A tough year for en primeur was the main contributor to an operating loss and falling turnover for royal wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

Glasgow city centre is to become a drinks production hotbed with plans for a new distillery and a brewery.

Frances Brace, judge at the Sainsbury's Great British Beer Hunt final

Sainsbury’s has sold premium bottled ale to 95,000 extra female shoppers in the past year (Nectar Card data, year to September 30).

Morrisons wine sales up 3%

18 October, 2013

Morrisons said it is constantly growing market share of the wine category and sales are up 3% year on year.

Booths trials wine samplers

18 October, 2013

North west England supermarket chain Booths is using a four-week long wine promotion to test the viability of sampling machines.

Current rules governing the drinks industry’s use of social media may not be fit for purpose, according to a concerned supplier.

Cape Legends said it is giving its 20 wine brands a “big push” into the UK market as it sees a huge opportunity to trade consumers up to premium South African wine.

Consumers put grape variety ahead of promotions in deciding which wine to buy, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Rioja rocks London

16 October, 2013

The new president of Wines of Rioja has pledged to invest in the UK market in a bid to build exports over the next decade.

Spanish buzz boosts sherry

16 October, 2013

The UK market is benefiting from its most diverse range of sherry ever, according to the Sherry Institute.

Smirnoff ads will be on TV screens every month except for January in 2014 as the brand ups its annual marketing spend to £7.5 million.

Diageo plans to revitalise the UK spirits market by recreating the food revolution led by celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver.

WKD is wishing retailers a happy “Christ-Moose” with the launch of its Christmas POS kits and deals.

Berry Bros & Rudd is set to post a pre-tax loss of £7.3 million for the 2012-13 financial year as the 315-year-old wine merchant prepares to overhaul its business.

Merrydown has launched a 4% abv blackcurrant cider – the first in a planned range of “hedgerow”-flavoured ciders.

Diageo is relaunching Johnnie Walker into the UK market with a £7.2 million marketing campaign and it hopes the move will revive the UK whisky category.

Illicit wine sales could be as much as 11% of the market and may have lost HM Revenue & Customs as much as £700 million, a new report has revealed.

The company behind Buffalo Trace bourbon is struggling to keep up with demand as interest in the Kentucky spirit grows in the US and around the world.

Glittery new look for VK

11 October, 2013

Global Brands has revamped the whole VK RTD range, launching five new flavours and adding edible glitter to its Ice Storm flavour.

Britain’s biggest beer shop is set to expand its shop and add a cafe, bar and new offices after planners in Kings Lynn gave its ambitious proposals the green light.

A whisky range from Down Under is now available to buy for the first time ever in the UK.

One of the ads

Cockburn’s has launched a £1.5 million ad campaign designed to boost growth in the burgeoning port category.

Babycham turns 60

08 October, 2013

Babycham is celebrating its 60th anniversary with an on-pack promotion, limited edition packaging, a new website and a Facebook campaign.

A research firm has suggested minimum unit pricing on alcohol would be unpopular and ineffective after its survey revealed the public would prefer cigarettes and fatty food to be targeted by the NHS.

Accolade has revamped the website it launched two years ago to help retailers sell more wine after reporting that membership to the free site has grown “significantly”.

Treasury is investing in a multimillion pound ad campaign for Australian wine brand Lindeman’s.

William Grant & Sons aims to see single grain whisky stand alongside single malt and blended as a major Scotch category after launching The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 25 Year Old.

Batemans B Bock beat hundreds of new beers brewed across the UK to win a listing at Sainsbury’s after it was named winner of the retailer’s Great British Beer Hunt 2013.

Chilean producer Viña Montes is launching a new wine and releasing special vintages of its icon wines Alpha M, Folly and Purple Angel to celebrate a quarter of a century of winemaking.

The man who is intent on bringing minimum unit pricing to one of England’s largest cities said he is not worried about defying central government’s decision to scrap the measure.

Magnums and iPads will drive sales in a brave new world for Champagne, according to Moët Hennessy.

A shop that is refusing to join the Reducing the Strength campaign in Ipswich said it is being unfairly blamed for antisocial behaviour and vowed to continue selling strong beer and cider.

Major retailers have already begun to run deep discounts on drinks brands as they jostle for position in the pre-Christmas market.

Maxxxium UK is launching a print ad campaign for Courvoisier that will bring a campaign called Here’s to Now to the pages of the Sunday Times, Short List and the London Evening Standard.

Box Steam brewery has released a dark porter called Evening Star in honour of the last steam train ever built in Britain.

The British Liver Trust’s chief executive has called on the health lobby and the drinks industry to work together to promote a healthier Britain.

Bumper year for Thatchers

03 October, 2013

Thatchers Cider recorded turnover of £42 million in the year to the end of August as the summer heatwave boosted sales from last year’s £40 million. July was the company’s best month since the firm was founded in 1904.

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed a commitment from Labour leader Ed Milliband to reverse a hike in small business rates due in April 2015 and to freeze the levy the following year.

McGuigan encourages trade-up

03 October, 2013

Australian Vintage believes that within two years its new McGuigan Black Label Reserve range will account for 25% of McGuigan Black Label sales.

Bargain Booze has added seven exclusive wines to the list available to franchisees as it seeks to beef up its premium offering.

PLB's Darbyshire to step down

30 September, 2013

PLB’s sales director John Osborne is to take over as the agency’s managing director next year, when current managing director Peter Darbyshire steps down.

Halewood International has launched Stukaberg, a 22% herbal schnapps created by Cubic Brands.

English sparkling wine Nyetimber said its newly released Classic Cuvee 2009 is the finest vintage it has ever produced.

Fuller’s has launched its 2013 bottle-conditioned Vintage Ale.

Bargain Booze has teamed up with Thwaites to launch three craft ales which had only been available on draught in Thwaites’ pubs so far.

Languedoc winery Abbotts & Delaunay has appointed Hilde Chevillot as its new winemaker.

Exports of Alsace wines to the UK have grown 27.8% in volume in the first seven months of 2013, according to regional body IVA (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace).

A host of the UK’s leading wine suppliers have all committed to return to the London Wine Fair in 2014 after an absence of one or more years.

Mangrove is offering drinkers the chance to win an all expenses paid weekend for two to Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg via an on-pack promotion on chocolate liqueur Mozart Gold.

On-pack campaign for E&J Brandy

25 September, 2013

Gallo is running an on-pack promotion on E&J Brandy in the run-up to Christmas – its biggest ever investment in the brand.

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