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.

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. 

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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

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).

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

Jim Beam has given a UK launch to a Maple style of the well-known bourbon brand, nearly a year after it was launched in the US.

Maxxium UK has given a packaging revamp to Naked Grouse, the small batch blend from the Edrington-owned Famous Grouse family.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail has reported a pre-tax profits increase of 31.5% for the financial year ending April 27.

New shop for Tanners

11 July, 2014

Tanners has opened a new shop in Shrewsbury’s Wyle Cop shopping centre.

First Drinks has been renamed William Grant & Sons UK in a bid to reflect “the rich heritage of William Grant as one of the world’s finest distillers”.

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo is doing a Cliff Richard and going on a summer holiday around the UK in a double-decker bus.

Fifteen thousand shoppers are expected to attend Tesco’s annual wine fairs this autumn after the retailer moved the London leg to a larger venue at Earls Court to cope with increased demand.

The Lakes Distillery has created what it believes is the first blend of whiskies from around the British Isles and launched it nationally through luxury department store Harvey Nichols.

A former Heineken director has set up his own drinks company and launched a beer blended with fruit and botanicals.

Glenmorangie has released a 34-year-old whisky called Pride 1978 that it describes as its “most exclusive” launch ever.

Robert Humphreys was crowned Beer Drinker of the Year at the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group’s annual awards dinner last night.

Political scientist Dame Joan Stringer has been appointed chair of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, a group set up by the industry to tackle alcohol abuse.

The government praised the drinks industry after it voluntarily made six pledges to help the authorities tackle alcohol abuse and promote responsible drinking.

Tesco will send its wine experts out to host tastings in shoppers’ homes and community centres over the next six months in a bid to make wine less daunting.

Scottish beer lovers can sample around 200 local and international brews when Glasgow’s Drygate brewery hosts the Craft Beer Rising festival in September.

Pernod Ricard’s wine development director Adrian Atkinson has left the business after eight years in the role. 

Beer and cider sales grew 12% as the football World Cup kicked off – but failed to revive struggling supermarkets, which saw overall sales decline in the four weeks to June 21, according to Nielsen.

Magners owner C&C Group has released a blueberry variant of its American-style cider, Hornsby’s.

A team of wine trade professionals is set to run the Médoc marathon in memory of Michael Cox, the former head of Wines of Chile UK who died of cancer earlier this year.

Tesco’s Laura Jewell MW has teamed up with Helen McGinn, author of best-selling book the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, to host a live online wine tasting.

Roberson revamps website

03 July, 2014

London independent wine merchant Roberson Wine has launched a new website designed to make online shopping easier and more reactive for its customers.

Waitrose is upping the ante in imported whiskey in response to a surge of interest from its shoppers.

Aston Manor Cider is to build a new warehousing and distribution hub three miles from its production site in Birmingham.

Orkney distillery Highland Park has added a new expression to its core range.

Luxury Polish vodka U’Luvka has signed a UK distribution deal with the spirits agency company Love Drinks.

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