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Beer outpaces wine at Lion Nathan

Published:  20 May, 2009

Lion Nathan, the Australian-based drinks producer, has reported a jump in profits thanks to increased sales of premium beers.

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Finalists announced for UK restaurant manager of the year

Published:  20 May, 2009

Six finalists have been announced for the first UK Restaurant Manager of the Year competition organised by the Academy of Food & Wine.

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Glenmorangie launch new Private Collection

Published:  20 May, 2009

Glenmorangie has launched the first of a new collection of limited edition whiskys which are exclusive to travel retail.

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LIWF flies in face of recession

Published:  19 May, 2009

The London International Wine Fair and Distil have attracted the second highest visitor audience in the events' 29 year history.

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Blood quits as S&N's UK boss

Published:  19 May, 2009

Jeremy Blood, managing director of Scottish & Newcastle UK, has quit the job for "personal reasons".

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Wines in the Press 16/17 May 2009

Published:  19 May, 2009

What the wine critics have to say in the press this weekend.

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Trinchero turns to Gott

Published:  19 May, 2009

Californian wine firm Joel Gott Wines has formed a joint venture with Sutter Home producer Trinchero Family Estates to handle the global sales and distribution of its wines.

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Distilleries win display exemption

Published:  18 May, 2009

Distillery and brewery visitor centres will be granted exemption from new restrictions on the display of alcohol proposed by the Scottish government.

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Australians say goodbye sherry, hello apera

Published:  18 May, 2009

Burgundy, champagne, sherry, port, tokay, vermouth and marsala have all started to disappear from Australian wine labels following an agreement over protected names with the European Union.

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Aussie Albarino is actually Savagnin

Published:  18 May, 2009

Some wine producers in Australia are mistakenly using the obscure Savagnin grape to produce wines labelled as Albarino.

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Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve voted best Irish blended whisky

Published:  15 May, 2009

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve has been voted the 'Best Irish Blended Whisky' at the 2009, World Whiskey Awards.

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Glenfiddich releases Distillery Edition

Published:  15 May, 2009

Glenfiddich has released its 15 Year Old Distillery Edition single malt in a handful of selected domestic markets around the world.

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Premium beer gets extra focus

Published:  15 May, 2009

Molson Coors UK has launched a new business unit with the mission of developing the premium beer category in on and off-trade.

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Wine industry needs to target Generation Y consumers

Published:  15 May, 2009

The wine industry must capture the attention of 'Generation Y' consumers to secure its long term future, delegates heard at the London International Wine Fair this week.

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Diageo promotes sensible drinking to students

Published:  15 May, 2009

Diageo GB is using bar games to promote responsible drinking to students in campuses across the UK, as part of a new campaign called "Are you on top of your game?"

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Social networking key to engaging new consumers

Published:  15 May, 2009

The wine industry must capture the attention of 'Generation Y' to secure its long term future, delegates heard at the London International Wine Conference.

Technology savvy 'Generation Y' could account for 8.9million new consumers as they grow into their 20s and 30s, Wine Intelligence said launching its research on how to new ways of engaging the next generationi of wine drinkers.

But the industry must use social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to target them.

Universities should also become key targets as this generation is experimenting with wine at the earlier age of 18 or 19, compared to previous generations.

However, the younger generation is likely to be cynical about companies targeting them with products via social networking sites.

Wine Intelligence also found the target group was wary of recommendations by wine writers believing they are "impartial" and some how connected to the wine trade.

"They are more likely to work on recommendations by their peers via the social networking sites or text messages," Lulie Halstead, chief executive, Wine Intelligence said. "This gives brand managers less control."

Other findings include the generation is more likely to use an independent store to be hand sold wine and are unlikely to buy cases of wines.

The generation also sees white, red and rosé wine as very separate categories.

White wine is associated with "having fun" with red wine being seen as more sophisticated and likely to be the bottle of choice for a "date." Rosé is still the drink of choice and brings consumers into the category.

"This brings into question whether brand managers should treat white, red and rosé as separate distinctive categories as this is how the generation perceives them," Halstead said.

Restaurant wine lists also came under fire for "causing anxiety" among this generation due to consumers not knowing how to match the wine with food.

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Social networking key to engaging new consumers

Published:  15 May, 2009

The wine industry must capture the attention of 'Generation Y' to secure its long term future, delegates heard at the London International Wine Conference.

Technology savvy 'Generation Y' could account for 8.9million new consumers as they grow into their 20s and 30s, Wine Intelligence said launching its research on how to new ways of engaging the next generationi of wine drinkers.

But the industry must use social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to target them.

Universities should also become key targets as this generation is experimenting with wine at the earlier age of 18 or 19, compared to previous generations.

However, the younger generation is likely to be cynical about companies targeting them with products via social networking sites.

Wine Intelligence also found the target group was wary of recommendations by wine writers believing they are "impartial" and some how connected to the wine trade.

"They are more likely to work on recommendations by their peers via the social networking sites or text messages," Lulie Halstead, chief executive, Wine Intelligence said. "This gives brand managers less control."

Other findings include the generation is more likely to use an independent store to be hand sold wine and are unlikely to buy cases of wines.

The generation also sees white, red and rosé wine as very separate categories.

White wine is associated with "having fun" with red wine being seen as more sophisticated and likely to be the bottle of choice for a "date." Rosé is still the drink of choice and brings consumers into the category.

"This brings into question whether brand managers should treat white, red and rosé as separate distinctive categories as this is how the generation perceives them," Halstead said.

Restaurant wine lists also came under fire for "causing anxiety" among this generation due to consumers not knowing how to match the wine with food.

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Wine journalists under the spotlight at LIWF

Published:  14 May, 2009

The role of the wine journalist and their influence on consumers was the subject of a lively debate at today's LIWF.

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David Cox to head New Zealand Wines

Published:  14 May, 2009

David Cox is the new chief of New Zealand Wine Growers for the UK and Europe.

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Destocking depresses Campari

Published:  13 May, 2009

Grupo Campari said sales in the first quarter of 2009 were "satisfactory" despite negative organic growth of 4.2%.

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