Rosé still in the pink

23 March, 2012

The rosé boom may have been and gone but the UK trade is confident it will still grow, an OLN poll has revealed.

The heads of leading wine marketing bodies have warned that support for the UK will be significantly reduced amid tough trading conditions and pressure from producers to explore new export markets. 

A strong Christmas meant Oddbins performed better than expected in its first year of trading.

Plans for a new online Threshers wine business have still not come to fruition, almost two-and-a-half years after First Quench went into administration.

Champagne importers have defended deep discounting on brands in UK supermarkets.

Percy Fox is positioning Blossom Hill rosé as a drink to “get things started” with its biggest summer campaign.

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne is setting out to refocus on the prestige of the house – and is prepared to sacrifice retail volumes to do so.

WWA offers "duty window"

22 March, 2012

World Wine Agencies is offering its customers a duty window before it raises prices after the tax hike announced in yesterday’s Budget.

Warsteiner German lager is to be supported by print advertising as part of a marketing push that sees it become the official beer supplier to the European golf tour.

Diageo has launched its Jeremiah Weed Brews range in the off-trade, after successfully seeding it in the on-trade last year.

Here are some of the trade reactions to the 2012 Budget announcement:

Sainsbury’s buyer David Peek is leaving to join Copestick Murray Wine Solutions as commercial director.

Maxxium UK is launching a honey-infused version of Jim Beam in the UK.

Any hopes of relief from rising alcohol duty were dashed when Chancellor George Osborne announced the 2% above inflation escalator mechanism would remain in place.

Beale to be new WSTA head

20 March, 2012

Miles Beale will join the Wine & Spirit Trade Association as its new chief executive in June.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled research claiming 58% of shoppers are willing to trade up to "premium" wines and has outlined plans to inject growth into the category.

Scotland has moved a step closer to introducing a minimum unit price on alcohol after MSPs passed the bill in principle with no opposition.

Alcohol Concern Cymru has called for drinks brands to be banned from sponsoring sports and cultural events and for strict curbs on advertising, after a poll of primary school children found many were more familiar with alcohol brands than other popular foods and snacks.

Tesco has grown its fine wine sales by 50% after overhauling its range, the supermarket has reported.

Sidekick turns sour

14 March, 2012

Halewood International has launched a sub-brand into its Sidekick range – Sidekick Sours.

Harveys Bristol Cream has signed up as the exclusive sherry partner of the Ideal Home Show again.

London International Wine Fair organiser Brintex has defended the event after a number of major exhibitors said they would not attend this year, as reported by OLN on March 9.

Sainsbury’s has launched its Great British Beer hunt with a new category designed to support microbrewers.

Online retailer Naked Wines has launched a competition looking for the world’s most talented unknown winemakers – with US$1 million up for grabs.

OLN Pink Poll 2012

09 March, 2012

What do you think of rosé wine? What are the latest trends in sales, styles and consumers? Please answer our poll and let us know.

Boost for microbrewers

09 March, 2012

A new scheme to give wider take-home distribution to Britain’s micro-brewed beers has been set up by the Society of Independent Brewers.

A Cumbrian brewer has hit out at the Portman Group, despite agreeing to a request to change one of its bottled beer labels.

González Byass is planning to release its unfiltered fino Tio Pepe En Rama for the third time this year. The wine will be launched at the London wine fair, but in the past two years much of it has sold ahead of its official release.

Meantime Brewing’s new head has outlined ambitions to treble its production as part of a £3 million investment in its London site.

Winerack.co.uk goes live

09 March, 2012

Wine Rack’s transactional website is now live and the chain says online sales are going well. The retailer has given the website – winerack.co.uk – a soft launch with offers of 10% off six or more bottles of wine and 5% off six or more bottles of Champagne, with no consumer advertising yet.

The UK remains the biggest importer of Champagne in spite of a 2.7% fall in volumes in 2011, the Champagne Bureau has reported.

Price controls on alcohol are on the cards for April 2015, industry insiders believe, after the Cabinet Office gave a series of briefings on the issue to senior political journalists.

Nearly three-quarters of retailers say duty fraud has hit their income, an OLN survey as part of our Fight Against Fraud campaign has revealed.

New Zealand Winegrowers has pulled out of this year’s London International Wine Fair along with a number of suppliers, including Pernod Ricard UK, Percy Fox and PLB. 

Molson Coors has launched a limited edition 2.8% abv, citrus-flavoured version of Carling – Carling Zest.

Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch has become the first of 10 people honoured by Wine Intelligence for their achievements in the wine business.

Raisin Social has signed up South African producer Du Toitskloof and will be its exclusive UK representative for a new range of Fairtrade products.

Jeneve Williams is to join Marks & Spencer as winemaker for Bordeaux, Loire, Italy, Chile, Hungary, Argentina, rosé and sparkling wine.

Yalumba-owned Negociants UK is to handle its own sales direct to independents for the first time, after a deal which saw it use third party distribution through Berkmann Wine Cellars came to an end.

Wine and spirits sales have declined in the off-trade as consumers have reined in their spending, according to a report for the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

First Cape has launched an online wine club as part of its sponsorship of the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia.

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW has been shortlisted as one of the figures in the wine trade who has achieved great things in the past decade, and changed the industry for the better. 

Sourz launches RTD range

05 March, 2012

Maxxium UK has launched an RTD version of its Sourz shots range.

Royal Tokaji stock stolen

02 March, 2012

More than 500 cases of Royal Tokaji wine have been stolen from a lorry parked near the Dartford Tunnel.

Glenfiddich has repackaged its 21 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky and released its first ever vatted vintage reserve, from 1974.

Molson Coors has licensed Global Brands to produce and distribute its Reef RTD brand.

Majestic, Tanners and the Wine Society have been honoured at an awards ceremony for those in the UK who make an outstanding contribution to supporting Portuguese wine.

Thatchers Rosé has been released in a 50cl single serve bottle for the first time.

Highland Park has reintroduced a 21 Year Old single malt to the UK two years after the distillery sold out of the expression worldwide.

Laithwaites has bought a vineyard near the village of Castillon in Bordeaux, where founder Tony Laithwaite first began importing wine into the UK under the name Bordeaux Direct.

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