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Whisky tasting goes virtual

Published:  23 July, 2008

Beam Global Spirits & Wines will host an international online debate and whisky tasting for Islay single malt Scotch whisky, Laphroaig.

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Parents urged not to supply their children with alcohol

Published:  23 July, 2008

Parents who supply their children with alcohol are behind soaring rates of binge drinking among Britain's teenagers, the government has warned.

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Beer industry blames low duty on wine for sales plummet

Published:  23 July, 2008

The fall by 19 million pints in British pubs since 1979 is down to high duty on beer compared to other areas such as wine, says the brewing industry.

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Tokyo is awarded most Michelin stars of any city

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tokyo has the most Michelin stars of any city in the world with the just-released first guide by the French company to the Japanese capital.

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Gatwick Express first with Beaujolais Nouveau

Published:  23 July, 2008

Gatwick Express claimed to be the first to serve the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau by offering it to customers from one minute past midnight today, November 15.

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MPs call for health warnings on alcohol labels

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: A Liberal Democrat Dem MP has called for cigarette-style health warnings to be printed on all drinks labels.

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PM requests meeting with retail and drinks industry

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Prime Minister Gordon Brown will meet with retailers and the drinks industry in the next few days to discuss binge drinking and advertising.

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United Spirits in 17m spend

Published:  23 July, 2008

United Spirits, the Indian company that owns whisky distiller Whyte & Mackay, is to invest more than 17 million in the next three to four years.

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Responsible drinks advertising helps cut underage drinking

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK drinks industry has received a much needed boost today with the release of new figures that suggest more responsible drinks advertising is having an impact on drinking levels, and the attitudes of young drinkers towards alcohol.

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Hardy's moves its winemaking base

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian wine company Hardy's will move its winemaking and packaging facility from Buronga winery to Berri Estate in a US$22 million (10.5m) move.

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Retailer paying its customers for being green

Published:  23 July, 2008

An independent wine merchant has started paying customers to reuse the plastic carrier bags issued by its shops.

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2007 Young Wine Writer announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ray O'Connor, sales and marketing manager for the International Wine Challenge has been announced as this year's winner of the Young Wine Writers Award.

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Banning plastic bags needs more thinking

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Association of Convenience Stores has said the decision by London Councils to lobby for a ban on free plastic bags needs more thinking and potentially a wider remit.


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Retail sales volumes on the up

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Retail sales volumes were up by 1.4% in the three months to the end of October, according to the Office of National Statistics.

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Turning wine waste into electricity

Published:  23 July, 2008

Canada: Wine-making waste will be turned into electricity under a Canadian plan to capture methane gas from decomposing grape skins and seeds produced in southern Ontario's Niagara grape-growing region.

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Sainsbury's bounces back with 27% increase in profits

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's has bounced back from the failed takeover bid from Delta Two to report a 19.6% increase in pre-tax profilts to 232m for the six months to October 6

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Brewers hit by climate change

Published:  23 July, 2008

Hundreds of Britain's independent brewers could be forced to put up beer prices and lay people off as the cost for malted barley and hops increases due to the impact of climate change.

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Retailers set for half a billion Xmas ad spend

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK's major retail groups are to spend at least 530 on advertising over the Christmas period.

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London councils set to ban plastic bags

Published:  23 July, 2008

Local authorities are expected to move today to ban the use of plastic shopping bags in the UK capital.

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New president for Academy Food and Wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Roy Ackerman CBE as been named as the new president of The Academy of Food and Wine and will take over the role from Lord Thurso who has agred to stay on as patron of the organisation.

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