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Off-trade alcohol sales up 41%

Published:  21 July, 2020

Off-trade alcohol sales were up by 41% in the four weeks to 12 July 2020, according to Kantar data released today.  

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William Grant & Sons’ Standfast charity auction goes live

Published:  21 July, 2020

William Grant & Sons’ Standfast charity auction in support of The Drinks Trust and The Ben Scotland has gone live.

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Sussex vineyard Kinsbrook releases debut wines

Published:  21 July, 2020

Sussex vineyard Kinsbrook, which lies just outside West Chiltington, has released its debut wines. 

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Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino welcomes three new Caballeros

Published:  20 July, 2020

Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino (GOCV) has welcomed three new Caballeros.

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Equality in the SA wine industry takes leap forward

Published:  20 July, 2020

Equality in the South African wine industry has taken a leap forward with 94 students from disadvantaged backgrounds having passed their exams to become qualified sommeliers.

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Majestic reveals new own-label strategy as it expands range

Published:  20 July, 2020

Majestic has added 14 wines to its Definition label, at the same time revealing a change in strategy towards own-label. 

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2020 Wine GB Awards gets underway

Published:  20 July, 2020

Wine GB has kickstarted the 2020 edition of its wine awards, with judging taking place throughout this week.  

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SWA calls on whisky fans to urge government to ‘call time on tariffs’

Published:  20 July, 2020

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has launched a campaign urging whisky lovers to write to their MPs underlining the damage that US tariffs are causing to the Scotch whisky industry and asking them to “urge the government to call time on tariffs”. 

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Emphasis on reservations fuels wave of ‘no shows’

Published:  20 July, 2020

The Covid-led fresh emphasis on reservations is hitting the beleaguered on-trade with a wave a ‘no shows’ recorded since the reopening of the industry.   

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Armit becomes first merchant to support The Court of Master Sommeliers

Published:  20 July, 2020

Armit Wines has been named as the first wine merchant to support The Court of Master Sommeliers.

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Prosecco in the pink with parallel rosé trends

Published:  17 July, 2020

A sizeable uplift in rosé wine sales is forecasting a rosey outlook for ‘Pink Prosecco’ which is due to land on British shelves and in ice buckets as of January 2021.

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Restaurant Rescue project launched by Cape winemakers

Published:  17 July, 2020

A new initiative urging wine estates to adopt a restaurant has been launched in Cape Town in response to the blow of the renewed government ban on drinking.

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Atkin in running for Roederer Award for Harpers column

Published:  17 July, 2020

Tim Atkin MW has been shortlisted by the prestigious Roederer Awards for work in Harpers, being nominated under the Mazzei International Wine Columnist of the Year category.

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Friday read: Retail sales boom belies range stagnation

Published:  17 July, 2020

With supermarket wine sales soaring, buying strategies have altered dramatically, as Angela Mount reports.

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Pernod Ricard takes mezcal super premium

Published:  17 July, 2020

French giant Pernod Ricard has grown its stake in the “fast-growing” mezcal segment via Ojo de Tigre, a small-batch spirit made from sustainable agave.

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On-trade reports 40% drop in weekly sales

Published:  17 July, 2020

Sales across on-trade sites open in England in the first week after lockdown was lifted were down 39.8% compared to the same week last year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker data released today.  

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Berry Bros & Rudd announces new CEO

Published:  16 July, 2020

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Emma Fox as its new CEO with effect from 3 August 2020.  

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Ireland pushes back reopening of bars

Published:  16 July, 2020

Ireland has pushed back the planned reopening of bars and nightclubs by three weeks. 

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UK should embrace “best in class” IT to secure global drinks trading pre-eminence

Published:  16 July, 2020

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU and subsequent shake up of import-export requirements is an opportunity to implement a system that secures Britain’s place as the unrivalled hub of international drinks trading.

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AB InBev canned wine enters UK with rosé made for British market

Published:  16 July, 2020

US canned wine brand Babe has made its UK debut with a French sparkling rosé developed specially for the British market.

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