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Benchmark in global push on back of new funding

Published:  15 August, 2019

London-based Benchmark Drinks has won new finance to fund international expansion.

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Profits up at TWE as premiumisation drive pays off

Published:  15 August, 2019

Profits at Treasury Wine Estates leapt 16% over the last year, driven by the group’s focus on premiumisation.

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Majestic sale confirmed

Published:  02 August, 2019

The sale of Majestic Wine to US private equity firm Fortress has been confirmed.

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Scottish government calls for post-Brexit protections for whisky

Published:  01 August, 2019

Scotch whisky must retain its current protected status if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Fergus Ewing, the Scottish government’s secretary for the rural economy, has said.

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Bacardi and Brown-Forman end longstanding UK sales partnership

Published:  01 August, 2019

Bacardi and Brown-Forman are to end their UK collaboration, the companies have revealed.

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Brexit costs rising across trade, new WSTA report reveals

Published:  23 July, 2019

The UK drinks industry is investing heavily to counter the risk of a no-deal Brexit, a new survey of its members by the WSTA has revealed.

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International spirits industry unites behind new global body

Published:  10 July, 2019

Many of the world’s leading spirits producers have partnered to create a new global organisation for the industry, it was announced in Geneva yesterday.

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US private equity fund set to snap up Majestic

Published:  03 July, 2019

Majestic’s retail business is close to being sold to US private equity house Fortress for £100m, according to Sky News.

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UK retains top five status as global market for still and sparkling imports

Published:  22 May, 2019

The UK remains the world’s second biggest importer of still and sparkling wine, analysts have confirmed - despite the era of high volume wine sales being “over for good”.

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Scotch Whisky fuels the UK by £5.5bn

Published:  30 April, 2019

Scotch Whisky now contributes £5.5billion to the UK economy, up 10% since 2016, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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MPs urged to make no ‘no deal’ official before March 29

Published:  14 March, 2019

Last night’s vote to remove the possibility of a no deal scenario from the Brexit table has resulted in a sigh of relief from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) as well as other corners of the trade.

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Bibendum counteracts the “vanilla” effect of the Conviviality machine

Published:  13 March, 2019

Bibendum PLB is back on top form after veering away from Conviviality’s “one-size fits all approach”, according to one of its top bosses.

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Matthew Clark comes out fighting fit after major restructure

Published:  06 March, 2019

National wholesaler Matthew Clark says it is firmly back on track, with a far-reaching restructure of the business completed and having “delivered one of the best Christmas in terms of service and performance”, according to managing director David Phillips (pictured above).

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Portman group tackles ‘offensive marketing’ in sixth code of practice

Published:  05 March, 2019

UK alcohol regulator the Portman Group has updated its packaging and promotional guidance for society’s evolving standards, including a new rule around ‘offence’.

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Chancellor’s wine hikes to go live at midnight

Published:  01 February, 2019

The wine industry is being warned to prepare for today’s rise in duty, which will push up a bottle of still wine by 7p to £2.23 overnight.

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Brexit: WSTA launches #NoToNoDeal campaign

Published:  20 November, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned MPs ‘don’t bottle it’, while urging wine and spirit businesses to get behind a campaign that makes clear that a no deal Brexit would be unacceptable to the UK drinks industry.

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Global wine markets: China shines as Brexit Britain picks up wooden spoon

Published:  13 November, 2018

The second annual ProWein Business Report looking at the attractiveness of international export markets for wine has placed China in pole position for the first time.

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Ban on post duty point dilution could hammer British made and low abv wine

Published:  05 November, 2018

A change to legislation in the 2018 Budget policy document could have a significant impact on products made from concentrate in the UK, including British made wine, low abv wines, RTDs, sherry-style drinks and flavoured ciders – anything which is diluted after fermentation.

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As Brexit looms, is this the worst-timed duty rise in wine's history?

Published:  31 October, 2018

An inflationary rise for alcohol will kick in on February 1 – less than two months before the UK officially leaves the EU, further squeezing businesses stockpiling and looking to plan ahead. Harpers looks at what this means for a great British industry

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Duty frozen for spirits, cider and beer, but wine will rise with inflation

Published:  29 October, 2018

Investing in Britain’s future was one of the anthems that ran through Philip Hammond’s autumn Budget speech this afternoon.

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