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Liberty celebrates 25 years with greatest hits tasting

Published:  21 June, 2022

Liberty Wines celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday at its usual spot at the Oval Cricket Ground, where the event took a greatest hits approach to celebrate a quarter of a century in business.

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Inflation dampens hospitality growth

Published:  22 April, 2022

Hospitality’s recovery from Covid remains “fragile”, new data has shown, as solid growth for Britain’s managed restaurant, pub and bar groups in March was dampened by high inflation.

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Champagne has cause to celebrate

Published:  21 April, 2022

With sales exceeding all expectations, the drink for good times is back on top form, finds James Bayley.

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Labour costs pushed ever upwards as hospitality battles to retain staff

Published:  19 April, 2022

Staffing issues continue to set back hospitality’s recovery from Covid-19, according to a new survey, which has found that nearly four out of five hospitality leaders have offered higher wages to try to retain staff.

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Profile: Fells – driven to succeed

Published:  12 April, 2022

Having emerged from the pandemic in good shape, Fells has ambitions for the future. Andrew Catchpole catches up with MD Steve Moody to find out more.

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Vinitaly Academy launches Buyer Program in the UK

Published:  15 March, 2022

Vinitaly International Academy, the educational arm of the Verona show which aims to showcase the breath and diversity of the Italian peninsula, is launching a brand new focus in the UK.

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Profile: Neville Abraham, Liberty Wines

Published:  15 March, 2022

On the eve of a reshuffle at Liberty Wines, Andrew Catchpole catches up with outgoing chair and serial restaurateur Neville Abraham for his views on the trade

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Woodwinters expands Italian portfolio

Published:  15 February, 2022

Leading importer Woodwinters has become the exclusive UK distributor for Sordo wines.

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Courvoisier unveils bottle redesign

Published:  15 February, 2022

Cognac house Courvoisier has embraced a striking new look for its range of spirits – a sleek, paired-back bottle design that “rediscovers distinctive codes from centuries past that made Courvoisier iconic during the Belle Époque era”.

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Restaurant January sales up on pre-Covid as restrictions ease

Published:  15 February, 2022

Rising consumer confidence about safety and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions helped Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups to a modest increase in sales in January, the Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.

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Bourgogne Wine Board announces landmark collaboration to achieve carbon neutral status

Published:  11 February, 2022

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has enlisted the help of Paris-based waste management firm Adelphe, working together to develop an overarching strategic vision to achieve carbon neutral status by 2050.

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Sales of BWS resurgent in hospitality sector after relaxation of restrictions

Published:  04 February, 2022

The easing of Covid-19 restrictions is having a positive impact on drink sales across the on-trade, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

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Connected packaging could become 'main' marketing bridge to customers

Published:  03 February, 2022

More and more brands are using QR codes and smartphone apps to transform simple packaging into digital experiences.

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Diageo unveils plans to construct Guinness microbrewery and culture hub in London

Published:  31 January, 2022

Multinational drinks firm Diageo is to invest £73 million in building a Guinness at Old Brewer’s Yard attraction, incorporating a new microbrewery and culture hub in Covent Garden.

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South Africa's wine industry “must adapt to survive”

Published:  21 January, 2022

Wine oversight body Vinpro has urged South Africa’s winegrowers to use the pandemic crisis as an opportunity “to revive, recover and rebuild,” adapting current business models to better cope with a rapidly changing world.

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Duty amends will “wipe out the benefits” of non-EU trade deals – make your voice heard

Published:  21 January, 2022

Accolade Wines is the latest major wine company to join calls urging the government to take stock of its alcohol duty review. 

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Duty and import confusion intensifies in 2022

Published:  21 January, 2022

Red tape and potential duty rises are going to push up prices for wine, as James Lawrence reports.

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Consumer caution hits Christmas drinks sales

Published:  20 January, 2022

On-trade drinks sales fell by a quarter in the run-up to Christmas as wary consumers avoided pubs, bars and restaurants ahead of socialising on the big day, as Andrew Catchpole reports.

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Ex-Accolade alumni Ade McKeon joins Blackfish Brands

Published:  19 January, 2022

Blackfish brands have welcome former Accolade Wines boss, Ade McKeon, into their governing board as non-executive director.

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Bancroft welcomes new English wine agency

Published:  18 January, 2022

UK distributor Bancroft has expanded its English wine portfolio with the addition of Lyme Bay Winery.

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