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Scottish hospitality businesses denied rates relief

Published:  20 December, 2023

Following months of campaigning, leading hospitality bodies are ‘extremely disappointed’ with yesterday’s Budget announcement in Scotland.

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Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: Michael Hanratty, Carnegie Whisky Cellars

Published:  20 December, 2023

Following another turbulent year for the drinks trade, Michael Hanratty at Dornoch’s Carnegie Whisky Cellars, reflects on the highs and lows of 2023, plus the hopes and plans for the business in the year ahead.  

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Cava sales boosted by domestic market

Published:  20 December, 2023

The Cava Designation of Origin (Cava DO) has announced that total Cava sales have risen by 2.35% from January to September 2023, with a notable increase of 7.65% in the domestic market.

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Hallgarten acquired by Coterie Holdings

Published:  19 December, 2023

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has been purchased by Coterie Holdings, joining Lay & Wheeler, bonded warehousing Coterie Vaults and wine lender Jera in a growing fine wine portfolio.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year

Published:  19 December, 2023

The trade has certainly been landed with a few turkeys this year. But inevitably – with all of the gusto and adaptability we’ve come to expect – there have been highs too, with ‘all of the trimmings’ delivered by the drinks world a strong reminder of the vibrancy and excitement delivered by our sector.

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New drink spiking measures introduced by government

Published:  19 December, 2023

Drink spiking is set to be targeted by police and door staff in a raft of new measures unveiled by the home secretary James Cleverly as the festive party-going season gets into full swing.

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Low & no market up 5% in 2023

Published:  19 December, 2023

Despite signs of the low & no market maturing, growth continued apace in 2023, with consumption across the world’s top 10 markets increasing by 5% in 2023.

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Survey reveals 44% of Brits choosing not to dine out this festive season

Published:  18 December, 2023

A new study from Forbes Advisor, the price comparison and financial guidance platform, has found that two in five Brits (44%) are choosing not to dine out this festive period (1 December - 2 January), the same figure it was 12 months ago when the survey was last conducted.

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Codorníu launches first still wine range in the UK

Published:  18 December, 2023

Sparkling juggernaut Codorníu is officially expanding its portfolio in the UK with the launch of the brand’s first-ever still wine collection.

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Lidl boasts best-selling wine in three categories

Published:  18 December, 2023

Lidl GB has revealed that it has the bestselling wines across three categories – Montepulciano, Saint Emilion and Nero D’Avola, with prices starting from £5.

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Scottish hospitality businesses ‘hang in the balance’ without government support

Published:  18 December, 2023

New analysis has revealed that thousands of Scottish hospitality businesses will be left unsupported if a rates relief isn’t included in the Scottish Budget tomorrow (19 December).

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Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: Graham Hall, Drake & Morgan

Published:  18 December, 2023

Following another eventful year for the drinks trade, Graham Hall, director at Drake & Morgan reflects on the highs and lows of 2023, plus the hopes and plans for the business in the year ahead.

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Allegrini divides its business as the reigns pass to the next generation

Published:  15 December, 2023

Francesco, Giovanni and Matteo Allegrini, heirs of Franco Allegrini, are due to acquire the majority shareholding of the famous north Italian winery and its holdings in a move which will effectively see the two branches of the Allegrini family divide their responsibilities and ownership between Verona and Tuscany.

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UK bars roll out drink spiking test kits

Published:  15 December, 2023

With the festive season in full swing, police and businesses have joined forces to crack down on drink spiking across the UK.

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Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: Michael Awin, ABS

Published:  15 December, 2023

Following another eventful year for the drinks trade, Michael Awin of Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies (ABS) reflects on the highs and lows of 2023, plus the hopes and plans for the business in the year ahead.

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WSTA debunks pesticide report

Published:  15 December, 2023

Recent results from a UK government testing programme have suggested a dramatic increase in the proportion of wine that contains multiple pesticide residues – up from 14% in 2016 to 50% in 2022.

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Campari steps into ‘super premium’ cognac category

Published:  15 December, 2023

Campari Group is set acquire Courvoisier from Beam Suntory, adding what the company describes as a “fourth major leg” to its spirits portfolio.

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Friday read: The other Caucasus contender

Published:  15 December, 2023

Armenia has a thriving wine industry, as Jacopo Mazzeo discovers, but faces an uphill battle to establish itself on the world stage.

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Chivas Brothers dispute over as workers agree new offer

Published:  14 December, 2023

Unite the union has confirmed that its 500-strong Chivas Brothers membership has overwhelmingly accepted an improved pay offer over two years. 

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Welsh hospitality calls for business rates relief

Published:  14 December, 2023

UKHospitality Wales has called on the Welsh government to boost beleaguered pubs, hotels and restaurants in Wales and provide vital business rates relief in next week’s Budget.

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