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Diageo buys Tipplesworth to drive cocktails ‘on tap’ growth

Published:  03 December, 2019

Diageo has acquired pre-mix cocktail specialist Tipplesworth for an undisclosed sum.

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Low and no on-trade sales soar by nearly 50%

Published:  02 December, 2019

Sales of no- and low-alcohol drinks in the on-trade have risen nearly 50% in the last year, according to a new report from food-and-drink sector analysts CGA.

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Joe Fattorini: Self-sabotage to push trading up

Published:  26 November, 2019

JOE FATTORINI

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Lidl claims ‘value for money’ supermarket gong

Published:  21 November, 2019

Lidl has been awarded the Wotwine supermarket wine retailer gong based on delivering best value for money for consumers, making it the fourth year in a row for the discounter to claim the title.

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The Balvenie launches digital campaign with London pop-up

Published:  18 November, 2019

The Balvenie premium whisky brand has launched its ‘Digital Drams’ online campaign at a new pop-up bar inside London’s King’s Cross station.

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D&D London to launch ‘wine insights’ initiative

Published:  15 November, 2019

D&D London is poised to launch an initiative offering guests insights into wine and winemakers, and the chance to try “the finest wine at truly accessible prices”.

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The Alchemist gears up to open London flagship site

Published:  15 November, 2019

Cocktail bar and restaurant The Alchemist is gearing up to launch its biggest venue yet in London. 

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WSTA and UKHospitality welcome Tory pub support but say it ‘needs to go further’

Published:  15 November, 2019

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and UKHospitality have welcomed the pledge announced today by the Conservative Party to support the UK’s pubs.

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Ask a Somm: Where to find value on a wine list?

Published:  13 November, 2019

Italian born Federico Moccia knows a thing or two about the world’s most exclusive wine regions, but the assistant head sommelier from London’s 67 Pall Mall knows where there’s value to be found too.

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How to become a somm: Inside tips from the trade’s best

Published:  13 November, 2019

Forget Game of Thrones read Jancis instead… Put your social life on hold… Every day is a school day… Have an exit strategy… these are just some of the bits of advice offered from the UK’s top sommeliers when quizzed about how to get ahead in the trade.

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Jascots strengthens team with former Sommelier of the Year

Published:  11 November, 2019

On-trade distributor Jascots Wine Merchants has appointed former Galvin’s head sommelier and wine buyer Andrea Briccarello to its new business team.

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“It’s still a man’s world” say bartenders promoting sisterhood at all-female takeover

Published:  06 November, 2019

The opportunities for women to reach the pinnacle of their careers in the hospitality industry was one of the hot topics at a recent event at The Artesian bar, which shone a well-deserved light on the talent of the female bartenders working in the industry today.

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Joe Fattorini: Selling scarcity tactics

Published:  31 October, 2019

Head of London sales at Fields, Morris & Verdin

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Q&A: Christine Parkinson, buyer, sommelier & consultant

Published:  29 October, 2019

Parting company with Hakkasan after 18 years, one of the stars of the trade tells Andrew Catchpole what she’s learnt along the way

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Glen Moray responds to mixologist demand for single malt mixer

Published:  25 October, 2019

Glen Moray has responded to mixologist demand for single malt cocktail mixers with a new range of ‘bitters’.

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Profits dive as Premier Inn and and Beefeater owner feels Brexit strain

Published:  22 October, 2019

One of the UK’s largest hospitality groups is showing signs of strain from drawn-out economic uncertainty, with profits nosediving 7%.

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Veuve Clicquot to open London Champagne bar

Published:  17 October, 2019

Veuve Clicquot has partnered with award-winning US singer-songwriter Annie Clark, better known as St Vincent, to open a Champagne bar in London’s Covent Garden.

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Harpers to host sparkling wine discussion at Bellavita

Published:  17 October, 2019

Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole will host a roundtable on sparkling wines at Mediterranean food and wine fair Bellavita next week.

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UK cocktail market passes £600m

Published:  16 October, 2019

UK spirits lovers drank £604m of cocktails in the last year, according to the latest quarterly Mixed Drinks report from market analysts CGA.

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Ask a Somm: Julien Hennebelle, Norma London

Published:  16 October, 2019

Former Salt Yard chef director Ben Tish opened Sicilian-focussed Norma in London’s Fitzrovia just a few weeks ago. The restaurant is inspired by the food, wine and culture of Sicily and this is borne out across an impressive wine list.

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