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1 October, 2014

Tesco adds five bag-in-box wines to Finest range

The Tesco wine team has bolstered its range with five new 1.5 litre bag-in-box wines launched under its Finest banner.

Pernod Ricard has added a cherry variant to premium vodka brand Absolut in a bid to build on 28% sales growth (Nielsen, May 24, 2014).

Camra has appointed Tim Page as its new chief executive after Mike Benner left the post to head up Siba.

Retailers must add credibility to own-label alcohol by improving quality and value as it enjoys the least consumer love of any category in FMCG, according to research firm Datamonitor Consumer.

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Treasury Wine Estates has down two bids from private equity groups valuing the firm at £1.8 billion, preferring to grow the business as a standalone company.

Naked Wines saw pre-tax profits rise by 56% during 2013, according to new figures published by the online retailer.

Halewood has launched a new Romanian wine brand called Surprisingly Good as it seeks to challenge perceptions about the quality the nation’s winemakers can offer.

Tesco has launched a digital version of its Wine Magazine in a bid to reach more drinkers via their tablets.

Copestick Murray has struck a deal to distribute the wines of Lisa McGuigan, fourth generation winemaker of the legendary McGuigan winemaking dynasty.

Heineken has launched a digital ad campaign for Strongbow Dark Fruit and Citrus Edge.

Scottish brewer Brewmeister has been banned from marketing its 67.5% abv Snake Venom as the world’s strongest beer.

Kingsland has signed a deal with importer Brand Phoenix that will add South African brands First Cape and Distell to its portfolio.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched price-marked bottles for Wolf Blass and Lindeman’s in an effort to “unlock a £200 million opportunity” in convenience.

The French Wines with Style campaign has released a promoting video featuring Gerard Basset MW as he bids to pair wines with first dates.

Bibendum has hired sake consultant Natsuki Kiyuka to host trade training sessions that educate retailers about the Japanese drink.

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.

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.

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