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Diageo gives Baileys biggest ever ad push

Published:  05 November, 2008

Diageo is launching its biggest ever advertising campaign for Baileys this week, as it seeks to drive sales in the Christmas run-up.

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S&N withdraws Miller Beer from UK market

Published:  04 November, 2008

Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) is to stop making Miller Beer in the UK and channel its efforts into boosting sales of Miller Genuine Draft.

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United Brands makes premium addition to portfolio

Published:  04 November, 2008

United Brands has announced Godfrey's Schnapps as the latest addition to its premium portfolio.

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Corona Extra to sponsor major film festival

Published:  04 November, 2008

Corona Extra is to sponsor a major national festival showcasing up and coming film makers in the UK.

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InBev unveils TV ad for 4% Stella Artois

Published:  04 November, 2008

InBev UK has unveiled the TV ad that will launch its 4% variant of Stella Artois to consumers.

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NZ wine brand bids for fashion first

Published:  04 November, 2008

Fledgling New Zealand wine producer Invivo has partnered with a New York art gallery as it bids to position itself as a "fashionable" wine brand.

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Demand soaring for sparkling English wines

Published:  04 November, 2008

The popularity of sparkling English wines is on the up, with demand predicted to outstrip supply six times over in the run-up to Christmas. Text

The popularity of sparkling English wines is on the up, with demand predicted to outstrip supply six times over in the run-up to Christmas.

Marketing association English Wine Producers told the Metro newspaper that the reputation of English wines is soaring both at home and abroad, with China, Japan, Scandinavia and the US showing particular interest.

According to the association, by 2015 3.7million bottles of domestic sparkling wine will be sold, accounting for two-thirds of all English sales; up from less than half now.

Retail analyst Mintel says Britons have bought twice as much sparkling wine as champagne for the past two years.

Is the future bright for English sparkling wines? Have your say in our comments area.

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Diageo announces Christmas plans for Gordon's

Published:  04 November, 2008

Diageo will capitalise on its partnership with Gordon Ramsay to drive awareness of Gordon's gin over Christmas.

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JD Wetherspoon "encouraged" by sales lift

Published:  04 November, 2008

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has said it is confident for the year ahead, after reporting a like-for-like sales increase of 1.5% in the 13 weeks to 26 October.

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AFW launches hunt for sommelier of the year

Published:  04 November, 2008

The Academy of Food & Wine (AFW) has launched a search for the UK sommelier of the year.

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Wines in the Press: Sweet sherry and brilliant Bordeaux

Published:  04 November, 2008

Sherry is popular this week, with both Anthony Rose and Tim Atkin singing its praises. Meanwhile Victoria Moore reveals why an "experts' choice" in the supermarket might not always be what it seems and Jancis Robinson develops a passion for Bordeaux's 2005 vintage.

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Pernod ploughs £1m into Campo Viejo push

Published:  03 November, 2008

Pernod Ricard is launching a £1 million ad campaign to push its Campo Viejo Rioja wine brand.

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Weekend round-up: More than 4000 pubs face closure

Published:  03 November, 2008

The FT
More than 4,000 pubs will go out of business in the next two years as beer sales fall and higher bills crush profits, according to insolvency specialists at PwC. Sixty-four pub businesses went bust in the third quarter - more than double the number in the same period last year and nearly triple the number in 2006. A combination of factors, including the smoking ban and the aggressive marketing of alcohol by supermarkets, had helped encourage people to drink in their homes rather than pubs and bars.

The Mirror
A company which makes home booze deliveries was yesterday slammed for advertising itself as an "emergency service" and using an ambulance logo. Alcohol in Emergency's leaflets proclaim: "A in E ... your quick link to drink." But health groups and MPs called it "ill-judged" marketing by the Southampton firm that delivers all night until 6am.

Almost 42,000 pupils have been sent home for booze or drug offences in the past four years. A total of 1,930 primary and secondary school youngsters were expelled. And a further 39,890 were suspended, figures from the Department for Children Schools and Families show. Separate data from the Home Office reveals 521,000 under-18s have been able to buy alcohol in bars. Almost half of those who drank regularly admitted doing crime.

