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Champagne sales rallied in top-end restaurants, Lanson report reveals

Published:  28 March, 2013

Champagne sales in the on-trade surged by a robust 7.2% last year, bucking the widely reported decline in retail sales.

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Record numbers from around the world visited ProWein 2013

Published:  27 March, 2013

More international visitors than ever before visited the largest ever ProWein this week. The three-day fair hosted 4,783 exhibitors from 48 countries and more than 44,000 trade visitors, up from 40,667 last year.

 

Organisers said the proportion of international visitors to the show rose by 6% to account for 40%, with particularly strong increases in visitor numbers from the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, France, Spain and Italy.

 

Retailers, wholesalers and those in specialist trades accounted for almost half of the visitors, followed by members of the restaurant and hotel trade. 70% of visitors held management positions.

 

"In combination with the large number of decision-makers coming to Düsseldorf this development confirms ProWein's leading position as an international meeting point and central orders platform for the world's wine and spirits sector," said Hans Werner Reinhard, deputy managing director at show organiser Messe Düsseldorf.

 

Over 300 events including lectures and food and wine matchings were held at the fair, while almost 400 exhibitors presented specialities from the spirits sector.

 

Some 96% of visitors polled on the final day said they had achieved their goals and were satisfied or very satisfied with their visit to ProWein.

 

Messe Düsseldorf said its first ProWine China show, which will be held in Shanghai from 13 to 15 November, has generated a lot of interest with the majority of exhibition space already sold. The 20th ProWein will be held 23 to 25 March 2014.

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Sommelier of the Year semi-finalists named

Published:  27 March, 2013

The Academy of Food & Wine Service has announced the 10 semi-finalists of this year's Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.

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David Cox appointed chief executive of The Benevolent

Published:  27 March, 2013

The drinks trade charity The Benevolent has announced the appointment of David Cox as its new chief executive.

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Boutinot sold in management buyout

Published:  26 March, 2013

International wine business Boutinot has been bought out by its management team, led by Dennis Whiteley, Michael Moriarty and Tony Brown MW.

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Balance of power shifts between major wine countries at ProWein

Published:  25 March, 2013


The balance of power between the main wine-producing countries is there to see at this week's ProWein, with all facing their own difficulties while trying to exploit new opportunities.

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UK wine companies must plan international expansion with care

Published:  25 March, 2013

UK wine companies looking to expand their business internationally need to be careful they do their homework first and choose the right countries to operate in.

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Lidio Carraro to produce official World Cup wines

Published:  25 March, 2013

Lidio Carraro has been named the producer of the official licensed wines for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

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World of wine heads to ProWein 2013

Published:  24 March, 2013

ProWein 2013 opened today in Düsseldorf looking to cement its increasingly respected position as the...

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Accolade Wines to launch Geyser Peak Californian wines to the UK

Published:  24 March, 2013

Accolade Wines is bringing the Geyser Peak range of commercial and premium Californian wines to the UK this summer...

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Garnacha for Campo Viejo as Pernod launches first experiential wine event

Published:  22 March, 2013

Pernod Ricard is adding a Garnacha varietal to its Campo Viejo brand adding as it looks to increase the number of its well-recognised yellow labels on shelf.

TextPernod Ricard is adding a Garnacha varietal to its Campo Viejo brand as it looks to increase the number of its well-recognised yellow labels on shelf.

 

Campo Viejo Garnacha is described as a fresh, light style of white that delivers red fruit characters, floral notes and peppery spice. It will be sourced from old vines in the Rioja Baja region.

 

"Tempranillo is the largest varietal in the Spain category by far, but Garnacha is the second largest and is in growth. Consumers are really starting to explore so we need to offer different varietals" Lucy Bearman, head of marketing for wine at Pernod Ricard UK, told Harpers.

