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Beer sales down by 1.8 million pints a day

Published:  27 October, 2008

The decline in beer sales in the UK is accelerating, reveal figures from the British Beer & Pub Association out today.

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Weekend round-up: Alcohol one-third cheaper than 10 years ago

Published:  27 October, 2008

A round-up of stories from the weekend newspapers.

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Sign Harpers' No 10 petition

Published:  24 October, 2008

Harpers has put up a petition on the No 10 Downing Street website calling on members of the public to lobby the Prime Minister over any potential drinks legislation.

 

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Fortune Brands announces management change at Beam Global

Published:  24 October, 2008

Fortune Brands, makers of Jim Beam bourbon, has announced that Tom Flocco, president and chief executive officer of its Beam Global Spirits & Wine business is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

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Le Manoir team scoop wine and dessert trophy

Published:  24 October, 2008

The assistant chef sommelier and the 1st Commis Pastry chef from Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Oxford have scooped year's Wines of Roussillon Dessert Trophy.

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Ambassade de l'Ile appoints new sommelier

Published:  24 October, 2008

Ambassade de l'Ile, the London outpost of Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex's two Michelin-starred l'Auberge de l'Ile in Lyon, has appointed Aurelien Gil-Artagnan as sommelier.

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Asda refuses to support minimum pricing bid

Published:  23 October, 2008

Asda will not support government legislation in favour of a minimum price for alcohol, according to its public affairs director Guy Mason. Text

Asda will not support government legislation in favour of a minimum price for alcohol, according to its public affairs director Guy Mason.

Citing a survey of 10,000 people conducted by the supermarket chain, Mason told delegates at the Westminster Health Forum seminar on Alcohol and Responsibility that Asda customers are "overwhelmingly" against the proposal. Sixy-seven percent of customers voted against a minimum pricing policy in the survey.

"We would not welcome minimum pricing as our customers have told us they wouldn't want it. Why are we being asked to punish 80% of our customers because of the behavior of the minority?" said Mason.

Mason added that it was "in (Asda's) DNA" to offer low prices to our customers.

Other delegates at the conference have criticised Asda for its reluctance to end deep discounting. Alcohol Concern's chief executive, Don Shenker, said: "Asda's mission statement is to provide the best price for its consumers. The problem with that is that alcohol is not an ordinary product - it's a psychoactive drug.

"Through supermarkets the people who are most vulnerable to alcohol misuse are able to afford alcohol cheaply. To prevent this we need to look at a strategy for minimum pricing to end irresponsible deep discounting."

Professor Mark Bellis, the director of the centre for public health at Liverpool John Moores University, also called for minimum pricing to be enforced, referring to cheap alcohol in supermarkets as "the cancer at the heart of our drinking problem."

Earlier this month, Labour MP Sally Keeble launched a new private members bill proposing a minimum price on alcohol.

Under the new plans, a Drinks Industry Council (DIC) would be created, comprised of representatives from the industry, producers, police, health care, youth sector and consumers. The DIC would advise Government on a minimum price for a unit of alcohol, promotions and set codes of conduct.

Should Asda come under fire for refusing to support a minimum pricing policy? Have your say in our comments section.

 

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Cash-strapped Irish consumers refuse to ditch wine habits

Published:  23 October, 2008

A poll carried out by an Irish wine merchant suggests that consumers are looking for better value wine purchases rather than ditching it altogether during the credit crunch.

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Coca-Cola Zero limited edition James Bond bottle

Published:  23 October, 2008

Coca-Cola Zero gives new meaning to the term Zero Zero 7 as it launches a limited edition bottle to celebrate the release of the 22nd Bond film, Quantum of Solace.
Source: Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd

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Powershot gets UK release

Published:  23 October, 2008

Making natural energy compact as a 10ml bottle, Powershot emerges as a premium energy shot with 100% natural ingredients.
Source: Powershot

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Irish wine hike could face Euro challenge

Published:  23 October, 2008

The European courts could challenge a 20.2% hike on excise duty on wine unveiled in last week's controversial Irish budget, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned.

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Thirsty Planet launches new pack for younger customers

Published:  23 October, 2008

While growth in the bottled water market appears to have come to a halt, the leading charity water brand, Thirsty Planet, is enjoying year-on-year volume sales that have more than trebled (manufacturer's estimate July 2008).
Source: Waterbrands

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WSTA calls for compulsory alcohol education for children

Published:  23 October, 2008

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is urging ministers to make education about alcohol a compulsory element of the school curriculum.

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'Jumbo' brewery gets royal opening

Published:  23 October, 2008

Heineken has opened a "jumbo" brewery in Seville, Spain.

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Tesco launches budget wine range

Published:  23 October, 2008

Tesco has unveiled a range of budget wines, packaged in one-litre Tetra Paks and priced at £2.89.

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The Wine Show kicks off in London

Published:  22 October, 2008

More than 800 wines from 17 countries will go on display at The Wine Show in London from tomorrow.

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United Brands wins major on-trade deal

Published:  22 October, 2008

United Brands, UK distributor of Gosling's Black Seal Rum, has achieved a listing in the on-trade sector with a prominent retail chain.

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ALMR calls for end to "crippling monopoly" over pub TV subs

Published:  22 October, 2008

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has presented to the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group on Ofcom's inquiry into the supply of Sky into pubs. Text

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has presented to the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group on Ofcom's inquiry into the supply of Sky into pubs.

The ALMR has called for Ofcom to put an end to Sky's "crippling monopoly" over pubs' pay TV subscriptions, and called on MPs to demonstrate their support for the pub industry by backing its plea.

According to ALMR research, Sky costs represent around 2.5% of total turnover for community pubs - the equivalent to all other normal operational costs including laundry, cleaning, glassware, telecoms and stock-taking. It is only marginally lower than utility costs of 3% of turnover.

Kate Nicholls, head of communications at ALMR, said: "The average subscription is now an incredible £15,000 per pub per year. We've calculated that a licensee effectively has to sell an extra 25,000 pints a season to pay for the cost of a Sky subscription.

"In real terms, the cost of a Sky subscription has increased by over 463% since 1996 - when Sky first became a must-have in pubs. Over the same period, the TV licence fee has increased by just 57% and the price of a pint by 61% - despite the best endeavours of the Chancellor.

"If the price of lager had risen at the same rate as Sky since 1996, we would currently be paying over £9 a pint."

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Carling offers pubs free website

Published:  22 October, 2008

Carling is offering pubs the chance to create their own websites for free.

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Carling offers pubs free website

Published:  22 October, 2008

Carling is offering pubs the chance to create their own websites for free.

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