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Barwell & Jones expands sales team in the north

Published:  22 October, 2012

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has appointed two additional national account managers to its sales team in a bid to gain new distribution in key regions.

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New Generation acquires Plowden Fine Wines

Published:  22 October, 2012

New Generation Wines has acquired Plowden Fine Wines' wholesale business with the aim of boosting its on-trade distribution across London and the south east.

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Glen Scotia plans packaging revamp to appeal to global market

Published:  22 October, 2012

The Glen Scotia Distillery in Cambeltown has included new packaging as part of its major investment plans to expand its global operation.

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Asda revamps own-label wine range with new mid tier

Published:  22 October, 2012

Asda has become the latest supermarket to launch a mid-tier wine range as part of a shake-up of its own-label selection.

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Cellar Trends pushes responsible drinking in bars

Published:  22 October, 2012

Jägermeister distributor Cellar Trends has put its head above the parapet on the responsible drinking front by sending a team into 50 bars to encourage drinkers to follow Drinkaware advice.

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Groundbreaking wine show set for London in 2013

Published:  22 October, 2012

A radical new event format for the UK wine trade is set to launch on September 24, 2013 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Wines in the press, October 20-22

Published:  22 October, 2012

The Guardian
Fiona Beckett says a wine book has just landed on her desk. She uses the term "landed", as it is a 7lb, 1,242-page volume called Wine Grapes.

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CIVL buyers' trip to Languedoc

Published:  19 October, 2012

Demonstrating to buyers the variety found in the Languedoc and aiming to extend the region's listings in the UK is the aim behind the CIVL's latest buyer's trip.

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Australian Vintage launches wine-based sparkler Vinni

Published:  19 October, 2012

A "new category" called Vinni (rrp £3.49) has been launched by Australian Vintage for consumers who enjoy wine but with a less alcohol and more fizz.

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Oddbins blog: hunt for UK's top novice wine taster

Published:  19 October, 2012

A sustainability officer at Camden Council has been declared the UK's best amateur wine taster as winner of Oddbins' The Palate 2012 competition.

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Appleton Estate International Bartender Challenge finalists announced

Published:  19 October, 2012

Nine global bartenders are to gather in Jamaica next week to compete in the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum International Bartender Challenge 2012.

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UK duty increases driving drinks firms out of business

Published:  19 October, 2012

"Unsustainably" high levels of alcohol duty are a major factor in the recent collapse of a number of drinks importers and distributors, according to senior trade figures.

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Golden Rum Barrel Award winners announced

Published:  19 October, 2012

The winners of the third annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards have been announced as part of the UK RumFest celebrations.

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Gerard Basset: how to be a top sommelier

Published:  18 October, 2012

A top-class sommelier shouldn't just be knowledgeable about wine - if they're a bad manager, mediocre salesman or clumsy waiter - then they're not up to the job.

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Jazz FM launches Tasting Thursday with Taylor's Port

Published:  18 October, 2012

The first Port-focused Tasting Thursday with Taylor's will begin this evening on Jazz FM, as part of the Dinner Jazz programme.

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Alcohol should be 'unpleasantly expensive', says government minister

Published:  18 October, 2012

The UK government remains determined to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks, policy minister Oliver Letwin has said on the eve of a consultation on the policy.

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New Argentinian wine importer Cupari launches

Published:  18 October, 2012

Bucking the trend of closing wine agencies, Cupari, a new importer focused on boutique wines from family estates in Argentina, has launched.

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Inflation on spirits means 'wildly fluctutating' prices

Published:  18 October, 2012

Spirits prices are "fluctuating wildly" while wine and beer drinkers are enjoying low or steady inflation - that's according to analysis by the Wilson Drinks Report.

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Grant's whisky strikes sponsorship agreement with ITV4

Published:  18 October, 2012

William Grant-owned Grant's whisky is set to launch a £2 million year-long sponsorship agreement with ITV4.

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Online grocery chiefs call for suppliers to up their game

Published:  18 October, 2012

Suppliers must be "on the front foot and proactive" in developing online strategies and adopting new technology in order to survive, according to the four major online UK grocers.

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