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Drinks industry launches public campaign against minimum pricing

Published:  25 January, 2013

 

The drinks industry is to launch the first consumer-facing campaign to mobilise mass opposition to the government's minimum unit pricing plans.

 

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has galvanised the support of major supermarkets and drinks brands to launch a consumer campaign under the "Why Should Responsible Drinkers Pay More" banner. A dedicated website is due to go live next Tuesday. Retail backers include Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons with drinks suppliers on board including SAB Miller and Diageo.

 

The site will include information about how minimum unit pricing will affect beer wines and spirits products and tell consumers how to send a letter calling for their MP's support on the issue. It will be backed by a radio and PR campaign.

 

"A 45p minimum unit pricing will increase the price of regular shopping basket items like beers wine and spirits and not just target binge drinkers," said WSTA chief executive Miles Beale.

Under 45p minimum unit pricing, a bottle of wine at 13% abv would cost at least £4.39, and £4.88 if the minimum unit price was 50p.

 

A bottle of 70cl vodka at 37.5% abv would cost at least £11.81 under 45p and £13.13 under 50p minimum unit pricing, while a 70cl bottle of whisky at 40% abv would rise to £12.60 or £14.

 

"We've done a decent job so far on talking to the political classes about this, but we need ordinary people to understand what the government is proposing and for their voices to be heard.

 

"Consumers are voters too, and our research shows the more people find out about minimum  pricing, the less they like it. Minimum pricing is unfair, probably illegal, and won't tackle the problem of binge drinking. " said Beale.

 

The Home Office's Alcohol Strategy consultation closes on February 6 with potential legislation expected to be revealed in the Queen's Speech in May.

 

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Kleine Zalze hires new winemaker

Published:  25 January, 2013

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker.

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South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has appointed RJ Botha as winemaker.

 

Botha will assist cellarmaster Johan Joubert to develop new premium white and red blends which will be launched in South Africa this year.

 

He previously worked as winemaker at Nitida in Durbanville for five years and was named Diners Club Young Winemarker of the Year in 2010.

 

"We are delighted to have made this appointment. RJ's passion, and his belief in getting quality wines in the bottle matches ours," said Joubert.

 

Kleine Zalze moved its whole portfolio in the UK to Hatch Mansfield last year.

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Horizons reports Christmas dining-out decline

Published:  25 January, 2013

Consumers cut back on their spending this Christmas and fewer people dined out over the festive period, according to foodservice analysts Horizons.

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English wine experts question need for regionality

Published:  25 January, 2013

Harpers hears from leading experts on English sparkling about whether establishing a cru-based identification system would help estates promote their wines better on an international stage.

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Published:  24 January, 2013

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Published:  24 January, 2013

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Ross Carter appointed exhibition director for LIWF

Published:  24 January, 2013

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Fine Bordeaux tender opens

Published:  24 January, 2013

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Published:  24 January, 2013

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Cellar Trends reports positive results from Drinkaware campaign

Published:  24 January, 2013

Drinks distributor Cellar Trends and alcohol education charity Drinkaware have reported positive results to its responsible drinking message campaign Why let good times go bad? which it held in 18 cities across England before Christmas.

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Maison Sichel reports 21% uplift in value

Published:  23 January, 2013

Bordeaux-based producer and négociant Maison Sichel has reported a 21% value growth for 2012, making it the company's second best year since it was established in 1883.

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Cobevco to offer bag-in-box filling service

Published:  23 January, 2013

Cheshire-based specialist bottler Cobevco has announced it is to offer bag in box as part of its beverage-filling capabilities.

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Last chance to register for South Africa tasting

Published:  23 January, 2013

There are just a few places remaining at Harpers' upcoming Cape Crusaders - Wines for your Business tasting, which will take place on January 29.

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Enotria takes on Californian Cannonball Wine Company

Published:  23 January, 2013

Enotria has announced California's Cannonball Wine Company will be joining the Enotria USA portfolio.

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New single malt distillery for Isle of Harris

Published:  22 January, 2013

A new single malt distillery is due to be built on the Hebridean Isle of Harris after it recieved a grant of £1.9 million from the Scottish government.

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Mike Paul: don't judge wines on how well they taste but what they mean to consumers

Published:  22 January, 2013

The wine industry has more in common with The X Factor than it does with The Voice.

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The Benevolent receives healthy donation from Vintners

Published:  22 January, 2013

The wine and spirit trades' charity, The Benevolent, has received a cheque for £9,000 from the master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners following the New Year wine trade lunch at Vintners' Hall in January.

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Port shipments to UK increase by 6%

Published:  22 January, 2013

The Port Wine Institute has reported a 6% increase in total Port shipped to the UK in 2012, despite difficult economic conditions, according to Symington Family Estates.

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Mike Paul: why generic bodies should look again at pushing regionality

Published:  22 January, 2013

Read any interview with the various heads of generic wine bodies in the UK, like Michael Cox, Yvonne May or Jo Wehring - or an individual producer of premium wines in Australia, Chile or South Africa - and you'll spot a common theme. They're almost certain to vent their frustration that the quality of their premium offer is not being sufficiently recognised, either by the trade or the consumer.

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González Byass holds first Birmingham Sherry Summit

Published:  21 January, 2013

González Byass UK is holding its first Birmingham Sherry Summit on January 23 in a bid to help spread the growing sherry revival to the Midlands.

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