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Retailers are shocked by Diageo's new terms

Published:  05 September, 2008

Multiple retailers have told Harpers they are "shocked and amazed" at Diageo's plans to unify its trade agreements across all of its routes to market in what is being seen as a bid to get more control over pricing and promotions of its brands, writes Shirley Webb.

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Bols launches competition to find the next "Tom Cruise"

Published:  05 September, 2008

Bols, distributed by Maxxium UK, is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the movie Cocktail with an online competition to find the UK's next "superstar bartender."

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Intercontinental Brands secures World Cup sponsorship deal

Published:  05 September, 2008

InterContinental Brands (ICB) has secured exclusive broadcast sponsorship of four of Scotland's live 2010 World Cup away qualifying matches.

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Diageo ploughs £41 million into Christmas sales push

Published:  05 September, 2008

Diageo is ploughing a record £41 million into brand, retailer and category activity in the run up to Christmas.

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Fischer Boel crowned wine personality of the year

Published:  04 September, 2008

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, has been awarded the Wine Personality of the Year 2008 award by the International Wine Challenge.

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Diageo supports educational alcohol leaflet

Published:  03 September, 2008

Diageo GB is sponsoring the latest edition of the British Liver Trust's publication, Alcohol and Liver Disease.

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Footballer Ginola to launch own wine brand

Published:  02 September, 2008

Ex Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur footballer David Ginola is to launch his own brand of rosé wine in the UK.

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Greene King "on track" despite summer slowdown

Published:  02 September, 2008

Greene King has said it is on track to meet expectations for the current financial year, despite seeing a drop in sales over the summer period.

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Wine "one of fastest growing" fairtrade products

Published:  02 September, 2008

Wine represents one of the fastest growing fair trade products in the UK, according to figures from the Fairtrade Foundation.

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Wholesale listings boost FirstCape wine brand sales

Published:  02 September, 2008

Recent listings with Booker, Nisa and Bestway/Batleys have more than doubled sales of South African wine brand FirstCape in the impulse sector of the take-home drinks market, according to Nielsen data.

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Wines in the Press: From top wine schools to Tesco

Published:  02 September, 2008

With the summer behind us, so too this week is talk of suitable wines for the warm weather. Jancis Robinson, back from her summer holiday, has a last word of advice on seasonal tipples, but for the most part the wine writers are turning their attentions to other matters. Jonathan Ray gives us his run down of the UK's top wine schools, Victoria Moore has her patience tried out by a good Bordeaux and Anthony Rose indulges in a spot of Tesco's finest.

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Greene King reduces wine and beer prices

Published:  01 September, 2008

Greene King is investing £1 million in a cut-price drinks promotion in 200 of its pubs.

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Coors adds 3p to the price of a pint

Published:  01 September, 2008

Coors Brewers has been forced to increase its wholesale price by 3p per pint because of current economic conditions and the "severity of inflationary increases."

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Barracuda's chief exec opens pub in home town

Published:  01 September, 2008

The Barracuda Group has added to its portfolio of pubs with the opening of The Malt Cross in Ayr. The opening of the pub under the Smith & Jones concept signifies Barracuda's 13th site in Scotland and sees the Group's estate rise to 220 pubs.

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BenRiach acquires Glendronach from Chivas Brothers

Published:  01 September, 2008

The BenRiach Distillery Company has purchased the Glendronach Distillery from Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, for an undisclosed sum.

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Diageo announces new trade terms

Published:  30 August, 2008

Diageo GB is introducing new standard trade terms from September, which it says aim to use customer investment more effectively to support growth within the alcohol beverage category.

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A New Look for Veuve Du Vernay

Published:  29 August, 2008

Patriarche Wine Agencies, the UK subsidiary of French wine giant Groupe Patriarche in Beaune, announces the re-launch of sparkling wine brand Veuve du Vernay into the UK.

The full Veuve du Vernay range has received a complete packaging redesign including label, foil and bottle. The sophisticated and elegant new packaging has been created to reflect the dedication to quality and excellence both inside and out of the bottle.

'With an RRP of £6.99 we believe Veuve du Vernay is an affordable and elegant range of French sparkling wines that offers an excellent alternative to Cava and Champagne.' Says Vincent Goyat, Export Director at Groupe Patriarche. 'Initially we're launching three wines within the range into the UK; Veuve du Vernay Brut NV, Veuve du Vernay Demi-sec NV and Veuve du Vernay Brut Rosé NV, and we have plans to extend the range over the coming months.'

Veuve du Vernay became part of the Groupe Patriarche portfolio when they acquired Bordeaux sparkling wine producer Sorevi in 2003, an acquisition that saw Patriarche become the second largest sparkling wine producer in France.

Patriarche Wine Agencies have already secured listings for Veuve du Vernay Brut NV and Veuve du Vernay Brut Rosé NV at Tesco and Veuve du Vernay Rosé NV at CoOp.

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Diageo invests £5 million in Guinness ad campaign

Published:  29 August, 2008

Diageo GB is investing £5 million in a new campaign for Guinness.

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Virgin Wines to push Chilean range online

Published:  29 August, 2008

Virgin Wines is launching a section dedicated to Chile and Chilean wine on its website.

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Whisky marketing passes responsibility audit

Published:  29 August, 2008

An in-depth audit of industry marketing practice has concluded that Scotch whisky companies are meeting the highest standards of responsible brand marketing and promotion. Research by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) found that distillers had successfully implemented tough industry rules into everyday marketing practices.

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