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Brexit minister begins talks with the WSTA to discuss how to manage leaving the EU

Published:  10 November, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) met Brexit minister David Jones last week to discuss how the industry can protect trade and the 600,000 of jobs currently supporting the UK wines and spirits industry.

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Fever Tree sees strong growth in demand for premium mixers

Published:  08 November, 2016

Premium tonic water producer, Fever Tree, is in line to jump ahead of predictions in the second half of 2016, with analysts predicting full-year UK sales growth of 95%.

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Anne Burchett to leave Sopexa

Published:  07 November, 2016

Anne Burchett has resigned as her role as MD of the UK & Ireland at food, beverage and lifestyle marketing agency, Sopexa.

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Jago looks to grow WSTA membership and "unite the trade" ahead of Brexit

Published:  07 November, 2016

New WSTA chairman Dan Jago has said he wants to strengthen the trade body by including more members in order to face the "monumental" challenge posed by Brexit head-on.

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Great Western partners to offer wine and vinyl subscription service

Published:  04 November, 2016

A Bath-based wine merchant is by teaming up with two craft businesses which will see their wines paired, not with cheese or olives, but with chocolates and vinyl records.

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Spotlight on Scottish gin inside the Scottish Parliament

Published:  04 November, 2016

Scotland's contribution to the UK's gin boom took centre stage at a meeting of MSPs and producers inside the Scottish Parliament, where it was recognised for being one of - if not the - biggest gin exporters in the world.

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New wine and spirits listings at Sainsbury's and Asda

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinean winery Bodega Argento is preparing to launch a new line of "fresh and fun" Buenos Aires-inspired wines to Sainsbury's this winter.

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Consumers looking to premium spirits to express themselves, says Waitrose report

Published:  02 November, 2016

Self-expression and defining "who you are through what you drink" were the key drinks trends to come out of Waitrose's Food and Drink Report 2016 released today.

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Wine and spirits hit £4bn in duty revenues for the Exchequer

Published:  31 October, 2016

Duty contributions for the wine and spirits industry has hit the £4bn benchmark for the first time, with alcohol sales hitting an all-time high.

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Conviviality signs two-year supply agreement with Palmer & Harvey

Published:  28 October, 2016

Leading independent wholesaler Convivality Plc is entering into a two-way supply deal with Palmer and Harvey McLane Limited (P&H), supplying beers, wines and spirits in exchange for tobacco.

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WSET to open first international office in Hong Kong

Published:  26 October, 2016

The leading education body for wines and spirits in the UK has announced plans to open a second administrative base in Hong Kong in order to meet growing demand from greater China.

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Co-op sets up European distribution hub in radical change to supply strategy for its continental wines

Published:  26 October, 2016

The words 'agility' and 'flexibility' are used frequently by Simon Cairns. As the Co-op's beers wines and spirits trading director, he has overseen a category enjoying buoyant growth this year, with a 4.3% increase in like for like sales across the sector, according to the latest Nielsen reports.

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Jack Daniel's unveils Scottish bartender competition

Published:  25 October, 2016

Iconic Tennessee whisky brand Jack Daniel's has launched a nationwide bartending competition across Scotland.

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First wine, now spirits set to take a hit with rise in inflation and duty to slap a further £60m on consumers

Published:  25 October, 2016

The price of a bottle of wine and spirits is facing a major hike if duty rises in line with inflation, industry experts have warned.

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The Epicurean launches in London this weekend

Published:  24 October, 2016

The team behind the London Wine Fair is gearing up to launch its first consumer event.

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Pernod Ricard beats expectations as Jameson drives growth in the UK and US

Published:  20 October, 2016

The world's number two wines and spirits producer has performed better than expected since April, with sales of Jameson emerging as the main growth driver.

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Distell breaks contracts as it moves to direct distribution

Published:  20 October, 2016

South African alcohol producer Distell has unveiled plans to bring the distribution of all its brands in-house so that it can directly manage the sales and marketing of its UK portfolio.

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Coravin becomes corporate patron of the WSET

Published:  20 October, 2016

Wine preservation company Coravin has been inducted into the WSET's Corporate Patrons programme.

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UK exports on the rise in H1 and H2 2016

Published:  19 October, 2016

Emphasis has been put on importers over the past week or so, as experts warn that the 'cushioning' of forward foreign currency buying ahead of the Brexit vote is about to run out.

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Wine from the EU could cost Brits an extra 29p per bottle

Published:  19 October, 2016

The cost of an average bottle of wine in the UK could go up by 29p as a result of Brexit, the WSTA has warned.

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