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WSTA appoints new policy manager

Published:  15 July, 2010

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has appointed Aileen Keyes as its new policy manager.

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Currency update, July 15: sterling jumps by nearly 1%

Published:  15 July, 2010

Currency analysis for July 15 from Smart Currency Exchange: sterling jump by nearly 1% to $1.53/ £1 - the highest rate in two months.

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Big names sign up to appear at Harpers global wine conference

Published:  15 July, 2010

Dan Jago at Tesco, Justin James of Sainsbury's and Direct Wines' Justin Howard-Sneyd are just three of the big names who will be speaking at Harpers Wine & Spirits' inaugural Global Wine Conference 2010 in London on September 7.

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Currency update, July 15: sterling hits two month high against dollar

Published:  15 July, 2010

Currency daily update for July 15 from Smart Currency Exchange: sterling hits two month high against the dollar.

For specialist drinks currency advice go to www.smartwinespirits.com

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Register now for merchants seminar

Published:  14 July, 2010

Independents looking for fresh ideas on how to promote their business are invited to attend the Top Merchants seminar on July 19 at the Bristol Hotel, Bristol.

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Diageo weighs up possible merger

Published:  14 July, 2010

Analysts believe Diageo could be weighing up an eventual merger deal with SABMiller or AB InBev as it faces up to stagnating spirits markets in its core territories of Europe and North America.

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French expect 2010 vintage to match 2009

Published:  14 July, 2010

France expects to produce 47.3 million hectolitres of wine in the 2010 vintage, broadly on a par with the 2009 figure.

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Alsace wine labelling overhaul on the horizon

Published:  14 July, 2010

The newly elected president of Alsace wines' trade body the CIVA has pledged to make Alsace wine labels easier to understand for consumers.

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Bordeaux 2009 "overpriced"

Published:  14 July, 2010

Bordeaux lovers can find better value in previous vintages than in the 2009 en primeur market, Liv-Ex has declared.

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Currency update, July 14: inflation helps boost sterling

Published:  14 July, 2010


Currency analysis for July 14 from Smart Currency Exchange: inflation figures a boost for sterling
For specialist drinks currency advice go to www.smartwinespirits.com:

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Rosé a bright spot for on-trade - WSTA

Published:  13 July, 2010

Figures released by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association show that sales of rosé wine have grown by 21.4% in value in the past year, with volumes ahead by 18.4%.

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Free Portman training for online alcohol marketers

Published:  13 July, 2010

The Portman Group is offering free, interactive training to encourage responsible online marketing of alcohol products.

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Restaurant discounts are "unsustainable", says report

Published:  13 July, 2010

Top-end restaurants are discounting at "unsustainable" levels as they try to woo customers, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Islay sales boost Morrison Bowmore

Published:  13 July, 2010

Morrison Bowmore Distillers has reported a 7% increase in pre-tax profit to £3.8 million in 2009.

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Friends in tribute to Helen Thomlinson

Published:  13 July, 2010

Friends and colleagues of Helen Thomlinson are planning a meal in September to celebrate the life of the former Hatch Mansfield and Rosemount sales representative.

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Chase Distillery looks to break into the US market

Published:  13 July, 2010


UK spirits specialists, Chase Distillery, hopes to break into the US market by appointing Pelican Brands as its American distributor for its range of English spirits and liqueurs.

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Currency update, July 13: UK inflation declines

Published:  13 July, 2010

Currency analysis from Smart Currency Exchange for July 12: UK inflation declines.

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Wines in the Pres, July 10-11, 2010

Published:  13 July, 2010


What have the national wine critics had to say this week? Find out with our round up of Wines in the Press for July 10, 11.

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Currency update, July 12: sterling slips up

Published:  12 July, 2010

Currency analysis from Smart Currency Exchange for July 12: sterling slips up

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Mango and peach Smirnoff for US

Published:  09 July, 2010

Diageo has added mango and peach flavours to its Smirnoff range in the US market.

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