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Tesco buys Londis and Budgens owner Booker for £3.7bn

Published:  27 January, 2017

Tesco is set to merge with Britain's biggest food wholesaler Booker in a £3.7bn deal to create "the UK's leading food business".

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Prime Minister's US gift highlights Scotch

Published:  27 January, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May's presentation of a quaich to new US President Donald Trump at the White House today (27 January) is hoped to deliver a further boost to growing value of Scotch whisky exports to US

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'Sussex Fizz' latest in regional approach shaping English and Welsh wine industry

Published:  27 January, 2017

The emergence of the Sussex PDO and the forthcoming 'Vineyards of Hampshire' tasting in London in February, highlight a growing regional focus in the English and Wine Industry, as it continues the search for collective national names for both sparkling and still wines.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  27 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Alternative varieties and affordable luxury among key trends revealed in Jascots on-trade report

Published:  27 January, 2017

Jascots new On-trade Trends Insights Briefing hinted at 'peak SB', while revealing the rise of alternative varieties by-the-glass and opportunities for premium sparkling beyond Prosecco

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Diageo celebrates growth in 2017 interim results

Published:  26 January, 2017

Spirits giant Diageo has reported a better than expected rise in sales helped by improvements in its US business and its Scotch portfolio.

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ADT 2017: Spain and Italy getting more bang for their 1% buck

Published:  26 January, 2017

A quick glance around at London's very well attended Australia Day Tasting on Tuesday (January 24) showed that very few producers were without Italian and Spanish varieties such as Tempranillo, Fiano and Vermentino - one of Austria's fastest growing grapes.

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Social media data helps create the perfect holiday rum

Published:  26 January, 2017

Virgin Holidays has partnered with IBM and global rum ambassador Ian Burrell to create a rum "scientifically manufactured" to evoke the feeling of a Caribbean holiday.

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Craft beer and gin exports follow in footsteps of Scotch

Published:  26 January, 2017

Scotch may be one of the UK's greatest export success stories, but craft beer and gin are fast catching up, according to figures released by Defra yesterday to coincide with Burns' Night.

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Australian UK wine exports continue premium trend

Published:  25 January, 2017

Australian wine exports to the UK continue to show a strong trend towards premiumisation, according to Wine Australia's latest annual Export Report, due to be released this Friday.

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Whisky adds £3.7bn to UK balance of trade, new report shows

Published:  25 January, 2017

The Scottish whisky industry contributes a massive £3.7bn to the UK's balance of trade in goods making it the singe largest net contributor, according to new research published by the Scotch Whisky Association.

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Arbikie adds wheat and honey gin to range

Published:  25 January, 2017

Premium Scottish field-to-bottle distillery Arbikie Highland Estate has added a second gin to its award-winning range.

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FMV to distribute New Zealand's Kusuda Wines in the UK

Published:  25 January, 2017

Boutique New Zealand winery Kusuda Wines has appointed Fields, Morris & Verdin to distribute its wines to the UK on-trade.

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Chapel Down launches in France at Paris Fashion Week

Published:  24 January, 2017

Kent-based winery Chapel Down celebrated its launch in the French market with a high-profile event to open Paris Fashion Week last night.

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Fever-Tree to post 75% sales growth in 2016

Published:  24 January, 2017

Sales of premium mixer brand Fever-Tree were up 75% in 2016, the company expects to announce.

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PGI application to protect 'British' versus imported grapes

Published:  24 January, 2017

The chair of the UKVA has hit back at claims that the purpose of a new PGI application was to coin a popular name for English sparkling wine, but rather to prevent grapes grown outside the UK from being called 'British'.

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Writer and educator Steven Spurrier named WSET's fifth honorary president

Published:  24 January, 2017

Steven Spurirer, the industry veteran known for staging wine's very own Judgment of Paris in 1976, has been announced as the WSET's new honourary president.

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Sake brewery aims to revitalise whisky operations

Published:  23 January, 2017

The Wakatsuru Shuzo sake brewery is to reinvest in whisky production again following a round of crowdfunding.

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Armit unveils rare vintage release from La Rioja Alta

Published:  23 January, 2017

Armit Wines has announced the release of the 2007 Gran Reserva 904 from La Rioja Alta, which will be available from 25 January.

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England's smallest whisky distillery to open in Yorkshire

Published:  23 January, 2017

A Yorkshire couple are to build a England's smallest whisky distillery in the North Yorkshire village of Sutton-on-the-Forest.

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