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Armit backs Italy with several new agency partnerships

Published:  07 March, 2019

Armit Wines is flexing its muscles in its Italian portfolio, having added several new producers through agencies or partner agencies.

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Distell names new premium wine company

Published:  15 January, 2019

South African juggernaut Distell has officially announced the launch of its new premium wine division which will go by the name Libertas Vineyards and Estates.

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Number of regular UK wine drinkers drops by one million in three years

Published:  13 December, 2018

Britain is steadily losing its core wine drinkers to other beverage categories, while those who remain loyal to the category are drinking less often.

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Think Whisky 2018: Wising up to whisky

Published:  08 October, 2018


Despite being the second biggest spirits category in the UK, accounting for 21% of sales (Nielsen/CGA, year to June 2018), big opportunities exist for whisk(e)y if it can grow engagement with women and younger adults, who currently shy away from the category.

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Pernod Ricard plugs Scotch growth back into NPD with new launch

Published:  30 August, 2018

Pernod Ricard is capitalising on encouraging growth in the Scotch category with the launch of its new Chivas XV.

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Premium spirits worth 40% more to the on-trade at Christmas

Published:  17 August, 2018

The shift to premium spirits has happened and is here to stay, opening up a multimillion pound opportunity for the UK’s bars and restaurants this festive season.

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Black Tower follows up healthy drinking trends with new 0.5% abv range

Published:  25 July, 2018

Black Tower is expanding its low alcohol offering in a bid to boost its appeal to health-conscious millennials at Christmas.

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Fever-Tree puts the UK at the forefront of premium and healthy drinking trends

Published:  24 July, 2018

Fever-Tree continues to gain ground in the UK and the US as the trend for premiumisation and healthy long drinks continues worldwide.

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Morgenrot bolsters Spanish spirits range as gin continues to soar

Published:  17 July, 2018

Morgenrot is the latest company to expand its gin selection – this time with five new premium gins from juniper-loving nation, Spain.

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XECO Wines appoints Tortuga Brands as UK distributor

Published:  27 June, 2018

Newly formed sherry brand XECO Wines has appointed Tortuga Brands as its exclusive UK distributor with sole responsibility for its sales and marketing.

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Bisol puts the spotlight on top tier Prosecco

Published:  22 June, 2018

Leading Italian producer Bisol has announced a portfolio overhaul to enforce its position as the “benchmark” for Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene DOCG – one of the two main DOCGs for Prosecco.

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Italian diversity paving the way for premium Prosecco?

Published:  20 June, 2018

A greater appreciation of Italy’s regions and varietal diversity could be laying the groundwork for the longevity of Prosecco, according to experts.

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Fairtrade on the rise

Published:  08 May, 2018

The Co-op’s new conversion of its major own-label range will boost the UK’s Fairtrade wine volumes by 20%. Jo Gilbert explores a category on the rise.

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Co-op's major own label conversion boosts UK Fairtrade wine volumes by 20%

Published:  07 May, 2018

The Co-op’s new conversion of its major own-label range will boost the UK’s Fairtrade wine volumes by 20%.

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Sherry taking the flor

Published:  04 May, 2018

A new approach is needed in the battle to revitalise sherry’s image, argues James Lawrence

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Crown Cellars adds to the Grapeful Dead

Published:  02 November, 2017

Crown Cellars has announced a number of new additions to its on-trade only Quirky Wines range including new varietals releases from the Grapeful Dead and Dead Man’s Dice.

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Gonzalez Byass committed to ‘innovative’ UK market as portfolio continues to expand

Published:  11 July, 2017

The recent release of Pazos de Lusco Albarino from Riax Baixas, marking the eighth Spanish producer in Gonzalez Byass’s growing portfolio of wineries, reflects the “growing curiosity and recognition” for Spain’s varied styles among consumers.

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