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Filling Gap Between Cider And Wine

Filling Gap Between Cider And Wine

Is it a wine or is it a cider? New brand Carnaby Brown aims to bridge the two categories, plugging a gap in the market for a drink that has the refreshment and low ABV of ciders and perries, but with the sophisticated image of wine. The new 5.5% ABV drink is made from perry blended with white and Muscat grapes and is badged as a "lightly sparkling fruit wine". It will initially come in two variants - white and rosé - in 75cl Bordeaux-style wine bottles and will target 20 to 30-year-old women who want a sociable drink they can share with friends. "By talking to women all over the country we identified what they wanted," said creator Aisling Young. "A drink that was fruity, refreshing and slightly sparkling with an ABV that offers the drinkability of premium cider with the sophistication and sociability of wine [...more]

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Vinitaly Goes To Hong Kong

Vinitaly Goes To Hong Kong

The organiser of VinItaly has announced that Italy is to be the official partner of the 2011 Hong Kong International Wines & Spirits Fair. VeronaFiere, organiser of VinItaly, which claims to be the world's largest annual wine fair (Vinexpo is biennial), has signed a deal with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to promote Italian wines to the world's fastest growing consumption regions. VeronaFiere has signed a trade cooperation partnership with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the HK governmental trade promotion office, to promote and sell Italian wines to the world's fastest growing wine consumption regions, Hong Kong and China. According to industry statistics, 2008, Italian wine exports to Hong Kong totalled €7.77million - up 33% compared to the previous year. Over the next two years, sales of Italian red wine to Hong Kong is expected to grow 36% and white wine by 38% by the end of 2012. Sales of rosé wine are projected to increase 20% for this period. [...more]

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All-You-Can-Drink Banned From Today

All-You-Can-Drink Banned From Today

Regulations to ban irresponsible on-trade drinks promotions including all-you-can-drink and the dentist's chair come into force today. The laws impose a condition on licensees not to run promotions that encourage irresponsible alcohol consumption, also including women drink free and speed drinking competitions. On-trade venues are also obliged to provide free tap water. Conditions requiring bars and restaurants to offer a choice between single and double measures of spirits, and large or small glasses of wine, come into force on October 1. [...more]

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Australian Vintage Chief Steps Down

Australian Vintage Chief Steps Down

Australian Vintage’s chief executive, Dane Hudson has left the company to “pursue other interest”, according to AV’s chairman Ian Ferrier. In an official statement the board says it will commence a search process to appoint a new CEO once a decision is made concerning the proposed merger with Constellation Brands. Neil McGuigan, AVL’s general manager of production and supply, has been appointed interim CEO. [...more]

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Christine Nixon Recruited To Foster’s Group Ltd As Non-Executive Director

Christine Nixon Recruited To Foster’s Group Ltd As Non-Executive Director

PREMIER John Brumby has hailed the appointment of Christine Nixon to the Foster's board as a positive step towards gender equality. Global beverages group Foster's Group Ltd has appointed the former chief commissioner of Victoria Police to the board as a non-executive director. "I think it's great to see more women on boards," Mr Brumby said. "One of the problems we have got with boards is there's hardly any women on them at the major companies around Australia. "Frankly, Australia is way behind the rest of the world. "She is a distinguished woman with a great career, her performance in terms of bushfire recovery has been exemplary, her performance as the chief commissioner was exemplary, so she's a great appointment. "In terms of alcohol, she's got strong views," Mr Brumby added. "You saw those when she was chief commissioner and I'm sure she will express those views on the board of Foster's." The appointment is effective from today. [...more]

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Champagne Jacquart Appoints New Distro

Champagne Jacquart Appoints New Distro

Maison Jacquart, part of the Alliance Champagne group, has appointed Gonzalez Byass UK to distribute its products from April 1. Laurent Reinteau, managing director of Maison Jacquart, said: “We are delighted to be working with Gonzalez Byass in the UK. Champagne Jacquart has a vision for creating a great brand in the UK market and Gonzalez Byass is the perfect partner for realising that vision.” Martin Skelton, managing director of Gonzalez Byass UK, said: “This is fantastic news for our company. We have been very successful at developing our own premium wine and sherry business in recent years, as well as building a portfolio of high quality agency brands including Quinta do Noval and Jackson Estate. We always had a desire to add Champagne to this list.” [...more]

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Fairhills To Launch New Fairtrade Wine in Matthew Clark

