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Pound hits all-time low against Swiss franc

Published:  03 August, 2011

Sterling fell to the lowest level for two weeks against the US dollar as data showed UK construction weakened amid mounting concern that US spending cuts may curb global growth.

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Alcohol sales hit travel retail high

Published:  02 August, 2011

Wine and spirits sales in the travel retail sector have hit their highest levels since 1999, according to a new report.

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Rising dollar hits New Zealand winemakers

Published:  02 August, 2011

New Zealand winemakers are warning that the strong Kiwi dollar could make exports unviable for some producers.

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Sterling falls as UK manufacturing data drops to two year low

Published:  02 August, 2011

Sterling fell by 1% against the US dollar yesterday after UK manufacturing data dropped to the lowest level in two years.

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Suppliers hit back at Hutchinson's 'leakage' claims

Published:  01 August, 2011

Suppliers have hit back at Jamie Hutchinson's claims they have not been supporting independents, and say there are enough wines for all sectors to choose from.

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Jamie Hutchinson calls for suppliers' charter

Published:  01 August, 2011

Independent wine merchant Jamie Hutchinson has called for a suppliers' charter to be set up for any business serious about servicing the independent sector.

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River Cottage opens new canteen and deli

Published:  01 August, 2011

The River Cottage - originally set up by food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on the Channel 4 TV series - is opening a new canteen and deli in Plymouth this October.

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WSTA defends trade over "drinks industry bias"

Published:  01 August, 2011

The WSTA has jumped to the trade's defence after criticism that a government advisory group is heavily biased towards the drinks industry.

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Sterling above $1.64/£1 due to weak US data

Published:  01 August, 2011

Sterling has started the week above $1.64/£1 against the US dollar after weak US data and the ongoing deadlock over its debt ceiling.

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Diners less interested in money-off vouchers

Published:  01 August, 2011

Consumers have cut back on eating out, and money-off vouchers are becoming less important when it comes to choosing a venue, according to new research.

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Stress is main excuse for adults drinking at home

Published:  01 August, 2011

Adults are using stress as an excuse to consume up to four drinks a night at home, according to research from Drinkaware.

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Diageo launches Gordon's 'Let's get Started' campaign

Published:  01 August, 2011

Diageo Great Britain (GB) has launched a marketing campaign for its gin brand Gordon's, that aims to inspire consumers to turn to its gin and tonic at the start of the evening.

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French Connection Wines and FCUK join forces in tasting events

Published:  29 July, 2011

Bottle Green's French Connection Wines is joining forces with the fashion brand, French Connection, to offer in-store sampling.

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Thierry's adds C da Silva's Dalva Port range

Published:  29 July, 2011

Thierry's has added C da Silva's Dalva Port range to its portfolio.

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Agents and importers could win NZ trip

Published:  29 July, 2011

Agents and importers are being tasked with creating a rugby-themed promotion around Kiwi wines for the chance to win a trip to New Zealand.

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Sterling strengthens but UK retail sales fall

Published:  29 July, 2011

Sterling strengthened against the euro yesterday, hitting a high of €1.1446/£1, however British retail sales fell at their fastest pace in a year.

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Gonzalez Byass takes on Wirra Wirra

Published:  28 July, 2011

Gonzalez Byass has taken on distribution of the premium Australian McLaren Vale winery, Wirra Wirra.

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Maxxium UK announces cognac back in growth

Published:  28 July, 2011

Maxxium UK has announced the UK cognac market is back in growth by 10% in volume and value, due to its brand Courvoisier, which it says is propelling the spirit forward.

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Industry encouraged over decline in teenage drinking

Published:  28 July, 2011

The drinks industry is encouraged by figures from the recent NHS study on teenage drinking, but also sends a warning about becoming complacent.

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Virgin Wines revamps website

Published:  28 July, 2011

Online wine retailer, Virgin Wines has launched a new website, that aims to improve overall usability and feature more customers' comments, ideas and feedback.

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