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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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Enotria buys Great Western Wine

Published:  17 August, 2010

Enotria has bought Bath-based firm Great Western Wines (GWW) for an undisclosed sum.

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Currency update, August 17: sterling regains lost ground

Published:  17 August, 2010

Currency update for August 17 from Smart Currency Exchange: sterling reclaimed some of the ground lost against the US dollar last week, rising 0.4% yesterday to hit $1.5665/£1 after risk sentiment improved in trading yesterday.

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New hierarchy for Languedoc appellations

Published:  17 August, 2010

A new hierarchy for Languedoc appellations has been confirmed by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc (CIVL).

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Documentary push for Olmeca Tequila

Published:  17 August, 2010

Olmeca Tequila has produced a series of documentaries to educate consumers about the history of the category and its relevance to the London bar scene.

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