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Martin Willams' M Restaurants to crowdfund group expansion

Published:  29 September, 2016

M Restaurant group is looking to add a third site called M SOCIAL as well as expand the use of the some of the current space at the M Threadneedle site and plans to finance the expansion by raising £1.5m on the Seedrs crowd-funding platform.

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Sainsbury's sales dip further as it battles it out with discounters

Published:  29 September, 2016

Sainsbury's second quarter results show that the ongoing price wars are taking a toll on the retailer as like - for - like sales dipped a further 1.1%.

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Shareholders approve "biggest takeover in UK history"

Published:  29 September, 2016

The pending deal to merge mega brewers AB InBev and AB Miller has been given the green light by each company's shareholders.

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Tequila leaders Jose Cuervo files for IPO

Published:  29 September, 2016

The world's largest tequila producer, which has been family owned and run by direct descendants of the actual Jose Cuervo since the 18th century, is filing for an initial public offering.

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10th annual Cognac auction raises record amount for charity

Published:  29 September, 2016

The 10th edition of charity auction of high-end cognacs raised a record amount for Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil, an organisation which has helped underprivileged young people and vulnerable families for 150 years.

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COPY: The Drinks Wholesaler: A little of what they like

Published:  28 September, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 

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Unprecedented weather has had "major impact" on Champagne economy

Published:  28 September, 2016

Frost, mildew and scalding weather in 2016 has had a "major impact" on Champagne, accounting for as much as 80% crop losses in one area before the harvest even began.

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Dirty Dozen tasting attracts the on-trade crowd

Published:  28 September, 2016

The Dirty Dozen tasting held yesterday in London attracted sommeliers and buyers from across the trade looking for more esoteric and off the beaten track wines.

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Aldi launches first English sparkler

Published:  28 September, 2016

In response to increasing consumer demand for home-grown fizz, Aldi is launching its first English sparkling wine.

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Wines from Rioja's 10X10 returns for second year

Published:  28 September, 2016

Wines from Rioja is once again preparing to unveil its 10x10 line-up of some of the region's most outstanding wines.

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Isla Negra partners with English Heritage

Published:  27 September, 2016

Concha y Toro's Isla Negra brand has partnered with English Heritage to offer two-for-one entry into all the sites the organisation looks after.

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Aldi's expanded Christmas wine and spirit ranges focus on premium and innovation

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi's Christmas wine and spirit ranges provides some great insight into where the business may go over the next 12 months including an expanded range of premium wine and spirit products.

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William Grant & Sons reports record profits

Published:  27 September, 2016

William Grant & Sons premium spirit business reported an 8.9% increase in profits after tax hitting record high of £147.4m.

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Aldi trials craft wine range in lead up to Christmas trading period

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi is trialling a new 'craft' wine range in 50cl stubbies in effort to attract more millennials over the Christmas trading period into the wine category.

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WSET cites USA and China as having greatest potential for growth in wine and spirits education

Published:  26 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust's chief executive Ian Harris has told Harpers that the USA represents "a massive opportunity for growth" and will be the next big focus for the educational trust

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Jerry Lockspeiser: What do wine drinkers really want to know?

Published:  26 September, 2016

Our regular columist Jerry Lockspeiser has published "YOUR WINE QUESTIONS ANSWERED: The 25 things wine drinkers most want to know", with 100% of the revenue recieved donated to the Millione Foundation, which he started with Mike Paul and Cliff Roberson to fund primary schools in Sierra Leone.

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Co-op profits halved as they continue to implement turnaround strategy

Published:  26 September, 2016

The Co-operative Group saw profits drop to £17m in for the first half of the financial year, but revenue rose by 2.2% to £4.7bn compared to the same time period last year.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Alcohol sales help keep grocery figures in the black

Published:  26 September, 2016

While overall figures for the supermarket sector remain relatively flat with growth at 0.3%, alcohol sales provided a needed boost, up 8.5% according to Kantar Worldpanel's most recent figures.

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Langley's brand expands range with Old Tom gin

Published:  26 September, 2016

Following the successful launch of Langley's No. 8 gin three years ago, Charter Brands is launching an Old Tom gin to its range.

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London Cocktail Week top picks

Published:  23 September, 2016

One of the biggest events on the London drinks calendar returns to the capital next month.

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