?Cigarette smugglers chargedTwo truck? drivers caught trying to smuggle 7 million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK under a cargo of mushrooms have been jailed for five years. Denis Bugler, 43, from the Irish Republic and Conor Caherty, 30, from Northern Ireland, were convicted of attempting to evade £1 million in duty before Maidstone Crown Court.
?Wine pair set up events coWine industry consultant and ex-Somerfield buyer Angela Mount has teamed up with writer and broadcaster Susy Atkins to set up a wine events business in the south west. The pair will focus on organising bespoke wine tasting and corporate events in the region, where they both live. Atkins said: “?We know there are a lot of wine consumers both living in? and travelling to this region who would love to find out more about wine in a relaxed environment.” To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Gear up for Vegetarian WeekNational Vegetarian Week runs from May 18-24 and is a great time to promote your vegetarian wines, beers and spirits. Hatch Mansfield has picked out a selection of animal-friendly wines for the occasion, including Cune Crianza 2005 (£8.25), Errazuriz Max Reserva Shiraz 2006 (£9.99), Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2007 (£8.05), Grant Burge Barossa Vines Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2006 (£6.99), Lourensford Three Peaks Shiraz/Viognier 2006 (£7.49), Grant Burge Barossa Vines Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (£6.99) and Taittinger Brut Reserve NV (£31.99).
Benevolent seeks participantsThe Benevolent Triathlon is to take place in Keynes Country Park in Cirencester? on September 6, and is looking for individuals to compete in a 750m open?-water swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. Entrants need a minimum sponsorship of £350 for individuals or £1,000 for a team of three?.
See triferris.com? for details.
UK tops Fairtrade pollsAn international survey ahead of World Fair Trade Day on May 9 found that the UK had the highest awareness of Fairtrade of any country polled. Eighty-two per cent of those polled said they recognised the Fairtrade mark, with 94% of them saying they trusted it. The poll said estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in the UK topped £700 million in 2008.