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Bulk wine will boost branded wine

Published:  24 January, 2013

As value rises on the producer side of the supply chain due to reducing global wine stocks and increasing shortages in many key producing countries...

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Half of UK high street retailers plan spring staff cuts

Published:  24 January, 2013

Half of our high street retailers intend to cut staff numbers within the next three months, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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Ross Carter appointed exhibition director for LIWF

Published:  24 January, 2013

Former event manager for the London International Wine Fair, Ross Carter, has returned as exhibition director, replacing James Murray who left Brintex last week.

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Fine Bordeaux tender opens

Published:  24 January, 2013

Cases of fine Bordeaux wine worth £140,000 have been put on the market by asset disposal group Winterhill Largo to repay the creditors of Wine Traders International.

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Find your perfect match from France

Published:  24 January, 2013

For a chance to taste wines from small, terroir-driven French producers, head to the fourth annual First Date for France tasting on February 12.

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Cellar Trends reports positive results from Drinkaware campaign

Published:  24 January, 2013

Drinks distributor Cellar Trends and alcohol education charity Drinkaware have reported positive results to its responsible drinking message campaign Why let good times go bad? which it held in 18 cities across England before Christmas.

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Maison Sichel reports 21% uplift in value

Published:  23 January, 2013

Bordeaux-based producer and négociant Maison Sichel has reported a 21% value growth for 2012, making it the company's second best year since it was established in 1883.

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Cobevco to offer bag-in-box filling service

Published:  23 January, 2013

Cheshire-based specialist bottler Cobevco has announced it is to offer bag in box as part of its beverage-filling capabilities.

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Last chance to register for South Africa tasting

Published:  23 January, 2013

There are just a few places remaining at Harpers' upcoming Cape Crusaders - Wines for your Business tasting, which will take place on January 29.

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Enotria takes on Californian Cannonball Wine Company

Published:  23 January, 2013

Enotria has announced California's Cannonball Wine Company will be joining the Enotria USA portfolio.

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New single malt distillery for Isle of Harris

Published:  22 January, 2013

A new single malt distillery is due to be built on the Hebridean Isle of Harris after it recieved a grant of £1.9 million from the Scottish government.

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Mike Paul: don't judge wines on how well they taste but what they mean to consumers

Published:  22 January, 2013

The wine industry has more in common with The X Factor than it does with The Voice.

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The Benevolent receives healthy donation from Vintners

Published:  22 January, 2013

The wine and spirit trades' charity, The Benevolent, has received a cheque for £9,000 from the master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners following the New Year wine trade lunch at Vintners' Hall in January.

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Port shipments to UK increase by 6%

Published:  22 January, 2013

The Port Wine Institute has reported a 6% increase in total Port shipped to the UK in 2012, despite difficult economic conditions, according to Symington Family Estates.

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Mike Paul: why generic bodies should look again at pushing regionality

Published:  22 January, 2013

Read any interview with the various heads of generic wine bodies in the UK, like Michael Cox, Yvonne May or Jo Wehring - or an individual producer of premium wines in Australia, Chile or South Africa - and you'll spot a common theme. They're almost certain to vent their frustration that the quality of their premium offer is not being sufficiently recognised, either by the trade or the consumer.

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González Byass holds first Birmingham Sherry Summit

Published:  21 January, 2013

González Byass UK is holding its first Birmingham Sherry Summit on January 23 in a bid to help spread the growing sherry revival to the Midlands.

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Bollinger Rosé harks back to 1846 bottle shape

Published:  21 January, 2013

As we all attempt to hark back to another era, wanting more of 1913 than 2013, Bollinger Rosé (rrp £47.50) has opted for its 1846 bottle shape, based on a design that is both aesthetic and scientific, and that was debuted for its Bollinger Special Cuvée in May 2012.

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Glenmorangie Ealanta - it's all about the wood

Published:  21 January, 2013

It's all about the wood for the fourth annual release of Glenmorangie Private Edition Ealanta 19 Year Old (rrp £74.99, 46% abv), which is fully matured in virgin American white oak casks.

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Asda reports sparkling sales following £10 Champagne deal

Published:  21 January, 2013

Asda has reported a 23% rise in Champagne and sparkling wine sales over the Christmas period.

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Asda has reported a 23% rise in Champagne and sparkling wine sales over the Christmas period.

 

The retailer said it sold close to a quarter of a million bottles of Champagne in the week before New Year's Eve, with sales of Pierre Darcys Champagne Brut, which was on offer at £10, up 25% compared to 2011.

 

Sparkling wine sales rose by 28% and champagne by 17%, Asda said, causing a 1.7% increase in its market share.

 

"In times of austerity, shoppers look for ways to treat themselves on a budget, and this is never more true than at Christmas.

 

"With such a wide variety of quality sparkling wines and Champagne available, from branded Champagne at market-leading prices to trusted, award-winning own-label options, and sales that outperformed the market as a result, we're confident that we got our Christmas 2012 offering right.

 

"We're now looking forward to what should prove to be an exciting year ahead for the category," said Lynsey Grace, Asda's Champagne and sparkling wine buyer.

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First Groceries Code Adjudicator is Christine Tacon

Published:  21 January, 2013

Christine Tacon has been appointed as the first independent Groceries Code Adjudicator.

TextChristine Tacon has been appointed as the first independent Groceries Code Adjudicator.

 

Tacon will be responsible for enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), which regulates interactions between supermarkets with an annual turnover of £1bn and their suppliers.
She will also have the power to launch investigations into suspected breaches of the Code, including those arising from confidential complaints.


If she finds that a retailer has breached GSCOP, Tacon will be able to impose a fine, make recommendations against the supermarket, and require them to publish details of their breach.
She will also have the power to arbitrate disputes between large supermarkets and their direct suppliers.


Tacon ran the Co-operative Group's farming business, the largest in the UK, for 11 years until 2012 and was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004. She has further fmcg experience from sales and marketing roles at Mars, Anchor and Vodafone, and chairs the BRC rural affairs advisory committee. She is also a non-executive director of Anglia Farmers and Farmway Ltd and chair of investment business UK Farming plc.

 

Tacon said she was honoured to have been given the chance to "make a permanent and enduring difference to the groceries sector."

 

"Coming from a commercial background, I am sure that if we can increase trust between retailers and their direct suppliers, it will lead to greater efficiency and can only have a beneficial impact on the rest of the supply chain," she said.

 

She will be paid £69,000 per year for the three-day a week job when the office is formally established by law, likely to be in the spring.

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