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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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Cape Wine Auction hopes to raise thousands more for education in South Afrrica's winelands

Published:  24 November, 2014

Plans are in place for the second AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction which hopes to raise millions of rand to help fund education in the winelands of South Africa.

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Spirits can become far bigger part of on-trade sales mix, says CGA

Published:  24 November, 2014

Bars and pubs can do more to boost spirits sales, says CGA Strategy, with restaurants proving particularly fertile ground.

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Krug releases three Grande Cuvées in special limited edition ID case

Published:  24 November, 2014

Fans of Krug Champagne can splash out this Christmas on a limited edition special gift box set that includes three bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée each with a different story behind the blend.

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Wine suppliers say scrapping beer tie will have limited effect on wine

Published:  24 November, 2014

Wine suppliers say the vote to break the beer tie will have a limited effect on wine sales - while it may open up the market, most leaseholders are already free to buy wine from a supplier of their choice.

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Supermarket and supplier relations at a "crossroads" warns Pernod Ricard UK chief

Published:  24 November, 2014

Relationships between major supermakets and their suppliers are now at a "crossroads" according to Denis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, and we should expect tighter regulations to bring more control over the sector.

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Buckingham Schenk MD Jon Pepper joins Enotria

Published:  24 November, 2014

Jon Pepper MW, managing director at Buckingham Schenk, is leaving the firm to become buying and retail director at Enotria.

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Benromach launches two single malts aged in French wine casks

Published:  24 November, 2014

 

Benromach is launching two single malt whiskies that have been aged in French wine casks from the Rhone and Bordeaux respecitively.

 

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Reh Kendermann boss Nik Schritz to step down

Published:  24 November, 2014

Nikolaus Schritz has decided to "quit while ahead", leaving Black Tower brand owner Reh Kendermann at the end of the year with sales up over 20%.

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P Diddy looks to grow wine and spirits business

Published:  21 November, 2014

Famed rapper and businessman Sean 'Diddy' Combs has recently grown his partnership with Diageo to include De León tequila as well as Ciroc vodka, and has plans to further boost the portfolio.

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Glenfiddich launches online Gallery giving whisky connoisseurs access to rare malts

Published:  21 November, 2014

Glenfiddich has launched a new online service which gives whisky fans and collectors access to rare and unreleased single malts from its collection.

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Frustrated restaurateurs create homemade vermouth for own Ethicurean site and independents

Published:  21 November, 2014

Frustrated that they could not find a vermouth good enough to serve in their Bristol restaurant, the team behind the Ethicurean restaurant in Wrington, Bristol, decided to go and make their own.

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Nielsen predicts grocery sales to decline by £1bn in 2014

Published:  21 November, 2014

As grocery sales fall for the third consecutive month, Nielsen predicts 2014 will herald an overall decline from £146 billion in 2013 to £145 billion.

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Wine businesses slow to change and connect with consumers, says business guru

Published:  21 November, 2014

Wine businesses are too slow to change and engage with consumers, says business mentor Mike Greene.

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Chief of the Week: Tyler Balliet and Wine Riot

Published:  21 November, 2014

Now fast talking young American dudes are not totally original when it comes to breaking through in the wine trade. Anyone who has come within half a mile of Gary Vaynerchuk could vouch for that.

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Damien Wilson on why wine bloggers are an endangered species

Published:  21 November, 2014

One of the great communication innovations assisting the wine sector's recovery has been the birth of the wine blogger. Since wine blogging began, its role has evolved from being a publicly recorded journal by wine enthusiasts through to a buying guide and discussion platform for news and events in the wine sector.

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The Week That Was: Wine Vision recap, top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 November, 2014

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

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