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Government under fire to raise alcohol tax

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK government is being urged to raise alcohol taxes and clampdown on supermarkets selling cheap drinks to young people in a bid to curb Britain's binge drinking culture.

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Time to do the right thing

Published:  23 July, 2008

It is one thing retailers and consumers signing up to the green issue, but if those tasked with actually producing, distributing and selling wines and spirits are not equally as committed, then the whole environmental drive is in danger of slowing down.

Here, key players set out what steps they are taking to put the environment at the heart of their businesses.

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Champagne Ambassador prize down to final three

Published:  23 July, 2008

The three UK finalists for the third Champagne Ambassador's Award have been named. They are Tom Forrest, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal, and Sarah Abbott.

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Morrisons hit by the weather

Published:  23 July, 2008

Morrisons is the latest retailer to announce sales have been affected by the weather.

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Campari goes X-Rated

Published:  23 July, 2008

Italian drinks producer Gruppo Campari has acquired X-Rated liqueur and vodka brands for $40m (19.52m).

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MPs call for lower drink drive limit for young people

Published:  23 July, 2008

MPs in the UK are calling for young drivers to be banned from drinking any alcohol before driving.

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Rhne still out in front

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ctes du Rhne is still the top-selling French AOC in the UK, according to latest statistics.

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McGuigan signs distribution deal with Groupe LFE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian wine producer McGuigan Simeon Wines has confirmed a new strategic partnership with Holland's second largest wine importer/distributor, Groupe LFE.

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Fine Gael calls for total ban on drinks advertising

Published:  23 July, 2008

The United Ireland party, Fine Gael wants a ban on drinks advertising because it is worsening alcohol problems, and is costing the country nearly 3billion a year.

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Diageo appoints new chairman

Published:  23 July, 2008

Lord Blyth of Rowington to step down after eight years in the role

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Rmy Cointreau reports first-quarter sales rise

Published:  23 July, 2008

French wine and spirits group Rmy Cointreau has reported a 6.5% rise in first-quarter sales.

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Wine disadvantaged by Swedish tax rates

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sweden's different tax rates for beer and wine are in breach of EU law.

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Qatari bids for Sainsbury

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's has confirmed it had received two preliminary bid approaches from Qatari investment group Delta Two.

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Balti wines secures cricket sponsorship

Published:  23 July, 2008

Family-owned Balti Wines is to become a sponsor at the England v India cricket one-day internationals later this year.

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EU drops WTO probe into Indian import duties

Published:  23 July, 2008

The European Union has dropped a World Trade Organisation investigation into Indian import duties.

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E&J Gallo signs up new Swedish distributer

Published:  23 July, 2008

California-based E&J Gallo signs import and distribution contract with Spendrups Vin.




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Diageo to build major distillery in Scotland

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo lodges planning application for the first new major distillery to be built in Scotland in 30 years.

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WSET students top 20,000 mark

Published:  23 July, 2008

The number of students studying for a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) exam has hit the 20,000 mark for the first time.

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Bordeaux joins World Heritage list

Published:  23 July, 2008

The city of Bordeaux has been named a Unesco World Heritage site.

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Anjou aims to shake-off "pass" image

Published:  23 July, 2008

Despite the ros sales boom, the Loire's biggest producer of ros, Anjou, has seen its UK sales fall 13% by volume in the past year.

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