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V&S interest to increase as Absolut profits jump

Published:  23 July, 2008

Interest surrounding the Swedish government's auction of Vin & Sprit (V&S) is set to increase following today's positive Absolut Vodka trading results.

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SWVA launches new website

Published:  23 July, 2008

The South West Vineyards Association (SWVA) has launched its new website this week.

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Like-for-like sales up over Christmas

Published:  23 July, 2008

Almost three quarters (73%) of UK retailers saw like-for-like sales up over Christmas with online purchases showing particularly strong gains.

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Tesco sees Argentine wine sales jump

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco has registered the highest selling Argentine wine in a new UK survey of most bought brands.

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Alcohol in Moderation conference approaches

Published:  23 July, 2008

Alcohol in Moderation (AIM), the responsible drinking organisation, will host its forum event on Thursday March 13 2008.

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Sainsbury's wine buyer takes on director role

Published:  23 July, 2008

Amanda Heffer, wine and spirits buyer at Sainsbury's, has taken on the role of business unit director.

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Greenhouse gas protocol released by wine bodies

Published:  23 July, 2008

A partnership between some of the world's major wine producing regions - led by the Wine Institute - will see the implementation of a new greenhouse gas accounting protocol.

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UV alcohol labelling meets scepticism

Published:  23 July, 2008

NRFN, an independent retailers' association, has questioned the effectiveness of a pilot scheme to mark alcohol with ultra-violet labels to combat under-age drinking.

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Languedoc raises organic wine game

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Languedoc-Roussillon region of France aims to become the country's leading region in organic wine production.

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Australian wine production down as demand rises

Published:  23 July, 2008

Last year saw mixed results for the Australian wine industry as production dropped while sales increased, new figures show.

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Pernod Ricard submits first offer for Vin & Sprit's Absolut

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bidding has begun for Sweden's state-owned Vin & Sprit AB, the owner of Absolut vodka, and Pernod Ricard has submitted a nonbinding offer at the end of the first round, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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Butch Cassidy releases Newman's Own wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Newman, of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame, has launched a Newman's Own wine range.

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Bill Baker dies

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bill Baker has passed away in his sleep, aged 53. The popular co-owner of Reid Wines died at his house in Rock, Cornwall, with his wife in attendance.

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Branded Kir Royal launched in UK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Spirits firm Malcolm Cowen has launched the first branded Kir Royal in the UK.

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10,000 expected at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Published:  23 July, 2008

Some 10,000 attendees are expected at the 2008 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento.

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Wine gift company to offset emissions

Published:  23 July, 2008

A company that sells gift packaging to the drinks trade, aims to plant a total of 29,000 trees on a plantation by the end of 2008 to offset its carbon emissions.

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Diageo moves on Rosenblum Cellars

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo announced today it will acquire US wine brand Rosenblum Cellars for $105 million (53m).

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Harpers launches Best of the Web' channel

Published:  23 July, 2008

This week not only saw the launch of Harpers TV but also a new Best of the Web channel.

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Harpers TV goes behind the scenes at Bibendum

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bibendum's January tasting saw the launch of the first Harpers TV video cast.

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WHO agrees on expanded alcohol mandate

Published:  23 July, 2008

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) executive board agreed this week in Geneva to expand its global mandate on the issue of alcohol.

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