2011 January

Newcastle Brown Ale is promoting its schooner glasses with an instant-win promotion on promotional bottles.

Cider brand Jacques is using Facebook to recruit the stars of its next ad campaign.

Asda’s beers wines and spirits category director, Adrian McKeon, is joining Netto after a year in his current role.

Logistics firm JF Hillebrand has been awarded a new contract to manage all wine imports for Waitrose.

The Co-operative is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with some discounts on wines from South Africa, Chile and Argentina.

First Cape has launched a range of varietal wines from around the world called the First Cape Discovery Series.

The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions for young adults in England is still increasing, according to government figures.

Online retailer Find Wine has launched its first portfolio of fine wines.

The number of deaths related to alcohol has begun to fall, with a 4% drop during 2009, according to figures just released by the Office for National Statistics.

Tiger Beer has launched a limited edition four-pack featuring an image from a new digital ad for the brand.

Piper-Heidsieck has become the official Champagne partner of Jockey Club Racecourse, which operates 14 courses including Cheltenham, Aintree, Newmarket, Sandown, Kempton, Epsom and Haydock.

Scotland delays display ban

26 January, 2011

Scotland has delayed implementing its tobacco display ban this October because of an ongoing legal challenge.

Sales of take-home beer in the second quarter of 2010 outstripped the last three months of the year for the first time, according to figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

A senior Labour MP has branded Government plans for a ban on alcohol sales below the cost of duty and VAT as a “box-ticking exercise”.

Austria is expecting final 2010 export figures for wine to hit a record high after data for the first 10 months showed a jump in sales value and prices.

Strongbow is asking cider drinkers to supply a crucial line its forthcoming TV ad.

Alan Partridge has returned with a second instalment of Mid Morning Matters, the internet comedy show recorded for Foster’s.

Specialist spirits supplier Emporia Brands is hosting a training day on The Language of Fine Spirits for managers and owners from 20 independents in Scotland.

Premium crisp brand Tyrrells has widened its product base with the launch of Proper Popcorn.

The sweet taste of success

21 January, 2011

Consumers have always loved a bargain. Independent wine merchants might argue that their customers are different: that they are not motivated by price, they simply want great wine. Well, yes, they do want a fantastic product – but they would rather pay £7.50 than £10 for it, given the choice.

Asda claims its festive Champagne offers gave it the edge over its competitors.

South London independent wine merchant Theatre of Wine has crossed the Thames to open its second store.

The former boss of Scotland’s Bellevue cash and carry group has teamed up with an ex-Scottish & Newcastle sales executive to form a new consultancy business.

Former First Quench franchisees have enjoyed mixed fortunes since the business collapsed, the solicitor handling their case has told OLN.

The Portman Group is to advertise for members to join its independent complaints panel for the first time.

Magners is continuing its recovery in the UK, according to producer C&C, which has reported increased volumes for the cider despite no growth in revenues.

National Wine Month has launched a website to show the trade how to get involved with the industry initiative planned for May.

Shoplifting crackdown plea

21 January, 2011

Shoplifting is down, according to a retailer survey – thanks in part to a huge investment in crime-busting measures from shop owners. But there is concern that too many shoplifters are reoffending and not paying fixed penalties.

Nestlé Confectionery has added Milkybar Giant Buttons, Rolo and Smarties to its sharing bag range.

Fairtrade chocolate producer Divine has unveiled its Easter range.