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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  19 September, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Two big events this week in case you missed them included the Scottish Referendum vote and the WSTA conference.

Scottish independence Referendum

Whisky industry welcomes "stability" of Scottish "No" vote for independence

Your view: the impact of Scottish independence on the drinks trade

An independent Scotland is bad news for Scotch whisky in short-term, says Rabobank

Scottish independence: drinks trade on tenterhooks as voters go to polls

WSTA Conference recap:

Advertising guru, Sir John Hegarty, slams "truly appalling" wine industry

 Independent merchants have key role to play in lobbying MPs for duty changes, says WSTA

A "united" industry effort can force a 2% cut in duty, claims WSTA's Miles Beale

Supermarkets are threatening the future of wine suppliers warns Sir John Hegarty

News: Catch up with what has happened this week. Simon Baile, ex-Oddbins boss said the days of the standalone wine shop are numbered, Johnnie Walker Scotch builds a mini-golf course at Gleneagles ahead of the Ryder Cup, Wines of the Beautiful South not happening in 2015 due to Cape Wine in South Africa to be held the same time as next year, news of the harvest in France is underway, Accolade moves European management to Warsaw office and South African wines are rising in the UK.

Ex-Oddbins boss, Simon Baile, says standalone wine retailing not sustainable

Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky boosts golf ties ahead of Ryder Cup

Wines of Beautiful South to return in 2016 as South Africa switches focus to Cape Wine

After two difficult harvests, Loire Valley is optimistic as 2014 vintage starts

Baking hot September boosts prospects for Bordeaux 2014 harvest

Accolade Wines switches its European division from the UK to Poland

South African wines 'gaining momentum' in UK market

Opinion & Q&As:

Ryan Opaz: let's have fun and make the most of what we can do with wine

Martin Sealy on how suppliers working together can cut supply chain costs

Jochen Erler assesses South African wine trends


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