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“Bamboozled Brits” still have no idea how to navigate the wine aisle

Published:  21 July, 2017

New research from Asda has shown the extent of consumers’ mystification around wine, with over a third of UK drinkers sticking to the same bottle of wine every time they shop.

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Wine buying hits shoppers' sweet spots at the multiples

Published:  28 March, 2017

High levels of shopper-satisfaction and the willingness of consumers to linger in the wine aisle, are presenting opportunities to engage the customer and drive trade-up sales, a new supermarket study has suggested. 

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Asda shows some recovery after troublesome 2016

Published:  23 February, 2017

Asda bosses said there is still a "lot of work to do" after the most recent sales figures showed some recovery for the ailing supermarket.

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'Progrigio' - the new budget Prosecco?

Published:  20 February, 2017

Prosecco has long been regarded the low-price equivalent of Champagne for those looking for bubbles on a budget.

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New wine and spirits listings at Sainsbury's and Asda

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinean winery Bodega Argento is preparing to launch a new line of "fresh and fun" Buenos Aires-inspired wines to Sainsbury's this winter.

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Millennials behind Aldi and Lidl's growth as the fastest growing spenders on grocery shopping

Published:  28 October, 2016

Millennial-led households are the fastest growing spenders on grocery shopping and are driving the growth of the discounters, according to new data.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Weather turns heat up on grocery sales

Published:  23 August, 2016

According to Kantar Worldpanel figures out this week, the good weather helped UK consumers increase their spend with grocers, with market growth hitting 0.3%.

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Big Four's stalling growth "can't be blamed on Brexit"

Published:  29 July, 2016

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 17 July 2016, show slow growth for the supermarket sector, with sales up just 0.1% compared to last year.

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Lidl and Aldi hit record high as top four lose market share

Published:  28 June, 2016

Grocery share figures show that the big four have lost market share on last year, while Lidl and Aldi hit a record high of 10.5% in combined market share.

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Tour de France partnership continues to drive growth for Concha y Toro

Published:  13 June, 2016

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur is continuing to make huge gains in the UK market thanks to its official partnership with the Tour de France.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Premium sales rise and Easter sales doubles market growth

Published:  05 April, 2016

Kantar Worldpanel figures show that premium sales have increased and market growth doubled posting the fastest growth since March of 2015, which may be good news for the wine category.

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Whiskey and glass pack for Jim Beam Apple as flavours lift producer's bourbon sales

Published:  19 August, 2015

Maxxium UK is looking to give its new Jim Beam Apple flavoured bourbon a boost with the introduction of a value added pack in Asda stores.

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Australian Vintage bottles Summertime with sparkling drink launch

Published:  15 July, 2015

Wine producer Australian Vintage has launched a range of fruit-flavoured sparkling drinks with a lower than normal abv.

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Asda sales decline 3.5% as discounters, Waitrose and Morrisons see growth

Published:  01 July, 2015

Asda saw the biggest sales decline of the big four supermarkets in the second quarter of the year as the growth of the discounters continued to have an impact.

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Morrisons returns to growth, and Lidl takes its highest market share

Published:  02 June, 2015

Morrison returned to growth for the first time since December 2013, the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel have shown, while Lidl rose its highest recorded market share.

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Romanian wine supplier predicts rise of indigenous grapes following supermaket boost

Published:  27 May, 2015

A Romanian wine supplier that has increased UK exports tenfold in the past five years predicts a golden dawn for the country's wines after gaining listings for premium lines made with indigenous grapes.

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Asda cuts wine range by 8% but adds new range of lesser known varietals among 200 new lines

Published:  13 May, 2015

Asda has overhauled its entire wine range, cutting its total range by around 8% in order to rationalise the offer and accommodate more than 200 new products.

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Kantar: £532m lost from supermarket revenue pool in just three months

Published:  06 May, 2015

Kantar Worldpanel released it most recent UK retail figures today showing that "a massive £532m has been taken out of the supermarket revenue pool in just three months" according to Fraser McKevitt, the head of retail and consumer insights at Kantar.

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Supermarkets lose £400m in sales as price deflation gives further savings to consumers

Published:  10 March, 2015

Supermarkets are missing out on £400 million in sales as price deflation continues to pick up pace offering further savings to consumers, according to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

 

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Shifting retail landscape likely to benefit independents, Wilson says

Published:  05 March, 2015

Shifts expected in the off-trade over the next 12 months are likely to create a "huge opportunity" for independent merchants, according to Tim Wilson of the Wilson Drinks Report.

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Waitrose named UK's favourite supermarket by Which?

