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Diageo gives Johnnie Walker the royal treatment

Published:  09 September, 2008

Diageo GB is launching a special edition of its Johnnie Walker whisky to commemorate the first royal warrant granted to the brand in 1934.

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Fat Duck sommelier scoops top wine award

Published:  08 September, 2008

Isa Bal, head sommelier of Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray has scooped the Academy of Food & Wine's Dom Perignon Award for Excellence.

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Wines of Navarra bids for "stronger links" with UK trade

Published:  08 September, 2008

Consejo Regulador Denominaci?n de Origen Navarra (CRDO) and the Association of Navarran Wineries has announced an autumn trade and press campaign for the UK.

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Skyy vodka helps T.G.I. Friday's seek bartender champion

Published:  08 September, 2008

Skyy vodka is to sponsor T.G.I. Friday's national in-house Bartender Championship and become the group's new house vodka.

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Fifteen new Masters of Wine announced

Published:  08 September, 2008

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has announced the addition of 15 new Masters of Wine, which includes for the first time candidates from Hong Kong, Japan, Spain and Brazil.

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New distributor launches into market with vodka brand

Published:  08 September, 2008

A new drinks distributor has entered into the UK market with the launch of Latvian vodka product.

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Retailers are shocked by Diageo's new terms

Published:  05 September, 2008

Multiple retailers have told Harpers they are "shocked and amazed" at Diageo's plans to unify its trade agreements across all of its routes to market in what is being seen as a bid to get more control over pricing and promotions of its brands, writes Shirley Webb.

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Bols launches competition to find the next "Tom Cruise"

Published:  05 September, 2008

Bols, distributed by Maxxium UK, is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the movie Cocktail with an online competition to find the UK's next "superstar bartender."

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Intercontinental Brands secures World Cup sponsorship deal

Published:  05 September, 2008

InterContinental Brands (ICB) has secured exclusive broadcast sponsorship of four of Scotland's live 2010 World Cup away qualifying matches.

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Diageo ploughs £41 million into Christmas sales push

Published:  05 September, 2008

Diageo is ploughing a record £41 million into brand, retailer and category activity in the run up to Christmas.

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Fischer Boel crowned wine personality of the year

Published:  04 September, 2008

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, has been awarded the Wine Personality of the Year 2008 award by the International Wine Challenge.

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Diageo supports educational alcohol leaflet

Published:  03 September, 2008

Diageo GB is sponsoring the latest edition of the British Liver Trust's publication, Alcohol and Liver Disease.

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Footballer Ginola to launch own wine brand

Published:  02 September, 2008

Ex Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur footballer David Ginola is to launch his own brand of rosé wine in the UK.

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Greene King "on track" despite summer slowdown

Published:  02 September, 2008

Greene King has said it is on track to meet expectations for the current financial year, despite seeing a drop in sales over the summer period.

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Wine "one of fastest growing" fairtrade products

Published:  02 September, 2008

Wine represents one of the fastest growing fair trade products in the UK, according to figures from the Fairtrade Foundation.

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Wholesale listings boost FirstCape wine brand sales

Published:  02 September, 2008

Recent listings with Booker, Nisa and Bestway/Batleys have more than doubled sales of South African wine brand FirstCape in the impulse sector of the take-home drinks market, according to Nielsen data.

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Wines in the Press: From top wine schools to Tesco

Published:  02 September, 2008

With the summer behind us, so too this week is talk of suitable wines for the warm weather. Jancis Robinson, back from her summer holiday, has a last word of advice on seasonal tipples, but for the most part the wine writers are turning their attentions to other matters. Jonathan Ray gives us his run down of the UK's top wine schools, Victoria Moore has her patience tried out by a good Bordeaux and Anthony Rose indulges in a spot of Tesco's finest.

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Greene King reduces wine and beer prices

Published:  01 September, 2008

Greene King is investing £1 million in a cut-price drinks promotion in 200 of its pubs.

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Coors adds 3p to the price of a pint

Published:  01 September, 2008

Coors Brewers has been forced to increase its wholesale price by 3p per pint because of current economic conditions and the "severity of inflationary increases."

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Barracuda's chief exec opens pub in home town

Published:  01 September, 2008

The Barracuda Group has added to its portfolio of pubs with the opening of The Malt Cross in Ayr. The opening of the pub under the Smith & Jones concept signifies Barracuda's 13th site in Scotland and sees the Group's estate rise to 220 pubs.

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