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M Restaurants calls on hospitality industry to join it in raising ‘starting wage’

Published:  21 February, 2019

M Restaurants has introduced a new fixed £10 ‘starting wage’ and has called on the hospitality industry to follow suit.

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South America pips Italy into second place for UK drinkers

Published:  21 February, 2019

There has been a shift at the top of the UK’s hotly contested wine rankings, with the combined sales of South American heavyweights Chile and Argentina overtaking Italy, the UK’s second most quaffed region, in terms of value.

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Single site Sicilian range Mandrarossa makes it to Liberty Wines

Published:  21 February, 2019

Liberty Wines is swelling the ranks of its Sicilian portfolio with new producer,  Mandrarossa.

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DO wines drive double-digit Portuguese growth

Published:  21 February, 2019

Education and tourism were the key factors behind Portugal’s double-digit value growth in the UK last year, according to Sonia Vieira, marketing director of ViniPortugal.

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TWE brings brand that celebrates trailblazing women to the UK

Published:  20 February, 2019

Treasury Wine Estate (TWE) has brought its Embrazen brand to the UK as part of its strategy to attract 18-35-year-olds to the wine category. 

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Zamora creates new operations in France and Mexico

Published:  20 February, 2019

Zamora Company has opened a commercial office in Mexico and created a new company in France as part of a  strategy to grow international sales to 50%. 

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Champagne Palmer unveils new state-of-the-art winery

Published:  20 February, 2019

Champagne Palmer & Co has unveiled its new state-of-the-art winery located outside of Reims and close to the house’s Grand and Premier Crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims.

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Industry platform Hospitality Speaks set to launch

Published:  20 February, 2019

A platform addressing bullying, harassment and discrimination in the UK hospitality industry launches next month.

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London Night Time Commission publishes Think Night report

Published:  20 February, 2019

Efforts to support London’s late-night economy took a step forward recently with the publication of a report by the London Night Time Commission.

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The Amazon inspires bartenders to reimagine liqueur category

Published:  20 February, 2019

There are few in the international drinks trade that wouldn’t know the names of bartenders Alex Kratena, Monica Berg and Simone Caporale, so anticipation has been high for their new range of liqueurs, Muyu.

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Berkmann appoints senior wine buyer

Published:  20 February, 2019

Berkmann Wine Cellars has appointed Emma Dawson MW as senior wine buyer.

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Bibendum signs deal as wine supplier to Cubitt House 


Published:  20 February, 2019

Bibendum Wine has been appointed sole wine supplier for Cubitt House as the London-based group looks to expand.

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Veuve Clicquot launches 2008 vintage of Grand Dame Prestige Cuvée

Published:  19 February, 2019

Veuve Clicquot has announced the release of the 2008 vintage of its La Grande Dame Prestige Cuvée.

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‘Back of house’ pay leaps as ‘front of house’ declines

Published:  19 February, 2019

Average salaries for chefs and kitchen employees in London’s top eateries increased by 14.8% in 2018, according to new research by The Change Group.

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Wine Importers MD Billy Bell Birse-Stewart steps down

Published:  19 February, 2019

Billy Bell Birse-Stewart has stepped down as managing director of Wine Importers.

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Pure Wines takes on host of new natural wines

Published:  19 February, 2019

London-based online natural wines importer and retailer, Pure Wines, has taken on more than 20 new wines from France, Spain and Italy, which it said, highlighted the growing thirst for natural wines in Britain.

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Boom in Tassie vineyards as producers capitalise on cooler climate premium

Published:  18 February, 2019

Tasmania’s vineyard area has grown by 25% over the past two growing seasons, with plans for another 15% increase in the pipeline, as both local and mainland Australian producers invest in the island’s viticultural scene.

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GCA calls on wine and spirits industry to complete supplier survey

Published:  18 February, 2019

Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, has launched her annual survey with a call to wine and spirit suppliers to “tell her the Code issues they are facing and whether the major groceries retailers are treating them fairly and lawfully”.

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Vegetarian wine website launches

Published:  18 February, 2019

A new website has launched offering over 1,000 different types of wine for vegetarians, of which most are vegan friendly too. 

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Wines from Spain announces 2019 tasting programme

Published:  18 February, 2019

Wines from Spain has said 59 “leading importers and exporters” will present their Spanish wine portfolios to the UK trade and press at its annual tasting at London’s Sky Garden on 7 March.

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