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It's now or never for the wine trade

Published:  07 December, 2012

Gemma McKenna meets BWS chief Dan Jago as the trade's supposed day of reckoning approaches.

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Spirited Wines to roll out cheese deli concept

Published:  07 December, 2012

Spirited Wines has launched a cheese deli counter at 11 of its stores and is hoping to roll the concept out across the estate once trials are complete.

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English sparkling wine sales soar in the run-up to Christmas

Published:  05 December, 2012

Corks are popping for English sparkling wine sales in the run up to Christmas.

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Saint-Chinian AOC focuses on UK market

Published:  29 November, 2012

The southern French appellation of Saint-Chinian in the Languedoc is stepping up its activity in the UK market next year.

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Booths to move away from promo-led deals

Published:  23 November, 2012

Booths is to move away from promotionally-led offers in 2013 to give its wine and spirits offering a more independent feel, according to its wines and spirits buyer Andy Green.

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João Portugal Ramos releases exclusive wines

Published:  22 November, 2012

Portuguese producer João Portugal Ramos has launched a premium Albariño, to be stocked exclusively by Marks & Spencer, and a red called F'OZ, to be stocked by Waitrose.

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Supermarkets see sales slowdown ahead of Christmas

Published:  22 November, 2012

Supermarket sales of beers, wines and spirits remain flat, reflecting what retail analysts believe is the cautious mood among consumers ahead of December and the festive period.

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BWS figures remain flat heading in to festive period

Published:  22 November, 2012


Supermarket sales of beers, wines and spirits remain flat reflecting what retail analysts believe is the cautious mood amongst consumers ahead of December and the festive period.

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Own-label wine sales flat

Published:  19 November, 2012

Despite huge investment in own-label wines by the major retailers, volumes are flat across the trade in the past year.

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Trade celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau day without the 'Nouveau'

Published:  15 November, 2012

This year's Beaujolais Thursday may be marked with a host of trade events - but few of are actually marketing or serving traditional Beaujolais Nouveau.

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Roberson Wine launches wine club

Published:  13 November, 2012

Roberson Wine has launched its new wine club ahead of the Christmas period that offers first hand access to members of its best wines and other benefits.

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Waitrose's Diana Hunter appointed to head up Bargain Booze

Published:  12 November, 2012

Off-licence and convenience store chain Bargain Booze has appointed Waitrose's director of convenience, Diana Hunter, as its new chief executive.

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Vodka Emporium opens door to first retail store

Published:  07 November, 2012

Online drinks specialist Vodka Emporium has opened its first retail store in Colchester in partnership with indie wine merchant The Wine Company.

 

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Morrisons online wine store goes live

Published:  07 November, 2012

Morrisons Cellar, the supermarket's online wine store which aims to boost its wine sales by £100 million, has gone live.

 

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Distell launches new sparkler in UK

Published:  06 November, 2012

Distell is hoping to cash in on consumer demand for lower-alcohol wines with its new sparkling white.

 

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Languedoc's white wines growing in popularity in UK

Published:  06 November, 2012

Renowned for its red wines, the Languedoc is seeing an increase in demand from UK buyers for its "fashionable" whites.

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CIVL buyers' trip: Ana Sapungiu

Published:  05 November, 2012

Encouraging new UK listings of Languedoc wines was the aim behind the recent CIVL study tour to the region, organised in conjunction with Harpers.

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Virgin Wines on expansion drive

Published:  02 November, 2012

Virgin Wines is on a mission to recruit 100,000 customers in the next year in a bid to swell its 250,000-strong membership even further.

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Harvest shortage: producers urged to rein in prices

Published:  02 November, 2012

Distributors are urging producers to be true to long-term partnerships and not be "too greedy" when it comes to putting prices up, as the impact of 2012's short harvest is felt.

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Mike Stoddart: How daft do we think consumers are??

Published:  31 October, 2012

There's been much discussion lately about "de-mystifying" wine; does the traditional wine vocabulary still have any great relevance, or does it merely obfuscate and deter people from the specialist shops; or was it all rather vague in the first place?

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