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Published:  23 October, 2020

The on-trade continued to dominate our news this week, with the escalation of Tier 2 and 3 regional restrictions impacting ever more heavily on hospitality operators.

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Friday Read: English harvest delivers cheer in Covid year

Published:  23 October, 2020

A smaller crop of high quality grapes is the story that has emerged from English vineyards this year, delivering good fruit for both sparkling and still wines.

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Cramele Recaș announces €7m investment as it achieves organic status

Published:  23 October, 2020

Cramele Recaș, Romania’s largest winery, has earmarked an investment of over €7m in 2021 as it declares 2020 a “premium” vintage and achieves organic certification for two of its three wineries.

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Trade bodies welcome Chancellor’s latest support package

Published:  23 October, 2020

Trade bodies across the industry have welcomed the Chancellor’s latest support package for businesses announced yesterday afternoon. 

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Banrock Station pledges to plant 100,000 native trees a year

Published:  23 October, 2020

Accolade Wines’ Banrock Station brand has pledged to plant 100,000 native trees and shrubs in Australia each year starting from January 2021. 

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Hillebrand acquires bulk liquid logistics company Braid

Published:  23 October, 2020

Hillebrand has acquired bulk liquid logistics company Braid as part of a strategy to strengthen its expertise in handling non-hazardous liquids in bulk, such as wine. 

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67 Pall Mall to host diversity webinar

Published:  23 October, 2020

Fine wine club 67 Pall Mall is gearing up to host an online panel discussion focussing on diversity in wine. 

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Scottish hospitality industry starts legal process against restrictions

Published:  22 October, 2020

Five of Scotland’s hospitality industry bodies have commenced the legal process against restrictions imposed on the licensed trade by the Scottish government. 

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Extended government support for hospitality businesses under Tier 2

Published:  22 October, 2020

Rishi Sunak has announced a new raft of support measures in the Commons today (22 October), following a morning meeting with business leaders including hospitality operators.

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Diversity talk urges wine industry to own up to its privilege

Published:  22 October, 2020

Wine education to diploma level costs upwards of £10,000 – a number which has been used to highlight the issues involved in making the wine industry a more diverse and inclusive place.

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New MD flags renewed UK focus for Vivino

Published:  22 October, 2020

Online wine market place and app Vivino has redoubled its focus on British drinkers with the appointment of Joshua Lincoln as its first UK MD.

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UK retail lifts moribund global sales at Pernod Ricard

Published:  22 October, 2020

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has seen its sales drop 6% in the first quarter of the financial year, though UK retail sales remain dynamic.

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WOSA launches Insider Sessions webinar series

Published:  22 October, 2020

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is launching a trio of webinars in November aimed at addressing the key issues facing the Cape’s wine industry.

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Harpers’ Small Business Marketing Masterclass brings together Facebook, OMD and the IPA

Published:  21 October, 2020

Harpers will be joined by some of the giants of the marketing world next week for a deep dive into how SMEs can make branding and communication budgets go further.  

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Three Tier local lockdown system devastating for on-trade

Published:  21 October, 2020

Pubs, bars and restaurants under the “very high” Tier 3 local lockdown level have already seen a daily sales drop of 60% or more, according to new data from CGA.

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Bacardi debuts biodegradable bottle

Published:  21 October, 2020

Bacardi has unveiled plans to develop the “world’s most eco-friendly spirits bottle” which will biodegrade in 18 months. 

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Medium and smaller brands take lead over private label

Published:  21 October, 2020

Private label sales are down across almost all European countries, with mid-sized brands and smaller companies performing best.

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South Yorkshire follows Manchester into Tier 3

Published:  21 October, 2020

South Yorkshire has officially joined Manchester in the highest bracket of Covid measures, meaning bars and restaurants not serving seated meals will close.

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Simon Thorpe MW joins Wine GB team

Published:  21 October, 2020

Wine GB has strengthened its team with the appointment of Simon Thorpe MW as new CEO.

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NZW Independent Retail Promotion dates set for spring 2121

Published:  20 October, 2020

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) has announced the new dates for its Independent Retail Promotion which, originally due to take place in April and May this year, will now run in spring 2021.

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