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SWA in crisis meeting with govt as tariff deadline looms

Published:  17 October, 2019

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is to meet secretary of state for trade Liz Truss later today to demand government action on the threatened US tariffs on Scotch.

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Asda workers take to streets as contract row escalates

Published:  16 October, 2019

Asda workers will take to the streets of Leeds this afternoon to protest against the retailer’s decision to impose a new contract on all of its staff.

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New marketing director for Bordeaux

Published:  16 October, 2019

The CIVB has appointed Julie Rambaud-Texier to head its newly restructured marketing department.

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UK cocktail market passes £600m

Published:  16 October, 2019

UK spirits lovers drank £604m of cocktails in the last year, according to the latest quarterly Mixed Drinks report from market analysts CGA.

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At the 11th hour, how will a no-deal Brexit affect the wine trade?

Published:  16 October, 2019

As the UK fruit and vegetable harvest gets into full swing in the looming shadow of Brexit, headlines such as The Guardian’s ‘Tonnes of crops left to rot as farms struggle to recruit EU workers’ are becoming commonplace.

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CBD rum ad ruling points to new marketing restrictions

Published:  16 October, 2019

The ASA has banned adverts for a cannabis-oil infused rum, in a ruling that could have implications for the marketing of the fast-growing CBD-drinks sector.

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Changing of the guard at Taittinger

Published:  16 October, 2019

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is to step down as president of the eponymous family-owned Champagne house at the end of 2019.

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Bordeaux readies to plant southern varieties in face of climate crisis

Published:  15 October, 2019

As the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon is picked in what looks to be a ‘good’ 2019 vintage, Bordeaux is gearing up for what may be the most significant change in vineyard complexion since the ravages of phylloxera in the late 1800s.

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Millennials vital to health of the wine sector over next five years, says new research

Published:  15 October, 2019

A new definitive report into the drinking behaviours of millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) has put to bed concerns that younger drinkers are completely abandoning wine in favour of craft beers or spirits – or even eschewing alcohol completely.

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Beaujolais reports small but promising 2019 vintage

Published:  15 October, 2019

Beaujolais has declared the 2019 vintage a small harvest – half the size of the previous year, due to “climate hazards”.

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New alcohol-free cocktails brand launches

Published:  15 October, 2019

The Original Free Drinks Company has launched its first range – a collection of alcohol-free cocktails.

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Gran Juvé & Camps reborn as organic Cava

Published:  15 October, 2019

Juvé & Camps has expressed its commitment to sustainability with the launch of the first organic certified vintage of its flagship premium Cava.

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Organic rise lifts Spain's export potential

Published:  14 October, 2019

The number of organic wine producers in Spain jumped by 10% in 2018 to 1,033 up from 939 in 2017, new government figures show.

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Berkmann hedges against Brexit Christmas chaos

Published:  14 October, 2019

UK distributor Berkmann Wine Cellars has invested £5m in increased stocks and storage capacity at bond in the run-up to Christmas.

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Bellavita London unveils expanded events roster

Published:  14 October, 2019

The annual Bellavita Expo London is set to return to Islington’s Business Design Centre next month with a wide range of masterclasses, tastings and discussion panels hosted by Bellavita’s wine academy, BeWine.

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Ex-Diageo boss takes stake in Brockmans and joins advisory board

Published:  14 October, 2019

Ex-Diageo CEO Paul Walsh has taken a stake in burgeoning UK gin business Brockmans.

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On-trade shrugs off Brexit gloom

Published:  14 October, 2019

Like-for-like sales in the on-trade rose 1.2% in September, according to the latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Friday read: How top end Prosecco can stay relevant in the face of ever changing consumer demands

Published:  11 October, 2019

Harpers sets out on the Prosecco trail to look at the region’s industrial expansion and to work out what a sustainable future looks like for the chronically popular Italian fizz

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Freixenet Copestick launches I Heart Spirits

Published:  11 October, 2019

Freixenet Copestick has launched an I Heart Spirits range marking the brand’s first launch outside wine.

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Waitrose creates new top tier range

Published:  11 October, 2019

Waitrose has launched a top tier own-label range that includes wine, spirits and ciders.

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