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Waitrose expands English portfolio in a nod to English Wine Week

Published:  18 June, 2020

Waitrose is celebrating English Wine Week (20- 28 June) by launching five new and exclusive homegrown wines. 

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‘Lipstick effect’ driving boom in CBD and cannabis-infused drinks

Published:  18 June, 2020

The global cannabis drinks market will treble in value by 2024, according to research by market analyst Prohibition Partners.

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Attention must switch from ‘distancing’ to ‘rent’, says Downey

Published:  18 June, 2020

Jonathan Downey has urged for the topic of conversation to switch from ‘distancing’ to ‘rent’, ahead of the 30 June expiry date of the lease forfeiture moratorium, and less than a week before another quarter’s rent is due.   

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AA launches ‘Covid-19 Confident’ scheme to reassure customers

Published:  18 June, 2020

The AA has launches a Covid-19 Confident accreditation scheme for hospitality businesses that have put risk assessments and safety measures in place.  

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Bordeaux Wine Month opens up annual promo to on-trade

Published:  17 June, 2020

Bordeaux Wine Month will be back for its third annual outing this autumn, once again inviting the trade to have a shot at promoting the best from France’s flagship region.

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Westminster Council outlines reopening strategy for hospitality

Published:  17 June, 2020

Westminster Council has outlined the measures it plans to implement in order to help hospitality businesses continue trading while social distancing remains in place. 

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Octavian ‘wine cards’ offer investment advice

Published:  17 June, 2020

Fine wine storage company Octavian is launching a series of ‘wine cards’, giving advice to customers on how to grow a private collection while keeping an eye on the investment potential of that cellar.

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FDF calls on support for squeezed supply chain

Published:  17 June, 2020

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned that the ‘squeezed middle’ [supply chain] needs support if the hospitality restart is to succeed.

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Matthew Clark pitches on-trade with account-free ‘guest checkout’ on ecommerce platform

Published:  17 June, 2020

Matthew Clark has opened out its ecommerce platform to enable new on-trade customers to order up to £1,500 without opening an account or requiring a minimum order.

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WSET branches out into beer qualifications

Published:  17 June, 2020

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is gearing up to launch a suite of beer qualifications.

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NZW calls on UK to come with “fresh attitude” as trade negotiations begin

Published:  17 June, 2020

New Zealand’s wine sector has “warmly welcomed” the announcement that it is to begin trade negotiations with the UK, calling on Britain to come with a “fresh attitude”. 

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Johnson urges continued patience in relation to reduction of 2 metre rule

Published:  16 June, 2020

Taking tonights briefing, PM Boris Johnson asked the hospitlity sector to remain patient in relation to reducing the 2 metre social distancing rule as the on-trade struggles to plan ahead of the mooted reopening on 4 July. 

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On-trade calls grow in urgency for clarity on reopening

Published:  16 June, 2020

As the tough balancing act between protecting health and promoting the economy dominates national debate, UK on-trade operators are becoming increasingly vocal on the need for government clarity ahead of reopening.

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Volume uplift in US off-trade offsets on-trade sales drop

Published:  16 June, 2020

US wine volume sales look set to be flat in 2020 with the Covid-19 led surge in off-trade sales balancing out the drop in on-trade sales, according to new Wine Intelligence research.  

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“Smallest vintage in living memory” delights Oz winemakers, if not accountants

Published:  16 June, 2020

Off the back of a “rollercoaster ride”, variously involving frosts, drought, heatwaves, horrendous bush fires and finally the disruption of Covid-19, Australia’s 2020 vintage is expected to produce some “sensational wines” from a very low yielding crush.

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Majestic appoints performance marketing agency to drive revenue

Published:  16 June, 2020

Majestic Wine has appointed a performance marketing agency to help drive revenue across its website and network of 192 stores.

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UK Hospitality urges government to confirm reopening date

Published:  16 June, 2020

UK Hospitality has urged the government to confirm a reopening date for hospitality to enable the on-trade to prepare for it properly.   

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EeBriaTrade adds English wines

Published:  16 June, 2020

Drinks distributor and online marketplace EeBriaTrade has added a raft of English wine producers to its portfolio, marking the first time the online business has featured wine.  

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Raab says ‘review’ to be completed within “coming weeks”

Published:  15 June, 2020

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said the government expects the next Covid-19 review, including if the 2 metre social distancing rule will be reduced, to be completed “within the coming weeks”. 

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Drinks Trust data suggests severity of lockdown’s impact on trade

Published:  15 June, 2020

The Drinks Trust has awarded almost a third more in emergency grants during the first five months of 2020 compared with the whole of 2019, highlighting the impact of lockdown on the UK drinks trade.

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