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Great Western Wine launches wine school

Published:  13 February, 2013

Bath wine retailer Great Western Wine is launching its own wine school in partnership with local wine educator Tristan Darby, in a bid to demystify the world of wine and give hands-on learning through tastings.

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Mike Matthews finds lots for independents at Jascots February trade tasting

Published:  13 February, 2013


In a time when wallets are leaner than beef in a Findus Lasagne, the everyday consumer is always on the lookout for the next best deal. Wine companies have the daunting task of trying to source wines that are, not only affordable, but offer great quality to boot! No mean feat when you consider that global prices are going up across the board.

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Simon Rimmer and Robinsons launch beers for food

Published:  12 February, 2013

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Simon Rimmer has teamed up with family brewers Robinsons to create three hand-crafted bottled beers to go with steak, chicken and curry.

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Douglas Blyde discovers Scandinavian food and German wine with Signe Johansen

Published:  12 February, 2013

"Food anthropologist", chef and author, Signe Johansen gave a fascinating insight in to how well crafted Scandinavian dishes work alongside German wines at an insightful food and wine matching event in Battersea, south London with Wines of Germany last week.

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Whisky and vodka see double-digit price hike

Published:  12 February, 2013

Spirit prices have rebounded sharply after the Christmas sales, with whisky and vodka showing a double-digit...

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Caveman instincts fuel drink choices

Published:  12 February, 2013

Primitive habits are still present in our approach to food and drink, according to research.

TextPrimitive habits are still present in our approach to food and drink, according to research.


Three broad instincts - to conform, to explore and to seek reward - are at the heart of consumer attitudes to brands according to Intellima's Global Trends in Alcoholic Drinks report. These instincts are being reinforced by social media, the report says.

 

Using examples from the drinks industry as well as the wider consumer world, the report builds a picture of how people are "converging towards a set of characteristics and behaviour patterns". Although the study acknowledges that some of the behaviours are more likely to be found in the developed world, it argues that these characteristics, which also include increasing emphasis on health, the internet-fuelled phenomenon of creating, adapting and mixing ideas and the need to ensure that a brand is telling the truth are as applicable in China as they are in the UK.


The report links the resurgence in vinyl record sales to a fondness for old-time drinks branding and it says there is a connection between Starbucks' UK tax affairs and the natural wine movement. The report also draws parallels with the online reaction to the horsemeat scandal and chat room calls in China for better regulation around food and drink.

 

Intellima chief executive Lulie Halstead said: "The internet has not changed us as human beings. It has simply allowed us to tap into some very ancient instincts and to act upon them in new ways. All of the nine trends we observe around the world have been accelerated or amplified by new technology, so the pace of change in the consumer world is unparalleled."


Global Trends in Alcoholic Drinks 2013 is published by Intellima, in association with Wine Intelligence priced at £1000.

 

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Cucumber-flavoured gin from Diageo

Published:  12 February, 2013

Diageo is to launch a cucumber-flavoured gin under the Gordon's brand.

TextDiageo is to launch a cucumber-flavoured gin under the Gordon's brand.

 

Gordon's Crisp Cucumber is Gordon's London Dry Gin blended with natural cucumber flavouring. The company is also to launch two premixed drinks: Gordon's & Tonic with a hint of cucumber and Gordon's & Tonic with a dash of elderflower.

 

The launch will be supported by a £1 million marketing campaign and the products will be available throughout the UK from March.

 

Nin Taank, Gordon's brand manager, Diageo GB, said: "Gin is the third largest spirit in the spirits category and is experiencing strong growth +12% in the on-trade and +5% in the off-trade. The premix cans segment is also growing rapidly at +23%, bringing in new consumers to spirits and appealing to those looking for convenient alternative formats to consume spirits on different occasions.

 

"As the UK's no.1 gin brand we are looking to invite consumers to enjoy gin in a new and exciting way which will drive frequency of purchase among existing gin consumers whilst attracting new younger gin consumers."

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CyT UK in sales and marketing restructure

Published:  12 February, 2013

Distributor of North and South American wines, CyT UK, has completed a period of restructuring across the business in a bid to develop business across all trade channels.

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Liberty Wines wins Northern Rhône producers

Published:  11 February, 2013

Northern Rhône producer Maison Nicolas Perrin has appointed Liberty Wines as its agent in the UK and Ireland.

TextNorthern Rhône producer Maison Nicolas Perrin has appointed Liberty Wines as its agent in the UK and Ireland.


The micro-négociant was established in 2009 as a joint venture between Nicolas Jaboulet and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel.


It was previously represented by Pol Roger UK and is sold by independent wine merchants and the on-trade.
The range comprises five wines spanning in price from Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes Hermitage Blanc 2011 (rrp £19.99) to Maison Nicolas Perrin Ermitage Rouge 2010 (rrp £ 58.99).


"We were impressed by the precision of these wines which, allied with their modern style and the emphasis on fruit, makes them stunning examples of their appellations," said Liberty Wines MD David Gleave.

Nicolas Jaboulet said: "We believe that Liberty has the same quality ethos as we do and their expertise in the premium on-trade and independent off-trade, as well as the strength of their customer base and portfolio of producers, makes them the natural partner for our business. I would like to thank Pol Roger for their work over the last few years."


Lliberty Wines has also recently added Northern Rhône producers Domaine du Chêne and François & Fils to its portfolio.

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DIY cocktail menu launched by Cellar Trends

Published:  08 February, 2013

Cellar Trends has launched a website to help bars create customised cocktail menus from £1 each.

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Laithwaite's launches iPad app

Published:  08 February, 2013

Laithwaite's Wine has launched its first iPad app after seeing the number of orders its customers place using a tablet device soar.

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Laithewaite's launches iPad app

Published:  08 February, 2013

Laithwaite's Wine has launched its first iPad app after seeing the number of orders its customers place using a tablet device soar.

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WIA launches wine fraud initiative

Published:  08 February, 2013

The Wine Investment Association has teamed up with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to provide better protection for the wine industry and increase consumer confidence.

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Vote for the most influential person in wine in IWC poll

Published:  08 February, 2013

To help mark its 30 year anniversary the International Wine Challenge is looking to recognise the person who the trade thinks has been the biggest influence in wine over the last three decades.

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English Wine Producers heads to ProWein

Published:  08 February, 2013

English Wine Producers is to exhibit at ProWein for the first time, marking a significant new focus on wine markets outside the UK.

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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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