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AFWS raises profile of front-of-house qualifications

Published:  21 August, 2012

The Academy of Food & Wine Service is attempting to raise the profile of front-of-house vocational qualifications as an alternative for young adults who are more practically minded.

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Perthshire hotel offers finest Glengoyne by the dram

Published:  21 August, 2012

Perthshire's Lake of Menteith Hotel has added the limited edition Glengoyne 40 Years Old whisky to its Malt Vault, and is claiming to be the first and only hotel the UK to offer it by the dram.

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Naked Wines recruits global winemaker investments team

Published:  20 August, 2012

Online wine retailer Naked Wines has recruited a dedicated team of wine professionals to oversee its £25 million global winemaker investments.

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Dom Pérignon launches David Lynch series

Published:  20 August, 2012

Dom Pérignon is to release a flight of limited edition bottles signed by the Californian film director David Lynch.

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Napa Valley proclaims 2012 vintage a 'classic'

Published:  20 August, 2012

The Napa Valley is getting ready to kick off its 2012 harvest with winemakers describing it as "one of the most balanced crops in years", thanks to the "marvellous growing season".

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Pernod Ricard chairman dies suddenly

Published:  20 August, 2012

Patrick Ricard, the head of global wine and spirits firm Pernod Ricard, has died suddenly aged 67.

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Jacob's Creek sponsors Jonathan Ross TV show

Published:  17 August, 2012

Jacob's Creek has signed a sponsorship deal with the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1.

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Drastic UK volume decline for Treasury Wine given positive spin

Published:  17 August, 2012

A drastic 1.6 million case decline in the United Kingdom has been given positive spin as Treasury Wine Estates briefed the Australian Securities Exchange on their 2012 full year results.

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Pernod Ricard's festive marketing plans revealed

Published:  17 August, 2012

In part two of Harpers' report on Pernod Ricard UK's festive plans for 2012, we take a look at what the drinks giant will be doing to promote its leading brands this Christmas.

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Laithwaite's helps with wine to mark Andrew Strauss's 100th cap

Published:  16 August, 2012

To mark England cricketer Andrew Strauss's 100th Test Match appearance, his team mates commissioned 100 bespoke bottles from Laithwaite's Wine.

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Premium is the buzzword this Christmas, says Pernod Ricard UK

Published:  16 August, 2012

The biggest money-spinning opportunity this Christmas is wines in the £6.50 to £8.50 price bracket and spirits costing £14 to £21.

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Mixed Olympics results for drinks trade

Published:  16 August, 2012

The Olympics has brought a mixed set of results for drinks businesses - on-trade firms near Games venues saw uplifts in sales while other sites went quiet, while the off-trade saw sales of sparkling wines grow as customers celebrated Team GB medal wins.

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Co-op's wine manager Paul Bastard departs

Published:  15 August, 2012

The Co-operative's long-standing wine development manager Paul Bastard is to leave the business on Friday, August 17.

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OFT has reservations over minimum pricing

Published:  15 August, 2012

The Office of Fair Trading has expressed "reservations" about the "unintended consequences" of a minimum price for alcohol.

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Champagne and sparkling wine to double market share

Published:  15 August, 2012

Champagne and sparkling wine is set to double its market share in the UK and overseas, according to data from TNS.

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On-trade like-for-like sales dip in July

Published:  15 August, 2012

On-trade like-for-like sales dipped 0.2% in July compared to last year thanks to poor weather and a lull before the Olympics, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Social media experts join EWBC line-up

Published:  15 August, 2012

Two social media experts will be taking the keynote speaker slots at this year's Digital Wine Communications Conference.

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Blog: brand sponsorship - does it work?

Published:  14 August, 2012

Mount Gay rum sponsors a host of sailing events and Gemma McKenna blogs on how and why such deals can work.

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Morrisons' wine buyer to open Leeds bar

Published:  14 August, 2012

A Morrisons' wine buyer is set to open a new upmarket wine bar in Leeds later this week, alongside her technology entrepreneur business partner.

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New start-up fills gap in market for Indian wine

Published:  14 August, 2012

Wine from India is going to be the next big thing in the on-trade, according to a new Midland Indian wine importing business.

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