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?Lidl's chief departs over "unbridgeable" differences

Published:  21 March, 2014

The head of Lidl, the German-based discount supermarket and the third largest retail chain in Europe, has left following "unbridgeable" differences.

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Les Grand Chais de France backs independents by signing up to Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  21 March, 2014

French wine producer, Les Grand Chais de France, is the biggest wine name to show its commitment to the independent merchant sector by signing up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines that oversee how producers and suppliers are working in the independent sector.

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Spar launches its fifth annual nationwide wine festival

Published:  20 March, 2014

Spar is to run its annual Wine Festival between March 20 and May 7 which will look to showcase its range of award-winning wines that start from just £4.

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Battle over Tennessee Bourbon whiskey intensifies

Published:  20 March, 2014

Both Diaego and Brown-Forman have made headlines in recent days over a battle that is brewing in the south of the US over what exactly is the appropriate definition of Tennessee Bourbon whiskey.

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Wine shipments from the west coast of America threatened by strikes

Published:  20 March, 2014

Wine shipments in and out of the west coast of the US could be seriously hampered by possible strike action at 29 major ports.

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Budget 2014: Younger consumers look to boost own finances

Published:  20 March, 2014

In the wake of yesterday's Budget, which targeted pensioners and savers, research shows the younger generation is taking proactive measures to boost its finances.

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Consumers prefer screwcaps, says survey

Published:  20 March, 2014

A survey of 6,000 consumers has shown that the majority prefer screwcaps over other closures because they're more convenient.

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Alcohol duty escalator scrapped in Budget

Published:  19 March, 2014

The alcohol duty escalator has been scrapped, while duty on spirits has been frozen and beer duty has been cut by 1p per pint.

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New members elected to Gran Orden de Caballeros for services to Spanish wine industry

Published:  19 March, 2014

María José López de Heredia and José Velo Rego are the latest figures to be inaugurated in to the Gran Orden de Caballeros for their services to the Spanish wine industry.

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Owners of Bladnoch whisky distillery go into liquidation

Published:  19 March, 2014

Scotland's most southerly distillery Bladnoch is up for sale as a going concern following news that its parent company has entered administration.

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Scrapping duty escalator will benefit wine and spirits trade by £175m

Published:  19 March, 2014

Scrapping the duty escalator and freezing spirits duty will boost the wine and spirits trade to the tune of £175 million, says the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

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Scrapping duty escalator could be bad news for suppliers warns Robin Copestick

Published:  19 March, 2014

Robin Copestick, co-founder of UK wine agency Copestick Murray, has sounded a warning shot about the Chancellor's decision to scrap the duty escalator in today's Budget and fears suppliers will be forced to take on the costs of inflationary duty increases rather than the higher costs under the escalator that were easier to pass on to consumers.

 

 

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Budget 2014 Live Updates: Trade celebrates the end of duty escalator

Published:  19 March, 2014

The trade has united to welcome Chancellor George Osborne's announcement that he is ending the duty escalator for alcohol and freezing spirits duty.

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Drinks trade nervously anticipates Budget

Published:  19 March, 2014

As time runs out before the 2014 Budget is announced later today, the drinks trade nervously shuffles its papers following a hard-fought campaign to scrap the duty escalator.

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Caution urged as eating-out sector returns to growth

Published:  19 March, 2014

The restaurant sector is returning to growth, but operators are urged not to take the recovery for granted, hears Horizons annual conference.

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French wine prices skyrocket following second small harvest

Published:  19 March, 2014

Two years of small harvests are taking their toll on French wine prices, with appellation wines up 18% on average on 2012.

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The Benevolent Ball raises over £40k

Published:  18 March, 2014

The UK drinks trade united last week at the Benevolent charity ball, raising over £40,000 for colleagues in need.

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Wine price comparison site to predict when low prices are coming

Published:  18 March, 2014

Wine price comparison website Bring a Bottle is aiming to make predictions on when individual products will hit their lowest prices as the next phase in its development.

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California now making the "white space" wines people want to buy says Joel Peterson

Published:  18 March, 2014

California is now making and exporting what leading US winemaker, Joel Peterson of Ravenswood  Wines, calls "white space" wines that are increasingly popular both in America in its key export markets.

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?New Zealand on track for record crop

Published:  18 March, 2014

New Zealand is on track to have its biggest harvest ever this year, with estimations of a 15%  increase over last year's record crop.

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