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California's winemakers gear up for worsening drought in 2015

Published:  06 November, 2014

Recent rainfall in California has done little to improve the ongoing drought, as winemakers gear up for worsening conditions into 2015.

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SHS Group appoints Elaine Birchall as chief

Published:  05 November, 2014

Distribution company SHS Group, whose drinks division owns the WKD RTD, has appointed Elaine Birchall to head up the firm.

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Treasury loses Jon Rosenthal to Concha y Toro

Published:  05 November, 2014

Concha y Toro UK has hired Jon Rosenthal from Treasury Wine Estates to take on the newly-created role of sales director.

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Michel Rolland and Tesco's Laura Jewell sign up for Wine Vision

Published:  05 November, 2014

World leading wine consultant, Michel Rollland, and Tesco's Laura Jewell MW are the two latest big names to sign up to the Wine Vision event taking place in London later this month.

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Holiday pay ruling could hamper investment in hospitality sector

Published:  05 November, 2014

The ruling that overtime should be included in holiday pay could hamper investment and lead to job cuts in the hospitality sector, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has warned.

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Marks & Spencer 'specialist positioning' enhances growth in food business

Published:  05 November, 2014

Marks and Spencer's food business is continuing to "outperform" the market, with sales growth up 3.6% or 1% on a like-for-like basis.

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Five independent merchants win Wines of Chile promotion

Published:  05 November, 2014

Five independent wine merchants from across the country have won a buying trip to Chile for their "innovative and quirky" promotions around Chilean wine.

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Naked Wines urges suppliers angered by Majestic's funding request to switch supply to them

Published:  04 November, 2014

Naked Wines is offering any Majestic supplier angered at being asked to pay an extra 4p on every bottle sold to help fund its new warehouse, to switch supply to itself where it will promise the price agreed will be the price paid.

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One in five Brits aged 25 to 34 admit to drinking a bottle of wine in a sitting

Published:  04 November, 2014

One in five Britons aged 25 to 34 admits to drinking an entire bottle of wine to themselves, according to a Harris Interactive poll produced in collaboration with the Grocer. 

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Virgin Wines teams up with Hardys with an exclusive range

Published:  04 November, 2014

Online retailer Virgin Wines has teamed up with Accolade Wines' Australian brand Hardys to create a new range especially for Virgin's customers.

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Naked Wines' angels recruit top Champagne maker JP Moulin

Published:  04 November, 2014

Naked Wines' angels have raised £500,000 to allow Jean Phillippe Moulin, former Ruinart, Mumm and Baron de Rothschild winemaker, to launch his own Champagne line.

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Quintessential hires former Edrington exec William Ovens

Published:  04 November, 2014

Quintessential Brands Company, which distributes Blooms and Greenall's gins, has appointed William Ovens, former Edrington executive to the role of international commercial director.

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Google chief: social media gives wine the chance to shine

Published:  04 November, 2014

Social media platforms like YouTube give the wine industry the chance to connect directly with consumers in a way traditional media channels such as TV and newspapers have always denied them, according to Google's Hamish Nicklin.

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Young people leading the way on responsible drinking

Published:  04 November, 2014

Young people are leading the way when it comes to responsible drinking, according to a Channel 4 poll, as drinks industry and local government efforts start to effect cultural change.

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Jancis Robinson tells DWCC we need to make the most of this "golden age" of wine

Published:  03 November, 2014

We are living in a "golden age" of wine and we need to make the most of it before it is taken over by bureaucracy and censorship was the personal plea of Jancis Robinson MW at this weekend's  Digital Wine Communications Conference in Montreux, Switzerland.

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North South latest supplier to sign up to Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  03 November, 2014

North South Wines is the 21st supplier and the latest company to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines which looks to help suppliers and independent wine merchants work closer together.

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Digital technology is a 'disruptive' force for the wine trade hears DWCC

Published:  03 November, 2014

Technology is having a 'disruptive' effect on how wine businesses are run delegates at the Digital Wine Communications Conference heard this weekend in Montreux, Switzerland. 

 

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Diageo agrees to sell Bushmills whiskey as part of Tequila Don Julio deal

Published:  03 November, 2014

Diageo has agreed a deal with Jose Cuervo that would see it acquire Tequila Don Julio in exchange for its Bushmills Irish whiskey.

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Virgin Wines wants to be Interflora of wine gifting

Published:  03 November, 2014

Online wine retailer Virgin Wines is looking to "own" the wine gifts market with its new gifting service which includes options from £20 to £150.

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Lidl shows the way forward in how to sell wine says Robert Joseph at DWCC

Published:  03 November, 2014

Both multiple and specialist retailers could learn a lot from "the balls" that Lidl and other discounters are now using to market and sell wine, according to wine commentator and consultant Robert Joseph.

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