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product news: Blossom Hill rolls out biggest campaign

Wine brand Blossom Hill is set to launch its biggest campaign, partnering with online beauty retailer Feel Unique to offer millions of pounds in free gifts to shoppers.

Product news: Heineken opens up your world

Heineken’s latest campaign – Open Your World – encourages consumers to broaden their horizons and see that there is more that unites us than divides us. And to bring the campaign to life in store, limited edition packaging is available now across Heineken bottles cans and multi-packs with the campaign manifesto on the back.

Product news: Carling Premier relaunched

Carling has announced the official re-launch of its premium lager, Carling Premier. Carling Premier has been given a distribution boost and will now be widely available across both the on and off-trade.

Product news: Diageo puts RTDs in PMPs

Diageo has relaunched its ready to drink (RTD) range with six new price-marked packs (PMPs) to help retailers take advantage of a £38m sales opportunity provided by Premix, the only RTD category currently in growth.

Micro trends 1

Craft: Small is widely seen as good in alcohol at the moment, so much so that big global players have been busy buying up smaller players. In boutique gin, Pernod Ricard UK has taken a majority stake in Monkey 47 gin, Beam Suntory has bought Sipsmith and Campari has swallowed up Bulldog, while in beer AB-Inbev has bought craft brewers Goose Island in the US and Camden Town in the UK.

Micro trends 1

Consumer health concerns are causing big drinks' suppliers to look at their portfolios with alcohol-free, lower-abv and lower-calorie alternatives appearing in increasing numbers across many sub-categories. AB-Inbev feels the time may finally be right for Bud Light, the lower calorie version of Budweiser which lasted just two years after it was first launched in the UK in 1998. It contains just 27 calories per 100ml and has been brewed to 3.5% abv. A premium light lager, it is described as delivering a "fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish". The company has also begun importing Franziskaner Alkoholfrei wheat beer while Heineken has launched Heineken 0.0, an alcohol-free version of its flagship lager brand.

Cider is a really fruity proposition

After the post-Magners boom of the 2000s, cider has been having a tougher time lately and the category as a whole fell 2% in volume and 1% in value in the off trade last year, according to Nielsen.

Location-led category

The alcoholic drinks market is more dynamic and exciting than it's been for many years, pointing to a profitable summer for retailers if the weather delivers the goods.

Product news: Singha brings 330ml can to UK

Molson Coors and Singha Beer have announced the launch of their 330ml can in the UK.

Product news: Heineken to be Rugby World Cup partner

Heineken has announced it will be a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Raise your glasses

Sup up sales

The right to sell alcohol was a hard-won battle for forecourts. So it's perhaps surprising that, having gone to the trouble of gaining a licence, so many forecourt retailers are content to let their beers, wines and spirits (BWS) section take a passive role in the product mix rather than making it stand out and seduce.

Question time with Andrew Hunter

In Scotland, obtaining an off licence can be a difficult task without a full understanding of the process. And with the Scottish Government having recently concluded a consultation on alcohol licensing laws, there is potential for significant change to the current legislation. Andrew Hunter, a partner in Harper Macleod and specialist in licensing north of the Border, looks at the state of forecourt licensing in Scotland and considers the key points to consider when applying for an off licence.

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Weekly Fuel Prices 17 April 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.7367.90128.72118.72
East Midlands119.95131.24118.34
London120.8753.90129.98119.12
North East119.40130.73117.21
North West120.01128.97118.13
Northern Ireland119.1063.50117.39
Scotland119.90126.33117.67
South East121.0958.50129.83119.18
South West120.38128.30118.45
Wales119.75125.03118.03
West Midlands120.3661.57130.37118.53
Yorkshire & Humber119.72129.97118.08

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