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WSET announces 11% increase in diploma graduates

Published:  24 August, 2010

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced an 11% increase in graduates on 2009 for its flagship qualification the Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits.

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Foster's hit by wine write-downs

Published:  24 August, 2010

The Foster's Group has reported a loss of A$464 million loss in the year to June 30 after write-downs in its wine business of A$1.3 billion.

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Constellation to end Aussie share listing

Published:  24 August, 2010

Wine producer Constellation Brands is to voluntarily drop is listing on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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Wines in the press - August 19-22

Published:  24 August, 2010

The Guardian
Victoria Moore is talking about all the good bottles of the summer she hasn't been able to squeeze into the theme, another column, or that have been tasted too late to get a mention.

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Vinea to hold its 17th annual wine fair

Published:  23 August, 2010

Switzerland's most important wine fair Vinea is to run its 17th show offering several new features.

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Currency update, August 23: A strong one for sterling

Published:  23 August, 2010

Last week was a strong one for sterling against the euro and this trend has continued this morning as it is trading at €1.2260/£1.

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Halewood in low-alcohol wine launch

Published:  23 August, 2010

Halewood International is hoping its new lower-alcohol wine will appeal to 25 to 45-year-old women "looking for a wine without such a strong alcoholic taste".

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Sainsbury's Champagne sales up 40%

Published:  20 August, 2010

Champagne sales at Sainsbury's have jumped by 40% ? 1.2 million more bottles ? this year as consumers seek out great value as well as taste.

 

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Northern Ireland considers minimum pricing

Published:  20 August, 2010

Northern Ireland is considering introducing a minimum price on alcohol ? as a first step the Assembly has announced a crackdown on irresponsible drinks deals in retail outlets and pubs.

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Currency update, August 20: sterling regains lost ground

Published:  20 August, 2010

Currency update for August 20 from Smart Currency Exchange: sterling recovers on the back of stronger than expected retail sales data.

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Last chance to attend Home Office roadshow

Published:  20 August, 2010

The drinks trade has one last opportunity to make its voice heard in the Licensing Act overhaul consultation roadshow ? scheduled for Nottingham on August 26.

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Slurp launches iPhone app

Published:  19 August, 2010

Online wine retailer Slurp.co.uk has launched an iPhone application containing almost 6,000 wines, beers and spirits.

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Academy calls for front-of-house nominations

Published:  19 August, 2010

The Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) is seeking nominations from employers and staff in the industry for its front-of-house Annual Awards Excellence.

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SNP: A below-cost ban could make alcohol cheaper

Published:  19 August, 2010

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has claimed that a ban on below-cost alcohol sales would make many supermarket deals even cheaper.

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Bibendum's profits surge 11%

Published:  19 August, 2010

UK wine distributor Bibendum is "cautiously optimistic" after announcing gross profits have risen 11% on last year to £20.8 million, following strong cost controls.

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Islay produces its first gin

Published:  19 August, 2010

The Hebridean island of Islay has turned its hand from the production of peaty whiskies to distill its first gin.

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Currency update, August 19: recovery for sterling

Published:  19 August, 2010

Currency update for August 19 from Smart Currency Exchange: sterling rises to hit a daily high of $1.5689/£1.

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Brown Brothers buys Tamar Ridge

Published:  18 August, 2010

Australian producer Brown Brothers has bought Tamar Ridge Estates vineyard and winery interests in Tasmania from Gunns for AU$32.5 million.

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Currency update, August 18: Sterling falls again

Published:  18 August, 2010

Sterling fell yesterday against the US dollar and euro yesterday after inflation data showed a slow down in UK price growth.

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Armit appointed UK agent for Maison Deux Montille Soeur Frère

Published:  18 August, 2010

Armit has been appointed exclusive UK agents for Maison Deux Montille Soeur Frère.

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