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The SWA issues final call for cut in duty

Published:  06 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has issued a final call for a 2% cut in spirits excise duty ahead of this week's Budget.

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Sales of fizz breaks Christmas barrier of 45 million bottles for first time

Published:  06 March, 2017

Sales of sparkling set yet another benchmark in the run up to Christmas, with sparkler-hungry Brits quaffing 10% more than usual in the off-trade and 37% in the on-trade. 

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Heineken targets food outlets with artisanal cider duo

Published:  06 March, 2017

Heineken has added an artisanal duo to its Bulmers cider portfolio created with premium and food outlets in mind.

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Harpers' Hot 100: Celebrating the most influential people in the on-trade

Published:  03 March, 2017

Welcome to the launch of Harpers' Hot 100, a new annual feature that looks to identify and celebrate the most influential people in the quality drinks-focused on-trade.

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Moët UK's Sommelier Of The Year opens for entries

Published:  03 March, 2017

Moët & Chandon's Sommelier of the Year competition has returned for another year, once again looking to bestow the accolade on a shining star of the UK on-trade.

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Sales of bourbon predicted to explode in the UK over next five years

Published:  03 March, 2017

Sales of bourbon could rival those of Scotch in the UK over the next five to ten years new data has shown.  

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Yellow Tail receives first makeover in 15 years

Published:  03 March, 2017

The updated bottles, rolling out from this week, feature labels designed to highlight the wine's family ownership and "authentic" credentials, including the addition of John Casella's signature alongside a stronger emphasis on the brand's iconic kangaroo, 'Roo'.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 March, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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London whisky fraudster could be the "Rudy Kurniawan" of UK spirits

Published:  02 March, 2017

A scuppered fraud operation has revealed "levels of sophistication never before seen in fraudulent spirits production", involving hundreds of counterfeit bottles of whisky and other spirits.

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Rioja wine export volumes to UK fell in 2016, also dipping globally

Published:  02 March, 2017

For the first time in 20 years, Rioja wine export volumes to the UK have slumped, according to the most recent export figures for 2016

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China poised to overtake the UK as the second biggest wine market

Published:  02 March, 2017

New data has revealed that China's still and sparkling wine market would reach US$21bn compared to US$16bn in the UK by 2020, pushing the UK into the third place in the process.

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SWA appoints its first female CEO

Published:  02 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed a new CEO.

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Halewood makes its first foray into beer

Published:  02 March, 2017

Halewood Wine & Spirit has acquired a majority stake in Lake District brewery Hawkshead marking its first foray into beer.

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Heineken expands craft beer range

Published:  01 March, 2017

Heineken has expended its craft beer portfolio with two new brews.

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Jägermeister launches first super-premium product in eight decades

Published:  01 March, 2017

Jägermeister is aiming to move away from its shots-at-the-bar image by launching the first super-premium incarnation in the brand's 80-year history. 

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Graham Norton's Convivial deal

Published:  28 February, 2017

Super-supplier Conviviality has taken over the distribution of Graham Norton Wines made by New Zealand producer Invivo, to expand the celebrity-backed wine's reach to the UK

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Campari posts 4.2% growth on the back of Grand Marnier acquisition

Published:  28 February, 2017

Gruppo Campari has reported 4.2% annual growth to €1.7bn boosted by a solid contribution from the Grand Marnier acquisition.

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Spirit sales across Western Europe in sharp decline

Published:  28 February, 2017

Spirit sales across Western Europe have been hit by poor performances from the majority of countries, with only the UK and four other countries showing growth.

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Boost for Soave with new UK campaign

Published:  27 February, 2017

Soave, the dry white wine produced in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, is looking to boost its fortunes here in the UK this summer with the help of new trade and consumer campaign.

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Chilean wine hits the spot with convenience shoppers

Published:  27 February, 2017

The convenience channel has posted a near 20% leap in sales in an overall flat UK category.

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