Fairhills To Launch New Fairtrade Wine in Matthew Clark

Fairtrade wine producer, Fairhills, is to create a bespoke new range of wines for Matthew Clark and the on-trade sector. The new brand, Fair Horizons,is the first South African Fairtrade wine in Matthew Clark's range and will include a Pinotage Rose, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot blend. They go into distribution next week. Martin Allen, national accounts manager at Origin Wines UK Ltd, said: "We're delighted to see this exciting new brand go into such a prestigious wholesaler. Our aim is to help the catering and hospitality sector understand just how good Fairtrade wines can be. These are really good wines for the on-trade that also make a difference to peoples' lives. Fairtrade wine sales are soaring in the retail sector, so why not have the same vision for the on-trade? This is another great listing for Origin Wines and a further sign that Fairtrade wines are becoming mainstream." [...more]

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Companies Slam British Tax on Wine

Companies Slam British Tax on Wine

CONSTELLATION Brands and Foster's Group, which own brands such as Hardys, Lindemans and Penfolds, have accused the British government of ''decimating'' the country's wine trade with constant tax rises. Both companies, which employ thousands of Britons, have cut jobs and started to transfer investment to other European countries. ''The government has pushed this way too far,'' said Troy Christensen, president of the European and Australian arms of Constellation, the world's biggest wine producer. ''Doing what they are doing may be expedient but it is decimating our industry. We are on our knees. We are not asking for a bailout, just a break.'' Research for The Sunday Telegraph shows that while the price of a bottle of wine has risen by 25 per cent since Labour came to power in 1997, the duty on it has risen by more than 53 per cent. [...more]

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Stellenbosch Vineyards Saved

Stellenbosch Vineyards Saved

The application to prospect for tin, silver and other minerals in the Stellenbosch and Cape Town regions has now been officially withdrawn by the African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC). Recent weeks had seen a great deal of confusion as government officials said the application would not go through and the AEMFC said it would back down, only to continue with the plans over the following days. The Winelands Action Group, composed of wine producers whose estates such as Jordan, De Grendel and Saxenberg were at risk, has been pressuring the AEMFC and the government to withdraw or reject the application since the news broke last month. The AEMFC could always reapply for the prospecting rights in a year's time, as the courts never rejected them. [...more]

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E&J Gallo To Drive World Cup Wine

E&J Gallo To Drive World Cup Wine

E&J Gallo has created a summer cocktail to give World Cup fans an alternative to beer. The Gallo Rosito - a blend of the brand's White Grenache or White Zinfandel, ginger ale and fresh fruit - features as part of the 2010 strategy for its Gallo Family Vineyard portfolio. "We want to drive rosé through the on-trade," said vice president EMEA George Marsden. "Who says wine has to take a back seat during the World Cup? We have tied up with Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson to get White Zinfandel talked about in this beer-driven period." The Californian-based family-owned wine producer restructured its portfolio last year, leaving five core brands for it to focus on in the UK and Europe for 2010: Gallo Family Vineyards, Carlo Rossi, Turning Leaf, Redwood Creek and Barefoot. [...more]

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Beelgara moves into Europe

Beelgara moves into Europe

Wine exporter Beelgara has appointed Jaap Sonnemans as its new European market manager. Sonnemans joins Beelgara after spending 18 months as global brand manager for Lisa McGuigan’s Tempus Two Winery. He has experience in sales and marketing in the European Wine market, having worked for BRL Hardy in The Netherlands (2001–2003) and then Hardy’s importer and distributor, Groupe LFE (2003-2008), as marketing manager. Sonnemans’ mission is “to bring Beelgara’s brands to Europe and find the right distribution partners to grow the business based on a clear channel strategy and with the right support.” J Sonnemans has just returned from the winery where he spent some time assisting with the 2010 vintage. [...more]

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Counterfeit Bollinger in London

Counterfeit Bollinger in London

Bottles of counterfeit Bollinger Special Cuvée champagne have been appearing in the London area. Champagne Bollinger's UK agent Mentzendorff & Co has confirmed that the first incident was shortly before Christmas and it has since been investigating with Trading Standards. "To date the quantity of stock involved is very small and no existing trade customers of ours have been approached," said Mentzendorff's managing director Andrew Hawes, who reassured regular customers that they could not mistake the fakes for the real product. The counterfeit bottles are cheap sparkling wine that have had their labels replaced with "poor" photocopies of the Bollinger label. [...more]

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