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US Black Friday shopping extravaganza takes off in the UK

Published:  28 November, 2014

Despite figures from Kantar indicating that the UK has not yet fully embraced the US shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday, this morning major retail websites like Tesco Direct have crashed due to the demand in online traffic, and there have been reports of fights breaking out amongst shoppers in stores around the country. Black Friday it appears has arrived in the UK.

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Zuma's Noel Pusch is named Sake Sommelier of the Year

Published:  28 November, 2014

Noel Pusch of premium Japanese restaurant chain Zuma's Abu Dhabi branch has been named Sake Sommelier of the Year at an awards ceremony at London's Westbury Hotel this week.

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Wine Australia confirms Tesco's Laura Jewell as its new head of UK and Europe

Published:  27 November, 2014

Wine Australia has confirmed to Harpers.co.uk that it has appointed Tesco's Laura Jewell MW to be its new regional director for the UK and Europe.

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Raisinable wine app brings mark up transparency to restaurant consumers

Published:  27 November, 2014

Raisinable, a free wine app which compares restaurant and retail wine prices and illustrates the mark up, is launching today and will feature several restaurants in London.

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Italy's Lugana wine producers fight plans for 'devastating' fast train

Published:  27 November, 2014

Wine producers in northern Italy's Lugana region are fighting plans for a high speed rail line which would wipe out one third of their vineyard area.

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Chile and South Africa bulk wine markets face 'stormy weather'

Published:  27 November, 2014

Chile and South Africa's bulk wine suppliers are facing "stormy weather", according to experts, given there is still a lot of wine from last year's harvest.

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Rugby stars Ruan Pienaar and Robbie Diack launch South African wine

Published:  27 November, 2014
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Soul Tree looks to raise £350k in crowdfunding scheme for its Indian wine business

Published:  27 November, 2014

 

Soul Tree Wines, one of India's leading wineries, is third of a way to reaching its target of £350,000 in a crowdfunding scheme to raise extra capital to help it on its next stage of its development.

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Maison Sichel signs Amazon deal to boost off-trade sales

Published:  26 November, 2014

Maison Sichel has signed a deal with Amazon for five of its wines, with a special focus on flagship brand Sirius, in an effort to revitalise the brand after its UK off-trade distribution "ran out of steam".

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Debate over role and relevance of wine bloggers continues as trade figures take sides

Published:  26 November, 2014

What role and relevance bloggers have on the wine trade has become a major debating issue on Harpers.co.uk and on social media following recent articles questioning their value from leading wine commentators.

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Consumers to tighten purse strings on food and drink this Christmas

Published:  26 November, 2014

Consumers are planning to rein in Christmas spending on food, drink and gifts this year, according to a poll carried out by pub operator Greene King.

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Autumn heat helps to secure a promising vintage for the Loire Valley

Published:  26 November, 2014

Following two tough years, the autumn heat is responsible for the success of this year's vintage for Loire Valley, according to Les Vins du Centre Loire, which released the region's vintage report this week.

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TescoGate latest: UK shareholders poised to sue over "reckless" accounting errors

Published:  26 November, 2014

A UK law firm is preparing legal action on behalf of Tesco shareholders that will allege directors and senior managers "knew or were reckless" over the retailer's "untrue of misleading" accounts, which overstated profits by £263 million.

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Morrisons rapped by ASA for "misleading" wine adverts after only two complaints

Published:  26 November, 2014

Morrisons has been forced by the Advertising Standards Authority to pull what it claims are "misleading" adverts offering special promotions after only two complaints.

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Online festive shopping major opportunity for retailers, says Euromonitor

Published:  25 November, 2014

Online shopping will rise globally and within Europe as consumers look for better deals online in the run-up to Christmas, but firms should ensure their sites are easy to navigate, mobile-friendly and have attractive delivery options, says market research firm Euromonitor.

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Buck's Fizz is UK's favourite festive tipple, says Waitrose survey

Published:  25 November, 2014

Buck's Fizz, Irish coffee and mulled wine top the list of Britons' favourite festive cocktails, according to a survey of 1,000 people for Waitrose Cellar.

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Aldi goes head to head with Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason with premium wine offering

Published:  25 November, 2014

Aldi is not just taking on major grocery chains, but looking to compete directly with high-end retailers like Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason with a super premium wine and spirit offering in the run up to Christmas.

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South Africa's Cape Wine 2015 to reach 'new levels'

Published:  25 November, 2014

Wines of South Africa says 2015's Cape Wine event will reach "an exciting new level", reflecting the industry's "dynamism".

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Mitchells & Butlers profit down as revenues grow

Published:  25 November, 2014

Pub and bar operator Mitchells & Butlers, owner of the All Bar One and Browns venues, has seen revenues grow by 4% to £1.9 billion, while profits before tax fell by 13% to £123 million.

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Wine industry should take initiative on calorie labelling, says WSTA chief

Published:  25 November, 2014

The wine industry needs to prepare itself for adding calorie labels to wine bottles, as the battle against obesity continues, warned Wine & Spirit Trade Association chief Miles Beale.

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