The police chief at the head of a scheme to tackle street drinking has told retailers that they have nothing to fear from taking cheap superstrength beers and lagers off their shelves.

An independent retailer is hoping to attract interest from other outlets to buy into his drinks delivery concept called Winebulance which it claims has grown sales by 25% in less than six months.

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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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