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ROLLING UPDATE Alcohol strategy: trade polarised over new measures

Published:  28 November, 2012

The measures proposed by government under its alcohol consultation have polarised opinion within the drinks trade, with the main trade body and producers condemning minimum pricing, while some in the on-trade and smaller merchants believe it is a good idea.

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Drinks trade angst over minimum pricing grows

Published:  27 November, 2012

Angst is growing within the UK drinks trade as the government prepares to release its consultation into minimum unit pricing.

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Why G-Men and G-Women are taking control of wine

Published:  21 November, 2012

There were some spilt cornflakes over breakfast in the more conservative parts of the wine and spirits trade when many of the major supermarkets brought in buyers from other grocery sectors to run their BWS departments. What could they possibly know about wine was the cry from middle England.

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Chase Distillery launches Extra Dry Gin

Published:  09 November, 2012

 

The Chase Distillery has launched the first single estate English gin to be created in over 200 years, Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin (GB Gin).

 

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Frederic Robinsons launches e-learning training programme

Published:  09 November, 2012

Frederic Robinsons is to launch an e-learning training programme with the aim of offering its on-trade tenants induction guidance and hands-on experience.

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Number of licensed premises slightly up

Published:  31 October, 2012

There are 3% more licensed premises in the UK today than there were in 2008, according to the Home Office.

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Indies haven't benefited from reported economic growth, says ACS

Published:  25 October, 2012

Despite figures from Office of National Statistics showing the economy has returned to growth, a survey carried out by the Association of Convenience Stores shows independent stores have not benefited.

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Barwell & Jones expands sales team in the north

Published:  22 October, 2012

Wine agency Barwell & Jones has appointed two additional national account managers to its sales team in a bid to gain new distribution in key regions.

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Drinks trade charity launches Benevolent Bursaries

Published:  16 October, 2012

The drinks industry charity The Benevolent has launched new initiatives to deliver career-long support to members of the trade, alongside a new website and branding.

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Robinsons Brewery wins Business of the Year award

Published:  15 October, 2012

Robinsons Brewery has been awarded Business of the Year at the Stockport Business Awards 2012 for demonstrating all-round business excellence and impressive achievements.

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Alcohol harm in baby boomers costs NHS most

Published:  12 October, 2012

Problem drinking among baby boomers is costing the NHS 10 times more than binge drinking in 16-24 year-olds across England, says Alcohol Concern.

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English Wine Producers reassure trade it's 'business as usual'

Published:  11 October, 2012

English Wine Producers has reassured the industry that it is "business as usual" regarding the 2012 vintage, despite the news Nyetimber has made the decision not to pick this year.

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England's newest vineyard to target export market

Published:  09 October, 2012

The owners of Domaine de Sainte Rose in France have bought 35 hectares in East Kent with the view of targeting its sparkling wines at the export market.

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Aiden Byrne's Church Green wins AA Restaurant of the Year

Published:  26 September, 2012

Celebrity chef Aiden Byrne's Cheshire restaurant the Church Green British Grill has been named AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2012-13.

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Bristol wins southern heat of Brugal cocktail competition

Published:  26 September, 2012

A five-strong team from Bristol have won the southern heat and first leg of the Great Brugal Rumble cocktail competition at London's Boutique Bar Show.

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