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Beer sales plummet

Published:  28 April, 2009

The British pub is under renewed threat with the release of figures that reveal that beers sales have slumped by more than 8% over the last year.

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Critics April 24-26

Published:  28 April, 2009

Highlights of what the wine critics have to say in the press.

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Walders takes on Europe

Published:  27 April, 2009

UK Creamy liqueur producer Walders is expanding into continental Europe and has hired Deveurop SA to handle distribution.

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Adnams rebuts investor criticism

Published:  27 April, 2009

A shareholder in Adnams has launched a campaign for the company to restructure its shares and change its strategy after disappointing profits in 2008.

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Cobra boss quits

Published:  27 April, 2009

The head of Cobra Beer in the UK has reportedly quit his post as speculation mounts that the company is on the brink of being sold.

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Vodka goes Vanilla with Walders

Published:  27 April, 2009

Liqueur producer Walders is preparing to release a new vodka and vanilla drink for the category.

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Maxxium pushes port message

Published:  27 April, 2009

Maxxium UK is hoping to persuade on-trade retailers to take a more proactive approach to port sales with the launch of a new promotional kit.

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Cognac producers launch education toolkit

Published:  24 April, 2009

Cognac producers have financed and developed a new training toolkit to help trade professionals improve their understanding of the region and its products.

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Robert Parker heads wine conference line-up

Published:  24 April, 2009

Robert Parker is making his first visit to Spain to appear in a conference discussing the future of the global wine industry.

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Diageo film aims to inspire bartenders

Published:  24 April, 2009

A film which aims to inspire bartenders has been released online by Diageo's Reserve Brands Group.

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Pubs bank on brisk St George's Day trade

Published:  23 April, 2009

Pubs across the country are preparing for a brisk trade as events get underway to celebrate St George's Day.

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Budget slaps more duty on alcohol

Published:  22 April, 2009

Alcohol duties will climb by a further 2% from midnight tonight as a result of Chancellor Alistair Darling's second budget since the Labour government took power.

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Wine industry 'remains under pressure'

Published:  22 April, 2009

The managing director of a wine company that took its anti-duty campaign to the steps of No. 10 Downing Street has described the latest duty rise of 2% as "outrageous", but less than expected.

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Whisky trade under threat

Published:  22 April, 2009

One of the country's most valuable export industries, Scotch whisky, has said the 2% rise in spirits duty will damage trade further.

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Prosecco pushes for DOCG status

Published:  22 April, 2009

The regulatory body for the prosecco wine industry is seeking DOCG status from the next vintage - and aiming to become the first vini/viticultural region to gain UNESCO recognition as a word heritage site on its wine credentials alone.

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Budget 'a death warrant' for pubs

Published:  22 April, 2009

Chancellor Alistair Darling has signed a death warrant for thousands of struggling British pubs by raising alcohol tax by 2% in his latest Budget, it has been claimed.

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Diageo linked with LVMH bid

Published:  22 April, 2009

Diageo is in the early stages of preparing a bid to take over the wine and spirits interests of French luxury goods firm LVMH, according to UK press reports.

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Berrys secures Dubai duty-free listings

Published:  22 April, 2009

Berry Bros & Rudd has secured listings for 10 of its Own Selection wines in the Arrivals Hall Duty-Free Shop in Dubai's new terminal building.

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New brand ambassador for Beefeater

Published:  21 April, 2009

Chivas Brothers has named Tim Stones as brand ambassador for Beefeater gin in the UK market.

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Lafite named top Bordeaux of 2008

Published:  21 April, 2009

Lafite Rothschild has been named as the best wine of the 2008 Bordeaux vintage, according to a survey of 230 professionals.

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