The Tobacco Manufacturers Association has said expected duty rises in Wednesday’s Budget will undermine efforts to curb smuggling.

Pernod Ricard UK has suspended distribution of Malibu after a fault was found affecting the flavour of some stocks.

Researchers at the University of Leicester are working on a hand held device to detect fake wine and whisky through the bottle.

Documents relating to the proposed company voluntary arrangement for beleaguered wine chain Oddbins show it owes HM Revenue & Customs £8.6 million in duty, VAT and PAYE.

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There are now more than 35 Community Alcohol Partnership schemes around the country and the project has proved so popular that it is recruiting a second full-time employee.

Drinks trade leaders say they can play a key part in creating a responsible drinking culture in the UK.

Six organisations representing the health lobby on alcohol issues have confirmed that they have refused to sign up to a series of proposed pledges to be made by drinks retailers and suppliers arising form the government’s responsibility deal.

Heineken UK has pledged to reduce the abv content of one of its major drinks brands by 2013 as part of the drinks industry’s responsibility deal with the government.

Complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing have reached a record low thanks to marketing people “seeking more advice than ever before”.

Diageo Great Britain has announced a new addition to its range of premixed drinks: Smirnoff Vodka and Diet Cola.

Oddbins is to seek to enter a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in a bid to allow the chain to carry on trading.

More people are giving up chocolate for Lent than alcohol, according to a survey commissioned by Eisberg.

Russia and Lebanon will have a bigger presence than ever at this year’s London International Wine Fair.

Senegalese artist Amadou Sow has created the latest limited edition bottle for the Taittinger Collection Champagne range.

The government has announced it will press ahead with a tobacco display ban.

Rioja imports to the UK soared by 23% last year, according to the Consejo Regulador.

Waitrose buyer Nick Room has been named chairman of the Gran Orden de Caballeros, the body which honours people who promote Spanish wine in the UK.

Beer, spirits and cigarettes have been seized from shops in the Lancashire town of Morecambe.

February retail sales values were down 0.4% on a like-for-like basis over the same month in 2010, according to British Retail Consortium figures.

A formal consultation on minimum pricing for alcohol has been launched in Northern Ireland.

The Scotch Whisky Association is supporting the WWF’s Earth Hour initiative, which aims to make a stand against climate change.

Oddbins is to close 39 store as part of a strategic review.

Asda has been found in breach of the Portman Group’s code of practice over the labelling of an own-label cider.

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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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