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Wine in the UK: Tell Us Something We Don't Know 18 Sep 2014

Yesterday afternoon, here in London, the UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association hosted its annual conference. Headlining the show was Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of the Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertising agency and best known for creating the Levi 501 ads and the 'Vorsprung Durch Technik' tagline for Audi.


Wines of the Beautiful South Ups its Game 11 Sep 2014

Triple-region wine show The Beautiful South kicked off in London yesterday, with a different feel and look to last year's inaugural event.


Interview - Bacardi global marketing boss, whisky 19 Aug 2014

Bacardi is embarking on an ambitious mission to launch an array of new single malt Scotch whiskies from its five Speyside distilleries. Here, just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, talks to Stephen Marshall, the man behind the project.


MPs' alcohol report: Should the trade be worried? 12 Aug 2014

Every six months or so, a report or a piece of research is released about the UK's so-called alcohol “epidemic”. The national media jump on it, which sets in train much teeth-gnashing over what should be done.


Will Celtic Cider Ban Strip Shirt From C&C Group? 30 Jul 2014

It's only been a matter of weeks since the FIFA World Cup ended, but already it seems that the goals, the glories and the glut of tournament-themed advertising are fading in the memory.

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Westons refreshes Henry Westons branding 18 Sep 2014

Westons Cider has given a new look to its “heritage” brand Henry Westons in a bid to appeal to a wider UK consumer base.


Beam Suntory's The Ardmore Legacy 18 Sep 2014

Beam Suntory is lining up the launch of a new core expression of its Ardmore single malt.


Innis & Gunn posts FY sales lift 18 Sep 2014

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has reported a double-digit rise in full-year sales, but it marked a slowdown in growth on the prior year due to currency movements.


Rabobank warns of "mountainous task" for Scotch 17 Sep 2014

The Scotch whisky industry faces "a mountainous task" should Scotland vote in favour of independence tomorrow, according to Rabobank International.


Duvel Moortgat eyes UK launch for Vedett IPA 17 Sep 2014

Belgium brewer Duvel Moortgat is aiming to roll out the IPA version of its Vedett beer brand to the UK.


Heineken to sell 111 pubs to Admiral Taverns 16 Sep 2014

Heineken is narrowing the size of its UK pub estate with the sale of 111 pubs to Admiral Taverns.


Flavoured rum sales race in UK off-trade 16 Sep 2014

Flavoured and spiced rums saw impressive growth in the UK off-trade over the early summer, while imported whiskies also performed strongly, latest figures show.


Coca-Cola GB agrees two-year London Eye deal 16 Sep 2014

The Coca-Cola Co's Great Britain unit has secured a two-year deal to become the next official sponsor of the London Eye.


Heineken-owned Monteith's launches in UK on-trade 12 Sep 2014

Heineken has rolled out four beers from its New Zealand craft brewery Monteith's to the UK on-trade.


Scottish leader speaks out over Scotch whisky 12 Sep 2014

Scotland’s First Minister has claimed the country's major whisky producers are “big enough to look after themselves” if voters opt for independence.

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Arkansas set for vote that could end dry spell 4 Sep 2014

The US state of Arkansas goes to the polls on 4 November to decide whether to end so-called “dry” counties, meaning ones that don't allow any alcohol sales. About half of the state's 75 counties are alcohol free, and the practice, which dates from Prohibition days, is still in force in a


BrewDog leashed? Not yet 3 Sep 2014

In the past year, BrewDog, the self-styled “punk” brewer, has picked fights with the Portman Group, mainstream lager and Vladimir Putin. But in an interview with the London Times on Monday, the brewer's co-founder James Watt suggested he was ready to rein in his company's wilder impulses.


Iron Maiden man not so super with his Trooper 29 Aug 2014

Heavy metal legend Bruce Dickinson - lead singer of the band Iron Maiden, for the unitiated - is clearly a man not afraid to get his hands dirty.