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26 July, 2017

Retailers dominate latest customer service poll

Amazon finished top of the pile as retailers completed a clean sweep in a survey designed to find the UK’s top brands for customer service.

The researcher responsible for a Guardian front page suggesting a soaring alcohol misuse epidemic could kill 63,000 people said the real headline should have been: “slow news day produces unexpected headlines”.

Fine wine merchant BI Wine said British clients are undeterred by the weak sterling rate after reporting its most successful en primer campaign in seven years.

Commentator Steve Topple has ripped into “fundamentally flawed” research suggesting alcohol abuse will kill 63,000 people in the next five years if punitive measures are not slapped on alcohol.

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The UK auction market for single malt Scotch malt whisky has enjoyed a record breaking three months, with sales surpassing £6 million between April and June.

Online drinks retailer 31Dover.com has appointed former Naked Wines sales and marketing director James Bagley as its new chief executive.

A prolonged summer heatwave sparked 19% growth in cider sales and a 17% rise in sparkling wine sales in the grocery channel this summer.

The public health lobby has called for off-licence hours to be cut to 10am-10pm, the reintroduction of the duty escalator, minimum unit pricing of 50p and tighter regulations on alcohol advertising.

Outspoken Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin will join Lord Price, the Minister of State for International Trade, on stage at the annual WSTA Conference.

Moor Beer is preparing to expand its operations following record sales through 2016.

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland has slammed a “deeply flawed and misleading” survey used by the Alcohol Health Alliance to argue for reduced advertising of alcohol.

A new gin is set to deliver a boost for Hertfordshire rivers.

Nine of London’s top craft beer shops will go head to head next month in a collaborative brewing challenge for London Beer City.

Tesco has launched a new Hungarian range across stores nationally and online.

Tomatin has unveiled its “hotly anticipated” limited edition single malt from its Warehouse 6 Collection, the 1972 edition.

Adnams has introduced its Copper House Dry Gin in a ready-to-drink format.

Wimbledon Brewery has created a special lager for local football side AFC Wimbledon to mark the joint heritage of the two institutions.

Thornbridge Brewery has revealed plans for the next stage of development at its site in Bakewell.

Conviviality has more than doubled its full year profits to £22.5m. The owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack reported its pre-tax profits grew 147% on the previous year, and it almost doubled sales to £1.56bn.

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I would like to think my outlook on things is generally optimistic. Perhaps that’s a natural consequence of working with something designed to give pleasure. But recently it has become increasingly difficult to ignore a creeping sense of negativity pervading the British wine trade.

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