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Waitrose bucks grocery trend for store closures with 14 new openings for 2015

Published:  14 January, 2015

Waitrose is bucking the trend of store closures and job losses in the grocery sector by opening 14 new outlets in 2015, with more in the pipeline for 2016.

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France needs to do better at selling itself hears French Wines Discovery tasting

Published:  14 January, 2015

France needs to better communicate its enviable attributes, according to a Harpers trade debate held at this week's French Wines Discoveries fair in London.

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Bacardi confirms new leadership team

Published:  14 January, 2015

Bacardi, the largest privately held family-owned spirits company in the world, has confirmed interim chief executive Mike Dolan will fill the role permanently and appointed Dmitry Ivanov to chief marketing officer.

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Tattooed bartenders are stars of new Giffard liqueurs and spirits campaign

Published:  14 January, 2015

Eleven tattooed  bartenders have been chosen to take part in a new campaign to help raise awareness of the Giffard range of liqueurs and spirits.

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Sparkling wine Luc Belaire gets glow-in-the-dark label

Published:  14 January, 2015

Sovereign Brands is launching a limited edition sparkling rosé wine under its Luc Belaire label which will have a glow-in-the-dark label activated via a power button.

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints Bob Spooner chief supply officer

Published:  14 January, 2015

Treasury's chief executive has appointed a former Premier Foods colleague to the role of chief supply officer at the wine firm's Australian headquarters.

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Carluccio's takes on Neil Wickers as new chief executive for national Italian restaurant group

Published:  13 January, 2015

Neil Wickers is to take over as chief executive of Carluccios's the 105-strong Italian restaurant group with sites across the UK.

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London on-trade groups see festive sales uplift

Published:  13 January, 2015

Restaurant group D&D London and Davy's Wine Merchants have seen solid uplifts in performance over the Christmas trading period.

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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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Greenall's Gin signs £3m horseracing sponsorship deal

Published:  13 January, 2015

Greenall's Gin has invested £3 million in a three-year sponsorship deal plus marketing with horseracing's Jockey Club, which will see the brand take top billing at Cheltenham and the Grand National.

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Harpers Awards 2015 are open for entry!

Published:  13 January, 2015

 The entry process for the Harpers Awards 2015 is well and truly underway with the opportunity for businesses and individuals from across the UK on and off-trades to receive recognition for their hard work and achievements.

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Morrisons pulls plug on CEO Dalton Philips amid disappointing Xmas sales

Published:  13 January, 2015

Morrisons saw like-for-like sales fall 3.1% in the six weeks to January 4 - making it the worst supermarket performer over Christmas  - as the board pulled the plug on embattled chief executive Dalton Philips.

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Treasury Wine Estate's Dan Townsend becomes Benevolent chairman

Published:  12 January, 2015

Dan Townsend, UK chief of Treasury Wine Estates, will take over from Porter & Laker boss Chris Porter as new chairman of the Benevolent.

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Buckingham Schenk promotes Craig Durham to MD

Published:  12 January, 2015

Wine supplier Buckingham Schenk has promoted Craig Durham from sales director to managing director as current chief Jon Pepper MW prepares for his move to Enotria.

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Eating out to see 2% growth in 2015, says Horizons

Published:  12 January, 2015

The eating-out sector is likely to continue growing at the same rate as 2014 in the coming year, says foodservice consultancy Horizons.

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Tesco's credit rating downgraded to 'junk' status

Published:  12 January, 2015

Global credit rating agency Moody's has further downgraded Tesco long-term credit rating from Baa3 to Ba1, which is considered "junk" grade for investments that are considered 'high risk'.

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Spanish glass manufacturer Vidrala to buy Encirc business

Published:  12 January, 2015

Spanish glass manufacturer Vidrala is expected to purchase Encirc - the former Quinn Glass business - in a deal worth up to €400 million.

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Wine Relief kicks off consumer tasting in March to raise funds for Comic Relief

Published:  12 January, 2015

The Comic Relief Wine Fair 2015 will be selling tickets for a consumer tasting which will be held on March 12, 2015 to help raise money for Wine Relief, an official part of the UK's Comic Relief charity.

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Sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti hits back over Prosecco legal battle

Published:  12 January, 2015

Daniel Spinath, director of sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti, has hit back at claims that selling Prosecco on tap will be "illegal" if Italian producers of the wine win the legal right to fine bars and pubs that sell the drink by the keg instead of bottles.

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