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HMRC lacks crucial data to crack down on alcohol duty fraud, say MPs

Published:  29 August, 2012

The lack of accurate data on wine duty fraud is "unacceptable", HMRC has warned, as new figures show up to £1.2 billion is being lost in unpaid duty.

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Founders of Aqua and Zuma restaurant empires take on the Shard

Published:  28 August, 2012

The restaurateurs behind global empires Aqua and Zuma will run the dining outlets at western Europe's tallest building, London's Shard tower.

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Berry Bros & Rudd launches premium glassware range

Published:  28 August, 2012

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched a new premium handmade glassware range designed to improve the tasting experience.

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Halewood launches Jellus flavoured vodka range

Published:  28 August, 2012

Halewood International has expanded its spirits portfolio with the launch of the Jellus flavoured vodka range.

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Premium Chile a long way off, warn senior trade figures

Published:  28 August, 2012

Chile's transformation into a premium contender will take years, warn senior trade figures.

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Masterclasses revealed for SITT Autumn

Published:  28 August, 2012

New additions to SITT Autumn include the Oregon Wine Board, which will showcase seven wineries, five of those seeking UK distribution, and two masterclasses focusing on Spanish and Romanian wines.

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NZ and OZ winemakers hit the road with Negociants

Published:  24 August, 2012

Winemakers from Australia and New Zealand will be hitting the road this month as Negociants embarks on its first ever UK winemaker tour, in order to re-establish close links with the trade.

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The Bunch group turns spotlight on wines' provenance

Published:  24 August, 2012

The Bunch, the group of six independents that champions the sector as well as en primeur wines, is upping the focus on wines' provenance.

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Wine merchant scraps plans for drinks retailing 'super group'

Published:  24 August, 2012

A wine merchant's plans to create a "super-group of drinks retailers" encompassing a buying group and website for both stores and suppliers, have been scrapped.

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Stolichnaya celebrates 50th anniversary with new flavours

Published:  24 August, 2012

Maxxium-distributed Stolichnaya premium vodka has launched new flavours Stoli Hot and Stoli Sticki to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first flavoured vodkas.

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Retailers question data showing slowdown in alcohol sales online

Published:  24 August, 2012

Data showing a slowdown in the rate of alcohol sales online compared with other sectors does not hold true, say a number of major online wine retailers.

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Henri Giraud opens its first branded UK Champagne bar

Published:  24 August, 2012

Champagne Henri Giraud has launched its first branded Champagne bar in the UK.

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High street sales down despite summer celebrations

Published:  23 August, 2012

The summer's events may have created a mood of national celebration, but positivity has not followed through on to the high street, according to CBI's quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.

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Emerging markets provide boost for Diageo GB

Published:  23 August, 2012

Diageo's net sales in Great Britain fell 2% in the past year as the group reduced its promotional activities, but emerging...

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Leading economist Sir Howard Davies set for WSTA conference

Published:  23 August, 2012

Given the tough trading environment right now, the WSTA has drafted in top economist Sir Howard Davies to speak at its annual conference next month.

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Independent wine merchants return to Norwich

Published:  23 August, 2012

Norwich is seeing the return of the independent wine merchant, as Harper Wells becomes the second to open in the past three months.

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Guy Anderson Wines raises £10,000 for charity via Piggy Bank

Published:  22 August, 2012

Piggy Bank, a pioneering charity initiative from Guy Anderson Wines that engages wine drinkers through Facebook and other social media, has made its first donation to good causes.

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Norwich sees second independent return to city

Published:  22 August, 2012

Norwich is seeing the return of the independent wine merchant, with Harper Wells as the second to open in the last three months.

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Mediterranean wines have 'enormous potential' in China

Published:  22 August, 2012

Vinisud Asia has revealed Mediterranean wines have an increasing role to play in a maturing Chinese market and the industry should position itself for trade with "enormous potential".

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Vinisud

Published:  22 August, 2012

Vinisud Asia says Mediterranean wines have an increasing role to play in a maturing Chinese market, with French wines in pole position, holding a 52% market share of 2011, according to figures from Ubifrance/Chinese Customs.

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