2010 July

Norwich-based Naked Wines has been shortlisted for the Orange Innovation Award 2010 as part of the National Business Awards.

New TV ad for Bulmers

29 July, 2010

A new TV campaign for Bulmers cider which focuses on the brand’s heritage will be launched next month.

Diageo has said its favours tough action against licensees who break the law over a ban on below-cost selling to beat binge drinking.

The Association of Convenience Stores has said the Home Office proposals to reform the Licensing Act were "poorly conceived".

French drinks and luxury goods group LVMH has reported a 35% increase in operating profit in its wines and spirits division.

The government has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the Licensing Act, including the ban on below-cost sales of alcohol planned for the autumn.

Warwickshire cider maker Hogan’s has launched its 2009 Vintage Perry.

The Trans Ocean subsidiary of wine logistics specialist Hillebrand has won a contract to handle all wine imports for Constellation Europe’s UK facility.

Diageo’s Lagavulin single malt is to sponsor this year’s Islay Jazz Festival.

Pernod Ricard has formed a new company to develop the strategy of its portfolio of global wine brands.

Innis & Gunn is to take distribution of its speciality bottled beers in-house from August 1.

Gordon & MacPhail has relaunched its Dunkeld Atholl Brose liqueur, made with honey, oatmeal and Speyside malt whisky.

Intercontinental Brands is launching its Italian Job wines in the Tulip packaging rejected on TV’s Dragons’ Den.


23 July, 2010

We don’t trade over the web. Mail-order beer is not really viable because of the cost of transportation. We’ve got plans to do a more contemporary site and make sure people know what draught beers we have on offer at any one time. We really want to use the website to get people on to our email list.”?Chris Brown?Bitter Virtue?Southampton??“We’re redoing ours at the moment so hopefully by the end of the summer it will be much better. We get a little bit of business from it but not a lot.”?Richard Ambridge?Grapes of Worthing?West Sussex ?“Mine is dreadful and needs updating. When I worked at Philglas & Swiggot people would look at the website before coming into the shop, checking the range and then deciding whether to make the effort. When I went to the SITT tasting, Handford Wines was talking about its website and saying it was easy money, really. I’m planning to relaunch mine in September and I’m scheduling in two mornings a week to update it because I know that’s how fast my stock changes.”?Charlotte Dean?Wined Up Here?Norbiton?Surrey??“We don’t actually sell over the internet at the moment but we’re looking into it. We do have enquiries from people, so that’s nice. Just having an online presence makes a difference. We’d like to spend a lot more time doing it. People who are selling online spend a lot of time updating their sites and it’s not an easy thing to do. I’ve talked to other independents and they say that online retailing does increase your business.”?Ann Hayes?Ann & Vin?Newark-on-Trent?Nottinghamshire

Pernod Ricard UK is targeting drink- ?driving among 18 to 24 year olds in the next phase of its Accept Responsibility campaign.

Pierhead is set to introduce four beers in different styles to its portfolio in a bid to tap into what it sees as niches in the market.

Allowing 16 year olds to drink in pubs could be an effective way of dealing with under-age drinking, it has been claimed by a member of the Isle of Man’s parliament, the House of Keys.

A shop selling 600 bottled beers and home-made Gujarati food has opened in Fulham, west London.

In brief?

23 July, 2010

l JTI is launching a limited edition design on its Silk Cut Purple and Menthol Superslims 20s. The packs will be available for eight weeks and follow a move to a new textured design for the products earlier this year. Retailers are advised to sell the limited editions alongside the rest of the Silk Cut range, said JTI.

Britvic and Pepsi Co are giving away a Polaroid Two digital camera every hour in an on-pack promotion on 7-Up.

A chocolate milk drink has been launched by soft drinks producer Navson.

Nestlé is to back Milkybar in its biggest-ever marketing spend, to coincide with the launch of a raisin and biscuit version.

Coca-Cola Enterprises is supplementing the current marketing campaign it’s running in tandem with Diageo with a TV ad of its own for the Schweppes brand.

In brief

23 July, 2010

l Hornitos tequila is hosting a pop-up tattoo parlour at a London art gallery. The parlour will be at the Dray Walk Gallery on Brick Lane in the East End, on August 1. It will form the centrepiece of an exhibition of winning designs in a competition for body artists to design a limited edition bottle for the tequila. The tattoo parlour will offer product samplings and free temporary tattoos.

Ian Macleod Distilllers has launched a limited edition Pomerol-finish version of its Six Isles blended Scotch.

A 12% rise in sales of Bowmore single malt has helped Morrison Bowmore Distillers increase its profits.

Maxxium UK is looking to broaden the appeal of its Sourz brand as a mixable spirit with a new marketing campaign.

French-based Fair Trade Spirits has added Fair Goji and Fair Café liqueurs to its range. Both will be exclusive to Harvey Nichols in the take-home market until September 15.

Lamb’s Navy Rum is running an on-pack competition giving consumers the chance to win a two-week cruise.

Best of British

23 July, 2010

It’s expected that this year’s Great British Beer Festival will see more than 64,000 visitors pour through the doors at London’s Earls Court. Around 500 real ales and more than 100 ciders and perries will be on show over five days, together with a range of foreign beers from countries including Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic and the US.