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6 October, 2015

Kilburn man wins 'X Factor for wine lovers'

A waiter from Kilburn has won Oddbins’ amateur wine tasting competition The Palate, which has been dubbed the X Factor for wine lovers.

The majority of consumers want more action to overturn Reducing the Strength schemes and are concerned councils are limiting the drinks they can buy.

Conviviality Retail boss Diana Hunter has said the group is open to expansion into off-trade wholesaling beyond its core Bargain Booze and Wine Rack estate following the acquisition of Matthew Clark.

The South African wine industry needs to up its game and introduce more brands and premium tiers, it has been warned.


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Accolade Wines is recruiting for a new UK head following Paul Schaafsma’s promotion to chief executive officer.

HM Revenue & Customs has delayed the implementation of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme until the new year because of IT issues.

Aldi is moving into independents’ territory with a growing focus on smaller drinks suppliers and is planning to sell wine online from early next year.

Older drinkers are becoming the target of awareness programmes as charities focus on the “hidden problem” of over-50s drinking.

Spar to expand wine range

02 October, 2015

Spar is responding to demand for more expensive wines and wider choice from convenience shoppers with the introduction of seven new own-label wines to its core range.

The government is being urged to champion the English wine industry after a fact-finding visit to a leading Sussex vineyard by a group of MPs.

Aldi is to start selling wine online in the new year.

Accolade Wines UK general manager Paul Schaafsma has been named the company’s new chief executive.

Majestic has appointed a managing director for its retail division, responsible for the group’s 211 shops including its Calais store.

Heineken has launched a James Bond-themed TV campaign starring Daniel Craig.

The International Wine Challenge has launched a mobile phone app to help consumers baffled by the so-called wall of wine.

Treasury Wine Estates has raised nearly £25,000 for The Benevolent in a massive sponsored walk.

Pernod Ricard UK is introducing a limited edition expression created in collaboration with County Cork micobrewery Franciscan Well.

Craft gin distiller Warner Edwards is to support new retail listings for its products with in-store sampling and POS.

Fuller’s has launched its Frontier lager in 33cl craft cans and is planning to put other beers into the format.

Gallo is embarking on a sampling campaign for its Dark Horse California wine brand.

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