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PM threatens to revoke licence for irresponsible retailers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned retailers that they face losing their licence if they sell alcohol to underage drinkers.

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Pernod Ricard returns strong sales

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard has returned a 9.1% increase in sales to 6,443 million for the financial year to June 30, 2007. Operating profit was up 21% 1,447 million and net profit was 831 million up 30%.

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Government promises action for small businesses

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Small businesses are being promised a "nothing off-limits" review as Government ministers embark on a six-month consultation period with key small business leaders.

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Co-op's launches Reserve Fairtrade wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Co-op is expanding its Fairtrade wine range with the launch of the first two own label Fairtrade Reserve wines in the UK.

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Stella Artois falls foul of ASA

Published:  23 July, 2008

Uk: InBev's beer brand has been told to remove the reference to family from its press ads.

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Baby Bios take bigger steps

Published:  23 July, 2008

Journalists love it, some punters even buy the wines. But how much potential does the biodynamics method of winemaking really have? David Furer quizzed the world's top exponents on the future for the super-organic approach.

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Vodka maker's school of spirits

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand vodka producer 42 Below is running paid-for courses on the spirit at Harvey Nichols' Prism Bar and The Player bar in London.

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London hosts Argentine wine tasting day

Published:  23 July, 2008

Some 700 visitors are expected at today's Wines of Argentina annual trade testing, held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

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Niagara Wine Trail Success

Published:  23 July, 2008

American wineries that signed up to the Niagara USA Wine Trail are claiming to have seen an increase in summer sales by as much as 50%.

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New Zealand wine promotion works for independents

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Independent wine retailers saw sales increases of 900% when promoting NZ wine this summer

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Morrison profits rise 57%

Published:  23 July, 2008

Supermarket chain Morrison's has seen sales top the 6 billion mark, with profits also up by half.

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Vranken-Pommery acquires more land in Champagne

Published:  23 July, 2008

Having bought 21ha of Champagne vineyards in 2006, Vranken-Pommery Monopole has again extended its estates

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Drink absenteeism costs UK 2 billion

Published:  23 July, 2008

Four out of ten employers say that alcohol misuse is a major reason for workers taking days off, costing British industry 2 billion a year.

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South Australian wine body put on hold

Published:  23 July, 2008

A region-wide body to lobby on behalf of grape growers in the south of Australia has been postponed until 2008.

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New code means wine traced far quicker

Published:  23 July, 2008

An code that identifies items as small as an individual case of wine has been developed allowing producers and customs to track wine much faster between Australia and the UK.

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Head of Champagne Bollinger to step down

Published:  23 July, 2008

France: Ghislain de Montgolfier will be replaced by Bollinger's newly appointed md Jrme Philipon in 2008

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John Smith retires from PLB

Published:  23 July, 2008

PLB's managing director retires having been with company since its launch.

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Heat treatment tests on vines

Published:  23 July, 2008

A Chilean winery is experimenting with a machine, which blows 100C heat at 200km an hour on to the vines to control pests.

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Vinum tasting kicks off with 300 expected

Published:  23 July, 2008

Italian specialist Vinum's annual tasting has started in London's Whitehall, with around 300 visitors predicted to attend.

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Bordeaux is world's best-known wine region

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new survey has shown that Bordeaux is the best-known wine region in the world.

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