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Majestic appoints performance marketing agency to drive revenue

Published:  16 June, 2020

Majestic Wine has appointed a performance marketing agency to help drive revenue across its website and network of 192 stores.

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UK Hospitality urges government to confirm reopening date

Published:  16 June, 2020

UK Hospitality has urged the government to confirm a reopening date for hospitality to enable the on-trade to prepare for it properly.   

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EeBriaTrade adds English wines

Published:  16 June, 2020

Drinks distributor and online marketplace EeBriaTrade has added a raft of English wine producers to its portfolio, marking the first time the online business has featured wine.  

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Raab says ‘review’ to be completed within “coming weeks”

Published:  15 June, 2020

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said the government expects the next Covid-19 review, including if the 2 metre social distancing rule will be reduced, to be completed “within the coming weeks”. 

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Drinks Trust data suggests severity of lockdown’s impact on trade

Published:  15 June, 2020

The Drinks Trust has awarded almost a third more in emergency grants during the first five months of 2020 compared with the whole of 2019, highlighting the impact of lockdown on the UK drinks trade.

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Flint adds Aubert Wines

Published:  15 June, 2020

Flint Wines has been appointed as the first official UK agent for California’s Aubert Wines.

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CapeWine 2021 postponed

Published:  15 June, 2020

Wines of South Africa (WoSA) has announced that CapeWine has been moved from its planned slot in September 2021 to October 2022.

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New Oz Climate Atlas maps adaptive future for viticulture

Published:  15 June, 2020

A new Climate Atlas has been developed by the Australian wine sector to assist the industry in planning for climate change and global warming.

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Hospitality responsible for a quarter of Britain’s GDP drop

Published:  15 June, 2020

Britain’s hospitality sector was responsible for nearly a quarter of the GDP losses felt by UK business in April, according to the latest UK Hospitality tracker.  

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Hard Graft for charity during English Wine Week

Published:  15 June, 2020

Graft Wine Company co-founder Nik Darlington is set to run 100km between English vineyards during English Wine Week (20 to 28 June), launching an initiative to raise money for the Drinks Trust.

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WSTA hits out at government for failing to count true cost of VI-1 certification

Published:  15 June, 2020

The WSTA has hit out at government for misleading the public over claims that EU wine importation costs would, according to Defra, be “nil or negligible”.

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Sunak confirms “urgent comprehensive review” of 2 metre rule

Published:  15 June, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed PM Boris Johnson has ordered a “comprehensive review” on the 2 metre social distancing rule.

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Heineken makes first foray into mixers with Double Dutch stake

Published:  12 June, 2020

The Heineken family has acquired a minority stake in UK premium tonic and mixer brand Double Dutch Drinks, marking its first foray into mixers.

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Hallgarten launches weekly virtual tasting series

Published:  12 June, 2020

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has this week launched the first of a 12 part series of weekly virtual wine tastings. 

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MPs publish government recommendations to help re-start businesses

Published:  11 June, 2020

A cross-party group of MPs has delivered a number of recommendations outlining how governments across the UK can best support businesses in restarting and rebuilding after the Covid-19 crisis in a new report.

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M&S encourages consumers to trade up with ‘Classics’ range

Published:  11 June, 2020

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new ‘Classics’ wine range comprising key wine styles from around the world. 

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Friday Read: George Sandbach of the Oxford wine dynasty talks shop during shutdown

Published:  11 June, 2020

George Sandbach of Sandy’s Piano Bar talks to Andrew Catchpole about adapting to lockdown, selling quality booze out the back door, the thorny problem of rent and launching an accessible podcast series.

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Survey launches to help develop Covid-19 safe trade tastings guidelines

Published:  11 June, 2020

All drinks industry stakeholders are being invited to give input and feedback via a survey on an initiative to produce a comprehensive set of guidelines for organising safe trade and press tastings while Covid-19 continues to circulate.

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‘Compressed’ Bordeaux 2019 EP campaign sees prices 30% lower

Published:  11 June, 2020

As Bordeaux’s top estates continue to trickle their 2019 releases onto the market, prices are typically 15-30% down on 2018, with around two thirds of prices now declared.

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Australian wine exports to the UK drop 7%

Published:  11 June, 2020

The value of Australian wine exports to the UK declined 7% to AU$356m in the 12 months ended April 2020, according to new data released by Wine Australia.

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