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Chewton Glen team wins gastronomy competition

Published:  29 July, 2009

A two-man sommelier and chef team from Chewton Glen have become winners of the Academy of Food & Wine's Gastronomy Team of the Year competition 2009.

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Bay slashes debt in new finance deal

Published:  28 July, 2009

The operator of popular restaurant chains La Tasca, Slug and Lettuce and ha ha and grill brands has undergone a financial restructuring that will see its debts slashed by £100m.

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Oliver teams up with Naked Wine

Published:  28 July, 2009

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has teamed up online with UK wine retailer Naked Wines to feature a dedicated wine section on his website.

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BBPA blasts mandatory code plans

Published:  28 July, 2009

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has launched a last-ditch broadside against government plans for a mandatory code of practice on alcohol sales branding them "ill conceived", "untargeted" and likely to cost the embattled industry £58m.

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Alcohol Standards appoints adviser

Published:  28 July, 2009

The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) has appointed an adviser to help battle underage binge drinking in local communities across the UK.

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VK Vodka clinches Threshers and Sainsbury's deals

Published:  28 July, 2009

Ready to drink vodka brand VK Vodka Kick has secured deals with Threshers and Sainsburys to stock four of its flavoured vodkas.

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UK Argentina chief Forbes steps down

Published:  27 July, 2009

The head of Wines of Argentina in the UK has announced that he is to leave his position in September.

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SABMiller seeks injunction over deal

Published:  27 July, 2009

SABMiller has claimed that a plan by Kenya's East African Breweries Limited to axe a deal with Tanzania Breweries Limited and take a stake in a competitor is a breach of contract.

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20,000 demand Diageo u-turn

Published:  27 July, 2009

Tens of thousands of Scots took to the streets of Kilmarnock at the weekend demanding that Diageo scraps plans for the axing of 900 jobs in two major sites.

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Wines in the press July 24-26

Published:  27 July, 2009

The Guardian


Victoria Moore is reviewing Australian Rieslings. She says, Australia caught our attention two decades ago with fruity reds and sunny whites that moved us on from Bulgarian country wine, changed our expectations at the lower end of the scale and became a fixture on the chart of cheap hits.

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Berberana launches 'One Cork One Point' loyalty scheme

Published:  24 July, 2009

Berberana has launched a consumer loyalty scheme involving a wine cork, in an initiative that aims to encourage brand loyalty.

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Constellation streamlines US distribution

Published:  24 July, 2009

Constellation has streamlined its US distribution with new appointments in 19 states.

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Bacardi launches ready-to-serve mojito

Published:  23 July, 2009

Barcadi has launched a ready- mixed mojito to capitalise on the increasing number of people drinking at home as the recession continues to bite.

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Hop shortage turns into a surplus

Published:  23 July, 2009

One of Europe's leading suppliers of hops to the brewing industry says the economic downturn and bigger crops have led to a surplus.

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Little Creatures to be released in the UK

Published:  22 July, 2009

A range of Little Creatures premium alcoholic drinks is to be launched throughout the UK.

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Ultra-premium launch for Belvedere

Published:  22 July, 2009

Belvedere vodka has launched an ultra-premium spirit flavoured with ginseng and guarana for nightclubs and high-end members bars.

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Chinese buy-in to Diageo

Published:  22 July, 2009

The state-owned China Investment Corp has bought a stake worth £221 million in Diageo, the world's biggest drinks company.

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Profits soar at Oyster Bay firm

Published:  22 July, 2009

The New Zealand producer behind the Oyster Bay wine brand has reported a 146% leap in net profit for the last half of 2008.

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52 pubs closing every week says BBPA

Published:  22 July, 2009

The rate of UK pub closures has increased by a third in the first six months of the year, according to new figures from the British Beer & Pub Association.

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Stowells launch wine Tool-kit

Published:  21 July, 2009

Constellation Europe's flagship on-trade brand, Stowells has launched a new initiative in the form of a 'Stowell's Tool-kit,' in a bid to grow on-trade volume and boost confidence.

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