In Brief

16 November, 2007

Nicolas to buy for Oddbins

Nicolas' head office will be buying French wines for Oddbins from now on - not Castel, as reported in OLN's Nov 2 issue. The 20 new Bordeaux and 15 new Burgundy wines in Oddbins are not from Castel.

Pisa leans toward variant

Harvey Miller Wine & Spirits Agencies is extending its nut liqueur brand Pisa with the launch of a cream variant.

Imported from Italy, Pisa Cream blends Italian cream with almond, pistachio and hazelnut flavours. The packaging is designed to reinforce the liqueur's place of origin, with the slanted bottle taking inspiration from the region's famous Leaning Tower.

M&S reports 'good' results

In Marks & Spencer's interim results

food and drink sales rose

0.5 per cent in the first half of the year. Overall,


sales r ose 6.5 per cent to Sept 29. Chief executive Stuart Rose said: "We had a good first half despite a tough market impacted by unseasonable trading conditions, and at a time when many of our stores were undergoing major refurbishment."

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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