2007 August

InBev has vowed to “do better” in the UK market after disappointing second quarter sales.

InBev has vowed to “do better” in the UK market after disappointing second quarter sales.

Diageo’s UK sales dropped 5 per cent in the year ending June 2007 due to poor sales of RTDs and beer and slow spirit sales in the run up to Christmas.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is asking the European Commission to relax a law which stops certain low alcohol wines being sold in the UK.

Dutch brewer, Bavaria is sending out an anti drink-driving message with a new ad for its alcohol-free beer, Bavaria Malt.

Polish push for Makro

28 August, 2007

Cash and carry operator Makro is launching a range of Polish products in some of its stores.

Beer battered by storms

24 August, 2007

Lager sales have been the biggest victim of the wet summer, according to the latest Nielsen figures.

United Brands is relaunching its Irish vodka Boru in revamped packaging.

Hine Vintage Cognacs is rolling out a gift box to target Christmas consumers.

Balblair Malt Whisky has joined forces with top Scottish companies for its latest marketing drive.

AnCnoc has joined Scotland's Sunday Herald to find the country's best blogger.

New look for strong seller

23 August, 2007

J Wray & Nephew is rolling out Cognac-based Alizé Bleu in new-look packaging.

Möet Hennessy is relaunching its flagship whisky Glenmorangie with revamped packaging, range additions and a new marketing strategy.

Like the market in general, own-label premium bottled ales are getting more upmarket and diverse.

Brewers, retailers and beer buyers talk to OLN about the challenges and opportunities for the sector

Message from a bottle

23 August, 2007

New brands and suppliers are key to retaining and growing the level of interest in PBAs. Christine Boggis reports

Don't go into the light

23 August, 2007

Exposing an ale to the sun's rays can have a nasty effect on the taste, Christine Boggis discovers

Cobra Beer has recruited a second director from Beam Global to help expand the company's mainstream and export business.

Rugby fever has hit some of the UK's top beer brands as the

Beer in brief

23 August, 2007

Anheuser-Busch's Spanish imported lager Estrella Damm is bringing the feel of Barcelona to the streets of London thanks to 250 cabs featuring a design by artist Silja Gotz. Estrella Damm is also sponsoring the London Spanish Film Festival at the Ciné Lumière, Kensington, from Sept 14-27.

XXXX is running a radio promotion giving stressed office workers the chance to relax "Aussie-style".

Scottish & Newcastle UK has repackaged Kronenbourg 1664 and Kronenbourg Premier Cru to give them a more premium image.

A Nottingham brewery has launched a website in a bid to market its bottled beers across the UK, which are being targeted at fans of Robin Hood.

Tesco has waded into the most hotly disputed arena of the beer world with the launch of an own-label lager from the Czech Republic's Ceské Budejovice - home of Budweiser Budvar and its 100-year-old, worldwide legal battle against Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser.

Taking on the big boys

23 August, 2007

The Rhône is starting to muscle in on Bordeaux and Burgundy with its well-priced quality wines. Rebecca Evans reports

They aren't quite the horsemen of the apocalypse, but the combination of economic turmoil, headlines about teenage boozing and one of the wettest summers on record ought to be very bad news indeed for the wine business.

A wine merchant in North Yorkshire has proposed raising the legal drinking age to 21 to help change the nation's approach to alcohol consumption.

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched its Virtual Wine School with the release of the first of six free video podcasts.

News in brief

23 August, 2007

lThe Oxford Wine Company is listing Fairtrade wines for the first time. Los Robles Sauvignon Blanc 2006 and Carmenère 2005 are both now on sale at the store for £5.99. Last month, Ehrmann's introduced the first premium Fairtrade wine range to the UK. Soluna Malbec (rrp £8.99) and organic Malbec (rrp £9.99) will be launched at the Argentina tasting on Sep 19 and are targeted at independent wine merchants and organic specialists.

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