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'Major win' over duty deferment

Published:  23 July, 2008

The wines and spirits trade has secured a major win' over the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), according to the WSTA's Jeremey Beadles, after the government agreed to make significant changes to the Duty Deferment Guarantee System - which could result in millions of pounds of tied-up capital being released.

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Crush Wines picks up Cardeto

Published:  23 July, 2008

Crush Wines has announced its appointment as the UK agent for the Cardeto Winery with immediate effect.

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'Rethink Rioja' launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rethink Rioja is the name of a new campaign, being launched this month by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

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English Wine Festival hit by bad weather

Published:  23 July, 2008

Global warming may be coming and southern England may one day be bedecked with vines, but it was traditional sunshine and showers - with strong winds - last weekend when the English Wine & Regional Food Festival took place in East Sussex.

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IWSC and Harpers join forces in new group

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers and the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) are to form the basis of a new Wine & Spirit division at business-to-business publishers, Nexus Media Communications, headed up by Allen Gibbons, formerly of Diageo, the largest drinks company in the world.

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Kumala launches neck collar promotion

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK's best-selling South African wine, Kumala, is launching a major off-trade sales promotion, using four million neck collars.

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Wines from Spain's on-trade bonanza

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sommeliers for Spain' is a new on-trade initiative launched by Wines from Spain. The generic body has formed an alliance with The Academy of Food and Wine, and will hold a series of tastings for sommeliers, focusing on the best from Spain'.

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Rangers chairman to buy Edinburgh Wine Importers?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The chairman and owner of Rangers Football Club is poised to buy one Scotland's largest independent drinks wholesalers, Edinburgh Wine Importers (EWI), according to press reports.

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Whyte & Mackay ends Maxxium distribution deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Whyte & Mackay has announced that it will take back the distribution of its two key brands - Whyte & Mackay blended Scotch whisky and Vladivar vodka - from Maxxium UK on 1 March 2007.

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WoA office now open

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK Office of Wines of Argentina officially opened its doors for business on 1 September at 27 Three Kings Yard, London W1K 4DF. The telephone number is 020 7629 7222.

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TastingBuddy comes to the UK

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new online package that promises to revolutionise the way the wine trade and enthusiasts write their notes was launched this week in the UK.

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News In Brief - 8 September 2006

Published:  23 July, 2008

Alliance adds Tasmania
Alliance Wine has been appointed as the new UK distributor for the prestigious Clover Hill sparkling wine and boutique Lalla Gully range of wines from Australia's north-east Tasmanian wine region.

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INAO issues objection to Sud de France' campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

The future of the Sud de France' marketing campaign, which was launched at Vinisud this year, has been thrown into doubt after the Institut National des Appellations Origine (INAO) expressed doubts over its legality.

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BOB goes North

Published:  23 July, 2008

Buddies of the Benevolent (BOB) is setting up a northern branch to organise events for those in the trade who live too far away to travel to events in London.

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Walsh: wine not attractive

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Walsh, the chief executive of Diageo, the world's largest alcoholic drinks group, expects consolidation in the industry to continue and believes his company will play a part in that process, writes Ron Emler.

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NEWS RELEASEThe Wine Group and Les Grands Chais de France announce Global Strategic Alliance

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine Group (TWG), headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA and Les Grands Chais de France (GCF), headquartered in Petersbach, Alsace, France announce a global strategic alliance to cover the USA and Europe.

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'Selling brand Portugal' - by Bernard Barbuk

Published:  23 July, 2008

As far as the UK market is concerned, Portugal has always been the bridesmaid, never the bride. It has often seemed on the verge of breakthrough, but has never quite managed it.

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Andrew Bennett

Published:  23 July, 2008

What brought you to Lincolnshire?

My partner, Vicky Herring, and I wanted a complete change of scene after working for high-tech companies in Cambridge.

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Highland Parks 18 million masterplan

Published:  23 July, 2008

Scotch producer Highland Park is aiming to double annual sales and break into the world top ten malts list with an 18 million global investment plan.

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Threshers to take WSET courses to the consumer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Threshers is joining forces with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to introduce a new in-store consumer education initiative to drive sales and help customers to take full advantage of the three-for-two offer.

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