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Record amount raised at Penfolds auction

Published:  23 July, 2008

The largest-ever auction of Penfolds wines has raised a record amount, with two rare sets of Grange selling for nearly 125,000.

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Government probes into supermarket pricing

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Home secretary confirms joint Home Office/Department of Health (DoH) investigation into supermarket discounting.

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Absolut owners upbeat despite profit loss

Published:  23 July, 2008

SWEDEN: Swedish drinks company Vin & Sprit, which owns brand including Absolut vodka has seen a fall in profits of 19% despite increasing sales volume.

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Australian appellation rejected

Published:  23 July, 2008

Plans to create a new Geographical Indication (GI) called Penola have been thrown out by authorities as "confusing and potentially misleading".

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Australia targets India's middle class

Published:  23 July, 2008

AUSTRALIA: Trade minister Warren Truss is urging the country's wine business to harness the opportunity to secure distribution to India's growing middle class.

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French export sales rise

Published:  23 July, 2008

FRANCE: The country's wine exports in the first half of 2007 rose 7.5% to 4.16 billion (2.82bn) the Federation of Wine and Spirit Exporters France (FEVS) said.

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Cars to run on whisky and beer by-products

Published:  23 July, 2008

Brewery and distillery by-products could be turned into car fuel, following research by Scottish scientists.

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Distell enjoys revenue rise of 18%

Published:  23 July, 2008

SOUTH AFRICA: Distell has announced revenue growth of 18.4%, and a sales volume increase of 14.4%.

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FSA bans second lower-alcohol wine in two weeks

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Sovio, a semi-sparkling Spanish wine, bottled at 8% abv, is the latest lower-alcohol product to incur the wrath of the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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Russian vodka sales to soar

Published:  23 July, 2008

RUSSIA (Bloomberg): The value of Russia's vodka market is set to increase 5.8% annually over the next five years.


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Hitler's Champagne at auction

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Swedish presenters snap-up Adolf Hitler's poisoned' 1937 Moet et Chandon at auction

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UK grocery market gets tougher

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The latest TNS Worldpanel grocery market share figures for the 12 weeks ending August 12 show further signs of a consumer spending slowdown with market growth dipping to 3%.

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Italian police foil wine scam

Published:  23 July, 2008

ITALY: (Reuters) - European wine drinkers are being duped into buying Italian table wines labelled as the country's finest

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Evans & Tate appoint receivers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian winery Evans & Tate has been forced to call in the receivers after McWilliams pulled out of the rescue package.

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Foster's and Gallo enter Superbrand league

Published:  23 July, 2008

Hardys is still the biggest wine brand in the UK but Foster's and Gallo are closing the gap according to new figures.

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WSET to set up bursary fund for disadvantaged students

Published:  23 July, 2008

A bursary fund for disadvantaged students is being launched by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

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New Italian agency for Corney & Barrow

Published:  23 July, 2008

A Barolo-based producer has been added to the portfolio of UK wine merchant Corney & Barrow.

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Russia lifts ban on Moldovan wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

MOLDOVA: But wine companies winning approval are unable to ship wines to Russia until the "majority" of companies are audited, officials said.

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Customs officers seize 12,000 litres of whisky

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Teachers whisky was confiscated at a coach depot in Bentley Lane, Walsall, by HM Revenue and Customs.

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On-trade message for NZ producers

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand has been told there are "fertile opportunities" for its wines in the on-trade but it needs to add value and build better relationships with UK buyers

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