler in which it took a 50% stake a year ago.

First Drinks has introduced new packaging for its Bénédictine and De Kuyper liqueurs.

The annual ball of trade charity The Benevolent raised over £40,000.

Languedoc producer Badet Clement has added a Pinot Gris to its Les Jamelles Cepage Rare range in a bid to offer UK consumers an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Rum ambassador Ian Burrell will impart his knowledge of the rum industry to spirits buyers and wholesalers in a trade-only event the day before Rumfest 2014.

Displaying alcohol at the end of an aisle can boost sales by up to 46%, a study has revealed.

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