Published:  19 February, 2015

Waitrose has returned to the top spot of the Which? annual supermarkets survey - narrowly ahead of last year's winner, discounter Aldi.

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Tesco and rest of the supermarket industry returning to growth, says Kantar

Published:  10 February, 2015

After 13 reported months of decline Tesco has posted 0.3% growth and the supermarket industry as a whole appears to be improving with growth accelerating to 1.1%.

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Big four grocers face 'unprecedented' competition, says Kantar

Published:  13 January, 2015

Christmas sales figures are neck-in-neck across the grocery market, according to Kantar's latest data, which shows the retailers are the closest they have ever been since the market research firm began keeping records 20 years ago.

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Festive figures: Grocers celebrate small victories despite minimal growth

Published:  13 January, 2015

Despite "modest growth" of 0.6% across the grocery market during the festive period, Kantar Worldpanel says this gives cause to celebrate - representing the biggest boost across the sector since August 2014.  

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Price wars saved UK shoppers £182m in last three months, says Kantar

Published:  17 December, 2014

While the grocery market has returned to very slight growth, real grocery deflation, which has seen prices fall by 0.7% versus last year, equates to savings of £182 million for consumers in the last three months, according to Kantar. 

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UK grocery market declines for first time in 20 years, says Kantar WorldPanel

Published:  20 November, 2014

The ongoing price wars in the British grocery market have led sales to decline by 0.2% - the first decrease since market research firm Kantar World Panel began keeping records. 

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Lidl best value supermarket for wine, says new app

Published:  10 November, 2014

Lidl is the UK's best supermarket for wine when it comes to value - according to an 18-month study tasting over 4,000 wines carried out by the Wotwine app.

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Retail expert says Big Four should 'cosy up' to discounters

Published:  27 October, 2014

A leading retail expert has said Britain's Big Four need to ditch larger stores and "cosy up" to discounters by locating convenience outlets next door.

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Can supermarkets handle Britain's changing shopping habits?

Published:  27 October, 2014

Professor Heiner Evanschitzky of Aston Business School asks whether the supermarkets handle Britain's changing shopping habits.

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Harpers Special Report: multiple and supplier relations uncovered

Published:  08 October, 2014

Tesco has taken a bit of a battering in recent months, with profits slipping and then the little matter of the £250 million profit overstatement.  But although Tesco is in the spotlight, there are issues for all of the major retailers right now, as the discounters go from strength to strength and the Big Four's choke hold on the market weakens. Harpers.co.uk spoke to some of the wine trade's key suppliers and ex-buyers to find out their views.

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Wine suppliers can't complain about tough supermarket deals

Published:  08 October, 2014

A host of leading Tesco wine suppliers have said they are not surprised by the supermarket's £250 million accounting black hole - but say suppliers must "push back" harder against buyer demands.

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Sainsbury's to switch to a mid-low pricing strategy as sales continue to fall

Published:  01 October, 2014

Sainsbury's is to start comparing and benchmarking its pricing levels against Asda rather than Tesco as it looks to switch to a new mid-low pricing strategy following a fall in sales for the third quarter in a row.

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Aldi on verge of overtaking Waitrose as sales jump a further 32%

Published:  30 July, 2014

 

The seemingly never-ending rise of the discounters continues with news today that Aldi is on the verge of overtaking Waitrose with nearly 5% share of the UK grocery retail market.

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Echo Falls targets newcomers to wine category with fruity drinks

Published:  28 May, 2014

Californian wine brand Echo Falls is launching three new fruit-based wines in an effort to recruit new consumers and target its core 18-34 year-old female audience.

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IWC 2014: Supermarket own brand wines take 8 of 13 Great Value Trophies

Published:  14 May, 2014

Supermarket own brand wines have taken home eight out of 13 trophies for great value wines at the International Wine Challenge 2014.

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Bottle Green poaches national account manager from Australian Vintage

Published:  06 May, 2014

Wine importer and distributor Bottle Green as appointed Russell Smith to senior national account manager, with responsibility for two national off-trade customers.

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Specialist drinks retailers not enjoying same level of growth as rest of high street says CBI

Published:  28 February, 2014

Specialist drink and food retailers are not performing as strongly as the rest of the retail industry which has seen sales grow at their fastest pace since June 2012, according to the latest figures from the CBI.

 

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WSTA refutes 'cosy relationship' between drinks industry and government

Published:  08 January, 2014
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New Zealand and France hit International Wine Challenge's top spot

Published:  04 December, 2013
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Wine drinkers stick to what they know, says Asda

Published:  11 November, 2013

Almost half of UK wine consumers buy the same wine every time they shop, according to a survey carried out by Asda.

