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Virgin Wines says sales strong, despite bad weather

Published:  21 December, 2010

Virgin Wines has said it is on track for its best month to date, despite difficult weather conditions.

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London City Bond roof collapse: the legal and insurance implications

Published:  21 December, 2010

Following the recent roof collapse at London City Bond solicitor Andrew Park and insurance broker John Haber-Smith assess the impact on those who lost stock and the chances of them making successful claims.

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Sterling's gains hampered by euro zone debt worries

Published:  21 December, 2010

Sterling gained against the euro yesterday as the single currency was hampered by euro zone debt crisis worries.

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Wines in the press December 17-19

Published:  21 December, 2010

The Guardian
As this is the last column before the new year, it seems only fitting to talk about Champagne, says Fiona Beckett. Or is it?

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New UK chief for Wine Australia

Published:  20 December, 2010

Wine Australia has named Yvonne May as its new regional director for the UK, Ireland and the EU.

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Molson Coors takes on Babich

Published:  20 December, 2010

Molson Coors (UK) has become agent and distributor of the Rongopai wine range, from New Zealand's, Babich.

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Wines of Turkey to hold inaugural conference and trade tasting

Published:  20 December, 2010

Wines of Turkey is to hold its inaugural conference and trade tasting in February 2011, with the aim of launching its wines to the UK market.

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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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