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30 November, 2015

Hardys wins gold for Ashes England cricket campaign

Leading Australian wine brand Hardys has won two coveted international media awards for its £3.5 million above-the-line summer campaign celebrating its sponsorship of the England cricket team.

Spitfire Gold, launched into the on-trade in September, is to be made available to the national retail trade.

Marstons, the Wolverhampton-based pub operator and brewer recorded profits of £845.5 million, according to its end-of-year figures released today.

The winners of the Wines of Portugal competition in Off Licence News held a range of successful events and tastings last month as part of the prize.


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Cognac Renault is marking its 180th anniversary this year with a limited edition expression of its flagship blend, Carte Noir Extra Old.

Leading online retailer Virgin Wines is hiring 80 new temporary members to staff to cope with what it expects to be its busiest Christmas yet.

Weston’s is to launch its Caple Rd Cider, which it describes as the UK’s first craft cider in a can, into the off-trade.

Irish whiskey is facing a 28% shortfall in supply by 2020, according to a new report.

The Co-operative Group is to partner with Nielsen to develop more detailed insights into its customers and improve their in-store experience.

Chilean wine brand Frontera is to become the official wine of The BRIT Awards, in a partnership between the wine’s producer, Concha y Toro, and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced today.

Jonothan Piper, sole director of Embassy Wine UK Ltd, a company that traded in fine wine investments, has been disqualified as a director for 11 years.

Local authorities granted over £1 billion in relief under the Small Business Rate Relief scheme in 2014-15, according to figures released by the government this week. That is up 7.7% on the previous year.

Nottingham-based importer Left Coast Distribution has added Seattle’s award-winning Reuben’s Brews to its portfolio of American craft beers.

Guinness is to open its experimental brewery to the public for the first time.

German gin brand Ferdinand has released the world’s first Dry Riesling Vermouth.

Broughton Ales, one of Scotland’s first craft breweries, has been bought by a team of drinks-industry veterans.

By 2020, the global spirits market will climb above 3.2 billion nine-litre cases, the IWSR predicted today.

Glasgow-based JW Filshill, which owns the KeyStore convenience store brand, has unveiled a new brand identity to coincide with its 140th anniversary this year.

Maxxium UK has announced a range of Christmas gift packs for its key spirits brands to drive sales in the off-trade.

Laithwaite’s Wine has announced a strategic wine partnership with the BBC Good Food brand.

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Richard Hemming: Taking stock of UK wine retail

My 12-times table is ninja fast. Not just up to 10, either – that’s kid’s stuff. I’m talking dozens of dozens, hundreds even. I’ve even got favourites: 38 times 12 is 456 – pleasingly sequential; 50 times 12 is 600 – an easy one, but with satisfying roundness. Then there’s the evergreen classic 74 times 12, giving not just two but three fat ladies, 888.

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Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

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