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Retail sales dip in June after May blip

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK retail sales fell by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis during June 2008, when compared with the same month last year, latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show.

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M&S dumps own-brand policy to halt sales slide

Published:  23 July, 2008

In a dramatic bid to boost ailing food-and-drink sales, Marks & Spencer has begun to trial the selling of top food-and-drink brands in 19 of its stores in the north east of England.

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UK government to fund South Africa carbon study

Published:  23 July, 2008

Retailers and consumers are too focused on food miles, the UK's trade and development minister warned, as he announced a major investment in a joint study with South Africa's fruit-and-wine industry to measure the country's carbon footprint.

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Austria must extend market

Published:  23 July, 2008

Austria needs to extend its reach beyond top-end restaurants and sell its wines in pubs by the glass, claim producers and UK merchants.

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CEDC drops investment in Russian vodka producer

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has ceased its investment in Russia's leading vodka producer, the Russian Alcohol Group.

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France will fall behind Spain in wine production

Published:  23 July, 2008

France will fall behind Spain in the wine production stakes by 2015, according to a new report.

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Ball leaves Vinopolis

Published:  23 July, 2008

Malcolm Ball, the Vinopolis chief executive, has joined Wellington Market Company Plc.

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Tesco's supermarket whisky wins top drinks prize

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco's 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt has won the Anglo Overseas Trophy for the best malt whisky up to 15 years old at the International Wine and Spirit Competition awards.

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InBev attempting takeover for under-valued price, says A-B

Published:  23 July, 2008

InBev's latest move in its takeover bid for Anheuser-Busch signifies an attempt to gain the company for an under-valued price.

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Glenglassaugh Distillery Company joins SWA

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company Ltd has announced its membership of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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Concha y Toro saves 10,000 through WSTA procurement

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winemaker Concha y Toro has saved 10,000 on stationery supplies through the help of WSTA (Wine and Spirits Trade Association) Procurement.

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New wine merchant in Manchester

Published:  23 July, 2008

Award-winning sommeliers and international wine judges Ben Stephenson and Mark Dent have opened an independent wine merchants in Manchester.

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Sainsbury's to close wine website

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's has announced it will be closing its wine website, www.sainsburyswine.co.uk.

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Retailers team with police for alcohol enforcement scheme

Published:  23 July, 2008

An alcohol enforcement project in Cambridgeshire, operated by leading retailers in conjunction with local police, trading standards officers and schools, is to be rolled out around the country.

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InBev looks to sidestep A-B board

Published:  23 July, 2008

InBev has announced it will file a preliminary consent solicitation statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to remove each member of the Anheuser-Busch(A-B) board of directors and provide A-B shareholders with a direct say in the proposed merger.

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Virgin Wines founder "removed from post"

Published:  23 July, 2008

Virgin Wines is refusing to comment on the departure of founder and chief executive Rowan Gormley, following an email Harpers received from the web-based wine retailer saying: "Rowan Gormley has been removed from the post of CEO at Virgin Wines with immediate effect."

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Trade Alert: Stratford's targeted by fraudster

Published:  23 July, 2008

A warning to the wine trade, producers and freight forwarders.

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Constellation invests in legend of Mondavi

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Europe is investing heavily in its Robert Mondavi brand to further develop its premium Californian offering and add value to the Californian category.

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Wine Australia outsources UK PR

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine Australia has appointed Lindsay May PR to handle its UK media relations, Harpers.co.uk has learnt.

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Glenmorangie expansion represents "ruthless" premium drive

Published:  23 July, 2008

Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's head of whisky creation and distilling, has told Harpers.co.uk the company's recently announced expansion plans represent a "ruthless" drive into the premium market.

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