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Bibendum promotes British drinks at UKTI

Published:  14 August, 2012

Bibendum is flying the flag for British drinks at the British Business Embassy as part of the Olympic & Paralympic Games international business legacy programme.

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Two new sites for London bar group Drake & Morgan

Published:  14 August, 2012

London bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan is opening two new sites in 2013 which will bring its estate to seven.

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New venue for Crus Bourgeois du Médoc tasting

Published:  13 August, 2012

The official selection of the 2010 Crus Bourgeois du Médoc will be unveiled to the UK wine trade in September at a new London venue.

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New on-trade venue hosts monthly chef residencies

Published:  13 August, 2012

An old music hall on Islington's Upper Street is opening its doors to host what it claims is the UK's first-ever permanent series of monthly pop-up chef residencies.

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Croatian wines showcased at London tasting

Published:  13 August, 2012

More than 150 Croatian wines from 30 producers will be on taste at the Vina Croatia annual tasting next month.

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Heading off on holidays? Spare a thought for wine merchants

Published:  10 August, 2012

Independent wine merchants running a tight ship can find getting holiday cover sorted a major hassle.

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Sterling performs strongly against the euro and New Zealand dollar

Published:  10 August, 2012

Sterling had a fairly positive week and performed strongly against the euro and the New Zealand dollar, according to currency exchange specialist, Smart Currency.

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Rebellion Rum - the 'superior' alternative

Published:  10 August, 2012

Toorank Distilleries, the Netherlands-based company behind Sloane's Dry Gin, has launched the Rebellion Rum range into the on-trade.

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What a corker from Codorníu

Published:  10 August, 2012

Codorníu, has added two new wines to its range Codorníu Brut and Codorníu Rosado Brut which are set to become the brand's flagship wines.

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Glasgow opens its first Prosecco bar

Published:  10 August, 2012

Stefano Giovanazzi is capitalising on the recent craze sweeping Milan with the opening of Glasgow's Prosecco bar Fantinel.

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UK wine drinkers more likely to spend over £7 a bottle

Published:  10 August, 2012

UK wine consumers are more likely than ever before to pay over £7 for a bottle of wine, according to Wine Intelligence.

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Courvoisier offers trip to France in on-pack competition

Published:  10 August, 2012

Maxxium UK is running a competition to win a trip to France as part of its Courvoisier's Cocktails on a Grand Scale campaign, in a bid to bring young adults to the category.

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Tesco overhauls wine team

Published:  09 August, 2012

Tesco has poached Bibendum's sales director Emma Biggs as part of a shake-up of its wine team.

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Bombay Sapphire invests £1.5m in glassware launch

Published:  09 August, 2012

Bombay Sapphire has invested £1.5 million in the launch of its new balloon glassware, to capitalise on the growing trend for boutique gins that offer affordable luxury.

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Holidays

Published:  09 August, 2012

 

 

Jane Cuthbertson owner Barrica Wines, Preston, says the holiday season make things difficult when trying to keep overheads down. "As we are open seven days a week, it is usually me that ends up covering, rather than blow money on extra staff. I actually can't remember the last time I worked a 40 hour week, it's more like a 90 hour week currently. When you're self employed you have to be prepared to take up the slack and cover any gaps."

 

 

James Baker, retail sales & events manager, Nickolls & Perks, Stourbridge, says

"We have 12 members of staff, so if one or two are on holiday at the same time, things quickly back up. Communication is the key, you have to talk to each other and look medium to long term regarding holidays. We have in the past few months seen the need to extend our opening hours and we are now looking at opening seven days per week. Although a recession affects everyone in the wine trade, being a family run business I think we are ideally placed to cope with people taking time off. We make sure that there is always someone here to cover. Even if it is not necessarily your role, we like to think of our selves as the Dutch Footballers of the wine trade. i.e. all staff have the ability to cover different roles other than their own. I feel to be too rigid in this day & age is bad news. There are no Prima Donnas, no one saying 'that is not my role', it is sleeves rolled up and get in there and get the job done. That can be a very satisfying way of operating. Sometimes a change of role for a few days in quite refreshing."

 

 

Rupert Pritchett, owner Taurus Wines. "We find everything comes to a grinding halt as son the posh schools break up - The Surrey Hills 'Boden brigade' seem to migrate to Tuscany, Provence or if they are feeling the credit crunch, Rock. As a result we take less money in August than in January. This actually is a good thing and allows us to have a tactical pause to stocktake, staff to take holiday etc and being based on a farm the harvest is coming in at the moment so there is an element of chaos caused by that. Therefore keeping our inbound deliveries to a minimum is a good thing. However, the Olympics has encouraged people to stay around this year for an extra couple of weeks or so which has extended the summer season a little and is giving us a chance to clear rosé over-stocks caused by the grotty weather."

 

 

 

Duncan McLean, manager the Longship, Orkney: "We certainly don't shut down over the summer - it's the busiest time of the year.  Orkney is popular with visitors, and quite a lot of folk come for a week or two. Juggling staff holidays is always tricky, but with a bit of experience you work out how to schedule it relatively smoothly, when to take in casual staff etc.  Any shop keeper who complains about being too busy needs their head examined - we should be grateful for that.  It's the opposite that's worrying."

 

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Sterling buoyed by Bank of England's interest rate decision

Published:  09 August, 2012

 

Sterling had a positive day, buoyed by the Governor of the Bank of England who said cutting the central bank's interests rates would be more damaging than beneficial.

 

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South African wines growing at premium price points

Published:  09 August, 2012

South African wines are growing at more premium price points - those over £5 have grown 25% in last 12 months while the £7+ market has has grown 34%.

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Brancott Estate teams up with Lonely Planet

Published:  09 August, 2012

Pernod Ricard-owned Brancott Estate has teamed up with travel information provider Lonely Planet to launch an on-pack promotion as part of its Curious Journeys initiative.

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Emporia Brands brings Wild Geese Collection to UK

Published:  08 August, 2012

Emporia Brands has released the Wild Geese Collection of Irish whiskies into the UK market.

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Cliff Roberson retires from Buckingham Schenk

Published:  08 August, 2012

Cliff Roberson is stepping down as chairman of Buckingham Schenk, the agency he founded almost 40 years ago.

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