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Pernod Ricard plans big brand push in Christmas run-up

Published:  28 August, 2008

Consumers are likely to turn to the security of "brands" in the current economic climate and Pernod Ricard UK (PRUK) has planned a raft of activities including internet activity, quality gifting, TV advertising and cocktails in a bid to push its core brands in the UK on-and off-trade this Christmas.

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Diageo reports 9% profits rise

Published:  28 August, 2008

Diageo has reported a 7% rise in new sales and a 9% rise in operating profit, but admits that it is entering the new financial year facing slowing profit growth.

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Spirits industry legend Laurence dies

Published:  27 August, 2008

Spirits industry expert Barry Laurence has died.

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Diageo extends partnership with Ramsay

Published:  27 August, 2008

Diageo GB is to extend its partnership with Gordon Ramsay with the launch of a £3.5 million off-trade marketing campaign for Gordon's gin.

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Investigation launches into underage drinking habits

Published:  27 August, 2008

The London Assembly has launched an investigation into underage drinking habits in the capital.

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Beam unveils autumn ad campaign for Teacher's whisky

Published:  27 August, 2008

Spirits company Beam Global UK has unveiled the national press advertising campaign it is launching next month to support its on-pack offer for Teacher's Blended Scotch Whisky.

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Wines from Rioja makes bid for thirty-something market

Published:  27 August, 2008

Wines from Rioja is making a bid to target young professionals with the launch of a high profile advertising campaign.

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Absolut announces new management team

Published:  26 August, 2008

The Absolut Company has announced a new management team following its acquisition by Pernod Ricard last month.

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Wines in the Press: Cocktail shaking and blog making

Published:  26 August, 2008

Jane MacQuitty has been getting busy with her cocktail shaker, Victoria Moore has been indulging in a spot of wine blogging, and Jonathan Ray has been on a trip to one of Chile's most exciting prospects, the Limarí region. Meanwhile, for those of us still holding out for some late summer sun, Joanna Simon has dug out some perfect picnic picks, whilst Tim Atkin raves about Riesling.

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Analysts speculate over Diageo results

Published:  26 August, 2008

The drinks industry and beverage analysts alike are awaiting Diageo's results, due out on Thursday, with baited breath, writes Sheetal Mehta.

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Rosé sales on the rise

Published:  26 August, 2008

The popularity of rosé is on the rise, according to new research commissioned by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

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Foster's reports 88% profit slump

Published:  26 August, 2008

Australian wine giant Foster's Group has reported an 88% slump in profits as sales of its wines continue to fall.

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Cost of drinking up 5% says US survey

Published:  26 August, 2008

Research carried out by a US-based pricing intelligence firm shows that the cost of alcoholic beverages in the country has risen 5% in the past year.

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Diageo on target to achieve growth targets

Published:  26 August, 2008

Diageo is expected to deliver on its target of 9% operating profit growth when it announces its full-year results on Thursday.

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Diageo launches DVD to tackle under-age drinking

Published:  26 August, 2008

Diageo GB is launching a DVD aimed at educating both on-trade and off-trade employees on the importance of identifying and refusing underage drinkers.

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Red Square packaging to be reloaded after consumer complaint

Published:  22 August, 2008

The vodka-based Red Square Reloaded alcoholic ready-to-drink is being re-packaged by brand owner Halewood International to make it clear the drink contains alcohol after a complaint was made to the Portman Group drinks industry watchdog.

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Jacquart replaces Canard-Duchene at Paragon

Published:  22 August, 2008

Champagne Jacquart has signed a new distribution deal with Paragon Vintners.

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Miller launches live music experience

Published:  22 August, 2008

Miller Genuine Draft has launched a live music venture designed to showcase emerging music talent in Scotland.

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Pol Roger appoints Simpson as sales director

Published:  21 August, 2008

James Simpson has been appointed sales director at wine producer Pol Roger.

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SWA chief appointed to Scottish food and drink forum

Published:  21 August, 2008

Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has been appointed drinks representative of Scotland's new Food and Drink Leadership Forum.

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