2008 July

Inbev UK has reviewed its wholesale pricing because of what it describes as large cost increases, including steep rises in energy, packaging and transport bills.

Ireland is waking up this morning to tough new regulations on the sale of alcohol – and, as with the smoking ban, the UK authorities will be watching with interest.

Off-trade beer sales climbed 3.8% between April and June, while sales in pubs collapsed by 10.6%, according to new figures.

Diageo is reportedly ready to take a 30% stake in Cobra Beer in a deal which could be worth as much as £30 million.

Liverpool brewer Cains has admitted that its future is in doubt after reporting a £4.6 million loss in the six months to April 27.

Posters from Fuller's Organic Honey Dew beer are now appearing in and around London at major railway stations and, for the first time, Underground stations.

Corona Extra is being backed by a £1 million national advertising campaign launching this month.

Pear ciders have seen dramatic sales increases in Asda stores, the company reports, as a host of new entrants come into the market.

Beck's labels designed by talented young artists will replace the brand's traditional livery throughout August.

The combined Inbev and Anheuser-Busch business is not planning any immediate changes to its UK operations, despite speculation that A-B's Mortlake brewery in London could close.

The landscape artists

25 July, 2008

This month: a look at some of the icons of Argentine wine and how they have raised the status of a great winemaking nation

Tasting table

25 July, 2008

A selection of wines from Burgundy's 2006 vintage

A French winery owned by an Australian former investment banker and his French wife has released a

Leading Fairtrade wine brand Fairhills is launching a range of Chilean wines in the UK market.

A conference for wine bloggers is being held in Rioja

St Emilion has been plunged into chaos after a court ruled that its most recent reclassification was not carried out with fairness and impartiality.

Australia is in danger of losing its position as the number one supplier of wine to the UK if it doesn't stop producing "big, tannic, alcoholic wines", a leading trade figure has warned.

In brief

25 July, 2008

PLB has expanded its marketing department with the creation of two brand manager roles. Adam Wyartt has been recruited to supervise the company's Italian, Iberian and US portfolios while Paul Shelton (pictured) has been promoted to look after brands and agencies from South Africa, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Wyarrt joins

German summer focus

25 July, 2008

Wines of Germany's Step Out with Riesling & Co summer sampling campaign got under way at picnic concerts at Arley Hall in Cheshire and Tonbridge Castle in Kent last month.

Finca Las Moras has launched a new premium Argentinian wine, Gran Shiraz Three Valleys, which it claims demonstrates the "world class potential for Shiraz from San Juan".

Babich is ending its partnership with Percy Fox and setting up its own UK office.

When the billionaire trader George Soros calls the current

Q What's the maximum safe stacking height for cases of beer?

QI like the idea of allowing customers to try wine before they buy and have read that some retailers now use machines, which let people help themselves to selected bottles. How do I get hold of these machines?

the forum

25 July, 2008

To respond to the unanswered questions below, or to ask a reader's advice, simply e mail:


A community-friendly model

local authorities can

use as a platform to fight under-age drinking is a giant leap forward for the trade. Laura Clark r

How many people have been convicted of alcohol-related offences?

Drink does Dallas

25 July, 2008

Why retailers should move away from the big brand re-runs

Tesco's decision to extend its Value range of budget lines into wine for the first time is sure to have a

far-reaching impact on the category. Nigel Huddleston report

Looking at your Wine Report (OLN, July 11), I wasn't surprised to see that retailers' margins (apart from the all-powerful multiple grocers, of course) were down on last year.