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22 September, 2014

Diageo launches Smirnoff TV ad in £15m campaign

Diageo has launched a Smirnoff TV ad that premieres today as part of new £15 million marketing campaign designed to cement its status as the UK’s leading spirits brand.

Scotch whisky producer Douglas Laing has relaunched its golf-inspired McGibbon’s range of whiskies in a bid to cash in on the impending Ryder Cup.

Conviviality Retail boss Diana Hunter was given 1.7 million shares in the business as a bonus after its float last year, the company’s annual report has revealed.  

Scotch whisky exports drop 11%

22 September, 2014

Scotch whisky exports dropped 11% in the first half of 2014 as “economic headwinds and uncertainty” hampered growth in several markets.

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Wine Rack begins brave new era

19 September, 2014

Conviviality Retail’s first Wine Rack franchisee is aiming to lead the brand into a new era of sampling and customer engagement.

Marks & Spencer has vowed to use its success at the International Beer Challenge 2014 as a springboard to taking the beer world by storm.

Liberty Wines is looking to extend its reach into the convenience sector as it celebrates strong sales across independents and the on-trade.

Wines of Chile has promised to hit the UK market harder with plans to shake off its dour image and promote the sexier side of the South American nation.

Leading suppliers have warned that South Africa needs to ramp up its focus on premium tiers if it is to maintain impressive growth that has seen sales rise 9.5% to £521 million (Nielsen, year to August 16, 2014).

Two new wine agencies launched

19 September, 2014

The former boss of Stratford’s Wines Agencies has launched a new venture.

The Scotch whisky industry is celebrating the no vote on Scottish independence and hopes it will lead to economic stability in the years ahead.

Visitor numbers at the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London last week rose 7.3% on the 2013 figure.

Oddbins has crowned Steve Saunders from Bristol the UK’s finest amateur wine taster after 21,000 shoppers entered its blind tasting competition.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is celebrating after 15% sales growth saw it break through the £10 million barrier for the first time.

WSTA calls for duty cut

17 September, 2014

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association wants the industry to push for a “modest cut” in duty in the last Budget before next year’s general election.

IPA added to Vedett beer range

17 September, 2014

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat has added Extra Ordinary IPA to its Vedett beer range in the UK.

The off-trade BWS market has seen volume and value growth in the past year as strong performances from beer, cider and sparkling wine led the charge.

Waitrose has launched a sweeping clearance sale offering up to 50% off across 65 lines on its waitrosecellar.com site.

The Heineken family has rejected a takeover approach from SAB Miller for the Dutch brewery to which they give their name.

Friends and family of the late Michael Cox have so far raised more than £13,000 for drinks industry charity The Benevolent after pledging to run the Medoc Marathon in his honour.

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