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Mixers see highest growth of soft drinks driven by health trend and premiumisation

Published:  29 March, 2017

The Fever Tree effect is responsible for the rapid growth of mixers over the past 12 months.

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Real Wine Fair back for another year

Published:  29 March, 2017

This May will see the reutrn of The Real Wine Fair - the trade and consumer event which champions natural, organic and biodynamic wines.

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Jascots unveils new plans for expansion

Published:  29 March, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants have officially opened a new extension at their London head office which will house the growing needs of the supplier.

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"New chapter" for the trade as May triggers Article 50

Published:  29 March, 2017

A historic moment in British politics and the beginning of a new chapter for the UK alcohol industry took placed this morning when Theresa May signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the EU.

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Q&A: Paul Jenkins and Guillem Kerambrun

Published:  28 March, 2017

Harpers met Caprice Holdings & The Birley Group's purchasing director and its head sommelier/group wine buyer at Annabel's to discuss buying across such a diverse portfolio

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Tesco fined £129m for overstating profits

Published:  28 March, 2017

Tesco has finally reached an agreement with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and will pay £129m fine following 2014's damaging accounting scandal.

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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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Morrisons shorten payment terms for small suppliers

Published:  27 March, 2017

Morrisons today announced it would shorten payment terms for its smalle suppliers to a maximum of 14 days as part of its 'buy and sell simply' initiative.

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Tesco bolsters Finest portfolio with Old-World wine collection

Published:  24 March, 2017

The ten-strong collection, available across the retailer's stores and online now, has been created in collaboration with world-renowned producers. With Priced between £7 and £20 but positioned as "luxury", the portfolio had been developed to give customers a chance to discover "top quality wines at exceptional prices", said Tesco.

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The battle for the retail shelves

Published:  23 March, 2017

The latest Nielsen retail reports make for interesting reading. Supermarket own-brand wines showed growth of 12.6% in the 12 weeks leading up to January 28, 2017, an escalation from 5.5% year-on-year growth, while brands lost 3% share.

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Mitchells & Butlers adds 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu

Published:  22 March, 2017

Mitchells & Butlers is hoping to entice calorie-conscious drinkers by adding a 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu.

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Taj Mahal Brewing Co partners with Oakwood Vineyards to launch Indian wines

Published:  22 March, 2017

The Taj Mahal Brewing Co has partnered with Oakwood Vineyards to make its first foray into wine with an Indian quartet.

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Brand Ambassadors: Spreading the gospel

Published:  22 March, 2017

Glenfiddich's UK brand ambassador, Mark Thomson, is introducing the brand's new IPA beer-infused expression at a trade event in central London. "When I tell people I'm a brand ambassador they usually say: 'Yes, but what's your real job?'"

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Fever-Tree profits more than double thanks to UK growth

Published:  21 March, 2017

Posh mixer brand Fever-Tree continued to go from strength to strength in 2016 driven by accelerated growth in the UK.

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UK Champagne sales flow down the drain

Published:  21 March, 2017

UK Champagne sales have been hit by the nation's love of more affordable Prosecco alongside the Brexit-caused drop in the value of the pound.

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Distell extends partnership with Stock Spirits to boost its UK spirits portfolio

Published:  21 March, 2017

South African alcohol producer Distell has extended its partnership with Stock Spirits to enhance its spirit range in the UK.

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Blurring lines between on-trade beer, wine and spirits

Published:  21 March, 2017

Matthew Clark's new Emporium tasting concept delivered on its promise of providing a circus-themed extravaganza at London's Tobacco Dock on Tuesday. 

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Wine labels of the future

Published:  20 March, 2017

Wine labels of the future will increasingly have a link to a website or QR bar code which could be scanned with phones to reveal the ingredients, calories and nutritional value of wine, but far less likely is any further legal obligation to fully disclose ingredients.

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E&J Gallo winery Dark Horse makes a premium gambit with experimental styles

Published:  20 March, 2017

Better known for it's affordable, everyday wine brand, Gallo, parent company E&J Gallo wineries has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from entry level through to the premium, cementing its position as the leading producer and distributor of Californian wines worldwide.

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UK tops list for craft breweries per capita

Published:  17 March, 2017

The craft revolution has swept across the globe, with 94% of world's 19,000 breweries now producing beer craft.

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