2010 November

Sainsbury’s is trying to grab early Christmas BWS sales with an offer of 25% off a purchase of six or more bottles of wine, include Champagne and sparkling.

Oddbins is preparing to trial a small store format under the name Oddies, according to reports.

Fuller’s has launched a poster campaign for its London Pride ale, featuring Top Gear presenter James May, who has recently become its brand ambassador.

The Government has said it will increase the tax on high-strength beer and cut duty on lower abv beer from late 2011.

Evertons Wines, the Worcestershire wholesaler and online retailer, has opened a wine shop.

Plastic bottles used by the soft drinks industry are creating unnecessary environmental problems, according to a report commissioned by Sodastream.

The Association of Convenience Stores has joined the chorus of voices expressing concern about locally-implemented minimum price schemes for alcohol.

John Smith’s has extended its horse racing sponsorship to the Wetherby and Sedgefield courses in 2011.

Pernod Ricard is running its first TV ad with a responsible drinking message in the UK.

The government is ready to announce a ban on sales of below-cost alcohol, based on the combined price of VAT and duty, according to reports.

UBUK is running a two-for-one dining on-pack promotion to support its Phileas Fogg snacks range.

Members of the public are being encouraged to flag up irresponsible alcohol products or inappropriate marketing.

Specialist beer retailer Beers of Europe is working on plans to add a microbrewery at its base at Setchey in Norfolk.

Tobacco to be in plain packs

26 November, 2010

The government has confirmed it is considering forcing tobacco manufacturers to bring in plain packaging for their products.

Customs officers have seized more than 300 litres of illicit alcohol, 7,800 cigarettes and 6.3kg of tobacco in raids on four shops in two areas of Nottingham.

Wine agency Copestick Murray has said it is focusing on independent retailers “more than ever before”.

Sainsbury’s has appointed Lucy Clements as its new winemaker.

Scotland bans multibuy deals

26 November, 2010

The Scottish Parliament has finally rejected minimum unit pricing for alcohol but has accepted a ban on multibuys, which will effectively outlaw three-for- £10 deals and BOGOFs.

A former IT man has opened a beer shop in Cheltenham.

Wine drinkers are not happy with the service they receive from supermarkets, according to research carried out by a consumer website.

Next May will be National Wine Month – an initiative which aims to unite the trade in a drive to boost consumer communications.

Supermarket beer discounts cost retailers £16 million in lost sales in the summer, according to Nielsen.

Majestic has increased its share of the UK wine market despite the recession and intense supermarket competition.

Morrisons is testing a new-look drinks section at a superstore in York.

New contact details for OLN

26 November, 2010

Off Licence News is moving home after being licensed to publisher Agile Media.

MPs have been told that an “unholy price war” has broken out in the spirits aisles.

Minimum pricing by back door

26 November, 2010

A leading health chief championing minimum pricing in Greater Manchester has spoken of plans to help roll out the controversial measure nationally.

The sparkling wine market is worth £669 million, up 9% from last year, OLN has revealed in its first Sparkling Wine Report.

Asda has signed a deal with Broadland Wineries to build its own bottling plant as part of a radical overhaul of its wine supply.

Wine prices hold for 10 years

26 November, 2010

The price of a bottle of wine has gone up just 85p in the past 10 years, according to Nielsen, with New World countries seeing increases as low as 6p.