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Asda's new online Wine Shop will bring more young winemakers to UK

Published:  15 October, 2013

Asda's new bespoke online Wine Shop will allow it to broaden the number of producers it works with and introduce new, younger winemakers to the UK, according to head buyer Philippa Carr MW.

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Asda looks to ramp up its wine offer with new bespoke online Wine Shop

Published:  15 October, 2013

Asda is to launch its first bespoke online wine offer on October 28 which will give its customers the chance to select a mixed case of six wines from a range of 500.

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Asda: Income Tracker Report

Published:  11 October, 2013

In this comprehensive analysis of the spending power of the average UK consumer, Asda has assessed the situation in all areas of the country and not only looks at how the financial crisis has changed consumers' shopping behaviour now, but looks at how they are going to change in the coming years.

 

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Asda is using social media to drive sales and get closer to consumers

Published:  11 October, 2013

Asda is maximising the value of social media, according to its chief marketing officer Stephen Smith.

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Independents back Oz Clarke's exposure of supermarket half-price wine deals

Published:  10 October, 2013

Wine critic Oz Clarke has been applauded today by many in the trade for putting the spotlight on half-price wine deals in the major supermarkets on this week's edition of the BBC TV consumer affairs programme Watchdog.

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Published:  10 October, 2013
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Asda tops supermarket wine buys for the biggest bargain

Published:  04 October, 2013

Shoppers looking for supermarket wine bargains best head to Asda, as data collected over the past four weeks shows it is consistently beating the prices of its major competitors.

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Q&A: Fraser Thomson, managing director IPL Beverages, Asda

Published:  26 September, 2013

Harpers spoke to Fraser Thomson, managing director for IPL Beverages at Asda, about what direct sourcing means for the industry

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Glasgow launches pilot scheme to encourage drinkers to switch to lower alcohol brands

Published:  11 September, 2013

Scottish drinkers are being urged to swap their usual drink for a lower alcohol version as part of a pilot campaign launched this week by the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership (SGAIP).

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Heatwave is more of a boost to supermarkets than London 2012

Published:  01 August, 2013

The heatwave throughout most of July proved nearly twice as successful for the UK's major grocery multiples than last year's London 2012 Olympic Games, according to the latest sales figures released by Nielsen.

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July heatwave is more successful for supermarkets than Olympics

Published:  31 July, 2013

The heatwave throughout most of July proved to nearly twice as successful for the UK's major grocery multiples than last year's London 2012 Olympic Games, according to the latest sales figures released by Nielsen.

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Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl take market share from Big Four

Published:  28 July, 2013

The Big Four supermarkets are under increasing pressure from both the hard discounters, Aldi and Lidl, and from mainstream rival Waitrose.

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Published:  01 July, 2013
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Supermarket wines win big at IWC

Published:  13 May, 2013

Thirty supermarket own-brand wines have won gold medals in the International Wine Challenge.

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Asda reports sparkling sales following £10 Champagne deal

Published:  21 January, 2013

Asda has reported a 23% rise in Champagne and sparkling wine sales over the Christmas period.

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Asda has reported a 23% rise in Champagne and sparkling wine sales over the Christmas period.

 

The retailer said it sold close to a quarter of a million bottles of Champagne in the week before New Year's Eve, with sales of Pierre Darcys Champagne Brut, which was on offer at £10, up 25% compared to 2011.

 

Sparkling wine sales rose by 28% and champagne by 17%, Asda said, causing a 1.7% increase in its market share.

 

"In times of austerity, shoppers look for ways to treat themselves on a budget, and this is never more true than at Christmas.

 

"With such a wide variety of quality sparkling wines and Champagne available, from branded Champagne at market-leading prices to trusted, award-winning own-label options, and sales that outperformed the market as a result, we're confident that we got our Christmas 2012 offering right.

 

"We're now looking forward to what should prove to be an exciting year ahead for the category," said Lynsey Grace, Asda's Champagne and sparkling wine buyer.

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Asda's IPL arm sources 40% of its wine

Published:  06 November, 2012

Asda has revealed its direct sourcing arm IPL is responsible for buying up to 40% of its wine range.

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Low-abv wine 'important' category, says Asda

Published:  30 October, 2012

A surge in demand for lower-alcohol products has led Asda to hold its first ever low and no alcohol tastings in stores nationwide.

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Asda revamps own-label wine range with new mid tier

Published:  22 October, 2012

Asda has become the latest supermarket to launch a mid-tier wine range as part of a shake-up of its own-label selection.

