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Liberty Wines reports record sales as consumer confidence and spending grows

Published:  19 December, 2013

Liberty Wines, the national wine distributor, has reported record sales and is taking on more staff to cope with demand.

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Concha y Toro looks to new recruits to help drive its growth strategy

Published:  18 December, 2013

Concha y Toro UK is going on a recruitment drive to bring key new people in to the company following a strategic review of the business.

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Drinkers urged to write to their MP to get the Chancellor to Call Time on Duty

Published:  18 December, 2013

As part of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's Call Time on Duty campaign, being launched today to try and force the government to scrap the duty escalator and raise £230m and 6,000 jobs in the process, it is calling on the public to show their support and email a letter to their local MP to put pressure on the Chancellor.

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WSTA's Economic Impact Asssessment report on alcohol duty

Published:  18 December, 2013

The WSTA'S  Call Time on Duty campaign to try and force the government to scrap the duty escalator on wine and spirits is centred on a report by Ernst & Young that has found that ending the escalator will bring £230m to the Treasury and create 6,000 jobs. You can read the full report and findings here.

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Scrapping duty escalator will raise £230m and 6,000 jobs says WSTA's new Call Time on Duty campaign

Published:  18 December, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is today ramping up the pressure on the governement to scrap the alcohol duty esclator by claiming it would generate £230 million and create 6,000 jobs if it was dropped before the 2014 budget.

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Government minister applauds drinks industry for its responsible online advertising

Published:  17 December, 2013

The drinks industry has been given a vote of confidence by the government for how it is handling the advertising of alcohol online.

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Major buyers from all channels sign up to first Wine Buyers' Forum

Published:  17 December, 2013

Buyers that have signed up to the inaugural Wine Buyers' Forum to be held in Windsor next March have on average over £2 million worth of buying power each.

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The 7 Best Ways to Improve Online Conversion

Published:  17 December, 2013

Find out how to make the most of your website and take steps to improve online conversion rates with this report from RedEye and Econsultancy and its Conversion Rate Optimization Report. This study looks at what methods and techniques are being used by the larger e-commerce companies and comes up with seven key ways in which e-commerce business can improve their website conversion. Click on the report attached.

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Robin Copesitck's Asian and Australia adventure: down time in Sri Lanka

Published:  17 December, 2013

For obvious reasons I couldn't wait to get out of Australia and despite a long journey including a nine hour stop over I was delighted to arrive in Sri Lanka and not have everyone ask me if I was enjoying the cricket.

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James Lawrence is more than convinced by the charm of Argentina on a trip to Mendoza

Published:  16 December, 2013

James Lawrence travels to the vineyards of Mendoza, on a mission to debunk the "one trick pony" cliché forever.

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Taylors to release 50 year old Port

Published:  16 December, 2013

The Fladgate Partnership is set to release a collection of 50 year old single harvest Ports under the Taylor's brand.

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Independent wine merchants excited by strong pre-Christmas sales

Published:  16 December, 2013

Independent wine merchants are reporting a solid lead-up in sales in the build up to Christmas as the Ipsos Retail Performance has revealed overall shopper numbers are on track to exceed last year.

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Amorim enjoys record year as it produces over 4 billion corks in 2013

Published:  16 December, 2013

Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world, has broken its own production record after manufacturing more than four billion mark cork stoppers this calendar year.  The news represents a major boost for cork, which continues its comeback after strong challenges from alternative closures.

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Champagne Occasions: Engaging the consumers

Published:  16 December, 2013

The second Harpers Champagne Occasions roadshow asked how on-trade buyers and operators can engage consumers and trade them up by linking Champagne with food.

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?Pre-payment bar app Bar Pass given upfront investment for 2014

Published:  13 December, 2013

Digital innovation company The Bakery, and multinational brewing company AB InBev, have teamed up with bar pre-payment start-up company Bar Pass, to help roll its app out across the UK in 2014.

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Bulleit bucks the trend and increases ABV of its UK whiskey

Published:  13 December, 2013

News this week that Diageo's Bulleit Bourbon would be changing its UK recipe and introducing a higher ABV is counter to what US bourbon and whiskey brands tend to do in the UK market.

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?Pride of London: Sipsmith has brought a unique bond to the modern spirits drinker

Published:  12 December, 2013

Before the arrival of artisan distillery Sipsmith in 2009, the last copper still to be licensed in the capital was in 1823, just under 200 years ago.

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Great Western Wine proves the pick of the south west

Published:  12 December, 2013

Meet the team behind bath-based Great Western Wine and hear how it's tailoring its offer for an ever-evolving market

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?Q&A with Denis O'Flynn, UK managing director Pernod Ricard

Published:  12 December, 2013

As the trade braces itself for the most important time of the year, Helen Arnold looks back on 2013 with one of the biggest names in the industry

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?Diageo to sponsor free travel on NYE

Published:  12 December, 2013

Diageo is to sponsor free travel on New Year's Eve in London for the third year running. The company will also partner Lothian Buses in Edinburgh for the second year.

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