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Sterling falls against the dollar but rises against the euro

Published:  21 October, 2011

Sterling fell against the dollar but gained against the euro according to Smart Currency Exchange's currency analysis for Harpers.

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Fairtrade wines need to do more to convince restaurateurs

Published:  21 October, 2011

Restaurants might be serving Fairtrade coffee as a matter of course, but the logo is failing to persuade on-trade buyers to add ethical wines to their list.

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Trade questions restaurant discount vouchers

Published:  20 October, 2011


The jury is out on whether discount vouchers offer retailers and restaurateurs lasting custom or harm trade.

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Pernod sales down in UK

Published:  20 October, 2011

Poor performances from Jacob's Creek and Martell have contributed to a 4% decline in UK sales for Pernod Ricard in the three months to October.

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Diageo's Hyde to take WSTA role

Published:  20 October, 2011

Diageo Wines Europe managing director Nick Hyde has been nominated as new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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De Bortoli reveals multiple and independent strategy

Published:  20 October, 2011

Australia's fifth largest producer, De Bortoli wines, is determined to succeed in the UK both in supermarkets and with independents.

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Mumsnet joins Drinkaware to help parents talk to pre-teens

Published:  19 October, 2011

Drinkaware is harnessing the power of Mumsnet bloggers to encourage parents to talk to their pre-teens about alcohol.

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Wines in the press- October 13-16

Published:  19 October, 2011

The Guardian
Fiona Beckett has set out to debunk the myth that wine doesn't go with chocolate.

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Last chance to take part in Harpers indies' supplier consultation

Published:  19 October, 2011


This week is the final chance to have your say as part of the Harpers Wine & Spirit consultation with independent wine merchants to see what points of principle they would like to see suppliers follow when serving the independent sector.

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Halewood International remains under family control

Published:  19 October, 2011

Halewood International has confirmed it will remain in its current independent form following the death of its chairman and chief executive John Halewood.

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Oddbins relaunch: customers to decide wine prices

Published:  19 October, 2011

The newly relaunched Oddbins is asking customers to decide how its wine should pe priced.

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Gonzalez Byass launches Fino Palmas Sherries range

Published:  19 October, 2011

Gonzalez Byass has launched a range of four classic Fino Palmas Sherries following the success of its Tio Pepe en rama.

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Sterling falls against dollar due to stagflation concerns

Published:  19 October, 2011

Sterling fell against the US dollar after UK annual inflation data broke above 5%, raising concerns over stagflation, that saw many investors start to build bets against the pound.

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Bath Ales to double volume and quadruple size

Published:  18 October, 2011

Bristol based, Bath Ales has announced an ambitious investment plan to quadruple its size in the next five years.

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Turnover up 5% at D&D London's restaurants

Published:  18 October, 2011

D&D London, which operates landmark London restaurants Quaglino's and Le Pont de la Tour, has reported turnover up 5% to £73.7 million, and cash profits level with last year.

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PLB launches wine in a glass into Waitrose

Published:  18 October, 2011

PLB has launched La Copita, a range of wines in glass-sized PET packaging, exclusively to Waitrose.

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Sterling gains against the euro

Published:  18 October, 2011

Sterling slipped against the US dollar but gained against the euro yesterday after comments from a German policymaker deflated investor optimism over a potential euro zone bailout.

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Josef Meier's hits back at Jägermeister's 'Get Tough' campaign

Published:  17 October, 2011

Herbal liqueur brand, Josef Meier's, has hit back at Jägermeister's 'Get Tough' campaign announcing itself as a a credible and recognised UK brand in its own right.

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Halewood International founder dies

Published:  17 October, 2011

John Halewood, founder of independent drinks distributor Halewood International, has died at the age of 64.

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New boss for Cert Octavian

Published:  17 October, 2011

Logistics and specialist wine cellarage firm Cert Octavian has appointed Vincent O'Brien as managing director with immediate effect.

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