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Meet the buyers: Asda

Published:  29 June, 2012
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Asda adds 60 IPL wines to range

Published:  01 June, 2012

Asda has added over 60 International Produce Limited (IPL) wines to its range.

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Asda adds English wines for Jubilee

Published:  15 May, 2012

Asda has added two English wines to its collection to bolster its English wine selection around the Jubilee.

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Waitrose poaches Asda wine buyer

Published:  04 August, 2011

Waitrose has appointed former Asda wine buyer Katie Mollet to its team ? she will have special responsibility for  Italian, bag-in-box, small bottle and low alcohol wines.

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Asda appoints new BWS head

Published:  18 July, 2011

Asda has appointed Tracy Ford as category director of its beers, wines and spirits category.

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Asda forced to change Strong Cider packaging

Published:  04 March, 2011

Asda's Premium Strong Cider has breached the Portman's Group code by making alcoholic strength the dominant theme of its packaging.

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A third of women opting for whisky, says Asda

Published:  08 February, 2011

Asda says the popularity of whisky is on the rise among women, with 35% choosing it over any other tipple, according to the supermarket's survey.

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Asda's McKeon moves to Netto

Published:  01 February, 2011

Asda's BWS boss Adrian McKeon has moved to discount supermarket chain Netto after one year heading up the category.

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Asda sees Champagne sales surge in December

Published:  13 January, 2011

Asda has reported a strong end of year performance in the Champagne category.

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Asda launches interactive beer website

Published:  13 December, 2010

Asda has launched a microsite dedicated to educating customers about its range of international, British and local beers.

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Woman sues Asda over frog in wine bottle

Published:  04 October, 2010

A woman is claiming compensation from Asda after allegedly finding a frog in a bottle of wine she bought from the supermarket.

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Asda to roll out its in-store Wine Selector across the country

Published:  27 September, 2010


Asda is to roll out its Wine Selector nationally after a successful trial boosted sales by 4.5%.

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Asda launches Wine Selector

Published:  17 June, 2010

Asda is to launch an in-store electronic Wine Selector that aims to demystify the category and simplify the task of choosing wine.

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Andy Clarke confirmed as Asda chief executive

Published:  12 May, 2010

The chief operating officer of Asda, Andy Clarke, has been appointed as chief executive and president of the supermarket giant.

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McKeon gets top Asda drinks job

Published:  21 January, 2010

Asda has appointed Adrian McKeon as its new BWS category director.

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Asda wines go to Japan

Published:  19 January, 2009

Wines from the Extra Special own-brand of UK supermarket Asda are being launched in Japan.

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Foster's celebrates Gabbiano success in Asda stores

Published:  25 November, 2008

A year after the launch of its Tuscan wine brand, Gabbiano, Foster's EMEA has announced strong sales of the brand. This is largely down to the success of Gabbiano within the grocery sector, driven by a high profile marketing campaign and significant end-of-aisle price promotion. As a mark of this success, Gabbiano will launch into Asda stores nationwide this month.
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Shepherd Neame scores Asian themed offer with Asda

Published:  31 October, 2008

Shepherd Neame's Asian Collection, which includes Kingfisher Beer, Sun Lik Beer and Asahi Beer, is part of an exclusive offer with the 330 Asda Stores, UK wide.
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Asda Champagne sales "buck downward trend"

Published:  27 October, 2008

Sales of Champagne are up at Asda despite the fact that they are down across the market as a whole, the supermarket said today.

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Asda refuses to support minimum pricing bid

Published:  23 October, 2008

Asda will not support government legislation in favour of a minimum price for alcohol, according to its public affairs director Guy Mason. Text

Asda will not support government legislation in favour of a minimum price for alcohol, according to its public affairs director Guy Mason.

Citing a survey of 10,000 people conducted by the supermarket chain, Mason told delegates at the Westminster Health Forum seminar on Alcohol and Responsibility that Asda customers are "overwhelmingly" against the proposal. Sixy-seven percent of customers voted against a minimum pricing policy in the survey.

"We would not welcome minimum pricing as our customers have told us they wouldn't want it. Why are we being asked to punish 80% of our customers because of the behavior of the minority?" said Mason.

Mason added that it was "in (Asda's) DNA" to offer low prices to our customers.

Other delegates at the conference have criticised Asda for its reluctance to end deep discounting. Alcohol Concern's chief executive, Don Shenker, said: "Asda's mission statement is to provide the best price for its consumers. The problem with that is that alcohol is not an ordinary product - it's a psychoactive drug.

