The health lobby’s claims that alcohol is a costly burden on society have been decimated by a new study showing the government makes £6.5 billion profit a year through the nation’s love of drinking.

The Scotch Whisky Association has landed a major punch in its fight to have minimum unit pricing on alcohol declared unlawful.

More than 60 Australian winemakers will touch down on British soil this month for a series of trade events as the nation seeks to build on impressive growth in the UK.

Sussex independent wine merchant South Downs Cellars is running an Oktoberfest promotion for the first time after seeing its beer sales soar this year.

Wine merchant Tanners has opened a new store in a former auction house in Chester, bringing its estate up to seven and putting it in competition with fellow northern chain Corks Out.

Mezcal is the latest spirits trend set to excite discerning drinkers in cities across the UK, according to retailers.

Retailers have been warned not to give in to the temptation of buying illicit booze after a series of raids led to seizures of counterfeit spirits laced with dangerous chemicals.

The investment and collecting market for rare Scotch whisky is booming with auction sales of bottles of single malt up 35% in the first half of 2015.

New brews from Black Sheep

27 August, 2015

Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Brewery has launched three brews designed to appeal to experimental craft beer drinkers.

Australia’s Barramundi is targeting younger drinkers after a brand overhaul to position the brand as “the beach in a bottle”.

Innis & Gunn has launched a Bourbon Pale Ale, aged over bourbon-infused American heartwood oak. 

Molson Coors is giving Coors Light drinkers the chance to win adventure holidays in an on-pack promotion.

Kingsland Drinks has decided to merge its business with Bottle Green after buying the Leeds-based supplier in April.

Surging sales of Champagne and Irish whiskey helped Pernod Ricard grow sales grow 2% in 2014-15 but profits were lower than expected due to a €400 impairment on Absolut vodka, the firm’s full-year report has revealed.

Buckingham Schenk has added Chilean producer Garcés Silva Family Vineyards to its portfolio.

Surging summer sales of vodka, gin and sparkling wine have led the total off-trade BWS market into 0.7% value growth on the previous year (Nielsen, 12 weeks to 15/8/15).

Earthquake-hit Chilean farmers will see a wine produced from their Carignan grapes launched in the UK next month by Walker & Wodehouse.

Tesco is shutting down its online wine community after less than four years.

Innis & Gunn has raised £3 million through a mini-bond and is set to build a state-of-the-art brewery in south east Scotland.

Top chef launches ale

20 August, 2015

Tom Kitchin, chef of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin and gastro-pub The Scran & Scallie, has teamed up with the Isle of Skye Brewing Co to release premium brew Yer Ben.

Prosecco charges ahead

19 August, 2015

Prosecco has chalked up its third year as the nation’s favourite sparkling wine, with sales in supermarkets, off-licences and convenience stores up 72% in the past year – and is showing no sign of slowing down, IRI has reported.

Tesco looks set to drop half-price deals on wine in a bid to drive profits and restore consumer trust in its business.

Innovation in the cider market is being stifled by Reducing the Strength schemes, which are preventing producers from launching products in the UK.

Award-winning Surrey independent The Wine Reserve has been bought out by its store management team.

Two leading independent chains have expanded their footprints in the on-trade with new openings.

Conviviality Retail has launched two initiatives which it says will improve franchisee involvement in the group.

A retailer claims foreign companies are damaging his business by targeting UK shoppers with beers, wines and spirits that do not include duty or VAT.

Corona is bringing the beach to London’s Old Street with a new outdoor campaign.

The rise of craft beer and cider has sparked an 18% growth in volume sales of 33cl cans in the UK off-trade in the past year (Nielsen, year to May 2015).

Retailers have been urged not to put profit before people after officers seized 370 bottles of knock-off wine from two stores in Lincolnshire.

A group of Turkish winemakers has banded together to promote the nation’s indigenous and international grapes varietals in London next month.

Wine distributor Enotria has swallowed up rival Coe Vintners to create a supply firm that can offer the trade an “unmatched portfolio”.

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass is teaming up with World Cup-winning rugby star Will Greenwood for a marketing campaign called Winning Line Up.

A former executive at Kopparberg has launched a range of liqueurs based around the art of alchemy.

Former Man Utd goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and broadcasting legend Jeff Stelling make guest appearances in a new Carlsberg TV ad that celebrates the start of the Permiership 2015–16 season.

Meantime is offering drinkers the chance to win a trip to the Yakima Valley in Washington State in an on-pack promotion.

Thatchers has launched a marketing campaign called “cloudy with a 100% chance of apples” for its cloudy cider, Thatchers Somerset Haze.

Bibendum PLB Group has appointed Jascots’ head buyer Alastiar Pyatt as a buyer responsible for sourcing wines from across France.

Four retailers have been chosen to win £1,000 worth of stock in a promotion run by Off Licence News and Wines of Portugal.
The winning retailers will run an in-store promotion on Portuguese Wines in October.

The Bladnoch distillery in southwest Scotland will reopen and start producing whisky once more after Australian businessman David Prior snapped it up.

Celtic punk band The Pogues have teamed up with West Cork Distillers to launch an Irish whiskey into the UK market.

Heineken has declared that its new Strongbow cloudy cider will be the biggest alcohol launch in 2015 after allocating a £8 million marketing budget to promote it.

Heineken is bidding to reinvigorate the John Smith’s brand with the launch of a 4% abv golden ale.

A World Cup hangover was blamed after the revelation that beer sales have dropped 2% and cider is down 5% in 2015 (Nielsen, year to date to 20/6/15).

Underage drinking levels are at their lowest level since records began in 1988, according to Government statistics published today.

Quintessential Brands has created a small-batch gin that pays homage to the 18th century gin pioneer Thomas Dakin.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has appointed Inter Rhone’s marketing boss Olivier Legrand as marketing and communications manager.

US drinks firm Alltech has snapped up Northern Irish brewer The Station Works and Cumbria’s Cumberland Breweries Ltd in a bid to become one of the world’s top 50 craft brewers.

Gallo has brought in TV presenter Laura Whitmore to promote Gallo Family Vineyards Spritz in a £1 million marketing campaign called Spritz your Summer.

Shopkeepers in Middlesbrough are refusing to cave in to pressure from the authorities to adopt a Reducing the Strength scheme that will damage their businesses.

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