2011 September

Beer and spirits fraud soars

30 September, 2011

Duty fraud on beer and spirits has shot up by 46% to more than £1.2 billion, a report by HM Revenue & Customs has revealed.

Minimum pricing, together with statutory curbs on alcohol advertising, display and sponsorship, are among measures being considered by the Republic of Ireland government to tackle what one minister called “the terrible blight” of alcohol abuse.

The Portman Group is to embark on a comprehensive review of its code of practice on the naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks.

Retailers have criticised a Scottish government plan to introduce an extra business rate levy on supermarkets that sell alcohol and tobacco.

The UK has consolidated its position as Spanish wine’s number two export market, behind Germany.

Alcohol-free wine Eisberg has launched a campaign aimed at pregnant women.

New buyer for Majestic

28 September, 2011

Majestic Wine has appointed Andy Lloyd as its buyer for Chile, Argentina, beer and cider.

Three Cheshire off-licence workers have been arrested for working in the UK illegally.

Bibendum grows its board

28 September, 2011

Bibendum has doubled the size of its management board after growing turnover and profits in its latest financial results.

'Retail decline stable' – CBI

28 September, 2011

The volume of retail sales in September is lower than a year ago, but the pace of decline has stabilised says business organisation the CBI.

Bottle Green has been appointed as the UK partner for French wine brand Barton & Guestier.

The Alcohol Education Trust has reached more than 4,000 secondary school pupils in its first year, it claims.

Pernod Ricard has appointed Denis O’Flynn as managing director of its UK business.

Campo Viejo is sponsoring the seventh London Spanish Film Festival.

Exclusive wine range for Spar

26 September, 2011

Spar is launching a new exclusive label wine called Falcon Valley.

Sheffield wine merchant Michael Menzel has died aged 70, after a battle with cancer.

Alcohol Concern wants retailers to help raise awareness of the dangers of mixing energy drinks and alcohol.

Specialist beer importer James Clay has launched a stinging attack on the new higher rate of duty for beers with a strength of more than 7.5% abv.

South African winery Linton Park has named Chalié Richards as its UK agent.

Ashworth is new Portman boss

21 September, 2011

The Portman Group has appointed Henry Ashworth as its new chief executive officer.

Cape Wine Exporters plans to launch its Mount Rozier brand in the UK market in 2012.

Wine supplier PLB has appointed Willem Hunter as brand manager for its Viña Ventisquero and Yali Chilean wines, Spier from South Africa and California’s Sutter Home and Trinchero Family Vineyards.

SAB Miller has agreed to buy Australia’s Foster's beer business in a deal which values the company at A$11.5 billion.

Ad campaign for Campo Viejo

21 September, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK is to advertise its Campo Viejo Rioja brand in print media for the first time in three years.

Former Diageo GB boss Simon Litherland has been appointed managing director of Britvic Soft Drinks, the GB arm of Britvic plc.

Russian Standard is to be distributed in the UK by Whyte & Mackay after four years with First Drinks Brands.

A new TV campaign for Carling starts today as part of a £7.3 million investment in the brand by Molson Coors.

Somerset cider brandy has been given Protected Geographical Identification status by the EU after a trade campaign backed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and the UK government.

Relaunch for Botany Creek

15 September, 2011

Halewood International is relaunching its Botany Creek British light wine brand.

Just under 100 breweries have opened in the UK in the past 12 months, bringing the total to 840.