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30 Under 30 nominations: One week left to go!

Published:  14 February, 2024

There is just under one week left to nominate your colleagues (or yourself) for this year’s definitive guide to the industry’s up and coming talent.

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Blumenthal calls for urgency to tackle fraudsters

Published:  14 February, 2024

Restaurateur and chef Heston Blumenthal OBE has called for greater urgency in tackling fraud after more than 750 fake firms using restaurant names have been set up in the past six weeks. 

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White hot: Demand for fizz pushes white production to its highest ever level

Published:  14 February, 2024

Global red wine supply and demand have significantly decreased in the last twenty years, while white wine has picked up the slack (along with rosé), largely due to the boom in sparkling wine in markets like the UK.

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Premium chains lead restaurant market growth

Published:  14 February, 2024

According to Lumina Intelligence, the UK restaurant market reached a value of £18.6bn in 2023, spearheaded by premium branded establishments and menu price inflation.

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Fifth González Byass winery gains SWfCP certificate

Published:  13 February, 2024

González Byass has obtained its fifth ‘Sustainable Wineries for Climate Protection’ (SWfCP) certification from the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV) for its Beronia Rueda winery.

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Tipping legislation scrutinised in hospitality webinar

Published:  12 February, 2024

Complying with the new legislation on the allocation of tips in the hospitality sector was the hot topic in a live industry webinar held last week, organised by technology provider Access Hospitality.

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Bladnoch distillery partners with Enotria & Coe

Published:  12 February, 2024

Bladnoch, Scotland’s southernmost distillery, has partnered with leading wine and spirits distributor Enotria & Coe to accelerate growth of the single malt whisky brand across the UK.

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Managed groups eye expansion despite swathe of hospitality closures

Published:  12 February, 2024

Gaucho and M-owner Rare Restaurants will open 30 new sites following its double-digit revenue growth in 2023.

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Nick Gillett: Why mezcal could cure the ‘tequila timebomb’

Published:  12 February, 2024

If you’re an avid agave fan or have been subject to any of my previous tequila musings of the last few years, you might have heard the phrase – ‘the tequila timebomb’. For a few years now, the boom in tequila’s popularity has been well documented, as have the numerous voices warning that, to keep up with this demand, producers are irresponsibly damaging Mexico’s agricultural and civil landscapes. In 2022, my article on the subject talked about monocropping practices of enormous agave cultivations, cloned plants, and the dangerous effect these were having on biodiversity, agriculture, and even water availability for local communities. So, 18 months later, have we managed to dispose of the tequila timebomb?

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V d’OR winners announced on eve of Wine Paris

Published:  12 February, 2024

Wine Paris & Vinexpo 2024 kicked off proceedings last night (11 February) with the first-ever V d’OR Awards.

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Trade divided on MUP increase

Published:  09 February, 2024

The minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland will rise from 50p to 65p, Holyrood has announced.

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Exclusive: Broadland reinstalls corking line after 15 years

Published:  09 February, 2024

Norfolk bottler Broadland Drinks is re-installing its corking line after a 15-year absence in a move which marks a significant re-emergence of cork back into the UK drinks scene, Harpers can reveal.

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Amathus Drinks appoints Ana Jackson MW

Published:  08 February, 2024

Drinks importer, distributor and retailer, Amathus Drinks, has announced the appointment of Ana Jackson MW (née Sapungiu) as head of wine business development.

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Coterie continues recruitment drive with another Bibendum hire

Published:  08 February, 2024

James Scott is the latest name to join the ranks of Coterie Holdings in another move which continues the trend of key industry names jumping ship from Bibendum.

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Lidl trials return scheme after DRS delay

Published:  08 February, 2024

Discounter Lidl has launched its own return scheme for PET plastic and aluminium drinks containers, eight months after the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) was delayed by the Scottish government.

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Edinburgh trio launches international bar show

Published:  08 February, 2024

Edinburgh is getting its very own trade-focused bar show, with the event due to land in the Scottish capital for the first time in April.

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The Drinks Trust launches industry survey

Published:  08 February, 2024

The Drinks Trust has launched its annual industry survey to better understand the needs of the hospitality workforce.

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NZ wine sales performing ‘ahead of trade’ in UK

Published:  07 February, 2024

The New Zealand London Annual Trade Tasting returned to Lindley Hall yesterday (7 February) on Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand.

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French champions recognised for UK service

Published:  07 February, 2024

Daniel Lambert Wines, Waitrose and The Wine Society were among some of the big winners at The French Champion Awards organised and hosted by Business France.

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Harpers archive heads for California

Published:  07 February, 2024

One hundred and forty-five years of trade history is soon to cross The Pond, as the Harpers archive moves to a new home at UC Davis.

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