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Italy poised to take number one wine spot from France

Published:  15 December, 2008

Italy confident of overtaking France as world's biggest winemaker.

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Woodwinters embarks on Scottish expansion plan

Published:  15 December, 2008

Scottish wine merchant Woodwinters is embarking on an expansion plan that will see it triple in size within a year.

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SWA welcomes duty decrease

Published:  27 November, 2008

Scotch whisky distillers have welcomed the Government's clarification of changes to the excise duty on spirits, following this week's pre-Budget report.

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Whiskey distillers welcome excise duty change

Published:  27 November, 2008

Scotch whisky distillers have welcomed the government's clarification of changes to the excise duty on spirits, following this week's pre-Budget report.

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Government U-turns on duty hike for spirits

Published:  26 November, 2008

The government has made a u-turn on planned tax changes for spirits, by reducing the duty charges from 8% to 4%.

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IMW holds first Asian master class

Published:  26 November, 2008

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has held its first Asian MW master class in Singapore.

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AFW extends deadline for sommelier of the year competition

Published:  26 November, 2008

The Academy of Food & Wine (AFW) has extended the deadline for entries to its 2009 Sommelier of the Year competition.

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Tiger Beer rapped for "disrespectful" ladyboy ad

Published:  26 November, 2008

An advert for Tiger Beer which claimed it was the best export from the Far East since ladyboys has been banned by an advertising watchdog.

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Vinexpo gears up for 2009 show

Published:  26 November, 2008

Major wine and spirits trade exhibition Vinexpo has reappointed drinks specialist Voice PR to conduct public relations in the UK for the 2009 exhibition.

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Castel strengthens Bordeaux presence

Published:  26 November, 2008

Castel is extending its involvement with wines from the Bordeaux region and targeting more upmarket clients, following its acquisition of Bordeaux wine merchant Oenoalliance six months ago.

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Three new appointments to Thierry's team

Published:  25 November, 2008

Thierry's has appointed Marie Knight and Claire Sheppard as two heads of trading, tasked with developing and delivering strategy for existing and new channels.

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Cheap wines to bear brunt of pre-Budget tax cut, warns WSTA

Published:  25 November, 2008

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) says the combination of a cut in VAT and the rise in duty on alcohol, announced yesterday by the Chancellor, will push up the price of cheaper wines.

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Stella launches 'Get Home Safe' festive campaign

Published:  25 November, 2008

InBev UK has launched a responsible drinking campaign through its Stella Artois premium lager brand to help people make the most of the Christmas party season, but still get home safely.

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Illicit alcohol consumption is rife, warns new report

Published:  25 November, 2008

The consumption of illicit or noncommercial alcohol is widespread in many countries worldwide and contributes significantly to the global burden of disease, according to a new report by the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP).

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Gaymer to sponsor new music festival

Published:  25 November, 2008

The Gaymer Cider Company has announced that it will sponsor a new music event in London next summer.

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International wine producer supports Ramsay's TV series

Published:  25 November, 2008

International wine producer ZGM is supporting Gordon Ramsay's 'Cookalong' series to promote Palatium, its German wine.

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Industry fury at pre-Budget duty rise

Published:  25 November, 2008

Drinks industry leaders have reacted with fury at news that the government will again increase the duty on alcohol.

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Wines in the Press: From Californian Chardonnay to century-old nectars

Published:  25 November, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW acquaints herself with wines from a bygone era and Jane MacQuitty lets us in on which tipples will be getting her through the winter months. Meanwhile Tim Atkin MW explains why his political persuasion is re-igniting his passion for American wines.

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Project to curb underage drinking launches

Published:  24 November, 2008

A pioneering project to curb underage alcohol sales and combat associated anti-social behaviour is launching in Kent.

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Alcohol duty set to rise as VAT rate slashed

Published:  24 November, 2008

Alistar Darling has confirmed that he will cut VAT from 17.5% to 15% but will increase duties on alcohol to ensure that prices remain unchanged.

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