Dates for your diary

25 January, 2008

Jan 28 International Wine Challenge Sake Masterclass, Morton's, Berkeley Square, London (julie.campbell@

william-reed.co.uk 01293 867612)

Feb 5 Drinks Retailing Awards, The Dorchester, London (hazel.smith@

william-reed.co.uk 01293 846551)

Feb 5 Shrove Tuesday

Feb 14 St Valentine's Day

Feb 25 Specialist Importers Trade Tastings, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (Feb 25) and Vinopolis, London (Feb 27). See sittastings.org .




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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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