Birmingham’s director of public health has urged Britain’s second city to adopt the Reducing the Strength campaign pioneered in Ipswich.
Off-trade beer sales grew 3.9% in the final quarter of 2013, leaving the overall British beer in growth for two consecutive quarters for the first time in a decade.
The wine industry must innovate to stave off the growing threat of craft beer, flavoured cider and cocktails over the next 20 years, according to Wine Intelligence.
The Winery Exchange has gained listings at Tesco for two US craft beers from its Roscoe’s Hop House range.
Hobgoblin is using bottled beers to promote cask ale.
Halewood International has relaunched Lambrini Light with a new lower abv of 3.5%, just 29 calories per 12.5cl serving and redesigned labels – under the name Luci by Lambrini.
The ale category is firmly on course to return to the glory days of the 1980s after enjoying strong sales growth over Christmas, according to a leading supplier.
A Maori tribe that has farmed the same land for 800 years has launched a range of wines into the UK market after scooping a bunch of medals in New Zealand.
The London Wine Fair has set aside a £40,000 pot to help independent wine merchants and sommeliers from around the UK with travel and accommodation costs.
Halewood International has launched a cinema ad campaign for Tsingtao.
California’s fourth-largest winery has ended a decade-long supply deal with PLB to set up its own UK distribution business.
Pernod Ricard has released a limited-edition flavoured vodka called Absolut Karnival that is infused with passionfruit and orange blossom.
Drinkaware has overhauled its board, resolved to forge stronger relationships with the health lobby and pledged to become more independent from the drinks industry after a damning audit.
Wines of New Zealand boss Philip Gregan has challenged his nation’s winemakers to justify the expensive price tags their bottles command by producing the best wines in the world.
Champagne shipments dropped 1.5% to 304 million bottles in 2013, but the generic body called it a “satisfactory result” amid difficult economic conditions in Europe.
Pernod Ricard will release three new wines under New Zealand brand Brancott Estate this summer in a bid to show the diversity the Marlborough region can offer.
Asda’s exclusive label Pierre Darcys Champagne fought its way into the UK’s five-bestselling Champagne brands over Christmas after the retailer slashed its price to £10.
Drinks retailers enjoyed a relatively strong Christmas trading period as BWS volume sales grew by the slightest of margins.
Hollywood actor Sam Neill has bought a fourth vineyard in Bannockburn, Central Otago.
Bermuda rum producer Gosling’s has launched a pre-mixed can of Gosling’s Dark n Stormy cocktail – made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer.
William Grant & Sons has created a scholarship to give off-trade workers the chance to study spirits at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, in honour of former prestige retail manager Ian Murray.
Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail enjoyed a strong Christmas trading period as like-for-like franchisee retail sales grew 2.8% in the two weeks to January 5.
Asda has axed its controversial three-for-£10 wine promotion after admitting it had become impossible to maintain quality and deliver profit.
Australian Vintage claims wines with an abv of up to 10.5% would account for a third of wine sold in the UK if the government introduced a new tax band.
Volume sales of wine at 5.5% abv and under are down 12% over the past year.
Leading players in the UK trade are calling on the Australian government and Wine Australia to boost funding for the body’s UK arm so it can keep competing against rival countries.
A supplier has urged the beer industry to devise a proper classification system to prevent the trade using the tag “world beers” to describe drinks brewed in the UK.
Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has relaunched its Red C cider with a new-look pack.
Guinness has signed up a Congolese fashion cult called the Sapeurs to star in its colourful new TV ad.
Enotria has signed up an Australian producer who makes wines designed to be drunk with game.
Benevolent chairman Chris Porter is to visit all 91 league football grounds in the UK in two weeks, using only trains, trams and a push-bike to raise cash for the trade charity.
Three major Beaujolais producers have teamed up to buy vineyards in a bid to secure a long-term future for producers in the region.
The South African wine industry exported a record 5.52 million hl in 2013.
Japanese supplier Suntory Holdings has bought US group Beam in a £9.7 billion deal that creates the world’s third-largest spirits company.
Workers at C&C Group’s Shepton Mallet cider plant are threatening industrial action after a row over pay.
Chilean winery Viña Montes has left PLB and signed up Liberty Wines as its UK distributor.
Italian liqueur Aperol has become Manchester United’s official spirits partner and will feature on digital advertising boards at home matches until the end of the 2016/17 season.
Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat is ramping up its focus on the UK market by setting up a London office in the Old Truman’s brewery in Shoreditch.
Scotland will axe the public health supplement tax it imposes on supermarkets that sell alcohol and tobacco when it expires in 2015.
Supermarkets have come under fire from the Home Office for selling alcohol next to sweets and school uniforms.
Bottle Green has increased volume sales of Hungarian wine by 62% in the past year and is now developing its own range to build on the growth.
Marblehead has signed up French ginger liqueur Domaine de Canton, made with fresh baby ginger from Vietnam.
Enotria has added boutique Australian winery Burch Family Wines to its portfolio.
Trade bodies have hit back after the British Medical Journal accused lobbyists of killing minimum unit pricing through a “cosy” relationship with Government.
Strong sales of South African Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinian Malbec drove a 5.9% rise in sales over the Christmas period at Majestic.
Richard Tanner, one of Britain’s leading wine merchants, has died following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
The drinks industry has been accused of enjoying too “cosy” a relationship with the government in a report on the collapse of minimum unit pricing.
E-cigarette brand Njoy has vowed to banish tobacco to the history books after gaining listings in 15,000 stores this month.
Tesco has opened an alcohol-free convenience store in Newcastle upon Tyne after the city’s licensing boss launched a clampdown on off-licences in the area.
Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed former Jessops boss David Adams as chairman as part of a boardroom shake-up.