 

Campo Viejo Garnacha 2012 will share the £8.69 rsp of Campo Viejo Tempranillo when it launches in September and will also be packaged with a yellow label. It will be housed in a Burgundy shaped bottle, while the Tempranillo will continue in a Bordeaux shape, to differentiate the wines. Pernod is recommending that retailers stock the Garnacha next to Tempranillo.

 

"It's very unlikely that people will pick up the wrong one, but if they do I don't think they'll be displeased," Bearman said.

 

Campo Viejo's packaging is also undergoing a subtle change to encourage consumers to trade up. The Reserva and Gran Reserva bottles will include the winemaker's signature and individual batch numbers from July, while the whole portfolio will use more premium paper and gold embossing.

 

"This isn't about pricing. It's more about ensuring consumers are aware of the different trade up options and making it clear why they're trading up," she said. Campo Viejo currently sells for £1.75 more per bottle than the category average for Spanish wine.

 

The brand is also holding a four day Streets of Spain event in London's Southbank Centre as it looks to interact directly with its growing consumer base. The free event will feature 12 stallholders from Barcelona's La Boqueria market, food and wine master classes, street art, and a pop up tapas restaurant in the evening.

 

The event runs from May 3 to 6 and will be advertised beforehand, with a Facebook page to launch next month for consumers to sign up for the masterclasses.

 

"It's really about getting to our consumers and giving them an experience. We see it as bringing the Live Uncorked campaign to life with a fun event full of Spanish vibrancy.

 

"We haven't done anything like this before on our wine portfolio but have learned from the spirits side of the business," Bearman added.

 

Campo Viejo is the best-selling Spanish wine brand, with value sales up 24% in the last year to £40 million, compared to category growth for Spanish wine at 16%. Campo Viejo now accounts for 10% of Spanish wine sales in the UK having grown its customer base and brand recognition amongst its target audience of 25 to 44 year olds.

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Alcohol-related cancers on the rise, finds AHA report

Published:  22 March, 2013

A recent Alcohol Health Alliance UK report has found an increase in cases of alcohol-related cancer, despite the link between the two having been established for several decades.

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Anger as wine and spirits taxes rise

Published:  21 March, 2013

The wine and spirits industry have reacted with dismay that the Chancellor has scrapped the duty escalator for beer but...

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TV debut for Jim Beam

Published:  21 March, 2013

Jim Beam will feature in its first ever national TV campaign tomorrow as part of a £9 million investment by distributor Maxxium UK.

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Lanson Champagne unveils plans for Wimbledon anniversary

Published:  20 March, 2013

To celebrate 25 years as the official suppliers of Champagne to Wimbledon, Lanson has unveiled a new look for its range.

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New Caballeros appointed to Gran Orden

Published:  20 March, 2013

Restaurateur brothers Sam and Eddie Hart, and winemaker Antonio Sanz are the latest people to be invested into the Gran Orden de Caballeros.

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Spirits distributor Marblehead announces new appointments

Published:  20 March, 2013

Spirits distributor Marblehead has promoted Emma Wykes to the newly created role of commercial director.

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Budget News Blog: Drinks industry split as duty escalator cut on beer but not wine and spirits

Published:  20 March, 2013

Whilst the beer industry celebrates  the "brilliant news" that the Chancellor is to scrap the duty escalator on beer, the wine and spirits sector is faced with further increases under the controversial measure, with wine duty now up to £2.

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Jenny Mackenzie reports from the first Morrisons Cellar wine showase

Published:  20 March, 2013

Morrisons Cellar's first wine showcase to the press was on its Taste Test theme. The venue space in Marylebone was decorated like an interiors stand at a lifestyle event, with four open-plan, "room set" layouts and the wines grouped in the Taste Test flavour profiles of Sweet, Fresh, Smooth and Intense.

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Chancellor reported to be ready to freeze beer duty rates in Budget

Published:  19 March, 2013


Ahead of tomorrow's Budget there are rumours circulating around Westminster and across the national media and major news channels that the Chancellor could be set to introduce a tax freeze on beer duty.

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