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22 May, 2015

Branded Champagne enjoys strong growth

Sales of branded Champagne grew 4.7% to £196 million in the UK off-trade in 2014 as shoppers opted for famous names ahead of retailer exclusives.

Off-Piste has released an international varietal-led wine range called Most Wanted.

Supermarket range culls were “necessary” and “overdue”, according to wine information company IWSR.

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North South Wines has boosted its range for cash and carries, a key market for the new agency.

Booker has agreed a £40 million deal to buy the Budgens and Londis brands from Musgrave.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association claims it has saved the industry £350 million in the past 18 months through its campaigning.

Detailing calorie content on labels of beers, wines and spirits is a 20th century solution to a 21st century obesity problem, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Tesco has teamed up with Marston’s and the Campaign for Real Ale to launch a bottle-conditioned golden ale.

Copestick Murray is set to promote its I Heart wine brand at summer festivals this year in a branded VW camper van.

Free Run Wines has launched Mr Peel’s Manavista, a pink grapefruit-flavoured aromatised wine-based drink.

Tesco is drastically reducing its wine range to arrest haemorrhaging sales as the discounters’ growing dominance forces sweeping changes across the big supermarkets.

Leading suppliers and trade associations have added their weight to OLN’s campaign against controversial Reducing the Strength schemes by demanding action from the European Commission.

South Africa’s golden run of consecutive growth in the off-trade has come to an end as sales dropped 3% in volume and 1% in value to £525 million (Nielsen, year to February 2015).

SAB Miller has snapped up Greenwich-based brewer Meantime as the trend that sees the world’s largest beer suppliers buying out their craft counterparts continues.

The Calais booze cruise is making a comeback, two decades after its heyday.

Waitrose claims the boundaries between the off-trade and the on-trade are blurring as shoppers enjoy lingering over a glass of wine and a deli board in its busy supermarkets.

Accolade Wines is upping spend on its flagship Hardys brand and setting its sights on further expansion to strengthen its global coverage.

Cambridgeshire craft gin maker Ely Gin has opened a shop in the historic town’s centre. Director James Clark had been eyeing the space for several years as he ran a stall in Ely market square selling his range of fruit-flavoured gins.

Bulmers is set to give away 5,000 pairs of trainers in an on-pack and social media promotion.

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