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?Wine industry stalwart Rodney Densem dies suddenly

Published:  18 December, 2013

Rodney Densem, chairman of Rodney Densem Wines and Telford Wines has died suddenly, aged 65.

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Drinkers urged to write to their MP to get the Chancellor to Call Time on Duty

Published:  18 December, 2013

As part of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's Call Time on Duty campaign, being launched today to try and force the government to scrap the duty escalator and raise £230m and 6,000 jobs in the process, it is calling on the public to show their support and email a letter to their local MP to put pressure on the Chancellor.

Here is a copy of that letter which members of the trade are also being urged to pass on to their customers to get the maximum amount of support for the campaign.

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Scrapping duty escalator will raise £230m and 6,000 jobs says WSTA's new Call Time on Duty campaign

Published:  18 December, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is today ramping up the pressure on the governement to scrap the alcohol duty esclator by claiming it would generate £230 million and create 6,000 jobs if it was dropped before the 2014 budget.

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Government minister applauds drinks industry for its responsible online advertising

Published:  17 December, 2013

The drinks industry has been given a vote of confidence by the government for how it is handling the advertising of alcohol online.

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British consumers are drinking less and more responsibly says latest ONS figures

Published:  17 December, 2013

Increasing numbers of people in the UK are drinking less and more responsibly, according to a survey of the latest drinking trends released by the Office for National Statistics.

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Brent Marris to add 600ha to keep up with demand for Ned and other Marisco Vineyards wines

Published:  17 December, 2013

Marlborough-based Marisco Vineyards is to develop 600ha of Leefield Station in Waihopai Valley on the back of rising market demand for its New Zealand wines, particularly the Ned and King's Series brands.

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Major buyers from all channels sign up to first Wine Buyers' Forum

Published:  17 December, 2013

Buyers that have signed up to the inaugural Wine Buyers' Forum to be held in Windsor next March have on average over £2 million worth of buying power each.

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Scotch whisky industry sets itself a zero waste target

Published:  17 December, 2013

The Scotch whisky industry has embraced sustainability measures and it is close to a zero waste target, according to a new report.

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Amorim enjoys record year as it produces over 4 billion corks in 2013

Published:  16 December, 2013

Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world, has broken its own production record after manufacturing more than 4 billion mark cork stoppers this calendar year.  The news represents a major boost for cork, which continues its comeback after strong challenges from alternative closures.

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Taylor's to release 50 year old Port

Published:  16 December, 2013

The Fladgate Partnership is set to release a collection of 50 year old single harvest Ports under the Taylor's brand

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Independent wine merchants excited by strong pre-Christmas sales

Published:  16 December, 2013

Independent wine merchants are reporting a solid lead-up in sales in the build up to Christmas as the Ipsos Retail Performance has revealed overall shopper numbers are on track to exceed last year.

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COPY: Education is key to success in China say local distributors

Published:  16 December, 2013

 

Education is key to making the most of the enormous opportunity for wine in China, according to local distributors.

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Education is key to success in China say local distributors

Published:  16 December, 2013

 

Education is key to making the most of the enormous opportunity for wine in China, according to local distributors.

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Amorim enjoys record year as it produces over 4 billion corks in 2013

Published:  16 December, 2013

Amorim, the largest cork producer in the world, has broken its own production record after manufacturing more than four billion mark cork stoppers this calendar year.  The news represents a major boost for cork, which continues its comeback after strong challenges from alternative closures.

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COPY: Damien Wilson: five key lessons to be learnt from Wine Vision

Published:  16 December, 2013

Last month's Wine Vision event in London was a blur of wine sector celebrities, real-time market data, and strategic seeding of experts from other successful fields of business.

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Damien Wilson: five key lessons to be learnt from Wine Vision

Published:  16 December, 2013

 

Last month's Wine Vision event in London was a blur of wine sector celebrities, real-time market data, and strategic seeding of experts from other successful fields of business.

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Hard hitting business facts and data to be at the heart of WSTA's Be Fair George campaign

Published:  13 December, 2013

The Wine & Spirits Trade Association is to use exclusive research and data to help spearhead its new "Be Fair George" campaign to persuade the government to scrap the duty escalator on wine and spirits in next year's budget.

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Bulleit bucks the trend and increases ABV of its UK whiskey

Published:  13 December, 2013

News this week that Diageo's Bulleit Bourbon would be changing its UK recipe and introducing a higher ABV is counter to what US bourbon and whiskey brands tend to do in the UK market.

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UK wine and spirits industry hopes Christmas will make up for a hard 2013

Published:  13 December, 2013

The UK wine and spirit industry has had a tough 2013 with sales down in both the on and off-trades, according to the latest market report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

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French Independent Winegrowers fair comes to London

Published:  12 December, 2013

The French Independent Winegrowers fair will be returning to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London for a fifth year on February 6th, 2014.

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