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Retail industry boosted by strong spring and Easter sales

Published:  24 April, 2014

Overall retail sales continue to grow strongly and will pick up further in May, according to the CBI's latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey.

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BrewDog to open craft beer shop

Published:  24 April, 2014

BrewDog, the maverick Scottish independent brewer, is looking to bring its definitive edgy style to the high street with the opening of its a retail store, BottleDog, which will specialise in craft beers at its first site in London.  

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Restaurant review: ?Margaux

Published:  04 April, 2014

Margaux, 152 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 0BE; barmargaux.co.uk

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Have we made an (April) fool out of you?

Published:  01 April, 2014

Just in case you have not realised, but we thought it was only fair to own up and admit a couple of the stories on today's news feed are not quite what they seem.

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MW students to be voted either "in" or "out" by final BBC Voice-style judging panel

Published:  01 April, 2014

Final year Masters of Wine students will have to face the wine trade's equivalent of the BBC's The Voice in order to stand a chance of being accepted in to the Institute of Masters of Wine.

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Les Grands Chais de France to launch wine based and sparkling wine over ice brands to the UK

Published:  26 March, 2014

French wine giant, Les Grands Chais de France, is looking to release a number of wine-based drinks, including a Merlot mixed with cola, as it looks to capitalise on the growing interest in fruit based and innovative sparkling wine products both in France and overseas.

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I Heart Wine close to hitting 1 million case sales around the world

Published:  26 March, 2014

Copestick Murray's I Heart brand is closing to hitting 1 million 9 litre case sales around the world.

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Treasury Wine Estates looks to double the size of its travel retail business

Published:  24 March, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates wants to double the size of it travel retail business within five years as it steps its distribution with exclusive and premium wines to airports, cruise ships, ferries and other key travel wine sectors.

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UK to host 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Symposium

Published:  24 March, 2014

The official launch of the 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Symposium is set to place today at ProWein in Dusseldorf where details of the event, to be hosted in the UK for the first time, will be revealed.

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Changes to packaging waste recycling costs could save wine and spirit sector £38m

Published:  21 March, 2014

The wine and spirits industry has welcomed news that the government intends to lower the costs involved in recycling packaging waste, following a huge increase in glass recycling costs, which could save the sector up to £38 million.

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UK wine industry is not on same footing as beer, cider and whisky, says Wilson Drinks Report

Published:  21 March, 2014

The UK wine industry is unlikely to receive the same kind of duty cuts awarded to the beer, cider and Scotch whisky industries in this week's Budget as most of the wine drunk in this country is imported.

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Spar launches its fifth annual nationwide wine festival

Published:  20 March, 2014

Spar is to run its annual Wine Festival between March 20 and May 7 which will look to showcase its range of award-winning wines that start from just £4.

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Scrapping duty escalator could be bad news for suppliers warns Robin Copestick

Published:  19 March, 2014

Robin Copestick, co-founder of UK wine agency Copestick Murray, has sounded a warning shot about the Chancellor's decision to scrap the duty escalator in today's Budget and fears suppliers will be forced to take on the costs of inflationary duty increases rather than the higher costs under the escalator that were easier to pass on to consumers.

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California now making the "white space" wines people want to buy says Joel Peterson

Published:  18 March, 2014

California is now making and exporting what leading US winemaker, Joel Peterson of Ravenswood  Wines, calls "white space" wines that are increasingly popular both in America in its key export markets.

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Public poll gives overwhelming support to cuts in duty in this week's Budget

Published:  17 March, 2014

Only 3% of the British public think alcoholic drinks are not too expensive in pubs and restaurants and unless more is done to cut duty levels they are likely to spend more time drinking at home.

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Hello Vino acquires social wine app Corkbin- the "Instagram" of wine

Published:  17 March, 2014

Hello Vino has announced a deal to acquire the US social wine app Corkbin, that allows wine enthusiasts to save and share photos of wines and has been called the "Instagram of wine".

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Countdown to Budget: pubs more reliant on wine and spirits sales says CGA study

Published:  17 March, 2014

Pubs are becoming increasingly reliant on wine and spirit sales, according to new figures released today by on-trade specialists, CGA Strategy.

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Kleine Zalze to launch wine range to celebrate its new Fairtrade status

Published:  14 March, 2014

Kleine Zalze, the South African producer, has been accredited with Fairtrade status for its wine production.

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UK on verge of an "almighty price war" warns PLB's John Osborne

Published:  14 March, 2014

The UK retail industry is on the verge of an "almighty price war" amongst the major multiples as the rise of the hard discounters continues to dictate the dynamics of the UK grocery market, according to John Osborne the new managing director of wine distributor PLB.

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Best buyers understand and work with their suppliers, hears Wine Buyers Forum

Published:  12 March, 2014

The best wine buyers are the ones that do their homework on their suppliers, know their market, understand their customers and choose wines that match their own business agenda, according to two former supermarket heads of wine speaking at this week's inaugural Wine Buyers Forum i n Windsor.

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