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Packaging’s conflicting objectives

Published:  14 January, 2022

After 18 months of escalating online demand and consumers being immersed in “online shopping training”, the packaging industry is being tasked with satisfying supercharged convenience, sustainability and luxury trends, which , finds Jo Gilbert, is quite the challenge.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Is it time to kill wine’s sacred cows?

Published:  01 December, 2021

It really is hard to know what to believe these days. The digital world enables instant sharing of information across the globe, which seems good and democratic. Just about anyone can participate. But with it comes lower reliability and veracity of what is being communicated, making it easier to seed fake gospels claiming that two plus two equals five, or seven, or even nine. Perhaps what really matters is the extent to which people make decisions and take actions as a result.

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Penfolds ventures into NFTs with Magill Cellar 3

Published:  23 November, 2021

Penfolds has unveiled a new partnership with digital assets trader BlockBar to sell a barrel of its tiny production Magill Cellar 3 wine for USD $130,000.

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Sparkling wine premium could be scrapped in alcohol duty overhaul

Published:  19 October, 2021

Reports from the national press suggest that the premium on sparkling wine duty could be scrapped by chancellor Rishi Sunak in the upcoming Autumn Budget in a move which could bring sparkling wine duty in line with still.

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Long Read: Obsessed with grapes – why wine needs to expand its brand horizons

Published:  26 August, 2021

Neil Bennett is head of strategy at creative agency LOVE, which has recently worked with brands including Laithwaites, Penfolds and Brewdog Distilling.

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Long read: Will this be the decade the wine industry ditches glass?

Published:  24 June, 2021

Émilie Steckenborn, sommelier, education consultant and creator of the Bottled in China podcast, delves into the wine industry’s reliance on often coloured, non-recyclable glass while giving the lowdown on this year’s biggest sustainable launches.

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LWF: Time to bottle it on glass?

Published:  19 May, 2021

As carbon emissions and the broader topic of sustainability climb back up the agenda, one of the more forward-looking sessions at London Wine Fair (LWF) 2021 cut to the heart of the issue.

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First roll out of Absolut’s paper bottle launches in the UK

Published:  25 January, 2021

Pernod Ricard’s flagship vodka brand, Absolut, will be rolling out its prototype “paper” bottle from today (25 January), initially in both the UK and Sweden.

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Banrock Station launches first flat-bottled wines

Published:  03 November, 2020

Banrock Station, the Accolade Wines brand, is to release two of its wines in flat bottles made from 100% recycled plastic for the first time.

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Porto Protocol’s online climate debate puts bottle weight in the crosshairs

Published:  11 May, 2020

Does glass have a place in the world of tomorrow as the main container of wine – and do consumers even want a glass bottle anyway?

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Wine sales in US maintain pre-pandemic levels

Published:  06 May, 2020

Wine sales in the US have nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels after an early spike in online sales, according to a new US Covid-19 Impact Report from Wine Intelligence.

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Guy Woodward: Back in the drinks world

Published:  02 April, 2020

With perfect timing, I start a new job this week. Yep – all the boxes are ticked: world in lockdown, nose-diving economy, stalled investments, uncertain future.

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Premiumisation arrives in Portugal

Published:  04 March, 2020

Portugal’s wine drinkers have upped their spending significantly over the last two years, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.

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‘Buy now’ advice for Burgundy 2018 reds as quality outstrips 2015

Published:  28 January, 2020

Bountiful crops and idyllic weather was the talk of Europe in 2018, following on from the dismal vintage shortfalls of 2017 where producers suffered bouts of frost, hail and a late spell of searing heat.

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Wine’s darker materials: glass vs the alternatives

Published:  06 January, 2020

A rising clamour over packaging and sustainability is leading many parts of the industry to go back to the drawing board on glass and look at alternative materials. Does plastic deserve its bad reputation?

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Q&A: Santiago Navarro, Garçon Wines

Published:  06 January, 2020

Santiago Navarro is out to change the world and the mass-market wine business with his flat eco wine bottle. Jo Gilbert catches up with the co-founder and chief executive 

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Penfolds Grange set to break auction record

Published:  10 December, 2019

A complete 65-bottle run of Penfold’s Grange is predicted to sell for at least £180,000 when it goes under the hammer this week.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: What can the wine trade learn from Dominic Cummings?

Published:  26 September, 2019

This piece is about how to sell wine. It starts from the premise that to be successful we should get out of our wine focused ghetto and look at other sectors for learnings and inspiration. That doesn’t just mean craft gin and beer. It can be a myriad of places. Even politics.

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WSET research throws damning light on UK wine knowledge

Published:  30 August, 2019

The term ‘corked’ refers to broken pieces of cork in a wine bottle and ‘terroir’ is a genre of French horror film, according to many consumers in our great wine-drinking nation.

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Prestige Champagne fizzes as sub-£20 falls

Published:  29 August, 2019

Research has shown that Champagne is experiencing continued uplift at the premium end of the spectrum, with brands leading the category to a higher average price per bottle.

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