Off-trade beer sales grew 9.1% in the last quarter, according to the latest report by the BBPA.

Free Run Wines and Felix Solis Avantis have launched a range of Spanish whites from Rueda. 

The widow of the late John Halewood is to take over as chair of the company that bears his name.

Alcohol consumption continues to decline – in a trend that has been continuing since the early to mid-2000s, according to the Portman Group’s first annual report.

Heineken has extended its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup to remain its official beer supplier and worldwide partner for the 2015 tournament in England.

Diageo Wines Europe managing director Nick Hyde has been nominated as the new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

John Halewood of Halewood International has died. He passed away on October 15.

Drinkaware has teamed up with parenting website mumsnet.com to target parents of pre-teens in a bid to put off the age when children have their first drink.

Sun boosts drinks sales

14 October, 2011

September’s record-breaking temperatures have given the drinks sector a huge boost, pepping up a tough summer for sales.

Sainsbury’s new BWS chief has pledged to deliver more consistency across its retail channels and put a greater emphasis on consumer needs.

Drinks retailers remain attractive investment prospects despite the economic conditions, according to Majestic’s chief executive Steve Lewis.

Waitrose will be making its drinks range as diverse and premium as possible as it rolls out its Little Waitrose smaller-format convenience stores.

Festive campaign for Stone's

12 October, 2011

Accolade Wines has launched an off-trade push for Stone’s Original ginger wine in the run-up to Christmas.

Brains Dark is running an off-trade Halloween promotion, after a similar push last year brought a 30% sales uplift.

Greenall's signs TV deal

11 October, 2011

Greenall’s has signed the first TV deal in its 250-year history.

Brewdog’s latest off-the-wall contribution to the beer world is an IPA brewed under the North Sea.

ISC trophies announced

11 October, 2011

The winners of the International Spirits Challenge trophies have been announced.

New members for CAP board

11 October, 2011

Eight new members have joined the board overseeing the roll-out of Community Alcohol Partnerships around the country.

The Portman Group is looking for two new members to join its independent complaints panel.

New look for Cobra beer

10 October, 2011

Cobra beer is being given a brand redesign later this month.

Cono Sur Chilean wine is offering a free recipe book by chef Paul Merrett in an on-pack promotion on its Bicycle range.

Diageo is to supply a limited edition Grand Marnier bottle to luxury retailers and selected wholesalers until December.

Diageo is set to launch a multimedia campaign to boost sales of its pre-mix range and encourage consumers to drink the cans on week nights.

The leader of a gang which evaded £1.8 million in excise duty has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

New look for Bud cans

06 October, 2011

Budweiser has revamped its cans, with a red “bow tie” sitting behind the Budweiser logo on the new-look version.

Drinkaware has launched a programme to teach primary and secondary schoolchildren life skills, in a bid to stop them abusing alcohol when they get older.

'Retail decline stable' – CBI

28 September, 2011

The volume of retail sales in September is lower than a year ago, but the pace of decline has stabilised says business organisation the CBI.

Pernod Ricard has appointed Denis O’Flynn as managing director of its UK business.

Ad campaign for Campo Viejo

21 September, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK is to advertise its Campo Viejo Rioja brand in print media for the first time in three years.

SAB Miller has agreed to buy Australia’s Foster's beer business in a deal which values the company at A$11.5 billion.

Wine supplier PLB has appointed Willem Hunter as brand manager for its Viña Ventisquero and Yali Chilean wines, Spier from South Africa and California’s Sutter Home and Trinchero Family Vineyards.

Cape Wine Exporters plans to launch its Mount Rozier brand in the UK market in 2012.

Ashworth is new Portman boss

21 September, 2011

The Portman Group has appointed Henry Ashworth as its new chief executive officer.

Former Diageo GB boss Simon Litherland has been appointed managing director of Britvic Soft Drinks, the GB arm of Britvic plc.

A new TV campaign for Carling starts today as part of a £7.3 million investment in the brand by Molson Coors.

Relaunch for Botany Creek

15 September, 2011

Halewood International is relaunching its Botany Creek British light wine brand.

Somerset cider brandy has been given Protected Geographical Identification status by the EU after a trade campaign backed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and the UK government.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will introduce its Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill this autumn.

The Fast Show is the latest comedy classic to be resurrected by Foster’s.

West Midlands-based Soho Cash & Carry is opening a new depot in the Smethwick district of Birmingham on Friday, September 9.

Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates is one of 11 new Masters of Wine.

Aspall has been named sponsor and sole cider supplier to the Harvest 2011 food and music festival.

UK retail sales fell 0.6% on a like-for-like basis in August, according to the British Retail Consortium.

V-Kat in student TV ad push

05 September, 2011

Intercontinental Brands is to advertise its V-Kat schnapps brand on the university TV network SubTV.

Diageo is spending £6 million on a state-of-the-art bio-energy plant at its Glenlossie distillery complex in Speyside.

Foster’s Gold lager is claiming an advertising first with a digital poster campaign that will allow users to upload content directly to Facebook.

A report in the Independent newspaper suggests that a buyer is being sought for Bargain Booze.

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation has called for local authorities to take a common sense approach to the country’s new laws on pricing and promotions.

Fuller’s has launched the third in its series of Brewer’s Reserve barrel-aged beers.

Hall & Woodhouse is redesigning its entire of Badger bottled beers.

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