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John Lewis on the march

Published:  23 July, 2008

The John Lewis Partnership, owners of Waitrose, is expected to report up to 40% increase in half-year profits later this week.

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Poor summer a boost to Restaurant Group

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Restaurant Group is expected on Wednesday to report a jump in pre-tax up to 16.5 million for the first half of the year due largely to more people choosing to spend more time eating out during the poor summer.

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Jefford takes title for second year running

Published:  23 July, 2008

Andrew Jefford told Harpers he was "rather embarrassed" after winning the Louis Roederer wine writer of the year for the second year in a row.

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Woolworths to sell cheapest Champagne

Published:  23 July, 2008

Woolworths claims to be selling the cheapest ever bottle of Champagne to be sold in the UK available for only 5.

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Punch profits down 8m

Published:  23 July, 2008

Demerger of Spirits could follow profits warning.

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New CEO for Threshers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Roger Whiteside has stepped down as chief executive of drinks retailer Thresher Group, and appointed Yvonne Rankin as his replacement.

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Seven new MWs

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced seven students have become Masters of Wine (MW), including Sweden's first MW.

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Likely to go the distance

Published:  23 July, 2008

New World producers are becoming increasingly concerned that growing demand for locally produced goods and the raised debate over wine miles will soon hit their exports and presence in the UK? Joe Fattorini explores this new angle to the green agenda and the effect it might have on faraway winemaking regions.

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Another blow for C&C Group

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: C&C Group flags up yet another warning

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Children drinking over a bottle of wine a week

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Government study fuels cheap alcohol debate

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Scotland announces ban on alcohol promotions

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Scottish Executive is to ban a range of alcohol promotions in the off-trade under the Licensing Act

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Agencies bid for binge-drinking ads

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Government has shortlisted three agencies to create the "next generation" of anti-binge drinking ads targeted at 18- to 24-year-old binge drinkers and under-18s

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China targets illegal alcohol

Published:  23 July, 2008

CHINA: The country's top quality watchdog yesterday (September 5) began a 10-day crackdown on illegal alcohol production in four provinces, as a curtain raiser to a series of food safety and product quality inspections.

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Australian wine growers embrace the environment

Published:  23 July, 2008

AUSTRALIA: New survey shows how green the country's wine growers really are.

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Weather dampens French wine harvest

Published:  23 July, 2008

FRANCE: The country is bracing itself for one of the smallest grape harvests for 20 years

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Co-op consults on ethical policy

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Co-operative Group is to poll its four million members on the development of a food and drink ethical policy.

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Diageo to sell a million cases of Bushmills whisky by 2012

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The world's biggest drinks company is to take on its rival Pernod Ricard' Jameson brand

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SA Government reviews regulation of the wine industry

Published:  23 July, 2008

AUSTRALIA: The South Australian Government has begun a review of how the SA wine industry is regulated.

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Origin opens UK office

Published:  23 July, 2008

South African wine supplier Origin Wine has set up a UK office.

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Britons hungry for organic food and drink

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Growing organic market threatened by higher prices and difficulties sourcing enough produce in Britain, the Soil Association has said.

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