Greene King is urging retailers to make the most of double-digit growth in the golden ale category by backing its Love Golden Beer campaign.

A new Channel 4 TV series fronted by Ruth Watson wants to hear from businesses that have been hampered by negative online reviews.

Berry Bros & Rudd has given over permanent shelf space to four different Chinese wines.

Rhône wine volume sales in the UK off-trade rose 6.5% in 2012 compared to the previous year, according to IRI data.

Halewood International has launched two new flavours of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

Morrisons online wine business has taken almost 40,000 orders since it launched in November and is performing better than forecast, according to the man who spearheaded the project.

Torres will show off a number of new additions to its portfolio at the Wines of Spain Fair on March 21.

Champagne House Henriot has ended its partnership with Enotria and appointed John E Fells as its UK distributor.

A scorching summer in New Zealand has created a "perfect" environment for grape production and led growers to predict a bumper 2013 crop.

Wine smugglers jailed

14 March, 2013

Wine smugglers who avoided paying more than £5 million in duty and VAT on illicit Italian wine they brought to the UK are behind bars. 

Spitfire Ale has snapped up the comedy duo behind the Armstrong & Miller Show as brand ambassadors.

Hendick’s Gin hopes its Carnival of Knowledge will offer “intellectual sustenance to all minds” at this year’s Brighton Fringe festival.

Jameson is releasing a limited edition bottle of its Irish whiskey to drive sales in the build-up to St Patrick’s Day.

David Cameron is set to ditch his plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol after a Cabinet revolt led by home secretary Theresa May, according to reports.

The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have moved to reassure the trade that it will be a “solid event” despite “tough trading conditions”.

Molson Coors aims to tap into the growing trend for alcoholic ginger beers by launching Carling Zest with a Hint of Ginger.

Wine sales are set to plunge by 10% over the next three years due to duty hikes and the pound’s continued weakness, a leading supplier has warned.

Shopkeepers from across the UK have slated a report from health groups which calls for the government to take tougher action on alcohol misuse.

The owners of Corks Out have won a trip Down Under after winning a competition run by Wine Australia and OLN.

A budding entrepreneur from Scotland has opened his own off-licence after securing charity funding aimed at helping young people in business.

Importer PLB has called on independent wine merchants to travel round the country, visit each other’s stores and share ideas on how to grow their businesses.

Diageo has launched an e-commerce site which will cut out the regular supply chain and sell premium products direct to consumers.

Thatchers is launching a £4 million marketing campaign for its Gold cider, including TV and national billboard advertising, as it seeks to break into the off-trade’s top four cider brands.

Coca-Cola GB has launched a TV and print campaign giving information on the calorie count of its products as part of a global push the company said was aimed at “explaining the importance of energy balance to manage weight”.

Wells & Young’s has brought back its Younger’s Tartan Special in a can for the Scottish market.

Gallo bullish about 2013

08 March, 2013

Gallo is launching a low-alcohol white wine, a pink Moscato and an ultra-pre- mium red blend into the UK off-trade in a bid to increase its share of a volume declining wine market.

Halewood has launched a campaign to put Romanian Pinot Noir in the spotlight and urge the trade to reconsider its potential.

Morrisons has appointed a new head of wine operations and a new wine sourcing manager to drive online sales and boost its in-store offering.

Global Brands has launched a bourbon-flavoured beer targeted at 18 to 24-year-old men looking for variety in a burgeoning category.

New role for Woodrow

07 March, 2013

Arabella Woodrow MW has been appointed director of wine at Norwich-based producer and importer Broadland Wines.

Diageo has unveiled a new bottle design for Baileys.

Brothers Cider is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a new look that will be backed by a £5 million ad campaign designed to reach 20 million people.

The officers that would be charged with enforcing the Government’s planned minimum unit price on alcohol have criticised the scheme.

Spar launches beer festival

28 February, 2013

Spar is promoting the likes of San Miguel, Peroni and Tiger in its first-ever world beer festival in stores.

Ehrmanns held its first-ever portfolio tasting in central London to cap a month that has seen it launch a new website and put new sales, buying and marketing teams in place.

Enotria took over the Saatchi Gallery in London’s Sloane Square for its annual tasting yesterday.

Nyetimber’s English sparkling wine will be served during Paris Fashion Week for the first time tomorrow.

Brancott Estate has teamed up with National Geographic to launch a competition designed to celebrate and reward curiosity.

Diageo believes its new range of frozen cocktails will open up “huge” sales opportunities in the off-trade.

Chinese wine on offer at LIWF

25 February, 2013

Buyers attended the London International Wine Fair in May will be able to taste Chinese wine for the first time in the fair’s 33-year history.

The managing director of Mentzendorff has urged retailers not to be panicked into dropping the top ends of their wine ranges as the consumer purse continues to tighten.

The WSTA has warned that a minimum unit price on alcohol would boost crime, harm UK business and damage the health of consumer in its latest attack on the government plans.

Forget cannabis, make wine

21 February, 2013

The world’s first Lebanese Fairtrade wine – hailing from a region historically more famous for producing cannabis – has landed in the UK.

Pernod Ricard has given coconut-flavoured rum Malibu a facelift including a new logo, bottle shape and type font.

Budvar aims to increase its UK business by 40% after its new £3.6 million canning line started churning out thousands of cans at its Ceske Budejovice brewery this week.

Jacob’s Creek is offering drinkers the chance to win a trip to Australia as part of a new promotion called the True Character Series.

A Methuselah of Taittinger Champagne was signed by stars including George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Anne Hathaway at the Bafta Awards and will be auctioned for charity.

Sharp’s brewery is rolling out the first of its Connoisseur’s Choice beers of the year – a range designed to partner food.

The Champagne House which produces Tesco’s Finest Premier Cru and Finest Grand Cru Vintage has opened a new £10 million cellar.

Golden Virginia range revamped

20 February, 2013

Imperial Tobacco has overhauled its Golden Virginia brand with a new name and pack design for its core and smooth ranges.

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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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