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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Jo Wehring, Wines of South Africa

Published:  22 December, 2015

Jo Wehring of Wines of South Africa looks back at a successful Cape Wine in 2015, but sees Majestic as the retailer to watch heading into 2016. She is looking foward to a new tasting in 2016 that will be hosted by WOSA called Intrepid South Africa in the autumn next year- so watch this space.

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Diageo promotes new US CFO to drive return to growth

Published:  21 December, 2015

Jakob Ripshtein has been appointed as chief financial officer of Diageo's North American business.

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Jameson spearheads AA Pernod Ricard anti drink-drive campaign

Published:  21 December, 2015

Pernod Ricard UK has again partnered with the AA on its Christmas anti drink-driving campaign.

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Christmas shoppers turn to drink as grocery sales fall

Published:  21 December, 2015

Pre-Christmas shopping on alcohol is up this year, while spend on other groceries has decreased, according to the latest figures from data analysts IRI.

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José Cuervo in £30 million plans to double capacity at Bushmills

Published:  21 December, 2015

The Bushmills distillery in County Antrim will double in capacity if new expansions plans meet with local planning approval.

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Losses mount at Berry Bros & Rudd

Published:  21 December, 2015

Berry Bros & Rudd, wine merchants to the royal family, reported pre-tax losses of £11.4 million last year.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: David Cox, The Benevolent

Published:  21 December, 2015

David Cox, the chief executive of The Benevolent, the drinks charity in the UK, is proud that in 2015 the charity was able to assist 570 beneficiaries.  For the trade, he saw 2015 as a challenging year where businesses need to work harder than ever to protect margins.  In 2016 he most looking forward to continuing to grow the number of companies that are engaged with charity.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Julia Trustram Eve, English Wine Producers

Published:  21 December, 2015

In the first of our annual reviews of the year, we asked Julia Trustram Eve, the marketing director for English Wine Producers, what were some highlights of 2015 and what she thinks lies ahead for the industry. For Trustman Eve, 2015 was a busy year where English wines became increasingly more mainstream.  Looking ahead she see the Budget as one of the industries biggest challenges in 2016, but a lot of opportunity as well with the International Cool Climate Symposium being hosted in the UK.

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David steps down as William Grant chief executive

Published:  18 December, 2015

William Grant & Sons chief executive Stella David is to leave the family-owned business in February, it is reported.

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Young drinkers drive UK gin sales above £1 billion in 2015

Published:  18 December, 2015

Young drinkers will push UK gin sales above £1 billion for the first time, according to data from research giant Mintel, released today.

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SWA slams minimum unit pricing ahead of EU court ruling

Published:  18 December, 2015

The Scottish Whisky Association has reiterated its opposition to minimum-unit pricing (MUP) in Scotland, prior to a ruling on the subject from the Court of Justice of the European Union, which is due on December 23.

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Rioja discussing shift to terroir-based regulation

Published:  18 December, 2015

The Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja is looking at introducing terroir-based regulation for the first time.

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Newly launched iSommelier device receives innovation award

Published:  18 December, 2015

The iSommelier, a 'smart' decanter which reduces aeration time for a wine from hours to minutes, has been awarded the 2015 Innovation Trophy.

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Modern Australian Gin gets second release from Four Pillars

Published:  17 December, 2015

The award-winning Australian craft Four Pillars distillery has issued a second release of its Modern Australian Gin.

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Australia Day Tastings revealed for London, Dublin and Edinburgh

Published:  17 December, 2015

Wine Australia has announced the dates of its Australia Day Tastings for 2016.

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Searcys St Pancras celebrates Christmas with Cocoflake hybrid

Published:  17 December, 2015

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The Dalmore launches Parisian luxury film trilogy

Published:  17 December, 2015

The Dalmore Highland Single Malt has launched the first in a series of three films in partnership with luxury Paris hotels.

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De Bortoli to launch two new terroir-focused wine ranges

Published:  17 December, 2015

Australian winemaker De Bortoli is to launch two new wine ranges into the UK in January.

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First private equity fund focused on craft spirits sector launches in US

Published:  16 December, 2015

Thoroughbred Spirits Partners and the Thoroughbred Spirits Group have launched a US private equity fund focused on the craft spirits sector.

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Diageo looks Starward for second major Distill Ventures investment

Published:  16 December, 2015

Distill Ventures has made its second major investment in a matter of weeks.

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