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Update: Strong Xmas for independent wine retailers

Published:  05 January, 2012

Independent wine retailers put in a strong performance in December, despite fears that the gloomy economic outlook would squeeze consumer spending.

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Rolling update: Festive wine sales up in supermarkets

Published:  04 January, 2012

Despite the gloomy economic times, wine sales in supermarkets were up during the festive season - with Sainsbury's proclaiming it their "most successful Christmas ever".

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Rémy Martin discontinues existing VSOP

Published:  04 January, 2012

Rémy Martin is withdrawing its original VSOP from the European market and launching a mature cask finish expression in its place.

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Accolade Wines launches website for independents

Published:  04 January, 2012

Independent retailers will be able to get postcode specific information about their customers and which wines appeal to them, thanks to a new website from Accolade Wines.

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Brancott Estate unveils new look

Published:  04 January, 2012

New Zealand wine brand, Brancott Estate, is to unveil its final transition from Montana to Brancott Estate, with a contemporary new look and extensive re-packaging.

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Sterling holds ground, but concerns are renewed over double-dip recession

Published:  04 January, 2012

Sterling strengthened marginally against the US dollar yesterday after better than expected global data helped improve risk appetite and gave support to the pound.

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Stylishly Miopasso

Published:  03 January, 2012

Stefano Girelli's "The Wine People" has launched two new southern Italian wines in its Miopasso range (rrp £8.99).

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Business failures in eating out sector to increase, expert warns

Published:  03 January, 2012

The hospitality sector will have to innovate to survive, as trading toughens in 2012, warns foodservice consultancy Horizons.

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Findlater to distribute Stolichnaya in Ireland

Published:  03 January, 2012

Findlater Wine and Spirit Group is to distribute the Stolichnaya Premium vodka portfolio in Ireland.

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VK revamp for 2012

Published:  03 January, 2012

Global Brands has redesigned its VK range to a slimline look as the company gears up for further marketing exposure in 2012.

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'Green' wines less popular with consumers, says Berry Bros

Published:  03 January, 2012

Top merchant Berry Bros & Rudd says environmentally-friendly wines are proving less popular with consumers - biodynamic wine sales fell 54% in 2011 and organic wine sales dropped 63% on 2010.

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Wines in the press- Dec 30- Jan 2

Published:  03 January, 2012

The Guardian
Was 2011 a good year or a bad year for wine? Asks Fiona Beckett.

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Sterling- stable start to 2012

Published:  03 January, 2012

Sterling has started the new year much where it left off, hovering just under €1.20/£1 against the euro and at $1.5570/£1 against the US dollar.

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Cameron 'keen on minimum alcohol pricing'

Published:  29 December, 2011

The minimum pricing debate has taken an unexpected twist with reports that David Cameron has ordered officials to draw up plans for an English version of the scheme.

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Reality check for Bordeaux prices

Published:  29 December, 2011

Bordeaux prices could be approaching a reality check in 2012, according to experts.

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Geoffrey Dean blog: Nicolas Feuillatte - Champagne? What crisis?

Published:  29 December, 2011


Crisis? What crisis? The Eurozone may be facing one, and the UK may be
in recession, but Champagne sales within the EU are up by 4.2% for
this year. Russia, China and Brazil have all been driving bubbly
consumption higher. Although discounting has played a part, UK
retailers report higher demand for Champagne and sparkling wines over
Christmas and New Year. Waitrose revealed a 26% rise in sales on last year, with Marks & Spencer managing 25% more.

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CA Grand Crus expands into Burgundy with Chateau de Santenay acquisition

Published:  27 December, 2011

CA Grands Crus, the subsidiary of Credit Agricole, has added to
its strong portfolio of Bordeaux estates with the acquisition of
Chateau de Santenay in Burgundy. The purchase gives the French retail
banking giant some 90 hectares of various Burgundian parcels from
entry level standard to Grand Cru status, a fifth of a hectare having
been taken up in Clos de Vougeot.

 

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Sterling remains steady at market quietens for Xmas

Published:  23 December, 2011

Sterling had a steady day against most currencies yesterday as the market quietens in the build up to Christmas.

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Online shopping poses threat to January sales

Published:  23 December, 2011

It is estimated that up to £186 million could be spent online on Christmas day, as shoppers try to get ahead of high street January sales, according to online retail platform Shopow.

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Invivo partners Drake & Morgan in New Year lower calorie drinks promo

Published:  23 December, 2011

Kiwi winery Invivo is partnering with London bar group, Drake & Morgan to promote its lower calorie Bella by Invivo, as part of the bar's "skinny cocktail menu".

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