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Hospital admissions caused by alcohol double in 10 years

Published:  23 July, 2008

Women and children warned as figures increase by a third.

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Drinks trade rejects calls for higher alcohol taxes

Published:  23 July, 2008

The drinks trade has rebuked calls from the medical profession for higher taxes on alcohol after government figures showed alcohol-related hospital admissions have doubled in the past 10 years.

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Reduce alcohol unit signage, urge pubs

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations and the British Beer and Pub Association have called on the government, police and councils to reduce the number of signs publicans have to display.

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Port sales continue to decline.

Published:  23 July, 2008

Port sales continue to fall worldwide, although light wine sales in the Douro are bucking the trend.

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FSA launches wine enforcement policy

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK Wine Standards branch of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a 12-week public consultation on its enforcement policy.

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Remy Cointreau reports year loss due to Maxxium

Published:  23 July, 2008

French wines and spirits group Remy Cointreau's annual sales rose but it swung to a net loss of 23million ($31m; 15.5m) after charges linked to quitting a distribution alliance with other drinks businesses.

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2007 IWSC winners announced at Vinexpo

Published:  23 July, 2008

Organisers of the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) have staggered the results to fit in with Southern hemisphere-based producers' production cycles.

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Majestic Wine sales up 11%

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK wine and spirit retailer said that pre-tax profits rose 14.1% to 16.2m last year, while sales were up 11% to 191.2m, compared to 172.2m in the fiscal 2006.

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Give us your views on Harper's Green Debate

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers is launching The Green Debate to give the drink's industry a platform to discuss key sustainability and environmental issues.

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Norway may increase alcohol tax

Published:  23 July, 2008

A government committee in Norway has proposed increasing the tax on alcohol by 10%.

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WTO queries Indian tariffs on US wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is examining US claims that Indian import duties discriminate against US wines and spirits.

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What wine do women want?

Published:  23 July, 2008

An Australian wine show has announced a controversial new trophy - The Wine Women Want - following a run of what may be deemed sexist wine competitions.

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Laurent-Perrier celebrates Glamour Woman of the Year

Published:  23 July, 2008

Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne was the favourite tipple among film stars and supermodels alike at the prestigious Glamour Woman of the Year Awards this month.

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Call for the government to support Fairtrade

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harriet Lamb, executive director of the UK's Fairtrade Foundation, has called on the Government to support Fairtrade.

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Russian leader

Published:  23 July, 2008

Russian Standard is a range of three new wheat-based vodkas hoping to do as well in the UK as its homeland.

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Smoking ban blamed for fall in alcohol sales in Scotland

Published:  23 July, 2008

Beer sales hit the hardest but wine volume up 3% year-on-year.

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Brocard leaves Chablis

Published:  23 July, 2008

Stphane Brocard, son of Jean-Marc Brocard, has left his family's awarded domaine in Chablis to start up his own ngociant business dealing with red Burgundy.

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Burn Stewart distribution back in-house

Published:  23 July, 2008

Burn Stewart Distillers, maker of Scottish Leader, Black Bottle and Bunnahabhain whiskies, has ditched its London-based distributor Paragon Vintners and brought its sales back home to Scotland.

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Foreign visitors descend on Vinexpo

Published:  23 July, 2008

The world's biggest wine and spirit fair sees a record number of foreign visitors.


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Scottish whisky comes to England

Published:  23 July, 2008

One of Scotland's most lauded master distillers has crossed the border to establish England's first whisky distillery.

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