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Codorníu Raventós appoints senior Percy Fox exec to head UK business

Published:  03 October, 2014

John Hearn, global commercial director for Diageo's wine arm Percy Fox, is to become the new managing director of Codorníu Raventós in the UK.

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Morrisons goes head to head against other grocers with new price-matching scheme

Published:  03 October, 2014

Morrison's announced it is newest strategy in taking on discount grocers Aldi and Lidl for the first time with the introduction of the a new price-matching loyalty card scheme called 'Match & More.'

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Tim Atkin on why modern winemaking is a breath of fresh air

Published:  03 October, 2014

"To thine own self be true." Polonius' advice to his son Laertes in Hamlet is arguably easier to give than to follow. Most of us make regular compromises in our personal and professional lives. We don't lie to ourselves exactly, but we fall short of the absolute standards to which we aspire.

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Guy Woodward: Hegarty's right - we need to follow Top Gear to sell wine

Published:  03 October, 2014

It didn't come as a huge surprise when Sir John Hegarty used his WSTA conference key note speech to deliver a withering assessment of the wine trade's relationship with its audience. One of the foremost marketing exponents of his generation, Hegarty knows a thing or two about generating headlines. 'Appalling', 'pathetic' and 'mad' were among the politer descriptions aimed at his audience. 'Confusing' and 'impenetrable' were daggers to the heart - a stinging critique of the public's perception of the world of wine. Why so stinging? Because the words ring so true...

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Harpers Design Awards picks out winners from all over the world

Published:  02 October, 2014

The first Harpers Global Design Awards to recognise excellence in wine and spirits label and bottle design saw 62 medals awarded, including 17 gold medals for designs the judges felt were showing the way for the rest of the industry.

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English wine Digby's signs deals with Coe Vintners and British Bottle Company

Published:  02 October, 2014

Digby Fine English wine has signed distribution deals with Coe Vintners across the UK, and the recently-formed British Bottle Company for international export. 

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Will Constellation Brands continue its winning streak?

Published:  02 October, 2014

Constellation Brands is set to release its second quarter financials today, and with over 51.9% share-price growth over the past year, the question on everyone's mind is can it continue?

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Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures opens US design studio

Published:  02 October, 2014

Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures has opened a design studio in California which will allow wineries to choose design and have it printed in one location.

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Ribera del Duero should shun powerful wines for more classic style says Pingus founder

Published:  02 October, 2014

The biggest threat to the future of wines from the Ribera Del Duero is consumers turning their back on the signature ripe and powerful style of the region, according to Pingus founder Peter Sisseck.

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Bargain Booze owner Conviviality strengthens buying team

Published:  02 October, 2014

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail has boosted its buying team with Andrew Dorricot and Emma Breslin.

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Disaronno liqueur releases Versace-designed bottle

Published:  02 October, 2014

Amaretto liqueur Disaronno has partnered with fashion house Versace to create a designer look for its bottle.

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Ex-Tesco wine technical head Andy Gale joins Concha y Toro

Published:  01 October, 2014

Concha y Toro UK has appointed Tesco's former technical manager for wine, Andy Gale, to head up its new business and technical development.

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The Benevolent's Northern Ball is a must for all James Bond fans

Published:  01 October, 2014

You may not get the chance to dine out with Daniel Craig anytime soon, but if you fancy a night dressing up like him and taking your chances on the roulette wheel then the Benevelont Northern Ball is the place for you.

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Sainsbury's to switch to a mid-low pricing strategy as sales continue to fall

Published:  01 October, 2014

Sainsbury's is to start comparing and benchmarking its pricing levels against Asda rather than Tesco as it looks to switch to a new mid-low pricing strategy following a fall in sales for the third quarter in a row.

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UK wine buyers warn Burgundy will struggle to regain market share as exports plummet

Published:  01 October, 2014

Top UK wine buyers warn Burgundy will struggle to regain shelf space as figures reveal exports to the UK have halved in 2014, following last year's short harvest. 

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Fifth annual London Cocktail Week expects to attract 25,000 people

Published:  01 October, 2014

The fifth annual London Cocktail Week, scheduled for October 6 -12, 2014, is expected to draw up to 25,000 attendees throughout the week.

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Copestick Murray appoints Samantha Cross as I Heart Wines brand manager

Published:  01 October, 2014

Copestick Murray has appointed Samantha Cross as brand manager for its I Heart range of wines, following the departure of Rachel Archer, who moved to Off Piste Wines in June.

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Treasury's Lindeman's wine brand gets new look

Published:  01 October, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates is overhauling its Lindeman's wine range to reflect the brand's 170 years of heritage.

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WSTA chief slams new Sheffield study for ignoring already falling alcohol consumption

Published:  01 October, 2014

The WSTA chief has criticised a new report into minimum pricing which says the measure would be 50 times more effective than the below-cost selling ban, for "ignoring the reality" that alcohol consumption is already falling.

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Robert Parker to host 100 point London tasting as part of a world tour

Published:  30 September, 2014

Robert Parker, the legendary US wine critic, is to host a special tasting in London in February 2015 as part of a world tour of exclusive tastings for his Wine Advocate magazine.

 

 

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