in brief

24 April, 2009

Licence lost to under-age sales

An Oxfordshire off-licence has had its licence revoked after being caught repeatedly selling drink to under-age youths. Didcot

magistrates found that McColl's in Millbrook Square, Grove, had sold alcohol to 14 and 15

year

olds five times between 2003 and 2009. They said McColl's had committed a "grave breach" of its licence.

Cigarette smugglers charged

Two 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 co

Wine 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 info@susyatkins.co.uk or angela@angelamount.com.

Gear up for Vegetarian Week

National 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 participants

The 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 polls

An 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.




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