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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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Local Wine School looks to expand franchise operation to the United States

Published:  19 March, 2013


The Local Wine School is to take its franchise wine education model to the United States after building up a network across the UK.

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LIWF launches innovative navigation tool

Published:  19 March, 2013

The London International Wine Fair has launched MyWineFair, a web-based tool designed to help visitors navigate the wines exhibited at the trade show.

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Vineyard Cellars and Wine Treasury link up for specialist Californian tasting

Published:  19 March, 2013

Specialist Californian importers, the Vineyard Cellars and the Wine Treasury, are teaming up again with the Wine Institute of California to showcase their wines at a trade and press tasting on May 13 in London.

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Provence rosé enjoys huge sales and volume increases in the UK

Published:  19 March, 2013


Rosé wine exports from Provence to the UK jumped 82% on volume and 37% on value between 2011 and 2012, according to new figures out this week.

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Diageo announces plans to roll out Smirnoff Espresso vodka

Published:  18 March, 2013

Diageo has announced it will launch Espresso Smirnoff vodka from April. The flavour extension is to be available through...

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Wine and spirits sales down, reveals WSTA

Published:  18 March, 2013

Wine and spirit sales continue to fall as consumers battle with year-on-year duty rises, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's latest market report.

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PLB brings Estrella Galicia to UK in on-trade exclusive

Published:  18 March, 2013

Estrella Galicia, a premium beer brand, which to date has only been imported by small independent Spanish importers in bottle format, is now being brought into the UK in kegs by PLB exclusively for the on-trade.

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Two men jailed over £5m wine scam

Published:  18 March, 2013

Two men found guilty of smuggling illicit Italian wine into the UK have been jailed following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs.

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Brancott anticipates quality vintage

Published:  15 March, 2013

New Zealand winery Brancott Estate is anticipating a balanced, moderate yield for the 2013 vintage, following...

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Morrisons Taste Test tackles consumer confidence

Published:  15 March, 2013

Three-quarters of consumers lack confidence when it comes to choosing wine according to recent research by Morrisons Cellar, so to help overcome this the multiple retailer has unveiled an online Taste Test which it says will help will help consumers to buy with more assurance.

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Broadlands Wineries to 'undercut' wine agencies

Published:  15 March, 2013

Broadland Wineries claims it can get new wines to market, from inception to shelf, a month earlier than its competitors.

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Vogue publisher Condé Nast moves into on-trade

Published:  15 March, 2013

Magazine publisher Condé Nast, owner of glossy titles including Vogue and GQ, is moving into hospitality with a string of restaurants and bars around the world backed by its famous magazines.

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Local Wine School in M&S link-up

Published:  14 March, 2013

Marks & Spencer has signed a deal with Local Wine School that will expand its programme of in-store consumer tastings.

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Morrisons Taste Test to dictate shelf display

Published:  14 March, 2013

Morrisons is four weeks into a trial that has completely remerchandised its wine department to arrange the wines on shelf according to their tasting profiles.

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Institute of Masters of Wine in emerging markets drive

Published:  14 March, 2013

Newly appointed executive director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Penny Richards, has announced plans to develop the organisation in emerging markets.

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Tesco sticks out its neck with restaurant chain acquisition

Published:  13 March, 2013

Tesco has acquired restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million.

TextTesco has acquired restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million.

 

Tesco said the acquisition forms part of its strategy to "develop the space in some of its larger stores and create even more compelling retail destinations where customers can meet, eat and drink, as well as shop". The first Giraffe restaurant to open next to a Tesco store will be near London.

 

Kevin Grace, group commercial director at Tesco said: "We invest in businesses that add value for our customers online or offline; as we've done with Harris + Hoole, Euphorium, blinkbox, and now Giraffe. We have the opportunity to develop some of the space in our larger stores to create retail destinations that offer customers even more choice. Giraffe is hugely popular with a wide range of ages and particularly families - we think our customers will love it."

 

The first Giraffe opened in Hampstead, North London in 1998 and the group now consists of 48 sites nationwide, including franchised sites at Heathrow and other UK airports as well as one in Dubai.

 

Russel Joffe, managing director and founder at Giraffe said: "This move will allow us to introduce Giraffe to a wider audience, presents great opportunities for growth and for the team to be involved in an exciting stage in our brand's development. It will be very much business as usual at Giraffe."

 

The original founders, husband and wife team Russel and Juliette Joffe, along with Andrew Jacobs, will remain in place with Russel continuing as managing director. Risk Capital Partners and 3i have sold their combined stake of and are no longer involved in the business.

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Beer duty escalator leaves £150m 'black hole'

Published:  13 March, 2013

The Treasury is facing a £150 million 'black hole' in the Budget this year due to increases in beer tax, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

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Minimum pricing in death throes

Published:  13 March, 2013

David Cameron's plan for minimum alcohol pricing are set to be axed, according to reports.

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London International Wine Fair will be "solid event" say organisers

Published:  12 March, 2013

The London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.

TextThe London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.

 

A large number of UK agents have committed to the fair, which runs from May 20 to 22. They includepositive that 2013 will be a solid event: 10 International, Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies, Argento, Bancroft, CyT UK, Copestick Murray, DGB, Distell, Gonzalez Byass, Hatch Mansfield, J E Fells, Lanchester, Les Grands Chais de France, Myliko, Off Piste, Seckford's and Treasury Wine Estates.

 

Last week Liberty Wines joined Enotria and Bibendum in confirming that they would not be exhibiting at the fair this year.

 

"Whilst we are undeniably disappointed that some agents won't be taking part this year, we still have a broad spectrum of exhibitors signed up, including a number of the UK's best agents and importers. In addition, there will be many hundreds of smaller producers coming - many seeking UK representation for the first time - and who collectively reflect what the show has always been about, that sense of discovery," said show director Ross Carter.

 

"Come May, we will see over 10,000 buyers and key influencers descend on London's ExCeL, many of them from the independent and on-trade sectors that exhibitors are increasingly keen to court. We are working hard to ensure their attendance through a combination of providing strong content whilst assisting with travel bursaries, Oyster card incentives and voucher giveaways."

 

Jeremy Rockett, Gonzalez Byass UK marketing director said the show is what you make of it. "We pack the diary with appointments, organise exciting events on our stand, attend seminars and talks, and we keep an eye out for those opportunities that always seem to pop up from being at the show. With the new format, we're looking forward to welcoming more on trade visitors as well as our usual customers and friends," he said.

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