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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  19 August, 2016

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

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Most Read: This week, wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd and suppliers Lanchester Wines both appointed two new game-changers to their teams, Accolade were gearing up for the company's initial public offering in 2017 and we brought you some top tips on how to turn surplus stock into profit.

Part 1: How to sell surplus stock

Aldi adds 25 limited edition wines to festival range

Accolade Wines owner CHAMP setting the stage for IPO

SMWS creates test to match personality with whisky preferences

New appointments: Lanchester Wines and Berry Bros. & Rudd

International Sherry Week returns with a focus on education

Boutinot mixes bag-in-box and camping trends with Camper Vin

English wine on the rise: Earlier this month, English wine was listed on fine wine trading platform Liv-ex and English wine shows no signs of slowing down. A thirst for English fizz has driven an 80% rise in sales of sparkling in the UK over the last five years. 

Meanwhile, sales of English wine were up 74% in the second quarter of the year at M&S and the category is set to go global, with the largest shipment of English wine heading for the USA later this month.

The world is getting a taste for English sparkles, but Guy Woodward said UK restaurants need to get behind this homegrown industry.

Listings and partnerships: Drinks companies were spreading the reach of their offering by announcing some strategic partnerships and listings this week, including a historic port house, a new gin brand and an alcohol-free wine.

Halewood Wines & Spirits' Rioja brand main sponsors of Spanish fest

"World's oldest Port house"  teams up with M&S for first major listing

Persie Distillery opens its doors to craft gin tourism 

The Tour of Britain partners with alcohol-free brand


Analysis and Insights: Rum is on the rise, with impressive gains in the spiced rum and quality sipping rum sections of the category. Alongside our category analysis, we brought you Part 4 of our growing your indie business, this time focusing on how to make the most of events.

Insights: The rise of rum

Keys to building your indie business Part 4: Making the most of events

Opinion & Q&As:

Profile: Richard Lecoche of Great Western Wine on the business' growth as part larger Enotria