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Teacher's targets men with classic ad campaign

Published:  08 August, 2008

Beam Global UK has launched the second phase of its Create Your Space ad campaign in a bid to build an emotional connection between Teacher's Whisky and men over 30.

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Harpers survey winner announced

Published:  08 August, 2008

Helen Grove, business manager at Diageo, has won an iPod Nano after taking part in our recent survey.

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Published:  08 August, 2008

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Credit crunch forces Food and Drink Group into administration

Published:  08 August, 2008

Food and Drink Group (FDG) has been forced into administration after failing to secure the necessary funding to keep its portfolio of bars running.

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Published:  08 August, 2008

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Drink drive deaths down 18%

Published:  07 August, 2008

Fatalities resulting from drink drive accidents fell by 18% in 2007, according to statistics released by the Government today.

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"Electronic tongue" can identify grape varieties

Published:  06 August, 2008

Spanish scientists have created an electronic tasting device that can identify varieties and vintages of grape.

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Global launches premium brands division

Published:  06 August, 2008

Global Brands has launched a premium brands division as it looks to grow its portfolio of premium products.

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US consumers buy fewer drinks out of home

Published:  06 August, 2008

Consumers in the US are watching their wallets by staying at home rather than going out for dinner or drinks.

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Asia trade boost for Glenmorangie

Published:  06 August, 2008

Glenmorangie has seen a boost in trade with profits standing at £12.6m, according to The Scotsman newspaper.

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Alton's Pride named Britain's champion beer

Published:  06 August, 2008

Alton's Pride has been named Britain's champion ale at the Great British Beer Festival.

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UK wine importers hit by Argentinean strikes

Published:  06 August, 2008

Strikes and road blockades that crippled much of Argentina have impacted UK wine importers, with one major buyer waiting more than four months for a delivery.
TextStrikes and road blockades that crippled much of Argentina have impacted UK wine importers, with one major buyer waiting more than four months for a delivery.

With main roads being blocked, exports from the South American country have been slow to leave the country, despite the strike ending in June.

Protests had been on-and-off since March, when the Argentinean Senate announced plans for a tax hike on grain exports. This led to farmers protesting.

Months of disruption ended after the Senate rejected the proposals in June.

The action has affected the wine industry and some do not expect the situation to improve for another couple of months.

Solano Penalenzi, managing director at Hispa Merchants, is an Argentinean, Chilean and Spanish wine specialist, based in London.

He is still waiting on several containers, with brands Tapiz, NQN, and Finca La Anita and Domingo Hermanos at sea.

With each container consisting of 1,100 boxes, Penalenzi is waiting on more than 14,000 bottles.

"One order that I placed at the end of March - four months ago - is still there," he said. "Supplies have been difficult to get and orders slow, and now there is a backlog."

James Forbes, Wines of Argentina UK director, said that the four month delay was probably more a shipping problem, rather than an issue relating to the strikes.

"There is a backlog, but the people I have spoken to have not been affected. There have been minor delays, but nothing serious."

However, restaurant chain Gaucho said it has been affected by the lack of Argentinean wine making it to UK shores.

Phil Crozier, Gaucho wine buyer, is waiting on three containers. "It has not affected our sales, but it has impacted the number of wines we have available," he said.

Bibendum Wine in London, said it had experienced some delays "but nothing as bad as we thought it would be".

Polly Long, Argento trade marketing manager, said that despite being a "tough and stressful time" the company "had tried to manage the situation as best it could".

by Deven Pamben

This article first appeared in Harpers magazine. Follow this link to subscribe to the publication.

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Rap star Dr Dre launches his own cognac

Published:  06 August, 2008

Rap star Dr Dre will be launching a cognac as he moves into the drinks trade.

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Glengoyne Distillery relaunches website

Published:  06 August, 2008

Glengoyne Distillery has re-launched its website as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations.

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Ex Cellar buys Oddbins

Published:  05 August, 2008

Specialist wine and food retailer Ex Cellar has bought off-licence chain Oddbins for an undisclosed sum.

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Spain poised to overtake France as world's number one wine producer by 2015

Published:  04 August, 2008

French wine production is set to decline from seven billion bottles a year, recorded between 2000 and 2004, to 5.9 billion in 2015, according to a new report.

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Scots class alcohol as more dangerous than heroin

Published:  04 August, 2008

A poll carried out by the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2007 found over half (51%) of respondents said alcohol caused the most harm to society, compared to only 22% naming heroin and 9% tobacco.

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All Bar One offers "limited edition" rosés of the world

Published:  04 August, 2008

All Bar One, the bar chain owned by Mitchells & Butlers, has started offering a "Limited Edition wines list" to customers, starting this week with a selection of rosé wines.

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Diageo launches Smirnoff Moscow Mule campaign

Published:  04 August, 2008

Diageo will this month launch a new programme for Smirnoff vodka in Great Britain, designed "to promote exciting new ways of serving and drinking the UK's number one spirit" with Schweppes mixers.

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Wines in the Press: Of sherry, spittoons and sparkling wines...

Published:  04 August, 2008

Jane MacQuitty sings the praises of fino and manzanilla, Joanna Simon discusses her spittoon technique, Anthony Rose visits Cahors and Tim Atkins gets busy with his wand.

Meanwhile, Andrew Jefford discusses the plan to increase Champagne's grape-growing area, and Susy Atkins is on the pomegranate juice.

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