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New deal could pull Oddbins out of administration

Published:  24 June, 2019

Oddbins could be bought back by its former owner European Food Brokers four months after it went into administration.


Independents prepare to fill the gap left by Majestic

Published:  11 April, 2019

The Majestic brand has taken a bullet and is soon to be haemorrhaging stores – prompting businesses to reconsider their position on the high street.


Oddbins slides into administration blaming Brexit and risking hundreds of jobs

Published:  04 February, 2019

Oddbins has gone into administration, putting 550 jobs in jeopardy.


Oddbins set for administration

Published:  29 January, 2019

Oddbins is reportedly poised to enter administration, putting more than 500 jobs at risk.


The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  05 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.


Oddbins' launches wacky new Brexit campaign

Published:  04 August, 2016

Leave it to Oddbins, the quirky wine retailer, to come out with a new campaign centred on the recent vote for the UK to leave European Union.


Oddbins first to stock wine from Kingsland Drinks' carbonation line

Published:  01 August, 2016

Kingsland Drinks' has found the first listing of its new carbonated wines, having launched a carbonated version of the Shorn range to make the most of the rising demand for sparkling wine.


Profile: Ayo Akintola, the MD of Oddbins, looks at the future of wine retailing

Published:  08 February, 2016

UK's quirkiest retailer, Oddbins, has made a remarkable recovery in the past five years. Erin Smith talks with managing director Ayo Akintola about taking risks and what's ahead


Drinks businesses flex their sharp social media skills

Published:  11 January, 2016

Social media has become a crucial tool in any brand manager's box of tricks and it will become increasingly important in 2016. Erin Smith reports 


2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Ayo Akintola, Oddbins

Published:  23 December, 2015

Ayo Akintola, the managing director of Oddbins saw 2015 as a challenging, but satisfactory year.  The 'manic' response of retailers to threat of discounters moving into the UK has been a challenge in 2015.  But Akintola is looking forward to 2016 as he sees the opportunity to work with interesting suppliers as a 'once in a generation' opportunity.


Oddbins unveils The Palate amateur wine tasting competition winner for 2015

Published:  05 October, 2015

A waiter from Kilburn in north London has won this year's Oddbins The Palate amateur wine tasting competition.


Analysis: Ayo Akintola talks about Oddbins' digital growth strategy and poaching Naked Wines' staff

Published:  15 July, 2015

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola talks to Rosie Davenport about his growth strategy and why trying to poach Naked Wines' staff is fair game


Oddbins sends love letters in attempt to win over Naked Wines staff - report

Published:  26 June, 2015

Oddbins has been accused of trying to poach staff from Naked Wines by sending them wine and love letters.


Oddbins begins search for the nation's top amateur wine taster

Published:  22 June, 2015

Oddbins has begun its search to find its amateur wine taster of 2015.


Oddbins opens first standalone beer shop

Published:  09 March, 2015

Oddbins Ayo Akintola in his own words: Majestic is 'screwing' suppliers

Published:  11 November, 2014

Oddbins managing director Ayo Akintola describes Majestic's recent demand from suppliers for financial support for its new warehouse as "one of the shabbiest business decisions" in the past couple of decades in the UK wine industry. Here, in his own words, he responds to its actions:


Oddbins chief slams Majestic's supplier demands as 'morally repugnant'

Published:  11 November, 2014

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola has ended 25 years of cordial relations with rival retailer Majestic in a hard-hitting comment for in which he accuses the firm of "morally repugnant" and "shabby" behaviour after it called on suppliers to fund a new warehouse.


Austria claims new sparkling wine standards rival Champagne

Published:  29 October, 2014

Austria has introduced new quality standards for its sparkling wines, which it claims puts it on a par with Champagne and Franciacorta.


Ex-Oddbins boss, Simon Baile, says standalone wine retailing not sustainable

Published:  18 September, 2014

Former Oddbins-supremo Simon Baile says there's no future in the world of standalone wine retailing, and has changed his model to include food and entertainment.


How Oddbins has defied its critics to bounce back to winning ways

Published:  05 September, 2014

In three years Oddbins has risen from death's door to win IWC High Street Retailer of the Year. Gemma McKenna meets Ayo Akintola, its Renaissance Man