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South African wine set to lose protection from EU tariffs

Published:  20 December, 2010

South African wine prices in the UK may go up next year when a trade agreement lapses with the European Union.

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Sterling hits low after Lloyds Banking Group warns of losses

Published:  20 December, 2010

Sterling hit a three month low against the US dollar on Friday after Lloyds Banking Group warned that it was making further provisions for losses on Irish debt that it is exposed to.

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Champagne Lanson - victim of container theft

Published:  17 December, 2010

Champagne Lanson has been the victim of a theft, after a container of mixed Champagne Lanson products was stolen from the haulier.

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D&D London to launch Royal Exchange outdoor café

Published:  17 December, 2010

D&D London is to launch new outdoor café at the Royal Exchange, London to open in summer 2011.

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Sterling climbs against dollar on the back of upward retail sales data

Published:  17 December, 2010

Sterling climbed against the US dollar and euro yesterday after UK retail sales data for October was revised upwards and inflation expectations continued to rise.

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Harpers Design Awards 2011

Published:  16 December, 2010

Design is a key element for brand development and awareness. If you have
recently re-designed or launched your drinks brand or you are a design
agency representing a great product, enter the Harpers Wine & Spirit
Design Awards
and gain the recognition you deserve.


As in previous years, we're inviting entries from all areas
of the drinks industry and have included a number of new
categories this year including soft drinks, pre-mix and
sparkling. Each product entered must either have been
launched or repackaged in 2010. You may enter a single
product or range of products.

 

Each entry will be judged by a panel of leading 
experts including writers and designers as well
as both on and  off-trade specialists. Products 
will be judged based onthe criteria of initial
impact, target market concerns and the
product's overall aesthetic. In other words,
does the final product measure up to the brief?


The results will be published in a special Harpers Wine & Spirit design issue, which will be published in April 2011.

Cost per entry is £97 + VAT
Closing date for entries is 18 February 2011


Entry form is available to download here

For further details please email
Julie Cresswell or call Julie on
+44 (0) 1293 610201


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WSTA expands to take on gin and vodka role

Published:  16 December, 2010

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is expanding its role in the spirits sector following the decision to cease operations of the Gin and Vodka Association.

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Richard Verney leaves buying post at Oddbins as Nichols returns

Published:  16 December, 2010

Oddbins has officially confirmed that head buyer, Richard Verney, left the business on December 1 to "pursue new challenges outside of the company".

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Diageo invests a festive £1million for Gordon's gin

Published:  16 December, 2010

Diageo GB has invested £1million to keep the Gordon's gin brand top of mind with consumers during its key sales period.

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Sterling drops against US dollar due to UK unemployment rate

Published:  16 December, 2010

Sterling fell to a 12 day low against the US dollar yesterday after UK jobs data came in much weaker than expected.

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Diageo agrees final settlement with Intercontinental Brands

Published:  15 December, 2010

Diageo Great Britain has agreed a final settlement with Intercontinental Brands (ICB) over its dispute over ICB's Vodkat product.

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Jameson Irish whisky hits case sales of three-million

Published:  15 December, 2010

The Pernod Ricard owned brand, Jameson Irish whiskey has announced global annual sales of three million cases, despite the economic downturn.

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Dedianko scores Belvedere dream job

Published:  15 December, 2010

New York bartender Allison Dedianko has landed the role of global brand ambassador for Belvedere vodka after beating seven finalists from around the globe in the Dream Job competition.

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On-trade boost for wine sales

Published:  15 December, 2010

Wine sales are growing more strongly in pubs and restaurants than they are in the off-trade, according to the latest quarterly report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Sterling drops off from three week high against US dollar

Published:  15 December, 2010

Sterling dropped from three week highs against the US dollar yesterday after strong US figures helped boost the US dollar.

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Harpers Drinking Out Excellence Awards shortlist announced

Published:  14 December, 2010

The shortlisted restaurant and bars in this year's Harpers Drinking Out Excellence Awards have been announced.

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Currency analysis December 14: sterling on a three week high

Published:  14 December, 2010

Currency analysis for December 14: sterling on a three week high.
For free bespoke drinks trade currency advice go to www.smartwinespirits.com.

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Online wine "too expensive" says YouGov poll

Published:  14 December, 2010

A quarter of consumers said they don't buy wine online because they think it's too expensive, and don't want to wait for a delivery, reported a YouGov poll.

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Wines in the press - December 10-12

Published:  14 December, 2010

The Guardian
Cheese and red wine clash almost as often as they hit it off, says Fiona Beckett.

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Sterling continues to hit high against dollar

Published:  14 December, 2010

Sterling hit a three week high against the US dollar yesterday; gaining nearly two cents from earlier lows after concerns hit the US economy that left investors selling the US dollar.

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