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Welsh on-trade faces 6pm curfew and ban on selling alcohol

Published:  30 November, 2020

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales are facing a 6pm curfew and complete ban on selling alcohol from 4 December, first minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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Ex-PLB directors launch new business

Published:  30 November, 2020

Two former directors of PLB have teamed up again to launch a new wine export agency.

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Ecommerce alcohol sales soar

Published:  30 November, 2020

Sales of alcohol through ecommerce are set to increase by 42% this year to reach US$24bn across 10 core markets, according to new research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

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PM promises u-turn on support for hospitality trade

Published:  30 November, 2020

Boris Johnson is set to offer more support to pubs and restaurants, the Daily Telegraph is reporting.

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Oz wines hit with huge Chinese import taxes

Published:  30 November, 2020

China has imposed taxes of up to 212% on imports of Australian wine.

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Accolade names Katnook Estate senior winemaker

Published:  30 November, 2020

Accolade Wines has named Natalie Cleghorn as senior winemaker and manager for Coonawarra’s premium Katnook Estate.

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First Saint-Émilion Chardonnay releaesd

Published:  30 November, 2020

The first official vintage of Chardonnay wines produced in Saint-Émilion has been released.

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At least 50k sites to be shut or unviable under new tiers

Published:  30 November, 2020

More than 50,000 of England’s licensed premises will be unable to trade under the government’s tough new tiered restrictions coming into place this week, according to research for the latest edition of the Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners

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BBR return to form with highest operating profits since 2010

Published:  26 November, 2020

Berry Bros. & Rudd (BBR) has posted strong results, showing the family-owned business in growth for FY20 and “solid” half-year results for FY21.

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Lockdown will end in Tiers (2 and 3 for most of England)

Published:  26 November, 2020

The end of lockdown will bring little relief for England’s hospitality sector, which is returning to the rule of alcohol “only to be served with substantial meals” or stricter for most of the country.

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BAME in Hospitality survey to help drive change

Published:  26 November, 2020

BAME in Hospitality and CPL Learning are calling on members of the trade to complete an Inside Hospitality Survey, as part of a strategy to “measure, track and make incremental changes”.

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Wine industry falling behind other sectors on creating a global sustainable standard

Published:  26 November, 2020

A global framework used by other sectors like palm oil, mining, textiles and even golfing is needed to build best practice for the wine industry, some of the world’s leading experts in environmental management have said.

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WSTA webinar to offer indies “essential” advice on 1 January trading preparations

Published:  26 November, 2020

Fine wine and independent merchants are being invited to attend a free ‘Essential Preparations for 1 January Trading’ webinar hosted by the Wine & Spirit Association (WSTA) on 2 December.

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New Zealand wine exports reach NZ$2 billion

Published:  26 November, 2020

International demand for New Zealand wine has surged over the past decade, with total export value now reaching a record-breaking NZ$2 billion in 2020.

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Miles Beale: Trade deal will be within the week or not at all

Published:  25 November, 2020

Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) chief executive Miles Beale has said that the UK is likely to get ‘something or nothing’ in terms of a trade deal over the coming week, while insisting that a ‘deal is still better than no deal at all’.

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Liv-ex prepares for skyrocketing cost of Brexit transition

Published:  25 November, 2020

Liv-ex is predicting that the number of ‘steps’ involved in transferring wine between the UK and the EU will more than double post-January, with associated costs forecasted to rise exponentially.

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Cheer from Chapel Down as sales hit one million bottles

Published:  25 November, 2020

Kent-based Chapel Down has hit a new high, with 2020 sales passing the one million bottle mark in October this year.

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Shaken Not Broken fund urges support against £717m lost Christmas bookings

Published:  25 November, 2020

With a £717m estimated loss in Christmas party bookings due to Covid-19, Campari UK and The Drinks Trust are calling on businesses to donate 5% of their annual party fund to support on-trade staff.

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Sommlight series and crush playlist launched by Washington Wine

Published:  25 November, 2020

In moves to spread some cheer around the industry, Washington Wine has launched a new digital series called Sommlight, complete with dedicated website featuring stories from leading trade lights.

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South Australia targets emerging Asian markets following China uncertainty

Published:  24 November, 2020

A South Australian program has been launched to help open up access to markets in Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and India in the wake of continued uncertainty around shipments to China.

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