Off Licence News is campaigning for legal clarity over the Reducing the Strength initiative after an alarming rise in the number of councils banning retailers from selling various drinks.
Representatives from more than 40 councils attended a conference hosted by Suffolk Police this week with a view to implementing a ban on “super-strength” products in their areas.
It’s clear that ordinary retailers across the country are coming under great pressure to remove “super-strength” beers and ciders from their shelves.
Premium spirits supplier Mangrove has broken away from parent company Coe Vintners to create an independent firm dedicated to driving value into the spirits market.
Readers still have time to back OLN’s push to get the duty escalator scrapped in this year’s Budget, as the industry’s efforts to influence the chancellor intensify before his March 19 announcement.
Morrisons has appointed Phil Cave to head up its wine team following the departure of Andrew Turner.
Australian winery Penfolds has released its 2014 Bin Series into the UK market as it celebrates its 170th birthday.
Heineken has vowed to bring Kronenbourg’s Hero Hop Farmers of Alsace back to TV screens after revising an ad that was banned for falsely implying the beer was brewed in France.
A Hackney microbrewery has teamed up with multinational drinks giant Pernod Ricard to create a limited-edition stout aimed at the St Patrick’s Day market.
Berry Bros & Rudd is giving consumers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing an agency deal with start-up company Viniv.
AB-InBev has launched a rum-flavoured beer called Cubanisto to capitalise on the burgeoning market for spirit infused beers.
The wine trade will succeed if it fights off the threat of innovative rival categories by keeping ranges fresh, pushing new varietals and highlighting wine’s provenance, according to a leading supplier.
Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and France will be the star performers in the wine world this year, according to Ehrmann’s.
North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has submitted an early day motion asking Parliament to debate the merits of scrapping the duty escalator on cider.
The body that represents pan-French appellation Vin de France has picked 87 wines to represent the country this year.
PLB has added Western Australian winery Capel Vale to its portfolio and will distribute a four-strong range across the UK.
A memorial service for Michael Cox will take place at Southwark Cathedral on Thursday, April 10.
A Portuguese wine company is launching a premium range of estate-grown wines after more than 30 years supplying the volume end of the market.
A Chicago drinks maker has hit back at the Portman Group after it was banned from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.
Heineken is spending £100 million on marketing a wide range of new and existing brands in 2014 as it embarks on its “biggest innovation year ever”.
Jägermeister will hit TV screens for the first time ever next month as part of a £3 million ad campaign designed to boost its off-trade sales.
The Portman Group has banned Chicago drinks maker Phusion Projects from marketing its Four Loko RTD brand in the UK.
Amarula cream liqueur is set to launch its first new product in 25 years – Amarula Gold, a clear golden 30% abv spirit.
Reh Kendermann’s 5.5% abv B by Black Tower grew 52% in 2013, bucking a decline in the lower-alcohol wine market.
Before he died last week, wine industry doyenne Michael Cox donated his limited-edition collection of Taittinger Champagne to drinks trade charity The Benevolent.
Californian wine supplier Gallo aims to make Moscato this season’s must-have varietal with the launch of two new wines and a £1 million ad campaign.
Gallo is targeting independent retailers with New Amsterdam vodka, the first spirits brand to sell 1 million cases within its first year in the US.
Diageo has been warned that its future advertising must not link alcohol with daringness or toughness after the watchdog banned a Captain Morgan ad featuring a daredevil buccaneer.
Thatchers has released a limited edition cider made from 458 different types of apple grown in a single orchard.
Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday (Feb 24) and the Co-op is offering 20% off many of its own-brand range to celebrate 10 years of Fairtrade wine.
Industry legend Michael Cox has died following a battle with cancer and twin brother David has led tributes to “an amazing man”.
The Scotch Whisky Association has vowed to fight tooth and nail to see the proposed minimum unit pricing policy axed in Scotland.
Wines of Chile’s European director Michael Cox has died after a battle with cancer.
AB Inbev aims to reach 43 million UK consumers with a marketing campaign promoting Budweiser’s sponsorship of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Diageo has launched a peach variant of super-premium vodka brand Ciroc.
Diageo has warned that Britain leaving the EU could lead to dwindling Scotch whisky exports and impede the UK’s economic recovery.
Comedian Danny Wallace has created a new beer in collaboration with the recently reopened east London brewery Truman’s.
The team behind the Let There Be Beer campaign has hired a former Accolade, Diageo and LVMH marketing boss to spearhead the initiative.
A small-batch rum inspired by a Filipino revolutionary has hit the UK off-trade after Glasgow-based supplier Marblehead signed a distribution deal with Bleeding Heart Rum Company.
Tesco has bolstered its wine team by plucking Charlotte Lemoine from the shop floor at Majestic and turning her into an assistant product developer.
Berry Bros & Rudd is giving wine lovers the chance to make their own Bordeaux wines after signing up start-up company Viniv.
Consumers can win a trip for two to Brazil in a new on-pack promotion launched by the nation’s generic body.
Melvin Ruigrok has taken over as general manager at Imperial Tobacco’s UK arm.
The industry’s ability to contribute more to the country’s economic recovery is being severely hampered by the government’s policy on alcohol tax, an exclusive OLN survey has shown.
Accolade has reported double-digit growth in market-leading Australian brand Hardys and said the return to prominence of Chardonnay from Down Under will spur even greater progress.
The French Wines with Style campaign has put digital marketing at the heart of its 2014 campaign in a bid to show off the best Gallic wines to increasingly web-savvy consumers.
Tesco is launching an exclusive range of beers after giving the five regional brew-masters at Marston’s free reign to create experimental brews for the retailer.
Brands that have not had much exposure to discounting can help retailers push up the average price of a bottle of wine and shake off reliance on promotions, according to a leading supplier.
Diageo hopes that the new elderflower variant of Gordon’s gin will eventually account for more than a tenth of the brand’s sales.
Advertising watchdogs have banned ads for Kronenbourg featuring ex-footballer Eric Cantona because they falsely implied the beer was made in France.