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Inaugural International Cognac Summit approaches

Published:  23 July, 2008

The first International Cognac Summit will take place in January 2008.

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FSA backed over its Sovio Wine decision

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has received independent backing for its decision to refuse the sale of Sovio Wine.

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Penfolds wins George Mackey Memorial Trophy

Published:  23 July, 2008

Penfolds has won the George Mackey Memorial Trophy for Australia's export wine of the year.

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New man at top for Louis Latour

Published:  23 July, 2008

Dan Townsend has taken up the position of managing director of Louis Latour Agencies UK.

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Cannabis-flavoured drinks pulled

Published:  23 July, 2008

A range of cannabis-flavoured drinks has been removed from UK shelves following a regulatory investigation.

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Greene King enjoys record profits boost

Published:  23 July, 2008

Brewing and pub chain giant Greene King has seen a 6% revenue increase, driven by record first half financial results.

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Luxury food and drink purchases will rise

Published:  23 July, 2008

Consumers in the UK are set to drive luxury food and drink purchases above 20bn a year by 2012.


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Record harvest in Washington State

Published:  23 July, 2008

A record grape harvest has been reported in Washington State this year.

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UK retail sector set for packaging shift

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Retailers could see a change to recycling information for packaging on consumer products.

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LVMH scores highly in luxury green survey

Published:  23 July, 2008

French premium goods firm LVMH, owner of Mot Hennessy, has come third in a scoring of the world's luxury companies, based on green credentials.

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Subdued liquor spending hits Regent Inns' profits

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Regents Inns has spoken of "disappointing" trading results with end-of-year profit forecasts now unlikely.

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Tesco moves on new US depot

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: Tesco is close to finalising the acquisition of a second US depot, which would facilitate the opening of a further 1,000 Fresh & Easy convenience stores.

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Spirits auctions return to New York

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: Auction house Christie's will hold its first spirits auction in New York this week since Prohibition began in 1920.

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Home Office launches Christmas alcohol campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The Home Office has launched a month-long campaign today (November 30) targeting retailers that sell alcohol to underage drinkers and routinely breach licensing laws.

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Food fuels Marston's sales growth

Published:  23 July, 2008

Marton's has reported strong sales growth in both its managed and tenanted estates, but warned that it remained cautious over consumer confidence.

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Provence aims to go green

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Provence-Alpes-Ctes d'Azur region (PACA) is offering monetary incentives to producers to help hit its targets for organic production.

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25% of licensed outlets sell alcohol to children

Published:  23 July, 2008

More than one-quarter of licensed premises in London were found to have sold alcohol to children.

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Government launches licence consultation

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The consulation seeks views on a proposal to simplify the way in which licence holders can make small changes to their licence, such as changing a shop lay-out.

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Lindemans heads to South Africa

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine brand Lindemans will include a South African range in spring 2008 having launched Lindemans Chile in May.

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MPs fight to freeze Scotch whisky duty

Published:  23 July, 2008

The secretary of state for Scotland Des Browne is to continue fighting for Scotch whisky duty to remain frozen in the next Budget.

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