May 20 2013
Drinks Industry Ireland
NOffLA calls for Government to regulate alcohol retailing “immediately”
A survey of NOffLA members has revealed that government inaction in regulating the retail of alcohol has had serious implications for independent off-licences.
Scots judge clears way for MUP
The recent decision by the Scottish Court of Session that the Scottish Parliament has the legal authority to introduce a Minimum Unit Price for all alcohol sold in Scotland is likely to have repercussions here in that the Department of Health now seems likely to include MUP proposals as part of an overall package of measures to tackle alcohol abuse, thought by some to be for introduction later this month.
Cassidy Wines increases pre-tax losses
Pre-tax losses at Cassidy Wines to 31st May 2012 rose 140% to €461,610 compared to the previous year’s Operating Loss figure of €192,333 after sales decreased by nearly a fifth to €16.83 million during the year due to the loss of a distribution agreement with one of the multiples.
IWSC finalist Jean Smullen hosts ‘Bubbles across the Waves’
Jean Smullen, a finalist in the recent International Wine and Spirit Competition’s ‘Communicator of the Year’, was showcasing sparkling wines from around the world at an Italian wine and spirits fair last week.
Kilbeggan 18 Year-Old: World’s Best Blended Irish Whiskey 2 years in a row
Kilbeggan 18 Year-Old Irish Whiskey has been named Best Irish Blended Whiskey in the World for the second year running at the 2013 World Whisky Awards, one of four awards collected at the event recently by The Kilbeggan Distilling Company, now part of Beam Inc.
NOffLA AGM set for 14th May in Red Cow
NOffLA will hold its 20th AGM in The Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin, at 9am on Tuesday 14th May in the Hibernian Suite Conference Centre.
O’Donovan’s running WSET Level 1 Course for 13th April
O’Donovan’s, the Cork off-licence group is running its next WSET Level 1 Course on Saturday 13th April.
Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay – best-ranked Chilean Chardonnay
Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2011 was voted the best-ranked Chilean Chardonnay of that vintage to date by US magazine Wine Spectator recently.
Casillero del Diablo launch ‘Wine Legend’ TV campaign
Richmond Marketing and Viña Concha y Toro have launched the Casillero del Diablo ‘Wine Legend’ TV campaign.
Discounters & private labels gaining ground
Discounters Lidl and Aldi can now boast an increased share of the Grocery market to 12.1% in the 52 weeks ending 17th February 2013 from 10.8% in the year to 12th February 2012, according to figures from Kandar Worldpanel.
Government avoided call for off-licence fee increase
The Minister for Health James Reilly has revealed that Cabinet has postponed a decision on his request to increase the licence fee paid by off-licences as a means of tackling alcohol misuse when fellow Ministers decided to take no action by this means “as yet”.
7.5% off-sales tax would put sector “out of business overnight"
Not surprisingly, the National Off-Licence Association has come out against any additional taxes being imposed on the independent off-licence sector.
Hennessy launches Fine de Cognac
Created in 2002 & defined by its crystalline appearance
Hennessy recently launched the latest addition to its collection of Cognacs in the form of Hennessy Fine de Cognac.
Save the date: Thursday, 28th February 2013!
This February a little ray of Californian sunshine will be brightening up our shores. Thursday, 28th February sees the return of the Californian Wine Tasting to Dublin.
Dicey Reilly's wins Off-Licence of the Year
It was a well-deserved win for Dicey Reilly's Off-Licence in Ballyshannon Co Donegal, when Brendan and Sinead O'Reilly walked away with the 'National Off-Licence of the Year' award at the Honourable Society of King's Inns, Dublin, last night.
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