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Drinks industry shows increasing web presence

Published:  08 February, 2013

The Whisky Shop is currently sitting at the top of the drinks industry listings at 12th place in the Sitemorse 500 best-performing UK retail websites in Q1.

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Jenny Mackenzie joins the hordes at Bibendum's annual tasting, February 6

Published:  07 February, 2013

Bibendum's annual tasting always has a party atmosphere, more like a fashion or art event than a conventional trade tasting. The vast, multi-room, ex-industrial building, The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London, suited the various themes, activities and zoning of individual wine countries. Bibendum's in-house design team fits out the spaces with the same on-trend flair as the décor of bars and clubs.

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Increased web presence for drinks in Sitemorse top 500

Published:  07 February, 2013

The Whisky Shop is currently sitting at the top of the drinks industry listings at 12th place in the Sitemorse 500 best-performing UK retail websites in Q1.

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UK retail sales see January uplift

Published:  07 February, 2013

UK retail sales increased 1.9% in January on the previous year, despite the snow, and is the largest year-on-year rise since 2011, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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UK to remain top wine importer, despite projected slump

Published:  06 February, 2013

Still wine sales in the UK are set to decline for another five years, as consumers scale back on consumption but trade up to more expensive bottles, according to Vinexpo.

TextStill wine sales in the UK are set to decline for another five years, as consumers scale back on consumption but trade up to more expensive bottles, according to Vinexpo.

 

Research it commissioned from IWSR predicts that consumption will fall by 4.7% by 2016 to119.4 million 9L cases. That means 60 million fewer bottles will be sold in five years time than in 2012 and translates as a drop in annual consumption from 24.3 litres to 23 litres. The forecast follows a 4.5% decline in the last five years.

 

The sharpest decline would be in sales between $5 (£3.20) and $10 (£6.40), Vinexpo said. While still accounting for the majority of sales in the UK, bottles in that price bracket will fall 13.5% to 88.9 million cases while wines over $10 will rise 13.8% to sell 30.5 million cases by 2016.

 

"The consumer prefers to drink a little bit less but pay a little bit more - it's a question of value," said Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat.

 

Vinexpo also forecast that Britain will become the largest importer of sparkling wine by 2016, knocking Germany off the top spot. It predicts sparkling wine consumption will increase by 10% to 10.6 million cases over the next five years. While a tiny part of the UK market, the consumption of English sparkling wine will increase by 342% to 480,000 cases.

 

Globally still wine consumption will rise by 6.7% in value to 2.6 billion cases, and 8.1% in value to $153.1 billion (£97.9 billion). Countries set to increase consumption include the world's largest market, the US, Germany, China and the Russsian Federation.

 

The UK will, however, remain the biggest retail market for imported still wine by value. While exports will fall in value to £7.9 billion in 2016, the UK imported wine market will be 50% bigger than second-place US, which will grow to £5.3 billion.

 

"The fact remains that the UK is still the world's biggest importer of wine and therefore a major force in world wine busines. It is the ambition of many world wine-makers to gain a foothold in the UK," Beynat added

 

Chinese wine production is also expected to rise - by 62% in volume over the next five years - which would put it ahead of Australia and Chile as those countries reduce production.

 

However China has a long way to catch up with Europe in the per capita consumption stakes. The average French adult consumed an averagae of 50 litres in 2011, compared to 1.6 litres in China and 25.2 litres in the UK.

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Beefeater to open gin distillery visitors' centre

Published:  06 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard-owned Beefeater gin is to open London's first ever gin distillery visitors' centre at the back end of 2013...

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Beefeater Gin to open distillery visitor centre

Published:  06 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard owned, Beefeater Gin is to open London's first ever gin distillery visitor centre at the back end of 2013, with the aim of telling the story of London gin .

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Crepes and cocktails combine at new speakeasy

Published:  06 February, 2013

A new experimental crepe and cocktail speakeasy is opening in the heart of Shoreditch.

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Henners launches multi-vintage sparkling wine

Published:  05 February, 2013

East Sussex-based English sparkling wine producer Henners has announced a new multi-vintage concept that is to form a major part of its portfolio from 2016.

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WSTA urges government to end duty escalator

Published:  05 February, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is to meet with economic secretary to the Treasury in a bid to make a case for an end to the alcohol duty escalator.

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Liberty Wines lists its first Tasmanian producer

Published:  05 February, 2013

Liberty Wines has been appointed as the exclusive agent in the UK and Ireland for Dawson & James from Southern Tasmania.

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Hallgarten Druitt strengthens senior management team for growth

Published:  05 February, 2013

Hallgarten Druitt has poached two new senior members for its management team from major competitors as part of its continued strategy to improve and deepen its level of service across the on and off-trades.

