Sipsmith has responded to increasing demand for its boutique gin by moving to a larger home on a residential street in Chiswick, west London.

Councils are using statistics on 999 callouts, hospital admissions and crime to ban retailers from selling alcohol in “binge-drinking hotspots”.

Brewdog is to open the first in its Bottledog chain of specialist beer shops next week.

Costcutter owner Bibby Line Group could be ready to jettison its loss-making Rhythm & Booze off- licence chain to focus on its core convenience business.

Rosé wine sales dropped 4% by volume, with value sales creeping up less than 1%, in the year to March 1 – behind both white and red wine, Nielsen has reported.

Retailers will miss out on a huge growth opportunity if they continue to leave blended Scotch whisky in the shadow of single malt, according to a leading supplier.

Off Licence News has teamed up with Wines of Brazil to offer retailers the chance to win a trip to the South American nation.

Aldi boosts wine range

17 April, 2014

Aldi has upped the ante in the wine aisles with a range of entry-level products launched in time for the Easter rush.

Waitrose is trialling a deli and wine offer to encourage shoppers to spend longer in its new-look BWS areas and explore the range.

Morrisons breached advertising laws by using a nursery rhyme likely to appeal to children when marketing its range of spirits.

Moët & Chandon will be the title sponsor at Newmarket Racecourse’s three-day July festival.   

Halewood has launched an American-style cloudy apple cider in a bid to create a brand that can match Crabbie’s and Lambrini in scale.

A record number of Masters of Wine will gather in Florence next month for the Institute’s eight international symposium.

Hi-Spirits has accepted a “confidential settlement” after taking Global Brands to the High Court for releasing a sambuca brand that breached EU law.

Stirling-based Traditional Scottish Ales has relaunched under the name Black Wolf Brewery.

North Yorkshire’s Black Sheep brewery is revamping its range of bottled ales.

Heineken is releasing a new version of its Kronenbourg ad starring ex-footballer Eric Cantona.

Champagne shipments to the UK plummeted in 2013 as Britain struggled to emerge from the economic downturn and consumers opted for cheaper alternatives.

Liberty Wines has been certified carbon neutral by carbon management company Carbon Footprint.

London Wine Fair organiser Brintex has taken a hit to its own revenue in a bid to return the event to growth.

Scotch whisky exports remained flat at £4.3 billion in 2013 as surging sales in the USA made up for declines in Asian markets.

A new Bargain Booze ad debuts on ITV tonight after the retailer decided to shout about the range of deals it is offering its shoppers over Easter.

Eight retailers have been chosen to visit the Golden State on a wine buying trip in a promotion run by OLN and the Wine Institute of California.

Red Army vodka, which is sold in a glass bottle shaped like a gun, has breached alcohol responsibility rules for its association with violence and aggression.

Alcohol Concern has attacked David Beckham for teaming up with Diageo to launch a single grain Scotch whisky because “it will send a confusing message” to underage fans.

The Co-operative Group is turning 54 former Marston’s pubs into c-stores as the convenience channel continues to grow at the expense of rivals. 

Old Speckled Hen is returning to TV screens this month in a £2 million ad campaign featuring Henry the fox.

English Wine Week is increasing its emphasis on retailers this year.

Leading suppliers claim the major supermarkets’ “obsession” with discounters could risk the health of the sector if they fail to develop a point of difference in the face of growing competition.

The major multiples opened 291 new convenience stores in the past year and BWS sales in this channel are up 6.1% in volume and 9.1% in value to £1.7 billion (IRI, year to March 1).

Asda has launched an attack on convenience stores for ruining the off-trade’s reputation by pushing high-abv beer and cider.

Majestic’s boss has admitted it needs to accelerate growth after suffering a “disappointing setback” following an extended profit warning which caused its shares to plummet.

The minister for consumer affairs has promised to seek legal clarity for retailers who could be breaching competition law by stripping shelves of beers and ciders of a certain abv under Reducing the Strength schemes.

Off-Piste Wines has teamed up with the man behind New Zeland’s iconic Cloudy Bay to launch a Bordeaux Sauvignon with a New World slant.

Concha y Toro UK has upped its marketing budget by 20% in a bid to drive double-digit growth in each of the next five years.

Market analyst Nielsen hailed sparkling wine the star performer of the drinks industry after another set of impressive growth figures, and the leading supplier thinks the category will only continue to go from strength to strength.

Rioja enjoys UK success

04 April, 2014

Wines of Rioja has reported that the region grew volume sales by 4% in the UK off-trade during 2013, outperforming a total wine category that was down 3% (Nielsen, year to December 7, 2013).

Westons will bring Stowford Press back to the small screen this summer after growing its market share to 4.1% on the back of its first TV campaign last year.

A strong performance from beer and cider has seen the off-trade BWS market return to volume and value growth, according to new IRI data.

Australia will go on to dominate all tiers of the UK wine market for years after surging ahead of rivals and muscling into fine wine, according to a leading supplier.

The Benevolent is calling on cake enthusiasts to raise cash by entering its Bake Off.

The government is to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products after an independent review found it could stop thousands of children from taking up smoking each year.

A Home Office Minister has called for more local partnerships to tackle alcohol problems.

UK sparkling wine consumption has grown by 6 million bottles in five years, and UK drinkers are turning away from spirits and RTDs in favour of fizz, Wine Intelligence has reported.

WKD has come under fire from the advertising watchdog for posting “irresponsible” messages on its Facebook page that suggested alcohol could enhance confidence and was integral to social success.

Accolade has finalised the purchase of New Zealand wine brands Mud House and Waipara Hills from the Mud House Wine Group.

A 19-year-old worker at an independent drinks retailer has won a spirits scholarship launched by William Grant to celebrate the life of its former prestige retail manager Ian Murray.

A South African Fairtrade producer has praised UK buyers for agreeing not to push down prices despite a weak rand so that wineries can invest in the future.  

Accolade Wines has brought out a new look for its Echo Falls range, the third biggest wine brand in the UK.

Edinburgh gin launches

28 March, 2014

The first gin to be distilled in Edinburgh for 150 years has launched in the Scottish capital.

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