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Trade bodies "disappointed" by the Chancellor's decision not to cut alcohol duties

Published:  08 March, 2017

The Chancellor's decision not to cut duties on alcohol and tobacco has been meet with dismay by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Snapshot of gin as it's crowned the king of Christmas spirits' growth

Published:  08 March, 2017

The gin renaissance has been in full swing for some time now, but new data has confirmed its position as the major cause of excitement - and growth - in the spirits category.

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Pure Milk Vodka rapped by ASA

Published:  08 March, 2017

Pure Milk Vodka has been rapped by advertising watchdogs following a quartet of complaints in relation to ads for its Black Cow spirit.

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Ade McKeon joins Accolade Wines as UK and Ireland GM

Published:  08 March, 2017

New World leader Accolade Wines has a new general manager for the UK and Ireland.

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Ramón Bilbao reveals "more daring" look for Altura Tempranillo Garnacha

Published:  08 March, 2017

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is poised to unveil a new look for its Viñedos de Altura Tempranillo Garnacha at this year's Wines from Spain tasting taking place in London tomorrow.

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Bacardi CEO successor announced

Published:  07 March, 2017

Spirits giant Bacardi will have a new CEO by 2018.

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Grocery market share for discounters hits record 12%

Published:  07 March, 2017

The march of the discounters continues as £1 in every £8 spent on groceries is now spent in either Aldi or Lidl.

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Black Tower celebrates 50th birthday with new campaign

Published:  07 March, 2017

Black Tower - the producer of Liebfraumilch - is celebrating its 50th birthday with a new campaign and an on-pack promotion.

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Halewood and Pernod Ricard show commitment to flavoured spirits

Published:  07 March, 2017

The trend for flavoured spirits is showing no signs of slowing down with further launches this week from Halewood and Pernod Ricard.

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Stand alone Oregon and Washington State tasting returns to London

Published:  06 March, 2017

Wines from Oregon and Washington State are stepping out from California's shadow as they prepare to stage their first stand alone tasting in the UK in four years. 

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Two Brits on the list of four new inductees to the MW hall of fame

Published:  06 March, 2017

A co-founder of Noble Rot and a Marks & Spencer buyer are among four new names which have been added to the illustrious list of MWs.

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The SWA issues final call for cut in duty

Published:  06 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has issued a final call for a 2% cut in spirits excise duty ahead of this week's Budget.

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Sales of fizz breaks Christmas barrier of 45 million bottles for first time

Published:  06 March, 2017

Sales of sparkling set yet another benchmark in the run up to Christmas, with sparkler-hungry Brits quaffing 10% more than usual in the off-trade and 37% in the on-trade. 

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Heineken targets food outlets with artisanal cider duo

Published:  06 March, 2017

Heineken has added an artisanal duo to its Bulmers cider portfolio created with premium and food outlets in mind.

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Harpers' Hot 100: Celebrating the most influential people in the on-trade

Published:  03 March, 2017

Welcome to the launch of Harpers' Hot 100, a new annual feature that looks to identify and celebrate the most influential people in the quality drinks-focused on-trade.

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Moët UK's Sommelier Of The Year opens for entries

Published:  03 March, 2017

Moët & Chandon's Sommelier of the Year competition has returned for another year, once again looking to bestow the accolade on a shining star of the UK on-trade.

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Sales of bourbon predicted to explode in the UK over next five years

Published:  03 March, 2017

Sales of bourbon could rival those of Scotch in the UK over the next five to ten years new data has shown.  

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Yellow Tail receives first makeover in 15 years

Published:  03 March, 2017

The updated bottles, rolling out from this week, feature labels designed to highlight the wine's family ownership and "authentic" credentials, including the addition of John Casella's signature alongside a stronger emphasis on the brand's iconic kangaroo, 'Roo'.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 March, 2017

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

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London whisky fraudster could be the "Rudy Kurniawan" of UK spirits

Published:  02 March, 2017

A scuppered fraud operation has revealed "levels of sophistication never before seen in fraudulent spirits production", involving hundreds of counterfeit bottles of whisky and other spirits.

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