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John Stephenson & Sons goes into administration

Published:  12 November, 2009

The business advisory firm, Deloitte has been appointed joint administrators of Lancashire based John Stephenson & Sons (Nelson) Ltd and Wharton Wade Wines Ltd.

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New boutique hotel from D&D London

Published:  11 November, 2009

D&D London, formerly known as Conran Restaurants, has agreed plans to develop an 80-bedroom luxury boutique hotel in Moorgate. 

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George of Stamford wins wine list award

Published:  11 November, 2009

The overall winner of the Condé Nast Johansens Champagne Taittinger Wine List Awards 2010, for the best individual establishment in UK and Ireland, was the George of Stamford in Lincolnshire.

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More job losses at First Quench

Published:  11 November, 2009

The administrators of First Quench Retailing, which trades as the Threshers, Wine Rack, The Local, Haddows, Bottoms Up and Victoria Wine brands, have announced a further 35 redundancies at head office today.

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WSTA urges duty cut on wine and spirits

Published:  10 November, 2009

The WSTA is urging the government to cut duty on wine and spirits when VAT is restored to its standard 17.5% at the end of December.

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Top award for The Rutland

Published:  10 November, 2009

The Rutland in Edinburgh was awarded a top honour at The Champagne Taittinger Condé Nast Johansens Wine List of the Year Awards 2010, held in London last night (November 9).

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Whisky workers to continue fight

Published:  10 November, 2009

The chief executive of Diageo was met with angry workers at the Johnnie Walker whisky plant in Kimarnock who say they would continue to fight to keep it open.

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Wines in the press - November 6-8

Published:  10 November, 2009

The Guardian

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Spier pulls wine out of supermarkets - Claire Hu

Published:  09 November, 2009

South African producer Spier is pulling out of supermarkets in favour of a push into the on-trade.

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New protective legislation for Scotch whisky

Published:  06 November, 2009

New regulations that will put a stop to the bottling of single malt whiskies outside Scotland will come into force later this month.

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First Quench to close 373 stores

Published:  05 November, 2009

The joint administrators of First Quench Retailing have announced the closure of 373 stores, resulting in 1,738 redundancies across the group.

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Virgin Wines merges with Warehouse Wines

Published:  05 November, 2009

Virgin Wines is merging with Warehouse Wines, an offline wine specialist.

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Wine Australia calls on independents to back Regional Heroes campaign

Published:  05 November, 2009


Wine Australia is inviting independent merchants to take part in a four-week promotional campaign to help push its Regional Hero initiative.

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Sainsbury's starts Christmas price war

Published:  05 November, 2009

The Christmas promotional war has started early with Sainsbury's slashing the price of its wines in a promotion that sees Charles Lafitte NV Champagne reduced from £29.99 to just £11.24.

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James Forbes joins Stevens Garnier

Published:  05 November, 2009

Former Wines of Argentina UK director James Forbes has been appointed as buying and marketing director at Stevens Garnier.

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Pernod Ricard launches gifting campaign

Published:  04 November, 2009

Pernod Ricard is launching a print and online festive campaign with leading UK retailers focussing on gifting and cocktail making.

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Alcohol bill could push Scots into England

Published:  04 November, 2009

The Scottish Government's Alcohol Bill, due this month, could push huge numbers of shoppers into England to buy booze, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

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Disaronno ties-up with Karen Millen in £2m festive campaign

Published:  02 November, 2009

First Drinks has unveiled plans to launch a £2million Christmas TV campaign for Disaronno and a heavyweight PR programme which will see the brand tie-up with high street fashion designer, Karen Millen.

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Constellation in joint-venture talks with Australian Vintage

Published:  02 November, 2009

Constallation Brands is in discussion with Australian Vintage Ltd about merging part of its Australian and UK wine operations.

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Pernod Ricard targets slight profit growth

Published:  02 November, 2009

Pernod Ricard is targeting a slight rise of organic growth in profits from recurring operations of between 1 and 3 per cent for 2009/2010 and indicates it is seeing signs of recovery from the economic downturn.

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