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Vinopolis set to close at the end of 2015

Published:  02 February, 2015

Vinopolis, the wine tour and tasting experience near London Bridge, has said it will close its doors at the end of the year with the loss of 180 jobs. 

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Drinks trade saves £51m on glass recycling

Published:  02 February, 2015

The wine and spirits trade has saved an estimated £51 million in glass recycling fees per year in the last year, after a WSTA-led campaign sought to bring spiralling costs down.

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Harpers March for the Independents campaign kicks off with retailer survey

Published:  02 February, 2015

Today marks the official start of Harpers March for the Independents campaign which over the next month will put the spotlight firmly on the needs and trading issues facing independent wine merchants.

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Wine is now the UK's most popular alcohol drink with 30 million regular drinkers

Published:  31 January, 2015

Wine is now the most popular alcohol drink with 60% of adults, according to a new poll commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

 

 

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Jacob's Creek turns to its winemakers and growers for new TV campaign

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

Rather than just rely on stunning Australian scenery to sell its wines Jacob's Creek has turned to the actual winemakers and growers behind the brand in its new television advert that hits our screens from February 1.

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Herefordshire English winery looking for UK distributor

Published:  30 January, 2015

One of the oldest farming families in Herefordshire, which converted from cattle to vines 10 years ago, is looking for a UK distributor for its wine.

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Merchants get chance to get on top of their business at March for Independents conference

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

The latest regulatory and expert advice on issues as wide as duty deferement,  online selling, recycling and wine fraud will be on hand for those attending Harpers dedicated independent wine merchants conference on March 3.

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Beer sales on the rise after 10 years of falling sales following back to back duty cuts

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

Evidence that duty cuts on alcohol can help turnaround sales of declining drinks categories are seen today with news that after 10 years of decline beer sales are now on the rise.

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WSTA sets out its own general election manifesto to the main political parties

Published:  30 January, 2015

What the drinks industry wants from the next government is laid out today in the Wine and Spirit Trade Association's general election manifesto.

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IWC claims retailers can raise millions of pounds in extra sales by using medal stickers

Published:  30 January, 2015

Using award winning wine stickers on bottles can boost total wine sales by up to 15% in retail outlets, equating to millions of pounds in extra sales, according to research released today by the International Wine Challenge.

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WSET honours top performing Diploma students at London ceremony

Published:  29 January, 2015

The brightest and most successful students who have taken part in the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma programme were honoured at a special ceremony this week at London's Guildhall.

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Power to fine supermarkets for Groceries Code breaches edges closer

Published:  29 January, 2015

The power to fine supermarkets up to 1% of their turnover for breaching the Groceries Code have edged a step closer after being laid in Parliament.

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Concha y Toro beefs up push across six core wine brands

Published:  29 January, 2015

Concha y Toro UK is planning a renewed push across six of its core wine brands for 2015, as well as aiming to boost convenience sales.

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Diageo sales hit by currency and 'challenging' trading environment

Published:  29 January, 2015

Diageo's half-yearly sales were hit by currency and the "challenging" trading environment as organic net sales fell 0.1% and volumes 1.9%.

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D&D celebrates Valentine's with wine and film events across its restaurants

Published:  29 January, 2015

London's innovative restaurant group, D&D, has come up with an imaginative way to help celebrate wine in its outlets in the build up to Valentine's Day with a special Love Wine and Film promotion.

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Mitchells & Butlers offers "so-so" festive trading update

Published:  29 January, 2015

All Bar One operator Mitchells & Butlers had a "good" festive season with sales up 4.8% in the two weeks of Christmas and New Year, but margins weakened over the period.

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Trivento extends its sponsorship of Premiership Rugby by a further three years

Published:  29 January, 2015

Trivento, the Argentinean wine brand, is to extend its sponsorship of Premiership Rugby for a further three years following the success of its initial link up.

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Wine tasting subscription service Vinoa looks to recruit 12,000 members in 2015

Published:  28 January, 2015

Wine tasting subscription service Vinoa is aiming to have 12,000 subscribers by the end of 2015, and has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help reach the target.

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Buckingham Schenk recruits David Tromans from Enotria

Published:  28 January, 2015

David Tromans is joining Buckingham Schenk as marketing and new product development manager from Enotria, marking a series of changes at the supplier.  

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Accolade sees its Mud House New Zealand wine brand go from 10K cases to 250k in a year

Published:  28 January, 2015

Mud House, the New Zealand wine brand, grew sales 2,500% in the last 12 months from 10,000 9 litre cases to a quarter of a million cases, according to figures released by brand owner Accolade Wines.

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