The Times
A 'silent epidemic' of dementia could await today's binge drinkers, psychiatrists have warned. Heavy drinkers of all ages are at risk of developing debilitating conditions, including alzheimers, in later life, according to a new a study. Its authors are now calling for cigarette-style warning labels on wine bottles to stave off a mental health time bomb.

Beer sales in pubs may be in steep decline, but real ale, once seen as the preserve of the sandal-wearing brigade, is on the up. According to the Society of Independent Brewers (Siba), sales of locally produced beers bucked the trend with a rise of 8 per cent in the first half of the year. The figures are in stark contrast with the wider beer market, which suffered a 7.2 per cent fall in sales in the three months to the end of September.

BBC Online
Pub-goers in Aberdeen are facing a drugs test before entering bars as part of a crackdown by Grampian Police. Officers in the force will be the first in Scotland to use an Itemiser - a device which can detect traces of drugs from hand swabs in a matter of seconds. The test is voluntary, but customers will be refused entry if they do not take part. They could be searched and even arrested if traces are found.

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Shepherd Neame scores Asian themed offer with Asda

Published:  31 October, 2008

Shepherd Neame's Asian Collection, which includes Kingfisher Beer, Sun Lik Beer and Asahi Beer, is part of an exclusive offer with the 330 Asda Stores, UK wide.
Source: Shepherd Neame

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Napa Valley generates billions for US economy

Published:  31 October, 2008

California's Napa Valley contributes $42 billion (£25.9 billion) a year to the entire US wine economy, according the findings of a new report.

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"Explosion" of 24-hour bars fails to materialise

Published:  31 October, 2008

Government statistics show that the "predicted explosion" in 24-hour drinking venues has failed to materialise. Text

Government statistics show that the "predicted explosion" in 24-hour drinking venues has failed to materialise.

Only a small number of pubs and bars; around 800, have applied for extended licenses in the past year - an increase of around 14% on the previous year, according to figures from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

In total, 6,300 premises can trade all night, the bulk of which are supermarkets and hotels. Hotel bars account for 61% of the total, supermarkets 20%, whilst pubs, bars and nightclubs account for only 10%. Nine per cent of those that can trade all night are listed as "other premises".

The 24-licensing laws came into force in November 2005. At the time, it was feared the laws would fuel a binge drink culture and put additional strain on police resources.

Licensing Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, said: "The vast majority of people who drink alcohol do so responsibly, and I believe they are mature enough to do so at a time of their own choosing.

"The small rise in the number of 24-hour licences shows that people are taking advantage of the flexibility on offer, although it is worth noting that most of these licences are held by hotels which have always been able to serve their customers 24 hours a day.

"So again the predicted explosion in 24-hour drinking has failed to materialise.

"What we have seen though is a significant increase in the use of police powers to tackle problem premises. I've said that I want to see these powers being used more widely, and today's statistics show that is beginning to happen."

The statistics also show that in the past year, 160 premises had their licenses revoked, 170 had theirs suspended, 160 premises were made to change their opening hours and 620 premises had other conditions placed on their licences.

Does the lack in the number of licensees signing up for 24-hour licenses surprise you? Have your say in our comment area.

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Nicolas appoints new wine buyer

Published:  31 October, 2008

French-owned high street retailer Nicolas has appointed Antoine Delafarge to work as a wine buyer alongside chief buyer Alain Favereau.

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eBay style site for wine industry launches

Published:  31 October, 2008

An eBay style online wine auction site launches today (October 31).

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Pernod reports 13% sales jump in Q1

Published:  30 October, 2008

Pernod Ricard has reported a first quarter revenue rise of 13% thanks to the strong performance of brands such as Perrier-Jouët and Jameson and the recent purchase of Absolut Vodka.

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Santa Rita chairman passes away

Published:  30 October, 2008

Don Ricardo Claro, chair of the Santa Rita wine group in Chile, has passed away after suffering a heart attack.

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