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Friday Read: What’s going to drive us to drink after the pandemic?

Published:  29 May, 2020

Rowena Curlewis, CEO of drinks design specialist Denomination, looks at the impact that the lockdown will have on our future drinks choices

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Flint buys buys Domaine Direct

Published:  29 May, 2020

Fine wine importer Flint Wines has completed the purchase of Burgundy specialist Domaine Direct.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: When the only certainty is uncertainty

Published:  28 May, 2020

As I sat down to write this piece my phone rang. It was Nick, a winemaker and one of my oldest friends. We have been close since the early 1990s when he gambled his career on joining my incipient wine business. Its subsequent success was in no small part down to him.

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‘Wine online’ searches up by over 1000%

Published:  28 May, 2020

‘Order wine online’ has become the newest buzz word for housebound UK consumers looking to get their fix during lockdown.

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All-star panel talks how to deal with pandemic in restaurant environment

Published:  28 May, 2020

Building trust around social distancing rules will be the major challenge for restaurants looking to relaunch their businesses after lockdown eases, a leading on-trade panel has agreed.

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Champagne Academy launches emergency financial fund for The Drinks Trust

Published:  28 May, 2020

The Champagne Academy has announced the launch of a range of fundraising initiatives to help support The Drinks Trust and its beneficiaries through these turbulent times.

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Majestic reinstates click and collect from stores

Published:  27 May, 2020

Majestic Wine is allowing customers back to its stores for the first time since lockdown, with orders now available to collect from local stores.

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Alcohol to not rebound globally until 2024

Published:  26 May, 2020

It will take five years for the global alcohol category to get back to pre-Covid health, the IWSR has predicted, with double digit declines expected to the hit the category this year.

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A Taste of New York: Indie opportunities from the Empire State

Published:  26 May, 2020

With small production and a cool climate, New York State’s leading wine producers are looking to punch above their collective weight on the world stage, with the UK singled out as the ‘shop window’ to showcase its wares.

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Two out of the UK’s top five alcohol brands are wine

Published:  26 May, 2020

Wine has taken two of the top spots as the most purchased alcohol brands in the UK off-trade, with Hardys and McGuigan in second and fourth place respectively.

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Demand for US and Italian wines leads fine wine investment spike

Published:  26 May, 2020

BI, the fine wine and spirits merchant, has reported something of a boom in its fine wine sales during the era of coronavirus, with sales of both US and Italian wine leading the pack.

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Delivering against the odds

Published:  26 May, 2020

When the health crisis forced the on-trade to shut down overnight, drinks suppliers had to think on their feet to keep their businesses going. Jaq Bayles reports

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Night trade poses biggest barrier to reopening on-premise

Published:  22 May, 2020

Packed pubs, standing-only bars and heaving nightclubs pose the biggest challenge to getting the struggling on-trade back on its feet, the IWSR has suggested.

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Online uplands: scaling the new heights

Published:  22 May, 2020

Moving to online sales has saved more than one drinks retailer in recent weeks and all the signs point to the model continuing, finds Andrew Catchpole.

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The Drinks Trust launches roster of wellness services

Published:  21 May, 2020

The Drinks Trust has launched a number of new services focusing on improving the mental health of the industry and supporting them through what has been a troubling time for many.

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Alcohol weathers Covid-19 peaks and troughs to become second highest food and drink growth category

Published:  20 May, 2020

Alcohol has weathered the storm of the coronavirus, new figures show, beating packaged foods and other beverages to see a 25% uplift in value sales since the beginning of lockdown.

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#Fair4Hospitality campaign calls on government to support sustainable reopening

Published:  20 May, 2020

UK Hospitality has launched a new campaign outlining best practice guidelines for the hospitality sector ahead of a gradual reopening from 4 July.

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Change of pace: How Covid/climate pressures are accelerating innovation of packaging and design

Published:  20 May, 2020

With drinks fast evolving to meet consumer trends, design and packaging has an ever more important role in communicating change, writes Andrew Catchpole

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New ‘Deliveroo’ wine list accelerates Majestic partnership

Published:  19 May, 2020

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo have put the pedal to the metal to accelerate their UK partnership and cater for the lockdown generation.

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31 Days of German Riesling powers ahead

Published:  19 May, 2020

July is still the month for German Riesling in the UK, with the promotion once again heading back to British businesses.

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