Bottlegreen plots expansion

08 November, 2012

Bottlegreen plans to increase turnover from £15 million this year to £25 million by 2017 after teaming up with global brands like Diageo and Bacardi to make cocktails.

A product that claims to reduce hangovers and retailers’ overheads in one fell swoop by cleaning and rapidly aging spirits has been launched in the UK.

A French wine-based drink produced since 1872 has secured its first supermarket listing in the UK.

Five wines from Brazil’s leading producer are now available from Stevens Garnier.

Wholesaler Venus called the collapse of Waverley TBS a huge opportunity for smaller merchants after picking up extra business amid the wreckage.

Molson Coors has a new boss in the UK and Ireland after Stewart Glendenning left his post as chief executive to head the company’s Canadian business after just four months in the job.

Waverley TBS, one of the UK's leading drinks distributors, has fallen into administration.

A new ad campaign for Guinness will position the famous stout brand as “made of more”.

The drinks industry was told to expect five more years of pain before growth speeds up by leading economists at the WSTA annual conference.

The alcohol industry must work together to mount a defence against minimum unit pricing in the face of aggressive government tactics, according to the chief executive of the WSTA.

Stratford’s Wine Agencies has been bought by FE Barber – the parent company of Kingsland Wines & Spirits and Legacy Wines – after going into administration.

'Brands need soul' - McGuigan

21 September, 2012

The wine trade needs more high-profile ambassadors to inject personality into brands in the face of tough supermarket trading, according to Australian Vintage’s chief winemaker Neil McGuigan.

Lidl is aiming for a more specialist approach to wine following a £1 million investment in the launch of a premium range.

Camra says that the UK has more breweries than at any time in the past 70 years.

Waitrose to launch Heston gin

12 September, 2012

A Heston Blumenthal gin and an Icelandic wheat beer are among new exclusives being listed by Waitrose in the run-up to Christmas.

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Sales of sparkling wine and gin were given a boost by the Jubilee – but total sales of alcohol dropped 1% in volume in the year to July 21.

Ex Sainsbury’s wine buyer Julian Dyer has been appointed general manager for Europe at Australian Vintage on a permanent basis.

British supermarkets have been hit by product recalls on bottles of French beer after a safety scare.

Crabbie's goes into cans

10 September, 2012

The alcoholic ginger beer category has taken a significant step with the first move into cans by a major brand.

Halewood International is backing its Lambrini Cider range with glossy magazine and radio ads to support an on-pack offer.

ID test methods prompt backlash

07 September, 2012

Retailers have attacked test purchasing methods after an Off Licence News investigation found a child volunteer working for the authorities is sold alcohol every seven hours.

Off-trade sales of beer, cider, RTDs and sparkling wine saw an uplift in the week of the Olympic opening ceremony – but overall the games brought less joy to drinks retailers than the Diamond Jubilee, according to market data firm Nielsen.

Owners of independent shops are the hardest working professionals in Britain, according to a report from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Waitrose has appointed Ken Mackay MW to buying manager for wine.

The deadline to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards has been extended to Wednesday, September 12.

Thatchers Heritage draught cider is now available in a three-litre bag in box in the off-trade, designed to give drinkers the pub experience at home.

Patrick Ricard dies aged 67

20 August, 2012

Patrick Ricard, the man who turned Pernod Ricard into one of the world’s largest drinks companies, has died suddenly at the age of 67.

The Olympics failed to deliver the anticipated boost in drinks sales, according to early indications from retailers. 

Paul Bastard leaves Co-op

15 August, 2012

The Co-operative is on the hunt for a new wine development manager after news Paul Bastard is stepping down after 17 years.

Tesco overhauls wine team

09 August, 2012

Tesco has overhauled its wine team by poaching Bibendum’s sales director Emma Biggs and adding three more new faces.

A professor of marketing and a specialist licensing barrister have joined the Independent Complaints Panel.

Drinking rates among schoolchildren have fallen over the past decade, according to the latest NHS statistics published today.

Naked Wines goes global

25 July, 2012

Norwich-based Naked Wines has continued its global expansion by opening a winery in California.

The makers of a new gadget that looks like an icicle suspended in a bottle of wine claim it will “maintain the optimal drinking temperature while the bottle is consumed”.

Brands including Tsingtao beer and Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer will be on offer at London 2012 viewing platforms as part of producer Halewood International’s new marketing drive.

Wells and Young’s has appointed Nestlè brands manager Phil Toms to the new post of director of brands.

Bibendum has appointed Waitrose’s wine buying manager Andrew Shaw as it new head of buying.

Drinks industry leaders have rejected calls from a group representing the medical profession for legislation to introduce US-style health warnings on alcohol packaging.

Euro 2012 proved a washout for retailers as less lager was sold during the period than during the same two weeks in 2011. 

An influential committee of MPs has backed government plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol to combat the “insidious and pervasive” impact of binge drinking. 

SHS Group has merged its drinks businesses under a single corporate identity.

Bargain Booze is on the hunt for a new chief executive after long-standing managing director Tim Stanley left his role at the company as part of a shake-up at the top.

New Zealand Winegrowers has parted company with its European director David Cox.

The Paisley-based Winehouse chain has temporarily closed its Scottish stores over the past two weeks. Director Philip Craig said it was in the “process of revamping a selection of shops” and that the planned relaunch, originally promised for the first week of July, is still “on schedule”.

Tesco has appointed Alain Guilpain to be its new buying manager for wine, OLN has learned. 

Wine & Spirit Trade Association communications director Gavin Partington is to become the director general of the British Soft Drinks Association in the autumn.

Jean Claude Van Damme will dust off his hiking shoes once more to continue a Coors Light advertising campaigning that has helped boost sales of the lager by 40%.

Blossom Hill has launched a new 5.5% wine in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.

Coe Vintners has revealed its new look after hiring the creative team behind Alton Towers and Currys to change its livery.

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