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Co-op reports 4% growth in Christmas trading

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Co-operative Group has that announced trading sales were up by 3.4% over the Christmas and New Year period.

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Kick off for Aussie producer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian producer, Andrew Peace, has signed a sponsorship deal with rugby's Super League for the 2008 season worth 85,000.

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M&S predicts tough 2008 as like-for-like sales fall

Published:  23 July, 2008

Marks & Spencer saw like-for-like sales in the UK fall by 2.2% over the 13 weeks to December 29 2007, with like-for-like food and drink sales down by 1.5%.

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Washington and Oregon holds its biggest wine tasting event

Published:  23 July, 2008

Washington and Oregon will be holding its biggest ever wine tasting at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on January 21.

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Diageo chief appointed as chair of the SWA

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo's chief executive Paul Walsh has been appointed as chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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Zara Phillips goes golfing with Chivas

Published:  23 July, 2008

Zara Phillips has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Chivas Regal, which will see her participate in a special snow golf championship.

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Exclusive: Latour signs Beaujolais deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Burgundy negociant Louis Latour has taken over Beaujolais producer Henry Fessy for an undisclosed sum.

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Boutinot Wines could sell for 40m

Published:  23 July, 2008

Boutinot Wines, the UK wine merchant based in Manchester, may be sold for up to 40 million.

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King welcomes Sainsbury's Christmas performance

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Sainsbury's chief executive has welcomed the 5% increase in Christmas sales but warned that trading will be competitive into 2008.

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Absolut not a must have', says Diageo FD

Published:  23 July, 2008

Nick Rose, the finance director at Diageo, has said the company does not regard Absolut as a must have' brand.

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Australian retailers may bin use of plastic bags

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian environment minister Peter Garrett has suggested a phase-out of the use of plastic bags in supermarkets could come into force during 2008.

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Smirnoff Black gets redesign

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo's premium label Smirnoff Black vodka will have a bottle redesign instigated this February.

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Las Bodegas director switches to Wal-Mart

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jack Sinclair has announced he is to leave Argentine wine specialist Las Bodegas as director to assume a role at Wal-Mart.

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Brown-Forman sees sales arrangements end

Published:  23 July, 2008

Brown-Forman's sales and marketing agreements with drinks companies Wray & Nephew and Distell have ended.

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Greater protection for Scotch Whisky industry

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Government has launched its long-awaited consultation on regulations surrounding the Scotch Whisky industry

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Constellation sees third quarter income up 11%

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Brands announced today third quarter net income in 2007 increased by 11%.

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Scepticism remains over retailers' green credentials

Published:  23 July, 2008

Consumers are unsure that retailers are as environmentally friendly as they claim to be, new figures from BT show.

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BRC: Disappointing retail sales over Christmas

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK like-for-like retail sales increased only 0.3% in December - the worst figure since 2004.

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UK wine producers encouraged by lifting of planting ban

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: A decision by the European Commission for a permanent exclusion of the UK from the planting rights regime has been welcomed.

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Australian wine export values grew 6% last year

Published:  23 July, 2008

The value of Australian wine exports grew faster than the volumes produced in 2007.

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