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Drinks sector shows growth amid retail downturn

Published:  12 August, 2008

The food and drinks sector is the only one to have shown "significant growth" compared to 2007, according to new British Retail Consortium (BRC) figures out today.

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Wines in the Press: Spirit of the summer

Published:  12 August, 2008

Summer is in full swing this week, with Tim Atkin MW getting into the holiday spirit, Jane MacQuitty going on the hunt for the perfect summer red and Jamie Goode giving his run down of the best wines to enjoy in the warm weather.

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Greenall's Gin targets trade sector with big screen competition

Published:  11 August, 2008

Greenall's has teamed with film makers Pathe for a trade sector marketing push. The gin manufacturer is offering two tickets to an exclusive champagne and canapés screening of new film The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

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Bottle Green & Alliance Loire join forces

Published:  11 August, 2008

Bottle Green Ltd has announced that it will represent the wines of Alliance Loire in the UK market with immediate effect.

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Kumala ploughs £5 million into press campaign

Published:  11 August, 2008

Constellation Europe is launching a UK and European ad campaign to promote its South African Kumala wine brand.

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Constellation Brands set to reduce Australian presence

Published:  11 August, 2008

Constellation Brands is to reduce its presence in Australia, after confirming that it is looking to sell three of its ten wineries in the country.

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Great Wall Wine seals Olympic deal

Published:  08 August, 2008

Great Wall Wine, China's largest winery and cork producer Amorim have teamed up in a joint project to seal all wine served at the the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with natural cork.

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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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