Rules relaxed on beer, wine and bread sales

The UK government has confirmed that it’s to scrap regulations banning the sale of small measures of beer and wine as well as different unwrapped bread sizes. Existing laws limit licensed premises to selling alcoholic drinks in certain measures, while bakers may produce loaves of unpackaged bread in set sizes only. But science minister David […]

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Time called on Aussie wine boom

Lovers of cheap and cheerful Australian wine will soon have to find themselves a new drink of choice. Grape prices in the country have fallen by more than 30 per cent this year to the lowest in living memory, and an oversupply of grapes due to drought-breaking rains have left 95 million cases of wine sitting […]

Wine and dine

A wine flour set to enter the US market can deliver a healthy profile to baked goods, through the addition of antioxidants, fibre and fatty acids, while also extending shelf-life, according to its manufacturer Northern Light Food Processing. It claims the ingredients has a distinct advantage over competitor products as it does not contain grape […]


A glass of its own

A new study shows consumers are just as likely to buy products in jars and bottles made with mixed colour recycled glass as they are to purchase items in clear glass packaging – a finding that could boost demand for containers with high recycled content. WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), which commissioned the research, […]

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A rose by any other name

The European Commission has dropping proposed legislative amendments that would have allowed rose to be produced by blending red and white table wines. Mariann Fischer Boel, European agriculture and rural development commissioner, says that proposals to drop laws preventing blending red and white wines first announced back in 2008, will not be adopted following consultation […]

Drinks giant sells wines and spirits arm

Irish drinks giant C&C Group has sold its Northern Ireland wines and spirits business with the loss of three jobs. The news comes just weeks after C&C axed 121 jobs – a fifth of its workforce – across its Irish operations, including seven in Belfast. The company has also introduced a pay freeze for 12 […]

Wine industry lightens up

CO2 emissions have been cut by over 28,000 tonnes, equivalent to taking more than 8,500 cars off the road, as a result of industry programme GlassRite Wine. The project, funded by Waste & Resources Action Programme, has shown that bulk importing of wine into the UK and the use of lighter weight bottles can lead […]


An appetite for ale

Britain should put its national drink back on the dining table and reclaim beer as the perfect accompaniment to food. CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) commissioned food writer and publican Fiona Beckett and her son Will to write An Appetite for Ale, the first cookbook to comprehensively explore this potential of beer as a […]

Spirits loved more abroad than at home

Scotland and France are two countries with three noble spirits of international renown, but home consumption of all three spirits is languishing. The reversal of tradition is revealed in research commissioned by Vinexpo, the world’s biggest wine and spirit exhibition. Contrarily, by 2010 the French will drink more Scotch Whisky than the British, while the […]

Beer loses out to wine

Overall consumption of alcoholic drinks among the senior population is forecast to drop 42% to one billion litres by 2010 as consumers are switching from beer to spirits and wine. Overall consumption of beer is forecast to halve by 2010 in favour of the preference for stronger drinks. Pure alcohol is set to rise by […]

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Majestic sales lift alcohol drift

Wine warehouse chain Majestic’s New World wines have lifted sales, despite the state of the alcohol retail sector which has 4.7% of companies in liquidation. Majestic has reported a 10% rise in pre-tax profits to £14.5 million and a 6% increase in turnover to £172.2 million. Matthew Debbage, head of product and marketing at ICC […]


Red wine recommended to protect against deafness

New research reported in the New Scientist has found that age-related deafness or hearing loss caused by loud noise or antibiotics could be reduced by antioxidants found in red wine, green tea and aspirin. Delicate hairs in the inner ear, vital for hearing, can be damaged by oxygen free radicals. These can be produced through […]

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