In Brief
Published:  08 February, 2008

Incentive for sustainability

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched an initiative to give wineries and vineyards the ability to calculate their carbon footprint and to encourage sustainable winegrowing. The downloadable protocol and calculation tool is available on the New Zealand Winegrowers website at It has been developed through a partnership between key international wine industry organisations in Australia, California, South Africa and New Zealand.


Tesco is stocking a limited edition Gallo Family Vineyards White Grenache wine box in the shape of a handbag. Hailed as "this season's hottest accessory", it contains 1.5 litres of wine - the equivalent of two bottles. Available in 213 Tesco stores nationwide during February and March, the wine box is described by Gallo as "perfect for girlie gatherings, parties and family lunches". It

retails at £9.49.

Gearing up for St Patrick

Diageo is spending £3 million on helping drinks shops maximise St Patrick's Day sales. Independent retailers can get their hands on in-store POS advertising Guinness and offering customers the chance to win a VIP weekend in Dublin, including a private brewery tour with the Guinness master brewer. Flags, hats, bunting, balloons and inflatable cans will also be available.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

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