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Lack of global sustainability standard impeding consumer buy-in

Published:  18 May, 2020

The absence of a coherent, joined-up global standard to measure producers’ progress on sustainability risks undermining communication on the good progress being made by the wine industry.

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Entries open for The Vintners’ Company’s first industry awards

Published:  18 May, 2020

The Vintners’ Company has launched its own industry awards, set up to “nurture and support the enterprising individuals and companies” who are bringing positive change to the wine industry.

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Government urged to end rent stalemate to save hospitality sector

Published:  18 May, 2020

UK Hospitality has again called on the UK government to intervene in the ongoing rent stalemate to prevent “widespread job losses and business failures” across the sector.

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Nyetimber expands across Kent with 205,000 new vines

Published:  18 May, 2020

Nyetimber has gone ahead with plans to rapidly expand its area under vine, with a major planting of 42ha at a new site in Kent.

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Pandemic is officially “Bad for beer, better for spirits and wine”

Published:  15 May, 2020

Beer and cider were hard-hit in the 2008/9 economic crisis, suffering from a combination of duty rises, an on-trade slump and increased at-home consumption, all of which tend to favour spirits and wine.

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Alexei Rosin takes the top job at Moët Hennessy UK

Published:  15 May, 2020

Moët Hennessy UK has a new managing director for the UK and Ireland.

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US number one hard seltzer brand sets it sights on UK domination

Published:  15 May, 2020

White Claw, the brand which has ignited a seltzer storm in the US, is now looking to replicate its success across the pond.

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Napa Valley Vintners and The Drinks Trust lend support to fight Covid-19

Published:  15 May, 2020

A group of Napa Valley winemakers is offering its support to the Covid-19-hit UK hospitality industry via a new online course.

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Friday Read: Chasing millennials – a moribund or redefined art?

Published:  15 May, 2020

For as long as I can remember, the wine industry has been coveting youth. Generic bodies have been at the forefront of this rush to connect with Gen Y. The CIVB, Inter Rhône and InterLoire have all invested significant resources into campaigns targeted at millennials.

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Hospitality has the UK's highest number of business closures and (almost) the most furloughed staff

Published:  14 May, 2020

A new survey showing how UK business are coping financially with the coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the pressures being put on the out of home food and drink industry.

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Concha y Toro brings harvest forward to tackle one of most challenging harvests yet

Published:  14 May, 2020

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Living with Lockdown – Daniel Lambert Wines

Published:  14 May, 2020

Agent-importer Daniel Lambert talks to Andrew Catchpole about bypassing critics and trade with live access to winemakers, the dangers of having all eggs in one basket and why its boom time for indies.

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Roberson talks supercharging online sales as UK e-commerce soars to 10 year high

Published:  14 May, 2020

Overnight, online sales have become the breadwinner for companies up and down the UK thanks to Covid-19 and its not-so-subtle ability to completely reshape shopping behaviours.

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Still wine wins out as UK drinking occasions rise to new heights

Published:  14 May, 2020

The UK’s 28 million wine consumers have found new and more occasions to enjoy their favourite drink, according to new research from Wine Intelligence.

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Justerini & Brooks expands on-trade portfolio with grower Champagne

Published:  13 May, 2020

Wine and spirits merchant Justerini & Brooks has added to a new grower Champagne to its list of on-trade exclusives with Pierre Paillard.

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Diageo’s Learning for Life hospitality programme takes virtual turn

Published:  13 May, 2020

Diageo’s Learning for Life hospitality skills programme has created a Virtual Hospitality Academy, aimed at bar and restaurant staff seeking to develop their “key skills” in the sector during the pandemic.

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Shift to home cooking poses further threat to the on-trade

Published:  13 May, 2020

More time to spend cooking and access to creative culinary content online could pose a major hurdle to a restaurant industry which is now preparing to get back on its feet.

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WoSA launches ‘Spectacular South Africa’ campaign

Published:  13 May, 2020

As Cape wine exports pick up post the ban in April, Wines of South Africa (WoSA) is launching a new campaign on social media to promote “Spectacular South Africa”.

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Furlough scheme extended to October

Published:  12 May, 2020

The government has announced it is extending the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) for an additional four months, while also adding in some provision to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis.

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Jeroboams ends “rollercoaster quarter” with early online re-launch

Published:  12 May, 2020

Jeroboams, London’s local wine merchant, has ploughed ahead with an earlier-than-planned revamp of its website. 

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