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Debate continues on alcohol and pregnancy

Published:  23 July, 2008

The public health minister added further controversy to the debate on safe drinking levels for pregnant women yesterday.

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Enotria takes on Marques de Riscal

Published:  23 July, 2008

London-based Enotria has been appointed the UK agent for major Rioja brand Marques de Riscal.

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M&S profits up, despite uncertain outlook

Published:  23 July, 2008

Half year pre-tax profits at revitalised store chain Marks & Spencer rose to 451.8million despite poor weather and disruption from a store refit programme.

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Space technology could take headache from red wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Technology used by the American NASA space agency to detect life on Mars is being adapted to find chemicals in red wine that give drinkers headaches.

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Tesco open for business in the United States

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: Tesco has opened its first US convenience store, Fresh & Easy, in Hemet, 75 miles east of Los Angeles, ahead of its official launch on Thursday.

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Sainsbury's takeover bid called off

Published:  23 July, 2008

Qatari suitor Delta Two has pulled out of its 10.6billion bid for supermarket group Sainsbury.

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Diageo and Pernod Ricard start whisky price war

Published:  23 July, 2008

INDIA: Global drinks giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard have dropped prices of their front-line Scotch whiskies by 10-30% ahead of Diwali on November 9

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Bordeaux harvest - day 29

Published:  23 July, 2008

Not a year for people who like their Bordeaux to taste of Port, says Philippe Bardet of Chateau Val d'Or (Saint Emilion) and Chateau Picoron (Cotes de Castillon). Alcohol is around 12.5%, but at least he hasn't chaptalised.

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Tesco to help launch Banrock Station in Tetra Pak

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco is to help with the launch of Banrock Station's new one litre Tetra Pak carton, Banrock Ecomate, by selling it in selected stores from the middle of November.

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Co-op walks off with half of Fairtrade awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Supemarket group Co-op won four out of eight awards at the Fairtrade Wine Committee's annual tasting event yesterday.

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New Masters of Wine announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

Seven new Masters of Wine (MW) were announced last night at the Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Reception including a Tesco buyer, two Australians and the first MW from Sweden.

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Carbon neutral winery launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bordeaux winery Vignobles Lancombe is claiming that it is set to be France's first carbon-neutral winery.

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Politicians fight to keep 'Apfelwein' name

Published:  23 July, 2008

GERMANY: Politicians in the west of the country are up in arms that the name of their traditional 'apple wine'will fall victim to new European Union regulations.

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V&S profits lift

Published:  23 July, 2008

Vin & Sprit, the Swedish drinks company, has reported strong sales growth with a 23% rise in profits in its third quarter with Absolut vodka and Cruzan rum leading its spirits growth.

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Diageo sparks whisky war in India

Published:  23 July, 2008

INDIA: Diageo sparks price war by cutting prices across its premium whisky brands

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Alcohol strongly linked to Cancer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Millions of people are at risk of getting cancer unless they slash levels of alcohol and red meat in their diets, a report from the World Cancer Research Fund has revealed.

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9-litre Ornellaia sells for 16,000

Published:  23 July, 2008

A Salmanazar, or 9-litre bottle of Ornellaia 2005 has sold for 16,200 ($33,600) at Christie's in New York.

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Competition Commission latest on retailers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Consumer choice could be limited by supermarket dominance, the Competition Commission (CC) said this morning.

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Red wine reduces cancer risks

Published:  23 July, 2008

New research shows drinking the equivalent of a bottle of red wine a day reduces the risk of getting cancer.

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Beringer launches ad campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

Californian brand Beringer has invested a "six-figure sum" to launch its first-ever UK advertising campaign in a bid to get consumers to trade up from the sub-5 Californian category.

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