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Nielsen confirms sparkling wine and major spirits categories as big Christmas winners

Published:  16 January, 2015

Nielsen has confirmed that sparkling wine and the main spirits categories were the big winners during Christmas 2014.

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WSTA's Miles Beale urges all in UK drinks industry to help secure 2% cut in alcohol duty

Published:  16 January, 2015

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, spells out today on Harpers.co.uk why it is so important everyone in the UK drinks industry plays their part in trying to secure a 2% drop in alcohol duty in the Budget in March.

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Miles Beale: how you can help secure a 2% cut in alcohol duty

Published:  16 January, 2015

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, sets out the steps everyone involved in the UK drinks industry can play their part in convincing the Chancellor to a 2% drop in alcohol duty in the forthcoming Budget

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Wine and spirits industry will not be helped by falling oil prices says Moody's

Published:  16 January, 2015

The global drop in oil prices will only have a "modest" impact on consumer spending and the retail industry in the European Union, according to a new report from Moody's the credit rating agency.  revised its pricing assumptions in a newly published report that looked at the global impact the reduction in the cost  of oil could have and found there would have a 'modest' impact to consumer spending and retail within the EU.

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Portman Group hits back at Labour's public health proposals

Published:  15 January, 2015

The Portman Group has hit back at proposals from Labour on public health, which criticise voluntary industry and government partnerships.

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Drinks firms need to collaborate more with suppliers to keep costs down

Published:  15 January, 2015

Ratcheting pressure on drinks firms and suppliers to become more agile and responsive to consumer demands is forcing up costs - meaning the need for collaboration between the two is more important than ever.

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Daffy's Gin hopes to win over bars and spirit lovers with its unique mix of botanicals

Published:  15 January, 2015

Daffy's Gin is the latest new launch in to an already bursting category, but claims it uses a unique set of botanicals, including Lebanese mint, to make its own mark.

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Wine drinkers pay over the odds as inflation rockets 3.4% in December

Published:  15 January, 2015

Inflation may have fallen to 0.5% in December, but wine drinkers haven't felt the benefit of the drop in the cost of living as inflation on wine rose 3.4% in the same period.

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Alliance Wine buys Rhone to Rioja importer

Published:  15 January, 2015

Alliance Wine has bought specialist wine importer Rhone to Rioja, adding seven new Spanish agencies to its portfolio.

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Quintessential Brands ramps up its marketing division

Published:  15 January, 2015

Quintessential Brands is growing its marketing division with the addition of Nick Williamson, Claire O'Grady, Sam Chandler and new roles for Sinead O'Frighil and Kate Harrison.

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Tesco turns to advertising and management gurus to help rebuild brand's reputation

Published:  15 January, 2015

Tesco is bringing in organisation transformation firm Blue Rubicon and the advertising agency that Sir John Hegarty helped found, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), to work with the company's leadership team in an effort to help turn the struggling retailer around.

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London coffee and wine bar operator Notes set for expansion

Published:  15 January, 2015

London coffee and wine bar operator Notes is to opening three outlets in 2015, and plans to continue expanding at a rate of two to three sites per year from 2016.

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Pub and restaurant groups grow Christmas trading 2.8%

Published:  15 January, 2015

Pub and restaurant groups across the country enjoyed a festive trading boost of 2.8% on the same period last year, with those inside London putting in a stronger performance.

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Spain's Vidrala completes Encirc purchase

Published:  14 January, 2015

Spanish bottle manufacturer Vidrala has completed its acquisition of fellow glass manufacturer, filler and logistics firm Encirc.

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Waitrose bucks grocery trend for store closures with 14 new openings for 2015

Published:  14 January, 2015

Waitrose is bucking the trend of store closures and job losses in the grocery sector by opening 14 new outlets in 2015, with more in the pipeline for 2016.

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France needs to do better at selling itself hears French Wines Discovery tasting

Published:  14 January, 2015

France needs to better communicate its enviable attributes, according to a Harpers trade debate held at this week's French Wines Discoveries fair in London.

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Bacardi confirms new leadership team

Published:  14 January, 2015

Bacardi, the largest privately held family-owned spirits company in the world, has confirmed interim chief executive Mike Dolan will fill the role permanently and appointed Dmitry Ivanov to chief marketing officer.

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Tattooed bartenders are stars of new Giffard liqueurs and spirits campaign

Published:  14 January, 2015

Eleven tattooed  bartenders have been chosen to take part in a new campaign to help raise awareness of the Giffard range of liqueurs and spirits.

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Sparkling wine Luc Belaire gets glow-in-the-dark label

Published:  14 January, 2015

Sovereign Brands is launching a limited edition sparkling rosé wine under its Luc Belaire label which will have a glow-in-the-dark label activated via a power button.

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints Bob Spooner chief supply officer

Published:  14 January, 2015

Treasury's chief executive has appointed a former Premier Foods colleague to the role of chief supply officer at the wine firm's Australian headquarters.

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