US craft vodka to launch

06 January, 2014

Hi-Spirits is set to launch Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a six-time pot distilled vodka from Texas.

US craft beer range Fordham has been given a new look and added an IPA to the line-up.

A wholesaler who suffered the theft of 16,000 bottles of Brewdog beer from his warehouse in Essex has urged the trade to help him recover it.

Gin pioneer Martin Miller has died after a short battle with cancer.

Scotch whisky exports have almost doubled in the past 10 years, according to new analysis of HM Revenue & Customs figures by the Scottish government.

A Berkshire brewery is offering fans of its beers the opportunity to invest in the business.

The French wine company that once owned Oddbins has been fined €4 million (£3.3 million) for failing to disclose the 2011 acquisition of six compaines from the Burgundy wine producer Patriarche to competition authorities.

Three people have been fined for serving alcohol to under-18s after Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council undertook a Christmas test purchasing operation.

The William Grant Scotch whisky business has announced the death of Charles Gordon, a member of the owning family and the company’slife president. He was 86.

Brewdog has closed its Equity for Punks share ownership scheme a monthly early after hitting its £4.25 million investment target.

Absinthe Hapsburg has launched its XC Cassis style in the UK.

Marks & Spencer has moved to clarify its position on the sale of alcohol by staff with strong religious beliefs.

Award-winning wine shop chain Corks Out has lost Champagne and spirits worth an estimated £8,000 in a raid on its warehouse in Runcorn.

Football fans can win a trip to Spain to watch FC Barcelona play live next year in an on-pack promotion from Estrella Damm.

English sparkling wine producer Gusbourne Estate has secured a £2 million loan from Barclay’s to help increase production and develop the business.

Molson Coors and Bacardi Brown-Forman Beverages have both dodged sanctions after being cleared of breaching advertising rules by the watchdog.

Diageo is plastering London and Edinburgh with posters of grumpy gorillas to urge revellers to drink responsibly over the festive season.

Gerard Basset MW has released a video to help consumers and the trade match wines with festive meals as part of the French Wines with Style campaign.

This Christmas every MP in the UK will be sent a customised bottle of cider with a label urging the government to support the trade by scrapping the duty escalator.

PLB has moved quickly to fill a gap in its portfolio with South African producer Bosman Family Vineyards replacing Vergelegen, which transfers to Fells on January 2.

Rhythm & Booze has unveiled two new concept stores as its owner looks to develop the drinks chain.

The Co-operative Group is planning a big push on Fairtrade wine for next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, from February 24 to March 9.

The average price of English sparkling wine will drop with volume sales set to increase fivefold over the next five years, according to leading producers.

Alcohol volume sales dropped 1% in the past 12 weeks but beer, cider and sparkling wine all enjoyed growth.

A leading supplier has warned that Champagne houses cannot afford to devalue their brands by competing with sparkling wine on price.

Alcohol Concern has demanded a clampdown on alcohol advertising after a TV ad produced by five of the UK’s biggest suppliers was banned.

A price comparison website has been set up for alcoholic drinks.

Greene King believes craft beer sales will double in three years and has built a £750,000 a microbrewery to capitalise on the trend.

Laura Jewell MW will host a live online Christmas tasting for members of Tesco Wine Community on December 12.

South Africa’s leading producers have launched the Cape Vintner Classification in an attempt to establish a system of accreditation for distinctive, site-specific wines.

Halewood International has Christmas TV campaigns for both its Crabbie’s and Lambrini brands.

Diageo has released a rye whiskey under its Bulleit bourbon brand in the UK and is increasing the abv of the main Bulleit bourbon from 40% to its US standard 45%.

Rémy Cointreau is to part company with UK distributor First Drinks from March 31 next year.

Macallan and luxury glass producer Lalique have collaborated on a limited edition decanter containing a 62-year-old single malt.

Bargain Booze launches TV ad

10 December, 2013

Bargain Booze has made Scotch eggs the focus of its Christmas TV ad campaign.

Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery has launched a service allowing consumers to create personalised bottles of its beers.

Ex-Oddbins boss John Ratcliffe has been appointed as the new global chief executive of Australian wine producer Accolade Wines.

Perth-based Inveralmond Brewery has signed a deal with wine supplier PLB for its beers to be given wider distribution in the off-trade.

Origin moves into Scandinavia

09 December, 2013

Origin Wine is opening a new office in Sweden in a bid to break into the Nordic markets.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined to contribute towards a record week of online wine sales at Tesco.

Duty will rise 54% on wine and 31% on spirits in the next six years if the Chancellor does not scrap the duty escalator, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Bielby: "Victory for the good guys"

Wholesalers’ pleas were answered in George Osbourne’s autumn statement when he announced that the government will launch a registration scheme for alcohol wholesalers.

Wine Rack is holding a “Festival of Spirits” in all stores in the run-up to Christmas.

The skeletal face of Eddie the Head, the mascot of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, will appear on billboards across the south-east to promote the band’s ale.

California wine brand Echo Falls has teamed up with fashion blog What I Wore Today (WIWT) in the run-up to Clothes Show Live, which starts tomorrow at Birmingham’s NEC.

Specialist spirits retailer The Whisky Exchange has named Glenfarclas 15 Year Old as its Whisky of the Year.

Brintex is teaming up with the organisers of London Cocktail Week to launch London Wine Week, which will run in conjunction to the London Wine Fair.

Liberty snaps up Trinity Hill

04 December, 2013

Hawkes Bay winery Trinity Hill will move from Enotria to Liberty Wines on January 1.

Thatchers back on TV screens

04 December, 2013

Thatchers is launching an ad campaign in the West Country in a bid to boost sales in the build-up to Christmas.

Surrey brewer Hogs Back has launched a 4.5% abv unpasteurised craft lager called Hogstar that will be listed at Majestic, Wine Rack, Budgens, Co-op and Booker.

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