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BWS sales growth slows on lockdown anniversary

Published:  30 March, 2021

Alcohol sales continued to grow in March in the grocery sector boosted by lockdown but this is likely to change as the on-trade reopens, Kantar has predicted. 

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IMW partners with Avino

Published:  30 March, 2021

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has selected wine tasting solutions company Avino to supply remote sample bottling and distribution in the UK.

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Garage Wine Co moves from Bibendum to Freixenet Copestick

Published:  29 March, 2021

Freixenet Copestick has added Chile’s Garage Wine Co to its portfolio, with the wines set to be sold to the on-trade via Jascots Wine Merchants and online by Slurp. 

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Cotswolds Distillery announces Master Distiller achievement

Published:  29 March, 2021

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) has awarded Cotswolds Distillery production director Nickolas Franchino the title of Master Distiller.

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Exclusive distribution deal for Berry Bros and Walsh Whiskey

Published:  29 March, 2021

Berry Bros & Rudd (BBR) Brands has signed a deal as the exclusive distributor in the UK for Irish whiskey producer, Walsh Whiskey, from the 1 April, 2021.

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Scottish drinks industry calls for balanced approach to alcohol policy

Published:  29 March, 2021

The Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership (SAIP), an alliance of Scotland’s distillers, brewers, hospitality and retail businesses, has called for Scottish Parliamentary candidates to commit to a balanced approach to alcohol policy.

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UK sales boom for Concha y Toro

Published:  29 March, 2021

Concha y Toro has revealed the UK was one of its “strongest” performing export markets during 2020 with sales volume up 23%, boosted by top performing brands Casillero del Diablo, Trivento Reserve and Cono Sur Bicicleta.

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CGA: ‘Significant number of sites with outdoor space unlikely to trade’

Published:  29 March, 2021

Two out of five licensed premises have outdoor trading space – around 41,000 outlets – enabling them to trade outside from 12 April, according to the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. 

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Hallgarten evolves online ordering with new app

Published:  25 March, 2021

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has evolved its online ordering with the launch of a new customer ordering app. 

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Shot in the arm for Germany

Published:  25 March, 2021

In a boost for German winemakers on the global stage, UNESCO has included ‘Wine Culture in Germany’ in its latest national register of intangible national heritage.

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UKH: ‘Vaccine passport scheme would create confusion and inequality’

Published:  25 March, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) has warned against the use of a vaccine passport scheme as a condition of removing restrictions for on-trade visits, branding it “unworkable”. 

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Hayward Bros acquires Winegrowers Direct

Published:  25 March, 2021

Hayward Bros has acquired Cambridge-based Winegrowers Direct for an undisclosed sum. 

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Govt opens DRS consultation and announces delay of scheme

Published:  25 March, 2021

The government has launched its second consultation into a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

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Sud de France UK Top 100 Awards set for 2021 return

Published:  25 March, 2021

The ninth edition of the Sud de France Top 100 competition is set to proceed this year in media partnership with Harpers, after a pause in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Govt delays VI-1 wine certification by six months

Published:  25 March, 2021

The government has delayed the VI-1 wine certification for wine imported to the UK from the EU by six months. 

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Think Insights: Spirits must target daytime eating and drinking

Published:  25 March, 2021

Making the most of daytime, food-friendly occasions will be key to transferring sales from “highly engaged” yet usually evening-focused spirits consumers as the on-trade reopens, CGA has said.

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First wine produced outside Chile for Casillero del Diablo

Published:  24 March, 2021

Concha y Tora has expanded its Casillero del Diablo brand with a Spanish Tempranillo from Cariñena.

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Jobseekers pin hopes on hospitality

Published:  24 March, 2021

Jobseekers are pinning their hopes on a resurgent hospitality sector, with bar jobs and waitressing among the fastest-growing searches, according to new research by major job site Indeed.

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UKH: ‘Business rates relief cap could strangle sector recovery’

Published:  24 March, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) has warned that the business rates relief cap will jeopardise the future of thousands of hospitality venues, which will face full rates bills within weeks following the unrestricted opening of the sector planned for June.

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Ste Michelle introduces new winemakers for trio of brands

Published:  24 March, 2021

Ste Michelle Wine Estates has introduced new winemakers for three of its leading brands, under the direction of chief winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca.

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