"Through supermarkets the people who are most vulnerable to alcohol misuse are able to afford alcohol cheaply. To prevent this we need to look at a strategy for minimum pricing to end irresponsible deep discounting."

Professor Mark Bellis, the director of the centre for public health at Liverpool John Moores University, also called for minimum pricing to be enforced, referring to cheap alcohol in supermarkets as "the cancer at the heart of our drinking problem."

Earlier this month, Labour MP Sally Keeble launched a new private members bill proposing a minimum price on alcohol.

Under the new plans, a Drinks Industry Council (DIC) would be created, comprised of representatives from the industry, producers, police, health care, youth sector and consumers. The DIC would advise Government on a minimum price for a unit of alcohol, promotions and set codes of conduct.

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Yali wine shortlisted for Asda sponsored green award

Published:  14 October, 2008

Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero has been announced as the only wine company to reach the finals of this year's Green Awards.

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Asda "fastest growing wine retailer" in the UK

Published:  13 October, 2008

New figures released today show Asda to be the fastest growing wine retailer in the UK.

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Asda slammed for selling beer that's cheaper than water

Published:  08 October, 2008

Asda has come under fire for selling cans of lager that are cheaper than the price of a bottle of water.

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Arniston Bay launches new range exclusively to Asda

Published:  06 October, 2008

South African wine producer, Arniston Bay is to launch a new range of value for money wines into the UK market. Arniston Bay: The Reef will comprise three easy drinking wines - a red, white and rosé - and will launch exclusively into Asda on 11th October.

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Asda launches beer competition

Published:  01 October, 2008

Breweries across Britain are being given the chance to get their products on Asda's shelves.

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Ardbeg packs a punch with Blasda whisky

Published:  30 September, 2008

Ardbeg is famed for packing a peaty punch, but there is more to The Ultimate Islay Malt than meets the eye or indeed nose or taste-bud! To prove it, Ardbeg has undertaken an experiment: to tame its usual mighty peating level and allow Ardbeg's lighter qualities to shine through. The happy result is Blasda, which in Gaelic means "sweet and delicious".

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Asda first multiple to take on sambuca brand

Published:  16 September, 2008

Asda will be the first supermarket to stock Antica Raspberry Sambuca when the flavoured sambuca goes on-shelf from September 29.

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Tesco and Asda competition hots up with price war

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda and Tesco are squaring up in the latest price war designed to appeal to shoppers being squeezed by the credit crunch and rising prices for food staples, petrol and energy.

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Stewart bolsters Asda's BWS team

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda is strengthening its beers, wines and spirits (BWS) team by the appointment of two new product development managers, in addition to building a new category development team focussing on the "customer vision for BWS".

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Single-use bags removed from Asda checkouts

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda has announced it will remove all single use carrier bags from the end of its checkouts.

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Asda cracks down on underage alcohol sales

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda will implement a series of new measures designed to curtail under-age sales of alcohol in its stores.

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Asda to spark price war

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda chief executive Andy Bond said the supermarket is likely to instigate a renewed price war in the wake of the economic slowdown.

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Significant growth for Asda wine sales

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda experienced double digit growth in its wine sales over the Christmas and new year period thanks in part to a new TV advertising campaign featuring Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt.

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Risk-free wine purchases from Asda

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda is launching a range of mini wine taster bottles to help shoppers select new wines.

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Asda sales up

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Asda celebrates mid single digit hike in like-for-like sales.

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Asda cleared of marketing vodka to children

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Portman Group has rejected a complaint that superstore ASDA, part of Walmart, was marketing a range of vodka-based drinks to children.

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Former Asda boss could become Sainsbury chairman

Published:  23 July, 2008

The former boss of Asda, Tony Campbell, could be the next chairman of Sainsbury's if a 10.4billion bid is accepted.

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Wright heads Asda team

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda's beers, wines and spirits team is back to full strength, following a host of internal appointments.

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Buyers shuffle at Asda as Sainsbury's triumphs

Published:  23 July, 2008

In the week that its closest rival, Sainsbury's, was made IWC Supermarket Retailer of the Year, Asda has become the latest of the major multiples to make big changes to its buying team.

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ASDA BACKS SA AND CHILE

Published:  23 July, 2008

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ASDA GOES TWO BY TWO IN WINE BUYING SHUFFLE

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Asda restructures its wine division

Published:  23 July, 2008

New brooms sweep clean

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The Asda promise

Published:  18 January, 2007

Asda has come out of its shell and held its first wine tasting for two years. The invitation arrived with a week to go (bad form).

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