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Morrisons Taste Test tackles consumer confidence

Published:  15 March, 2013

Three-quarters of consumers lack confidence when it comes to choosing wine according to recent research by Morrisons Cellar, so to help overcome this the multiple retailer has unveiled an online Taste Test which it says will help will help consumers to buy with more assurance.

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Broadlands Wineries to 'undercut' wine agencies

Published:  15 March, 2013

Broadland Wineries claims it can get new wines to market, from inception to shelf, a month earlier than its competitors.

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Vogue publisher Condé Nast moves into on-trade

Published:  15 March, 2013

Magazine publisher Condé Nast, owner of glossy titles including Vogue and GQ, is moving into hospitality with a string of restaurants and bars around the world backed by its famous magazines.

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Local Wine School in M&S link-up

Published:  14 March, 2013

Marks & Spencer has signed a deal with Local Wine School that will expand its programme of in-store consumer tastings.

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Morrisons Taste Test to dictate shelf display

Published:  14 March, 2013

Morrisons is four weeks into a trial that has completely remerchandised its wine department to arrange the wines on shelf according to their tasting profiles.

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Institute of Masters of Wine in emerging markets drive

Published:  14 March, 2013

Newly appointed executive director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Penny Richards, has announced plans to develop the organisation in emerging markets.

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Tesco sticks out its neck with restaurant chain acquisition

Published:  13 March, 2013

Tesco has acquired restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million.

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Beer duty escalator leaves £150m 'black hole'

Published:  13 March, 2013

The Treasury is facing a £150 million 'black hole' in the Budget this year due to increases in beer tax, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

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Minimum pricing in death throes

Published:  13 March, 2013

David Cameron's plan for minimum alcohol pricing are set to be axed, according to reports.

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London International Wine Fair will be "solid event" say organisers

Published:  12 March, 2013

The London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.

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Union warning as Diageo announces £100m restructure

Published:  12 March, 2013

Unite the union has warned Diageo that is must not make its UK and Irish workforces pay for business realignment in its...

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Mangrove to distribute Blackwell rum

Published:  12 March, 2013

Mangrove is to distribute Jamaican rum brand Blackwell. The rum was created by music entrepreneur Chris Blackwell who founded Island Records.

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Banrock Station launches Vote for Nature campaign

Published:  12 March, 2013

Accolade Wine is to donate £100,000 to the National Trust as part of a tie-up with the conservation charity and its Banrock Station brand.

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Basset judge on sherry and food matching competition

Published:  12 March, 2013

UK sommelier and hotelier Gerard Basset OBE will be joining the judging panel of The Sherry Institute of Spain's bi-annual international food and sherry matching competition.

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Morrisons bolsters wine team

Published:  08 March, 2013

Morrisons has appointed Mark Jarman as head of wine operations as it looks to set up a UK bottling operation.

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Laithwaite's triumphs at Judgment of Parsons Green with English sparkling wine

Published:  06 March, 2013

A sparkling wine grown by Laithwaite's Wine co-founder Barbara Laithwaite and her friend Cherry Thompson has picked up first prize at the Judgment of Parsons Green.

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Cobevco fills its 1.5 billionth bottle

Published:  06 March, 2013

Cobevco, the bottling arm of Quinn Glass, has passed the 1.5 billion bottles landmark after six years in operation.

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Laithwaite's renews Affordable Art Fair sponsorship

Published:  05 March, 2013

Laithwaite's Wine has renewed its sponsorship of the Affordable Art Fair in London.

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New hire as Buckingham Schenk looks to the on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2013

Buckingham Schenk has hired Sheryl Foster as national accounts manager as it looks to build sales in the on-trade.

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Geoffrey Dean gets the lowdown on the 2012 Bordeaux vintage

Published:  01 March, 2013

A recce of the Left and Right Banks in late February led this correspondent to conclude that critics and judges alike should be pleasantly surprised when they descend on Bordeaux next month for the annual en primeur tastings.

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