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ACS chief slams Sir Terry Leahy's high street claims

Published:  05 February, 2013

Former Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy's comments on this weeks' BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that some high streets are "medieval" has brought a strong reaction from the small retail groups.

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John Shearlock reports from the Pinot Noir NZ 2013 conference

Published:  05 February, 2013

John Shearlock from the Drinking Well heads to New Zealand to uncover the world-class Pinots on show at the Pinot Noir NZ 2013 conference.

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Home Office criticised for leaving minimum pricing questions unanswered

Published:  04 February, 2013

The Wilson Drinks Report has criticised the Home Office for leaving a number of qustions unanswered prior to the consultation relating to the practicalities of implementing minimum unit pricing.

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Name change for Grupo Codorníu

Published:  04 February, 2013

Grupo Codorníu has changed its name to Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós as it looks to draw attention to its broad portfolio of products and heritage.

TextGrupo Codorníu has changed its name to Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós as it looks to draw attention to its broad portfolio of products and heritage.

 

As well as producing the UK's third best-selling sparkling wine brand by volume, the company sells wines from premium Spanish regions to independents. These include Viña Pomal in Rioja, Raimat in Costers del Segre, Legaris in Ribera del Duero and Scala Dei in Priorat.

 

Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós is also the UK agent for New Zealand producer Invivo and Australia's Thorn-Clarke.

 

The company owns eight wineries in Spain and one each in Argentina and the US, as well as over 2,500ha of vineyards.


"Our new name also reinforces our winemaking heritage and family roots. Established in 1551 as a winemaking company, Codorníu became intrinsically linked with the Raventós family in the 17th century when the Codorníu heiress Anna married into the Raventós winemaking dynasty," a spokeswoman said.

 

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Douglas Blyde on a taste of Croatia at Cuthbert Pub & Kitchen, Brighton

Published:  04 February, 2013

Pacta Connect's Trevor Long and Judith Burns, enthusiastic importers of quality Croatian wines from Umag to Pula and also Slavonia and Dalmatia, invited Harper's to taste a tailored menu of British food and Croatian wines at The Cuthbert, Brighton. An Enterprise Inn with appealingly quirky decor by landlady, Susanna Searle, which evokes a 50s street party, was reopened after a year's closure by a young trio. This also includes Searle's partner, Robin Koehorst, an Anglo-Dutchman and late starter to professional cooking from age 28 (now 35) and Dave Mothersill.

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Sales up as PLB sets sight on indies and on-trade

Published:  04 February, 2013

Wine importer PLB Group has reported a double-digit rise in sales after increasing its distribution and selling a greater range of products to existing customers.

Wine importer PLB Group has reported a double-digit rise in sales after increasing its distribution and selling a greater range of products to existing customers.

 

Sales were up from £121.9m to £141.7m in the year to 31 August 2012, according to results filed at Companies House. Pre-tax profits fell by 20.8% from £605,672 to £479,751 after administrative expenses rose from £7.5 million to £8.1 million.

 

"The growth has been achieved despite a relatively flag market and has been due to increasing the distribution of its products and building on the range and sales of products to existing customers," finance director Simon Fredericks said.

 

Attracting and retaining major branded wine suppilers would continue to be a focus for the company as it looks to develop sales in the convenience and on trade sectors, he added.

 

Last week PLB announced five appointments to its specialist division, which is focused on the independent and UK on-trades sectors.

 

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Fiona Sims heads to Istanbul for the Dom Pérignon 2002 launch

Published:  04 February, 2013


I am led in silence to a white curtained tasting booth. On the Philippe Starck-designed table is a Riedel glass of rosé Champagne. There is also a spittoon - though I don't hear any spitting coming from the other nine occupied booths, just the odd sigh. And there is a view of the Bosphorus, glittering in the sunlight through the former sultan's palace window. Welcome to the launch of the Dom Pérignon's rosé vintage 2002 in Istanbul.

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Bibendum adds "iconic" Penfolds label to portfolio

Published:  01 February, 2013

Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

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Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

 

Bibendum will distribute Penfolds Bins, Icon and Luxury Wines as well as its on-trade exclusive range of Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines and Penfolds Bin 2 from this month.

 

Matthew Clark had distributed Penfolds in the UK until four years ago, when TWE moved to a number of regional distribution arrangements.

 

Andrew Shaw, Bibendum's head of buying said: "Penfolds are a terrific addition to the Bibendum portfolio. We have always been very strong supporters of Australian wines and couldn't pass up the opportunity to distribute one of the country's most iconic names. "

 

A number of back vintage wines will also be made available to Bibendum under the agreement.

 

Bibendum will include a range of Penfolds wines at its annual tasting on Wednesday February 6.

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