The government remains convinced that minimum unit pricing for alcohol is illegal under European law, despite the Scottish government’s determination to press ahead with the policy.

Medics have repeated their call for the government to use minimum pricing as a way of curbing alcohol misuse.

Christmas tunes annoy shoppers

13 December, 2011

Shoppers feel they are being bombarded with the same Christmas songs over and over again, a new poll has revealed.

Retail awards shortlist out

13 December, 2011

Off Licence News has released the shortlist for our prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards 2012. 

Inflation on wine and spirits has leapt up in the past month, according to the Office of National Statistics and the Wilson Drinks Report.

Sainsbury’s is tipping gin as a top-selling spirit this Christmas.

Wine sales dropped 3% in the past year and the pace of decline has accelerated this autumn as tax hikes bite, the WSTA has reported.

Molson Coors has written to 60 MPs across the UK to challenge the duty escalator on beer by highlighting the relationship between barley farming and brewing.

Diageo has invested £2 million in a digital media and consumer PR push for Captain Morgan’s Spiced.

£2m push for Guinness

12 December, 2011

Diageo has launched a £2 million Christmas ad campaign for Guinness.

Bleak prediction for wine

09 December, 2011

Rising taxes may mean there is no future for wine in the UK, a leading Californian winemaker has warned.

Minimum price to hit poorest

09 December, 2011

Plans for minimum unit pricing in Scotland will hit poorest households the hardest, a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has claimed.

Heynen to leave Molson Coors

09 December, 2011

Molson Coors sales director John Heynen is to leave the brewer at the end of this year, as part of an organisational restructure.

Morrisons is trialling a range of new initiatives to make its drinks aisles more accessible.

£10 fizz leads price charge

09 December, 2011

Asda was selling £10 bottles of Champagne this week as the supermarkets’ battle for hard-up consumers’ Christmas drinks budgets hotted up.

Westons has teamed up with chef Marco Pierre White for the launch of a new cider.

A version of the Kiss song Crazy Crazy Nights features in a £1 million pre-Christmas ad campaign for Smirnoff.

Virgin Wines has launched a mobile phone version of its website.

UK like-for-like retail sales fell 1.6% in November compared with the same month in 2010 – the weakest performance since May.

Oak-aged beer producer Innis & Gunn is to double its workforce with the creation of 13 new jobs. 

Diageo is to sponsor free travel on public transport in the capital on New Year’s Eve.

Eisberg alcohol-free wine has joined up with the British Liver Trust to support its Love Your Liver month in January.

Jacob’s Creek has created a range of wines made from cool-climate regions and targeted at women.

Oddbins is giving away turkeys this Christmas.

New Benevolent head named

01 December, 2011

The Wine & Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society has appointed Paul Newman as its new chief executive.

WSTA announces interim head

01 December, 2011

WSTA communications director Gavin Partington will take over from chief executive Jeremy Beadles in an interim role while the body hunts for a permanent successor.

Brand Phoenix has pledged to cut 50 million units of alcohol from the market over the next three years by growing its low-alcohol Café Collection range and cutting abv levels across the rest of the First Cape portfolio.

Greene King has delivered a selection of East Anglian beers to Brussels for a meeting in which MEPs will discuss policy and issues.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a fine wine business unit for the UK and Ireland, aimed at boosting sales of its regional and premium wines.

Kraken sponsors Kitschies

29 November, 2011

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is sponsoring the Kitschies – the alternative science fiction and fantasy writing awards.

A 3p hike in fuel duty will be deferred from January to August, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his autumn statement. 

Macallan launches Facebook app

29 November, 2011

Maxxium UK has created a Facebook app that lets fans of The Macallan whisky create and share a “virtual dram”.

Kopparberg to double marketing

25 November, 2011

Kopparberg cider is to double its marketing spend in 2012 after its Find Kopparberg campaign led to a surge in sales of the brand.

Australian Vintage is bringing its McGuigan City Vineyard installation to Dublin during summer 2012. The Australian winery said it will take members of the UK trade to the event, which represents a £250,000 investment.

Asda was offering bottles of Baileys for just £7 this week in the keenest supermarket deal on big-name spirit brands, as the last monthly pay day before Christmas approached.

Budvar beefs up brewing

25 November, 2011

Budweiser Budvar has invested £13 million in its Czech brewery to significantly increase production and packaging as it looks to widen the number of lines it offers.

Majestic trials TV ads

25 November, 2011

Majestic is broadcasting its first ever TV ads in a pilot scheme to attract supermarket wine shoppers.

Inter Beaujolais has launched the second International Gamay Competition.

Luxardo pops its cherries

23 November, 2011

Cellar Trends has launched a jar of maraschino cherries marinated in sugar syrup and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur.

Accolade Wines is to target independent convenience stores after research revealed they are coming under pressure from multiple rivals.

Wine Rack opens 21st shop

22 November, 2011

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire – bringing its estate to 21 shops.

An Edinburgh university is to investigate what impact, if any, Scotland’s alcohol policies will have on its heaviest drinkers.

Ads and on-pack for Chivas

22 November, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK is backing its Chivas Regal Scotch whisky brand with outdoor advertising at high-footfall London sites, including Canary Wharf and locations in the City.

Aldi claims it is the first UK supermarket to sell a 40-year-old single malt Scotch whisky in its stores.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne has signed a three-year partnership deal with the English National Opera.

Accolade revamps Nottage Hill

18 November, 2011

Accolade Wines has given Hardys Nottage Hill a new look as part of a £4.5 million investment. 

Talisker Whisky has signed up as the title sponsor of rowing race the Atlantic Challenge.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust chief executive Ian Harris has stepped down as organiser of National Wine Month to concentrate his efforts on the educator's core activities.

Oddbins is enlisting the help of consumers to select a mixed case of wines for Christmas.

Butcombe Brewery has teamed up with TV presenter Adam Henson to create a golden ale called Adam Henson’s Rare Breed.

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