In Brief

31 October, 2008

Supermarkets slash prices

The festive pricing war has kicked off with supermarkets slashing prices on leading spirit

brands. A 70cl bottle of Smirnoff Red


is on sale in Tesco for £8 -

a saving of £4.19 . Sainsbury's is selling 1-litre bottles of Bell's

for £11.73 - a £6 saving. It has also knocked £9 off its own-label Taste the Difference Irish Cream Liqueur. Asda is running a two-for-£20 promotion on 70cl bottles of Baileys, saving shoppers £5.36.

Beadles on Licensing Act

The cost of getting a drinks licence has gone up by 1,000% for some WSTA members since the Licensing Act 2003 came into force, the body has said. Chief executive Jeremy Beadles gave evidence on how the Licensing Act is working at Westminster this week. He said the act is working on the whole, but that massively increased costs and "over-zealous" local authorities were the main problems with it.

Degree for ex-Majestic chief

Former Majestic chief executive Tim How was given an honorary degree and made doctor of the University Campus Sussex, a joint award from the University of East Anglia and University of Essex. The award recognised How's commitment to his staff's

training and education

during his 17 years at Majestic's helm.

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