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On-trade faces ongoing cancellation crisis as weekend takings plummet

Published:  21 December, 2021

New figures released by UKHospitality indicate that a normally buoyant – and vital – month is set to be a disaster for the hospitality sector.

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Bordeaux Wine Week to fold in Vinexpo Bordeaux

Published:  20 December, 2021

The long-running trade fair Vinexpo Bordeaux has been officially retired by its organisers, replaced by the inaugural 'Bordeaux Wine Week' in 2022.

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Devolved regions to receive emergency on-trade funding, while concern grows in England

Published:  20 December, 2021

Scotland and Wales are to receive additional funding from Westminster to help struggling businesses cope with new Covid restrictions, as England awaits news on further restrictive measures. 

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Rioja Wine Month winners announced

Published:  20 December, 2021

The winners of the inaugural Rioja Wine Month campaign (formerly Shop Rioja) have been announced, after an upsurge of sales throughout the autumn.

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Morgenrot chairman and founder Rudi Plath passes away

Published:  20 December, 2021

Rudi Plath, the founder of Morgenrot and well-known character in the wine and beer trade, passed away on 17 December.

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Bouncing Back Q&A: Caroline Thompson-Hill, MD for Europe, Accolade Wines

Published:  20 December, 2021

Continuing our seasonal Bouncing Back Q&A series, Caroline Thompson-Hill takes stock of the lessons of 2021 and calls out the challenge posed to trade by the proposed alcohol duty reforms.

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Liberty Wines announces leadership reshuffle

Published:  17 December, 2021

Liberty Wines is making some significant change to its core team, including David Gleave MW stepping down as the company’s MD.

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Champagne Castelnau and Nicolas Feuillatte finalise merger deal

Published:  17 December, 2021

Two of Champagne’s most important cooperatives reached an historic agreement this week, creating a powerful new stakeholder in the region.

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Cava’s 2021 exports surge towards pre-pandemic levels

Published:  17 December, 2021

Global shipments of Spain's signature sparkling wine grew by 16.45% in the first nine months of the year, according to the Cava Consejo Regulador.

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Liberty adds to calls on government to reconsider wine duty reforms

Published:  17 December, 2021

Liberty Wines has joined a growing roster of UK drinks companies in voicing its concerns around the upcoming government alcohol duty review, which is under consultation until 30 January 2022.

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Saint Emilion chateau moves into Riesling

Published:  17 December, 2021

Château Petit Val, a property based in Saint Emilion, has released two new leftfield cuvées – a pure varietal Riesling and Malbec wine.

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"Landmark" UK/Australia trade deal finalised

Published:  17 December, 2021

The UK and Australia have reached an historic agreement on trade, in a move that has been welcomed by the WSTA.

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Hard hit hospitality calls for further government support

Published:  17 December, 2021

As the hospitality industry continues to face a mounting crisis of cancellations and closures in the wake of Omicron and Plan B restrictions, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls has urged the government to step in and save many businesses from going under.

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Bouncing Back Q&A: Ben Knollys, MD, Hatch Mansfield

Published:  16 December, 2021

Continuing our seasonal Bouncing Back Q&A series, Ben Knollys takes stock of the challenges and lessons of 2021 and considers the path ahead for the trade.

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Covid passport scheme rollout begins

Published:  15 December, 2021

The implementation of the government's 'Plan B' passport scheme begins today (December 15), despite a significant revolt among members of the Parliamentary Conservative Party.

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Bouncing Back Q&A: Jacob Leadley, CEO & winemaker, Black Chalk Wine

Published:  15 December, 2021

Continuing our seasonal Bouncing Back Q&A series, Jacob Leadley takes stock of the challenges and lessons of 2021 and considers the path ahead for the trade.

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Scotland announces DRS implementation date

Published:  15 December, 2021

Scotland's Minister for green skills, circular economy and biodiversity has confirmed that the nation's inaugural Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will launch next year.

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New variant bears down on hopes of buoyant festive trade

Published:  15 December, 2021

The enforcement of ‘Plan B’ rules continues to dampen spirits across the sector this festive season, as a growing number of venues report mass cancellations.

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Hatch Mansfield welcomes new Portuguese agency

Published:  15 December, 2021

UK importer Hatch Mansfield has expanded its portfolio with the addition of Portuguese wine brand Esporão.

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BWS online sales flatline in the run up to Christmas

Published:  13 December, 2021

The BWS category suffered one of its poorest performances on record in November, plummeting -21.4% versus the same month in 2020, as consumers rushed out of their houses to socialise and shop ahead of the fear of potential new December 2021 lockdowns. 

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