Ardbeg has released the third edition of its Supernova, described by the Islay distillery as its peatiest single malt.

Pernod Ricard has reported flat global sales in a year when it saw a dramatic collapse in China where revenue fell by 23%.

Colorado-based US brewer Left Hand is aiming to expand its presence on the UK market in a distribution partnership with James Clay.

South African wine producer Distell has added two wines under the name 56 Hundred to its Nederburg portfolio in the UK.

William Grant expects the first spirit from its new €35 million distillery at Tullamore in Ireland to come on stream from mid-September.

Tesco is running a warehouse clearance sale on its Wine By The Case website.

Low-alcohol and alcohol-free beer is becoming more socially acceptable and off-trade volumes have grown more than 8% in the past year, a study has revealed.

Meantime brewery and Chase distillery have teamed up to launch a beer that replaces essential hops with gin botanicals.

Diageo has been found in breach of marketing rules for using a counter-top promotional unit that could encourage irresponsible, impulse purchases.

Morrisons has topped its own-label Soave with an “environmentally friendly closure” that is said to use 64% less aluminium than a traditional screw cap.

Chilean winery Santa Carolina has teamed up with Ehrmanns to grow its UK distribution and take on the country’s biggest brands.

Exports of New Zealand wine grew 10% in value and volume in the past year as sales surged in northern Europe and the US following a record harvest.

The convenience channel is missing a trick on premium spirits and should use Christmas 2014 to catch up with the grocers, according to a leading supplier.

Six retailers have lost their licences and 10 more are under review after Newham council’s enforcement team blitzed the east London borough in a series of test purchasing stings.

A “treatment tax” for helping alcoholics should be added to alcohol sold in the off-trade, according to think tank Centre for Social Justice.

Britain’s most northerly distillery has launched its first gin.

Tobacco manufacturer JTI has sponsored a pilot test purchasing scheme to help retailers in the north west tackle under-age tobacco sales.

Alliance Wine has signed up Valencia-based artisanal producer Celler del Roure.

Czech brewer Budvar has hit back at a report claiming drinkers cannot taste the difference between Stella Artois, Heineken and its eponymous beer, writing it off as a prank from a notorious troublemaker.

Retailers need to stand their ground and refuse to be bullied into adopting Reducing the Strength schemes by heavy-handed authorities, according to a licensing expert.

A “yes” vote for Scottish independence could leave the drinks industry out of pocket either side of the border, an excise specialist has warned.

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has added 10 wineries from across the globe to its portfolio in a bid to build on 30% growth in the past year.

The off-trade will enjoy a multimillion-pound boost if retailers create a clear shot category in the spirits fixture, according to a leading supplier.

The cost of wine production will continue to soar in Argentina after the South American nation defaulted this month, according to a leading wine consultant.

Islay distillery Bowmore has released the second batch of its limited-edition Devil’s Cask whisky.

Quintessential Brands has redesigned the packaging for its Greenall’s gin brand and is promoting it with an on-pack competition to win a Mini Cooper.

Waitrose Cellar has created what is claims is the perfect pre-selected case of wines for vegetarians.

Northamptonshire-based boutique distiller Warner Edwards is launching a limited edition rhubarb gin on September 1.

Treasury Wine Estates is at the centre of a bidding war after a second private equity group launched a £1.9 billion takeover bid for the Wolf Blass and Penfolds supplier.

Hendrick’s is giving away its signature tea cups in a new gift pack called Dreamscape.

Waitrose is offering its customers 25% off all wines over this coming weekend.

Adnams said its shops are enjoying a “positive trend” as it announced a 29% in operating profits for the first half of 2014.

Edrington has been given the green light for a £100 million redevelopment of its Macallan distillery near Craigellachie on Speyside.

Wine Australia is returning to London this September for a free-pour showcase of 100 wines after hailing last year’s inaugural event a success.

South African producer Origin Wine has launched a 75cl bottle of wine separated into four ready-to-drink glasses that can be snapped apart upon opening.

Diageo is ramping up its bid to bring the cocktail revolution into shoppers’ homes after identifying a £340 million growth opportunity in the off-trade.

The Drinks Retailing Awards 2015 entry deadline has been extended to August 8 to give retailers a final opportunity to win a prestigious gong.

AB-Inbev said it has grown UK sales by 8.1% in the first half of 2014, driven by market share gains for Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Diageo Great Britain has announced a net sales growth of 2% over the past year, with Baileys and reserve brands such as Talisker and Ciroc leading the charge.

Berry Bros & Rudd is giving its overhauled wine club a big push in a bid to broaden its reach and attract younger consumers.

Villa Maria is launching a “virtual vineyard” app that allows wine lovers to discover more about New Zealand’s wine regions.

Kingstone Press is launching its canned apple ciders in a range of shrink-wrapped multipacks.

The advertising watchdog has warned Tesco to sort out its promotional strategy after it broke advertising rules with a misleading deal on Hobgoblin ale.

Jagermeister ad banned

30 July, 2014

A Jagermeister ad featuring surfers riding extreme waves on a windswept Icelandic beach has been banned for linking alcohol to “tough and daring behaviour”.

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

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

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

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

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.

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