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Virgin Wines sees festive sales boost of £10m

Published:  10 February, 2015

Online wine retailer Virgin Wines saw like-for-like sales jump 20% over the festive period, accounting for an extra £10 million - driven by a stellar performance from fizz.

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French bag-in-box only retailer BiBoViNo seeks UK franchisees

Published:  10 February, 2015

French bag-in-box only wine retailer BiBoViNo is actively seeking UK franchisees to expand its 10-strong estate internationally.

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Q&A: BiBoViNo's Frantz Roesch on why BIB wine is going upmarket

Published:  10 February, 2015

Frantz Roesch, founder of French bag-in-box retail concept BiBoViNo, reveals his plans for UK expansion, high profile backers and why it will focus on old world wines only.

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Red Squirrel Wines behind new trade initiative to promote Bulgarian wines

Published:  10 February, 2015

Independent wine merchant, Red Squirrel Wines, is behind a new initiative to put the spotlight on wines from Bulgaria with four days of events in March including a trade tasting at the Bulgarian Embassy on March 18.

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WSTA meets Treasury to call for 2% alcohol duty cut

Published:  10 February, 2015

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is today meeting with the Treasury to present its 2015 Budget submission calling for a 2% cut in wine and spirits duty.

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Drinks producers and retailers 'get personal' for Valentine's Day

Published:  09 February, 2015

Wine and spirits retailers and producers are looking to cash in on love this Valentine's Day with a host of personalised and quirky products alongside the more straightforward deals.  

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US 'most attractive' market for premium wine producers, says Rabobank

Published:  09 February, 2015

The United States is the "most attractive major market" for producers targeting premium wine sales, says the latest report from Rabobank.

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California's bumper 2014 harvest means overstock on bulk wine, broker warns

Published:  09 February, 2015

California produced a "shed-load" of wine - 4 million tonnes - in the chronic drought conditions of 2014, which will lead to an inventory surplus, a top bulk broker has warned.

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Portugal's wine community Adegga ramps up digital marketing services for producers

Published:  09 February, 2015

Portuguese online wine community Adegga is boosting its digital services by offering producers a shared wine marketing and sales platform. 

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UK's first Sake brewery and visitor centre to open in Cambridgeshire

Published:  06 February, 2015

Dojima, a Japanese brewery based in Osaka, which was founded over 600 years ago has established a company in the UK and plans to start producing premium sake on U.K soil this year.

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Portman Group hits back against 'misleading' calls for alcohol advertising ban

Published:  05 February, 2015

The Portman Group has branded research from Alcohol Concern which calls for restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship "weak and misleading".

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Conviviality on track to open 20 more stores by April

Published:  05 February, 2015

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is planning to open a further 20 stores by April, and is targeting the south west for expansion.

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Felix Solis UK toasts sales rise of 28% in first year as standalone firm

Published:  04 February, 2015

The UK arm of Spanish wine company Felix Solis is toasting a cracking first year as a standalone company as its sales have soared 28% in the last 12 months.

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Kent vineyard Chapel Down signs deal on new land

Published:  04 February, 2015

Kent winery Chapel Down is looking to bump up production and has signed deals to double the land it holds under lease to 130 hectares.

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The Benevolent offers magic, music and dancing at its March Ball

Published:  03 February, 2015

The Benevolent is encouraging the drinks trade to reward well performing staff with a night out at the industry charity's ball at London's Dorchester hotel on March 12.

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Encirc Beverages appoints new general manager John Hawkins

Published:  03 February, 2015

Contract bottling firm Encirc Beverages has appointed John Hawkins as its new general manager to oversee operations and develop customer relations at its Elton plant in Cheshire.

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Middle and upper classes flock to Aldi and Lidl for drinks bargains

Published:  03 February, 2015

The British notion of class is no longer holding back shoppers from snapping up drinks bargains at discounters Aldi and Lidl.

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Rioja wines plan to boost premium sales as value soars 10% in UK

Published:  03 February, 2015

Rioja wines soared 10% by value in the UK in 2014, and the region now plans to boost its premium position with campaigns targeting the on-trade and independent sector.

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Accolade Wines finalises Grant Burge deal

Published:  03 February, 2015

Accolade Wines has completed its deal to acquire the Barossa Valley's Grant Burge Wines, which includes its brand, business and Krondorf winery.

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Peter Shakeshaft: what impact a weaker euro will have on the fine wine investment market

Published:  02 February, 2015

Markets are adjusting to the commencement of a large programme of quantitive easing from the European Central Bank announced on January 22 January, and assimilating the impact of a sweeping left wing victory in Greek elections and the potential for the long discussed "Grexit" from the euro.

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