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product news: Jacob's Creek revamps packaging

Australian wine brand Jacob’s Creek is revamping the packaging of its Classics range in the UK, with the aim of driving sales by making it easier for shoppers to find their favourite wine.

product news: Guinness launches limited edition cans

Guinness has launched two limited-edition can designs to celebrate John Gilroy, the artist behind some of Guinness’ most famous advertisements.

product news: Hi-Spirits introduces new gift packs

Hi-Spirits has a new range of gift packs featuring Southern Comfort, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Fireball and the King of Soho Gin. Rrps range from £14 to £34.

product news: Echo Falls extends into vodka

Accolade Wines is extending its Echo Falls range with the introduction of a flavoured vodka, Echo Falls Summer Berries Vodka (37.5% ABV).

product news: Drinks duo launch mixer

Scottish gin producer NB Distillery and Bon Accord soft drinks are aiming to revitalise the mixer category by launching a co-branded premium tonic.

product news: Diageo highlights independent alcohol opportunity this Christmas

With 28% of annual off trade alcohol sales taking place over the festive period, Diageo has extended its My Store Matters advice to help retailers tap into the sales opportunity.

product news: TV ads spearhead Wolf Blass marketing campaign

Wine brand Wolf Blass has launched a through the line marketing campaign celebrating its award-winning history, fronted by a new TV advertising campaign in the UK.

product news: Jacob's Creek adds new Rosé

Jacob’s Creek, the wine brand, is launching a new French-inspired premium Rosé, Le Petit Rosé (RRP: £8.00), available from early October.

product news: pink gin targets new audience

Gordon’s London Dry Gin is aiming to shake up the gin category with the launch of its new Premium Pink Distilled Gin, providing retailers with the opportunity to appeal to a new, younger adult audience.

product news: Kronenbourg launches new ad campaign

Former footballer and current Kronenbourg brand ambassador Eric Cantona returns to Alsace for Kronenbourg 1664’s latest campaign ‘Le Scarecrow Suprême’.

product news: Pernod Ricard unveils Christmas campaigns

In the run-up to Christmas Pernod Ricard UK is launching two campaigns focused on helping retailers increase sales of Scotch whisky and popular cocktail and mixer ingredients: ‘Expertly Selected Whiskies’ and ‘Mix with The Good Stuff’.

product news: Carling offers Premier League prizes

Carling has launched a new on-pack promotion giving consumers the chance to win an array of Premier League prizes, including the trophy itself.

product news: Heineken enhances Star Retailer

Heineken says it has enhanced its Star Retailer scheme on its fifth anniversary to offer retailers more insight and support, and help them generate more sales.

product news: Lambrini introduces limited edition wrap

Lambrini is seeking to add some colour to the perry category with a limited-edition wrap for its 1.5ltr Original bottle, for summer 2017.

product news: Cantona image returning to Kronenbourg 1664

French football star Eric Cantona’s image is returning to packs of Kronenbourg 1664, and will feature across the full range.

product news: Absolut enters RTD market

Premium vodka brand Absolut is entering the ready-to-drink (RTD) market with a range of premium cans called Absolut Mixt.

product news: Southern Comfort offers relief from election fatigue

Southern Comfort is offering consumers a break from the General Election by inviting them to “Join our CANpaign”.

product news: Desperados unveils on-pack festival promotion

Heineken’s beer brand Desperados has launched an on-pack promotion highlighting the brand’s sponsorship of three of the biggest music events taking place across the country.

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.

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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