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United Spirits looks for premium vodka

Published:  23 July, 2008

INDIA: United Spirits, part of the UB Group, is on the look out for an international or home grown brand to add to its vodka portfolio.

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Shortage of bottle makers threatens wine and spirit importers

Published:  23 July, 2008

BRUSSELS: Wine and spirit importers call for EC intervention over shortage of bottles.

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Germany begins early wine harvest

Published:  23 July, 2008

GERMANY: The country's earliest harvest on record is expected to reap many rewards, the German Winegrowers Association said.

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Diageo's Johnnie Walker is star performer'

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Jonnie Walker whisky sales pass 15million-case milestone

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Logistics group launched by WSTA

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine & Spirit Trade Assocation (WSTA) has launched a new logistics group, covering the whole wine and spirit supply chain.

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Indian wine market to hit 9m by 2010

Published:  23 July, 2008

INDIA: Winemakers urged to improve quality of wine to capitalise on the growing wine industry

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90 million bottles to go lightweight

Published:  23 July, 2008

An estimated 90 million bottles of wine will be made lighter in the next year as retailers aim to go green.

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Illicit whisky trails opened

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Trails used to smuggle Scotch whisky opened to visitors.

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Diageo's full-year profit down 22%

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The world's biggest drinks company Diageo has reported that full-year profits fell 22% as taxes offset growth in sales and operating profit.

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Foster's Group sales rise 16%

Published:  23 July, 2008

Foster's Group has reported a 16% gain in second-half earnings on sales of more-profitable beers and higher-priced wine.

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Home Office reprimanded for "dodgy off-licences" comment

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Home secretary Jacqui Smith under fire for blaming "dodgy off-licences" for the rise in under-age drinking.

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Houghton wines go out to sea

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Western Australia's Houghton winery is taking its samples out to sea as the official sponsor of Houghton rib.

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Evans & Tate could be sold by November

Published:  23 July, 2008

AUSTRALIA: Administrators tell growers there are no guarantees of payment for last year's grapes until a new buyer is found.


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Swiss village battles to name its wine Champagne

Published:  23 July, 2008

SWITZERLAND: Winemakers from the Swiss village of Champagne have lost a legal battle to attach the town's name to locally-produced wine.

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Desperate Greek farmer fights fire with wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

GREECE: (Reuters) Farmer uses wine to quench fierce flames as water runs dry

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EU looks to transform wine into biofuel

Published:  23 July, 2008

EUROPE: The European Union (EU) has lodged a notice in its Official Journal (OJEU) to sell unwanted wine to make bioethanol.

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Arnie to promote wine on TV

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is to promote the state's wine in a series of TV ads

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Children exposed to TV alcohol ads

Published:  23 July, 2008

Alcohol Concern calls for watershed on TV alcohol ads.

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Mumbai to axe 200% tax on Scotch whisky

Published:  23 July, 2008

INDIA: Scotch whisky producers win battle to get Mumbai, to drop the 200% tax on imported whisky it imposed in July.

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Scientists crack Pinot Noir genetic code

Published:  23 July, 2008

FRANCE: The break-through could lead to improved pest resistance and new wine flavours.

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