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UK retailers will struggle with the government’s recently announced hike in the living wage, according to credit rating agency Moody’s. Food retailers will be particularly vulnerable because their margins are typically very low and they accordingly make very little profit per employee.
Wines of Portugal has announced the winners of its Wine Quest sommelier competition. First place went to Christophe Richelet of Taberna do Mercado with Maggie Mak of Maze by Gordon Ramsay named as runner up.
Australian wine brand Wolf Blass has teamed up with Will Greenwood, a key player in England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning team, to launch a rugby-themed UK promotion.
Bacardí has appointed Fabio Di Giammarco as its new global vice president. He will oversee the brand’s global marketing, with a particular emphasis on improving the brand equity.
International wine and spirits producer the SPI Group has acquired the Spanish Arinzano Winery for its new luxury wine division, HEW Holding.
Premium tequila Herencia de Plata is set to return to the UK through an exclusive partnership with Meximport. Earlier this year, it was awarded a silver medal in the Tequila Masters 2015 competition.
Bibendum PLB has partnered with Kings Place to host a charity auction and dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger. The event will take place on 7 September.
Wines of Portugal is offering consumers the chance to win a three-day autumn trip to Portugal through a new on-bottle neck-tag promotion.
Diageo GB has announced a rise in net sales of 3% in the year to end 30 June, despite mixed fortunes for the group elsewhere in the world.
Winemakers in the Douro are predicting a possible vintage crop this year. Plentiful ground water after a wet autumn together with a hot, dry summer has created conditions similar to 2011.
Sales of sparkling red wine are rocketing, according to leading online retailer Ocado.
Arbroath-based farm-to-bottle distillery Arbikie has launched a new super premium Scottish gin. Kirsty’s Gin takes its name from Arbikie master distiller Kirsty Black, who has spent the last two years developing it.
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