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29 July, 2014

TV star Jimmy Doherty fronts Nederburg ads

TV presenter Jimmy Doherty will front a new ad campaign for Distell’s premium South African wine brand Nederburg.

Judges handed out 30 gold medals, 103 silvers and 170 bronzes at the International Beer Challenge 2014.

Argentinian wine brand Trivento has signed a deal to sponsor Premiership rugby throughout the 2014-15 season.

Languedoc-Roussillon winemaker Katie Jones has continued her resurgence by releasing a 2013 Domaine Jones Blanc Grenache Gris Côtes Catalanes into the UK market.

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Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is launching a new drinks superstore called BB’s Warehouse that will stock a 400-strong range of wines.

A new campaign promoting white Bordeaux is targeting younger generations of UK wine lovers.

Deep discounts on wine are crippling the trade and must be stopped if it is to have a sustainable future, according to suppliers.

Retailers are urged to enter the Drinks Retailing Awards 2014, which offer independents, specialists, convenience stores and major multiples from across the UK the chance to win coveted trophies and recognition among the leading lights of our dynamic industry. 

Prosecco producers must maintain prices to guard against becoming “another cava”, UK agents have warned.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has commissioned a project that will examine street drinking to gain a clearer picture of the problem and review whether the industry should assist in providing solutions.

Scottish beer brand Innis & Gunn has slammed Reducing the Strength schemes, claiming they are anti-competitive, a blow to consumers and a threat to the UK’s burgeoning craft beer market.

Conviviality Retail plans to ramp up Bargain Booze’s expansion into the south east, roll out Wine Rack stores across the country, bolster its online offering and trial a larger- format store as it seeks to build on strong trading figures.

Cono Sur sales have shot up 77% in value in the past year on the back of a sponsorship of the Tour de France (Nielsen, year to June 26).

Lidl is mounting an aggressive assault on premium wine shoppers with a £12 million campaign designed to lure Claret lovers and fans of other iconic French labels into stores.

A row has erupted between Pernod Ricard and the Portman Group after it sent out a bulletin asking retailers not to order bottles of Pernod.

Tesco has added seven new wines to its premium Finest range.

Greene King is to take over UK distribution of beers for AB-Inbev’s US craft brewer Goose Island in October.

Retailers have sold less beer and cider during the World Cup than the previous in 2010, with volumes down by 608,000 hl, according to Nielsen (six weeks to 28/6/14).

Southern Comfort is screening a new TV and digital ad in its Whatever's Comfortable campaign until August 18.

Speyside distiller Glenrothes has released its first single malt from all-first-fill sherry casks.

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