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Profits dip for Consolidated Brands

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: International drinks industry giant Constellation Brands has seen a fallback in third quarter earnings and sales.

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New chief executive for Whyte & Mackay

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ashwin Malik is to be the new chief executive of Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay, following the departure of Bob Brannan and Vivian Imerman, who has accepted an advisory role with the company.

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Scotch whisky definition laws tightened

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Government is moving to enhance regulations that define regionally-produced Scotch whisky and discourage counterfeiting.

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Harpers goes digital to combat postal strike

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers has produced a digital issue for the current (October 5) issue to overcome delivery problems in the face of the Royal Mail postal strike.

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Sainsbury's to move out of 17-million-a-year HQ

Published:  23 July, 2008

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has announced that it is to move out of its head office in Holborn Circus, London, and relocate to a site in King's Cross.

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UK slowdown for Tesco

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco's growth in the six months to August 25 slowed to 3.5% in the UK, but the retailer saw total sales in its international business rise by 23.1%.

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Chavez calls time on whisky boom

Published:  23 July, 2008

VENEZUELA: President slaps a limit on the amount of luxury goods Venezuelans can import

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Ocado reports 43m loss

Published:  23 July, 2008

Online retailer Ocado, which provides a home shopping service for Waitrose goods, has posted a 43.1million loss for the year to December 3 2006, a 2.4m improvement on the year before, Companies House figures show.

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Argentinean wine exports surge ahead

Published:  23 July, 2008

ARGENTINA: Latest export figures show strong growth to UK market

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Alcohol blamed for rise in violent crime

Published:  23 July, 2008

SCOTLAND: Violent crime has risen 40% in a year, new figures show.

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Diageo's Bailey's wins EU measues ruling

Published:  23 July, 2008

German calls to ban the sale of Bailey's Irish Cream in half gill units have been rejected.

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Poland in dispute over apple wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

BRUSSELS: European Union (EU) under fire for its proposal to ban the marketing of wine made from apples

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Smoking ban makes bar staff far healthier

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Bar and restaurant staff have been found to be dramatically more healthy since the introduction of the smoking ban in July.

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C&C to stay in test markets after tough summer

Published:  23 July, 2008

C&C Group, which owns Magners cider, plans to stay in its key test markets of Europe - Barcelona and Munich - despite seeing sales drop in the UK this summer, according to market analysts.

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Over-18s only for cigarette sales

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The legal age for selling cigarettes increases to 18 years of age and over from October 1. The age rise finally comes into force from today after years of consultation, debate and political wrangling.

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Islay whisky producers demand better transport links

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay's whisky distillers have successsfully called for extra ferry services to the island to meet increased sales demand.

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Bordeaux harvest: day 2

Published:  23 July, 2008

Each day we'll be providing updates from the harvest as it progresses across the world's most famous wine region.

Read on for the second day, which has just been sent from Alexandra Martet at Chateau Lavison, Philippe Bardet at Chateau Val d'Or and Chateau Picoron and Jean-Christophe Mau at Chateau Brown.


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Australia wins a third of all Gold medals

Published:  23 July, 2008

IWSC awards the country with 44 Best in Class and six Golds.

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Somerset gastropub wins Good Hotel Guide gong

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George, Somerset, has been named Gastropub of the Year in the latest edition of The Good Hotel Guide.

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Gaucho Grill to float

Published:  23 July, 2008

Gaucho Grill, the renowned steak chain with the most extensive list of Argentinian wine in the UK, is to return to the stock exchange with a valuation of 100 million.

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