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Blossom Hill launches £2.2m campaign on taste, not price

Published:  03 September, 2012

Blossom Hill is investing £2.2 million in its largest media campaign to date, in order to focus on taste rather than price...

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Campari acquires controlling stake in rum giant

Published:  03 September, 2012

Gruppo Campari has acquired an 81.4% stake in rum giant Lascelles deMercado.

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WineStars initiative returns with a Twist

Published:  03 September, 2012

WineStars, the initiative launched at the LIWF that helped unrepresented producers showcase their wines in front of a panel of judges, is to return to the Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting.

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Blue Nun grows sales through consumer loyalty programme

Published:  31 August, 2012

Blue Nun has grown sales by 4.65% through the use of a shopper loyalty programme rather than resorting to offering discounts.

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Inverarity Morton safeguards G1 contract

Published:  31 August, 2012

Drinks distributor Inverarity Morton has secured a further three-year contract as wine supplier to the G1 group and will continue to supply its 180 licensed premises across Scotland.

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Waitrose appoints new wine buying manager

Published:  31 August, 2012

Waitrose has appointed Ken Mackay MW to the role of Champagne and sparkling wine buying manager.

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Tesco Wine Magazine offers interactive features

Published:  31 August, 2012

Tesco Wine Magazine has launched its first cover-to-cover augmented-reality magazine, in a bid to offer its customers new ways to "discover" more about wine.

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Bordeaux wines bucks off-trade sales trend with 8% rise

Published:  31 August, 2012

Bordeaux wines are bucking the trend with an 8% off-trade sales increase of 100,000 cases over the past 12 months.

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Echo Falls ramps up brand investment

Published:  30 August, 2012

Accolade's Echo Falls says it has made an "unprecedented" investment by signing up to major sponsorship deals this year, including key festivals and fashion events.

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LIWF aims to increase on-trade and independent participation with date change

Published:  30 August, 2012

In a bid to attract more on-trade and independents to the London International Wine Fair, organiser Brintex has changed next year's show dates to start on a Monday.

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Bibendum adds Gaja's Ca'Marcanda to Italian portfolio

Published:  30 August, 2012

Bibendum has boosted its Italian portfolio with the additions of Gaja's Tuscan estate Ca'Marcanda.

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London restaurant openings on the rebound

Published:  30 August, 2012

London restaurant openings grew by 25% in the last year, with many newcomers favouring large and ambitious projects, according to a survey by restaurant guide Harden's.

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Best year for Pernod Ricard since 2007/8, despite fall in UK sales

Published:  30 August, 2012

Pernod Ricard's annual results show its best growth since the financial crisis began - up 8% - although UK sales tumbled by 4%.

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New Zealand sees record export rise as UK demand grows

Published:  30 August, 2012

New Zealand wine has seen a record export rise, according to the latest New Zealand Winegrowers annual report, with UK demand growing 11% by value and 8% by volume.

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Importer Guy Anderson recovers in hospital after paragliding accident in Idaho

Published:  30 August, 2012

Guy Anderson, owner and founder of Guy Anderson Wines, is recovering in hospital in the US after a paragliding accident left him stranded in the mountains for two nights.

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Rolling update: English wine harvest predictions

Published:  29 August, 2012

The English wine harvest is looking to be around two weeks later than the previous few years, with average to below-average crops.

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Bowmore teams up with the River Cottage

Published:  29 August, 2012

Bowmore has teamed up with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage to launch a series of seafood and dessert recipes to match its range of Islay single malt whiskies.

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Maker's Mark brings tasting initiative to Big Feastival

Published:  29 August, 2012

Maker's Mark is to bring its Kentucky Born and Bred initiative to Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival next month, with bread and Bourbon tastings, and a live cocktail vending machine.

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Rolling update: Wineries make harvest predictions

Published:  29 August, 2012

As September looms, the wine industry in the northern hemisphere is keeping an anxious eye on its crops, with many having experienced unusual weather conditions earlier this year.

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HMRC lacks crucial data to crack down on alcohol duty fraud, say MPs

Published:  29 August, 2012

The lack of accurate data on wine duty fraud is "unacceptable", HMRC has warned, as new figures show up to £1.2 billion is being lost in unpaid duty.

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