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Courvoisier launches Toast of Paris campaign Subscription

02 Oct 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Courvoisier is aiming to appeal to younger drinkers, cater to a wider range of occasions and encourage uptake

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Waitrose links with Telegraph for new wine partnership

01 Oct 2015 | By Andrew Don

Telegraph Wine from Waitrose will offer an “extended” range including exclusively curated wine cases

House of Cocktails

Pre-mix market fuelled with new RTD brand House of Cocktails Subscription

30 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The range comes in five flavours

Absolut redesign

Absolut vodka bottles given major redesign

30 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The new bottles roll out from November


Carlsberg Northampton workers vote in favour of industrial action

29 Sep 2015 | By Andrew Don

Industrial action could impact Carlsberg deliveries

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Budweiser brings cheerleaders to Wembley in NFL promotion

28 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Six cheerleaders for the Miami Dolphins will join Budweiser brand ambassadors at the store next Wednesday

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Accolade Wines promotes Paul Schaafsma to CEO

28 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Schaafsma, currently general manager for UK & Ireland, takes up the role on 1 October and is succeeding John Ratcliffe

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Cockburn's port ramps up Christmas focus with gift tins Subscription

28 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Symington Family Estates is marking the 200th anniversary of Cockburn’s Port with the launch of three gift tins

Bluebeard's Revenge Pale Ale

The Bluebeards Revenge grooming brand launches first beer

28 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

High-end male grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has done the opposite of Carlsberg

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Wine and beer producer Chapel Down Group grows profits 31% Subscription

25 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Kent wine and beer producer Chapel Down Group grew sales by a third in the first half of 2015

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Publicity stunt: Heineken unveils action-packed Bond ad Video

24 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Heineken has launched an international TV and cinema advert starring Daniel Craig

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Diamond White cider relaunched as wine alternative Subscription

22 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Rolling out from this month, the 7.5% abv drink will be available in 500ml cans and two-litre PETs

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Johnnie Walker goes further with new global ad push Video Subscription

20 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Diageo is looking to appeal to millennials with the biggest-ever global campaign for Johnnie Walker

Fake Scotch

Scotch Whisky Association wins China fraudulent packaging battle Subscription

18 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The Scotch Whisky Association has won a legal battle against a company producing fraudulent packaging…

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Could gluten-free beer be next big thing in free-from? Subscription

17 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Beer has been tipped as a potential boom category for the free-from market…


Media Bites 17 Sep: AB InBev/SABMiller mega-deal Subscription

17 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

There’s only one story in town this morning as the papers pick through the bones of the potential merger of the world’s two largest brewers, after the confirmation of AB InBev’s approach for SABMiller.


Worthington beers to be brewed under licence from Molson Coors Subscription

16 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Worthington beers are to be brewed under licence from Molson Coors by consultancy Planning Solutions Limited

William Grant Brands

Profits rise 4% at William Grant despite sales slide Subscription

15 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Scottish spirits supplier William Grant & Sons saw annual profits climb by 4% in 2014 despite a 16% reduction in sales due to falling whisky exports and its decision to cut down its distribution of third party brands.

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Scotch whisky gets copycat protection in African countries Subscription

15 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Scotch has been given legal protection against fakes across 17 African countries

Anakena wine

Accolade Wines extends into Chile with Viña Anakena Subscription

14 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Accolade Wines claims to have become the first company to have a footprint in all major New World wine regions

Belvedere vodka

Belvedere launches TV push for link with James Bond film Spectre

14 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Belvedere vodka has launched a global TV campaign to mark its partnership with forthcoming Bond film Spectre

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Chris Welham appointed CEO at Wadworth & Co brewery

14 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Wiltshire brewery Wadworth & Co has appointed Chris Welham, MD of Spirit Pub Company’s Spirit Leased division, as CEO

Barefoot Pinot Grigio

E&J Gallo launches 187ml bottles for Barefoot range

14 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The range comprises pinot grigio, merlot and pink moscato

Definition Chablis Majestic

Majestic launches first own-label range

11 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

This marks the first time the retailer has sourced wine wholly itself

Sherry Wines website

Sherry body launches new strategy to grow global appeal

11 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The new strategy is focused on reminding consumers sherry is a versatile wine suited to a range of uses and occasions

Adam Leyland - Editor

Does Tesco's Carlsberg delisting square with Project Reset? Subscription

02 Oct 2015 | By Adam Leyland

Tesco’s delisting of Carlsberg boils down to the theory of probability

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Will the Magnificent Seven lagers thrive in ABI/SAB megabrew? Subscription

02 Oct 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

When the top player in any industry looks to take out its nearest rival, regulatory alarm bells inevitably start to ring

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A pint for the lady: why booze marketing should stop stereotyping Subscription

01 Oct 2015 | By Megan Tatum

The belief that what we drink is linked to our gender is a product of some very outdated marketing

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Spirits Category Report 2015 Subscription

18 Sep 2015 | By Natalie Brown

Brits, like Mr Bond, have developed a taste for gin, spending an extra £24m on it in the past year. What’s driving the growth?

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AB InBev takeover bid for SAB Miller has a long way to go before it becomes reality Subscription

16 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Tthe progress of merging the world’s two largest beer producers will be an elongated affair

Skyfall James Bond

Revealed: The booziest Bond and what it means for the spirits market Subscription

15 Sep 2015 | By Rob Brown

A partnership with 007 can pay big for brands


As drinkers cut back, booze brands must look to push posh Subscription

20 Aug 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Brits are eager to cut down on the booze, new research from Mintel shows

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Could crafty US trends save the British boozer? Subscription

12 Aug 2015 | By Gavin Cleaver

Pubs are closing but microbreweries are booming. So how can we square this circle?

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Holi smokes! Gin brand gets in on religious festival Subscription

06 Aug 2015

Holi is an ancient festival in the Hindu religion, celebrating the triumph of good over evil…

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Scotland hosts wine tastings, deep-fried Mars bar row

24 Jul 2015 | By Mark Dishman

Salmon, whisky, haggis, shortbread, ‘neeps’, Irn-Bru: all things consumed by all Scottish people…

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Duff is on its way: mmmm, beer Subscription

17 Jul 2015

Duff beer – Homer Simpson’s tipple of choice – is finally to get a consumer launch

Focus on Spirits (Landing page)

OC&C Global 50: Alcohol sales go flat but time not yet called on global potential Subscription

13 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

On the surface the global alcohol giants were amongst the worst performers in the 2015 OC&C Global 50, but the sector still looks well positioned for longer-term global growth.

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