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New president takes the helm at the SWA

Published:  14 June, 2024

Tom Slaven, retail director of Glasgow-based United Wholesale Grocers, has been elected to the role of president of the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA), taking over from Julie Dunn.

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Friday read: New CEE tasting soon to land in London

Published:  14 June, 2024

Justin Keay contemplates the potential impact of the coming showcase for Central and Eastern European wines.

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Parties urged to back hospitality to 'serve Britain’

Published:  13 June, 2024

Hospitality can deliver for Britain by growing 6% a year and creating 500,000 new jobs with the right investment, according to economic analysis from UKHospitality and Ignite Economics.

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Coterie signs exclusive agreement with Cult Wines

Published:  13 June, 2024

Investment firm Cult Wines has entered into a multi-faceted agreement with Coterie Holdings, which will see its clients gain access to bonded storage facility Coterie Vaults and also wine-lending platform Jera.

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SWA Merchant and Producer Awards to be unveiled at Imbibe Live!

Published:  14 June, 2024

Having crunched the numbers and totted up the results, the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) 2024 winners, including Merchant and Producer of the Year awards, plus the Wines of the Year, are to be announced at Imbibe Live! on 1 July at London Olympia.

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Only A Pavement Away expands to Scotland and Manchester

Published:  12 June, 2024

Only A Pavement Away, the charity dedicated to helping those facing homelessness secure employment in the hospitality sector, has announced its expansion into Scotland and Manchester. The move aligns with the charity’s broader goal of establishing a UK-wide presence.

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UK drinks industry launches EDI initiative with safeguarding priority

Published:  12 June, 2024

Leading wine trade bodies, merchants and importers have united to support the UK drinks industry's new EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) initiative, prioritising safeguarding.

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Berry Bros. and Tuscan producer Bibi Graetz announce exclusive partnership

Published:  12 June, 2024

Fine wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd has become the exclusive UK agent for Tuscan based producer Bibi Graetz and his winery in Fiesole overlooking Florence.

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Drinks Trust Survey: Wellbeing key to success in hospitality

Published:  12 June, 2024

A recent study by The Drinks Trust highlights the critical role of proactive wellbeing support for the success of the drinks and hospitality industry. The annual Drinks Trust Industry Survey, conducted in partnership with Kingsland Drinks, reveals the challenges faced by industry professionals over the past year and outlines the importance of positive wellbeing initiatives.

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Franciacorta named sparkling wine partner for Michelin Guide US

Published:  12 June, 2024

Franciacorta has announced its new role as the exclusive Sparkling Wine Partner for the Michelin Guide ceremonies in the United States. The partnership also includes sponsorship of the Sommelier of the Year Awards for the next three years.

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Amathus defies market trends with rapid retail expansion

Published:  11 June, 2024

Amathus, the specialist drinks importer, distributor and retailer, has defied market sentiment by expanding its successful retail estate from nine to fourteen stores within just ten weeks, starting mid-June 2024.

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The Ledbury named Best Restaurant in the UK 2024

Published:  11 June, 2024

Brett Graham’s acclaimed Notting Hill restaurant, The Ledbury, has been crowned the Best Restaurant in the UK for 2024, marking a triumphant return to the top spot after a 12-year hiatus. The Ledbury, which previously held the title from 2010 to 2012, reopened in 2022 after a pandemic-induced closure and earned three Michelin stars in the 2024 guide.

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Euro 2024 set to drive footfall to pubs and bars, reveals CGA research

Published:  10 June, 2024

Recent findings from CGA by NIQ's latest BrandTrack survey indicate a significant interest in the upcoming Euro 2024 football tournament among British consumers, with nearly half (46%) planning to tune in. Among these viewers, two in five (40%) intend to watch matches in pubs and bars.

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Call for entries: Harpers Design Awards 2024

Published:  10 June, 2024

Submissions are now open for the 2024 Harpers Design Awards, the UK’s premier competition celebrating excellence in drinks design and packaging.

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SME drinks manufacturers toast 63% revenue surge in Q1

Published:  10 June, 2024

Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) drinks manufacturers are celebrating a substantial 63% rise in revenue during the first quarter of the year, according to the latest figures released by the Manufacturers’ Health Index.

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UK wine and spirit industry boosts economy with £76bn contribution

Published:  10 June, 2024

A recent report by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has highlighted the substantial economic impact of the UK's wine and spirit industry, which contributed over £76bn to the economy in 2022. This marks a significant increase from the £49bn reported five years ago.

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Gorgona prison project celebrates 12th vintage milestone

Published:  10 June, 2024

The Gorgona project, a unique collaboration between Marchesi Frescobaldi and the Gorgona island prison, has marked a significant milestone with the release of its 12th vintage. Launched in 2012, the initiative offers inmates nearing the end of their sentences a chance to learn viticulture skills, earn a wage and prepare for reintegration into society.

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Quarter of UK drinkers embrace 'zebra striping' with alcohol-free options

Published:  07 June, 2024

A new industry report by research consultancy KAM and alcohol-free beer brand Lucky Saint reveals that a quarter of UK drinkers are alternating between alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks during their visits to pubs and bars. The report, titled ‘2024 Low and No: Drinking Differently,’ launched this week, highlighting the UK’s shift towards moderation.

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Two London restaurants named in 50 Best list

Published:  07 June, 2024

London eateries Kol and Ikoyi have been included in this year’s 50 Best Restaurants list – the global fine dining equivalent of the Oscars in the eyes of many. It is the second consecutive year that both restaurants have been featured on the list, making up two UK venues in total, and one fewer than last year.

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Lanson follows Le Black Création with launch of complimentary new rosé

Published:  06 June, 2024

Champagne Lanson has introduced Le Rosé Création 67 to the UK, following in the footsteps of the multi-vintage Le Black Création, unveiled in 2023.

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