Edinburgh City Council is considering capping the number of off-licences in the city.
The body representing vinho verde has launched a major campaign in the UK in a bid to capitalise on growing demand for lighter styles of wine.
Smokers’ lobbying body Forest is to launch a campaign against plain packaging of tobacco – called Hands Off Our Packs.
First Drinks has added Zubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and top Russian vodka brand Green Mark to its portfolio, after parting company with Russian Standard.
Greene King is offering rugby fans the chance to win a training session with the England team in an on-pack promotion on bottles of its IPA.
Kiwi winemakers are experimenting with Grüner Veltliner – which they believe could be the next big thing from New Zealand.
New Zealand Winegrowers’ Europe director David Cox remains bullish in the face of duty hikes, exchange rate pressures and early reports of a potentially small 2012 vintage, he has told OLN.
Pernod Ricard UK is set to launch a 18.7cl bottle of Brancott Estate.
The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has called on the drinks trade to work with HM Revenue & Customs to stamp out alcohol duty fraud.
East London brewer Truman’s is asking London ale drinkers to help it find a new brewery site.
Minimum unit pricing may not stop young people binge-drinking, one of the academics behind the influential Sheffield Report on alcohol pricing has said.
HM Revenue & Customs is making little or no progress in fighting alcohol duty fraud, with fewer than six cases a year leading to convictions, a National Audit Office report has revealed.
Asda has insisted that a wine it has been selling for £2.48 is not selling for less than duty plus VAT.
The drinks trade is facing a tough 2012 as the country struggles economically – and even major sporting events aren’t expected to bring much of a sales uplift.
The head of Wine Australia has warned the country stands to lose market share in the UK amid tough conditions driven by exchange rates and pricing pressures.
Off Licence News is launching a raft of activity at this year’s London International Wine Fair to increase the show’s appeal to independent retailers and help maximise its business-building potential.
Sainsbury’s has started the year on the hunt for a new wine chief after two high-profile team members announced their departures.
Wines from Brazil is increasing its presence in the UK to grow awareness as it gears up to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.
An alcoholic jelly called Suck & Blow has been banned in its current format for breaching three elements of the Portman Group’s code.
Tesco is hoping to steal a march on rivals by becoming the first retailer to list a new range of lower-strength beers.
Online retailer and bottler Master of Malt has launched what it says is the world’s hottest chilli vodka.
Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates MW is leaving the retailer to join Off-Piste Wines as sourcing and supply director.
The Scottish government has accused supermarkets of “undermining the spirit” of its alcohol laws by selling cheap drinks.
Paul Braydon has joined Guy Anderson Wines as national account manager.
A 5.8% rise in volume sales of Magners cider in GB in the quarter to November 30, 2011, has been reported by Dublin-based C&C Group.
Brand Phoenix and Distell have launched two new sparkling wines.
The Wine Society has appointed Berry Bros & Rudd chief operating officer Robin McMillan as its new chief executive.
Beefeater gin has launched a limited edition pack to celebrate its London heritage.
Bibendum is to launch 23 new wineries at its annual trade tasting next week.
Central Otago wine brand Wooing Tree has joined Seckford Agencies’ portfolio.
Regional Spanish wine specialist Exportiberia has opened a UK office.
Blue Nun has launched a low-alcohol range of wines at 5.5% abv.
Pre-mixed drinks scooped a host of awards in the 2012 Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge, run by OLN’s sister paper Drinks International.
Scotland should consider stopping supermarkets from selling alcohol, a leading Scottish psychiatrist has said.
A man has been found dead at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland. According to several newspapers, Brian Ettles died in a 16ft washback.
Pernod Ricard UK deputy managing director Simon Thomas has been named the new chairman of the Benevolent.
Xenia Irwin MW is to leave Spar to become commercial manager at ABS Wine Agencies.
Thierry’s has made two appointments in its management team.
Halewood International has launched a new flavour for Lambrini.
Majestic’s sales grew 8.4% over the nine weeks of Christmas trading from November 1 to January 2, the retailer has reported.
Argentina specialist Las Bodegas is adding 30 new wines to its portfolio over the next two months – all of them new to the UK.
Sainsbury’s is running an in-store campaign to raise awareness of alcohol units, promote lighter-style wines and encourage consumers to manage their drinking responsibly.
Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar has reported record exports in 2011.
Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is setting up a ski lodge at the Outdoors Show at London’s Excel exhibition centre from January 12-15.
Jacob’s Creek has signed up tennis star Andre Agassi for a three-year global campaign promoting its wines.
Rémy Martin has launched a cask-finished VSOP for the European market.
Codorníu has appointed a new UK brand manager as part of a reshuffle in its sales and marketing departments.
The Oxford Wine Co has appointed Marcia Waters MW as wine buyer.
Accolade Wines has launched a website to help independent convenience stores grow their sales today (January 4).
Fine wine prices fell 15% in 2011, fine wine index Liv-ex has reported.