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Carlsberg directly addresses Stella Artois in new ad campaign

30 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The ‘Trust Your Tastebuds’ push will centre on billboards advertising Carlsberg Export carrying the messages ‘7/10 prefer Export to Stella – 3/10 can still change their mind’

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Furore over negative Responsibility Deal report continues as DH claims to 'welcome' review

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

This morning’s PIRU report has caused an industry storm over the effectiveness of voluntary policy on alcohol consumption


Department of Health-commissioned alcohol report attacks Responsibility Deal, demands more action

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

 Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said measures on alcohol had been, at best, “ineffective” with actions “poorly reported” by suppliers

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'Billion units of alcohol removed' claim is flawed, says report Subscription

25 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Claims that up to 870 million of the 1.3 billion units removed from the market were accounted for by changes to the way HMRC recorded beer data

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Diageo goes all-out with Pimm's, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff NPD

23 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Pimm’s Summer Crush and Gordon’s Frozen Cooler will be rolling out this month to join the brand’s existing Smirnoff and Parrot Bay pouched products

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Brothers brings coconut water to the cider market

20 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Brothers Cider is looking to tap the coconut water boom with the launch of a Coconut & Lime cider.

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Diageo to roll out Guinness Golden Ale next month

20 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Diageo is further expanding its Guinness brand into the premium bottled beer market with the launch of a golden ale.


Diageo to put 'per serving' calorie content on its alcohol

19 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The company said it believed existing lack of information led to “confusion” among consumers who wanted to know more


Alcohol duty cuts: an industry reacts

18 Mar 2015

After the Chancellor announced plans to cut duty on beer, spirits and cider in the Budget, we get reactions

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Monster Raving Loony Party get branded ale in Hogs Back coalition

18 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Hog In The Limelight is a temporary rebrand of Hogs Back Brewery’s Hogs Back Bitter for the duration of the election campaign

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Mail Online to partner with Parrot Bay in £2m Diageo marketing boost

18 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The ads feature the strapline ‘Fruity Fun for the Weekend’ and aim to introduce the range to 18 to 25-year-old female consumers

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Craft beer brewers line up Scottish export deal

17 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Glasgow-based wholesaler JW Filshill has signed up 19 Scottish brewers for its export initiative Craft Beer Clan

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Budweiser campaign to help amateur footballers score moment of fame

17 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The Dream Goal competition challenges players to submit videos for a chance to star in the beer brand’s spring TV campaign

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Diageo sees value in price-marked packs for Johnnie Walker

16 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The supplier is rolling out 70cl (£16.49) and 35cl (£9.99) bottles of the blended whisky

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Bargain Booze owner Conviviality joins Association of Convenience Stores

16 Mar 2015 | By Beth Brooks

The ACS said Conviviality’s membership included all stores within its estate, which covers over 600 franchisee-operated stores

Pernod Ricard refreshes look of Malibu premix range

13 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Malibu & Cola’s sales rose a quarter last year to £2.26m, while the next bestselling variant – Pineapple – rose fivefold to £1.35m

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Scotch Whisky Association calls for spirits duty cut

13 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

After fall in Scotch consumption, SWA blames tax which stands at 78% of price of average bottle

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Heineken expands Desperados and Bulmers ranges Subscription

11 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Desperados Red will have higher caffeine content, while Bulmers gets a Zesty Blood Orange variety

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New Zealand wine brand added to Hatch Mansfield distribution

10 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The Te Awa Collection includes six wines under the Left Field label: sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, albariño, pinot noir, malbec and merlot

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Scotch whisky cream liqueur from BenRiach Distillery enters market

10 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Magnum, made by the independently-owned BenRiach Distillery Co, is packaged in a stainless steel flask designed to echo the shape of a milk jug

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Oddbins opens first beer-only shop

09 Mar 2015 | By Claire Farrell

The beer, wine and spirits retailer will use its new shop in Blackheath, London to sell 300 different varieties of ale, with three-quarters coming from the UK

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Marston's gives flagship Pedigree ale a facelift

09 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Marston’s is rolling out a new look for its flagship ale, Pedigree, following a slump in sales.

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Cîroc running paid-for video advertising push on Instagram

06 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Diageo’s premium vodka Cîroc has become the first alcohol brand in the UK to run paid-for video advertising on Instagram.

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Molson Coors kicks off Grolsch 400th anniversary celebrations

02 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Molson Coors is marking the 400th anniversary of Grolsch with a £2.7m UK media campaign.

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£80,000 of wine stolen from Sussex winery

02 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Bolney Wine Estate said the culprits had stolen almost 5,000 bottles from its warehouse at the estate near Haywards Heath

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The alcohol industry should prepare for a bumpy election ride Subscription

26 Mar 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The furore over Responsibility Deal reports is threatening to push alcohol back to the front of the election campaign


Palcohol: will US powdered alcohol face PR minefield in UK? Subscription

21 Mar 2015 | By Vince Bamford

“Palcohol would be very divisive as many consumers would not want it to be available,” suggests Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Expert


Focus on Wine & Champagne: 11 April

04 Mar 2015

Wine and Champagne is in strong growth, with value and volumes up. Look no further than the astounding growth of Prosecco.

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Walkers' ad mistake shows creative boundaries can be difficult

03 Mar 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The latest Lineker-heavy crisp ad had to be pulled due to complaints

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How traditional RTDs are fighting the rise of the newcomers Subscription

12 Feb 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

WKD is looking to shore up declining sales with a new look as it and other traditional RTDs continue to lose ground to newer products.


I'll drink to that Subscription

23 Dec 2014 | Updated: 06 Jan 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Typical: we learn of one of the biggest industry breakthroughs in cutting the amount of alcohol the nation knocks back through a mistake…

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Jack Daniel’s racks up £26.3m growth Video

19 Dec 2014 | By Rob Brown

Supermarket spirit sales are booming, and premium brands are taking much of the glory. In our fifth and final video to mark the launch of…

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Alcohol: Prosecco tops an uplifting year for alcoholic drinks Subscription

17 Dec 2014 | By Rob Brown

Heroes emerge from the unlikeliest of places at times of war. In the price war, they’ve stepped out of the booze aisles…

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This ain’t your grandma’s sherry Subscription

09 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

I recently moved into a shared house in London – the sort of home typical of late twenty-somethings in the capital priced out of the…

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Blossom Hill's Marty Spate: Big Interview Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By James Halliwell

On a brief visit to the UK, Marty Spate, master winemaker at Blossom Hill, talks wine snobs, creating crowd pleasing wine, going global and Christmas.

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No delay on Deal report

04 Dec 2014

We were surprised by the claim in The Grocer that the Responsibility Deal evaluation report is “delayed until at least 2016”…

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Girls' night out reminds us to get the Baileys in

28 Nov 2014 | By Mark Dishman

The glad rags are on, the friends are assembled and the taxis are hailed…

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