Asda-Sainsbury merger decision delayed until April

A decision on the proposed merger between UK grocery giants Sainsbury’s and Asda may now not be announced before the end of April, following an extension for the Competition & Market’s Authority (CMA) to make their decision.

Wines of Chile celebrates ‘amazing’ blind tasting results

Trade organisation Wines of Chile has called the results of its sommelier challenge an “amazing accomplishment” after Chilean wine came out on top in its blind tasting held in London.

Shareholder spat blows up in Mitchells & Butlers’ boardroom

Leading UK pub and bar operator Mitchells & Butler’s has seen a spat reignite in the boardroom, after a major fund manager slammed the company’s lack of independence and aired concerns over its governance.  

Five cocktail trends to look out for in 2019, according to the US’ biggest drinks distributor

US drinks distributor Southern Glazer’s has outlined five trends in mixology that will become key talking points in 2019.

Wetherspoon boss removes European wines and beers from pubs

The boss of UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, an outspoken supporter of Brexit, has removed all European wines and beers from its 900 pubs in favour of bottles from the UK, US, Australia and Chile.

André Simon Award: Amber Revolution

In the run-up to the 40th André Simon Awards, the drinks business is running an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. First of all, Simon Woolf tells the tale of ‘orange’ wines, their past, present and future in his book ‘Amber Revolution‘.

Marston’s plans to scale back expansion to pay off £200m debt

Pub and brewing company Marston’s will scale back its planned expansion in order to pay off some of its £1.2 billion debt pile.

iDealwine update: Bolly’s Game

Bollinger is fiercely independent, and its own way of doing things has resulted in increasing popularity for its special edition cuvées, including the jewel in the crown – Vieilles Vignes Françaises.

‘Huge’ potential of English Pinot Noir remains ‘untapped’

Pinot Noir has “huge” untapped potential to become one of UK’s leading still wines, a prominent English winemaker has claimed.

Singapore lifts ban on sale of food products containing alcohol

Singapore has lifted a ban on the sale of food products containing alcohol, allowing shops to sell alcoholic products such as rum-flavoured ice cream without time constraint.  

Japan’s beer shipments hit record low in 2018

Japan’s beer shipments have been dropping for 14 consecutive years, hitting a record low in 2018 with another 2.5% dip, according to figures published by five major breweries last week.

Eleven Madison Park to open site at Claridge’s

The chef behind the 2017 World’s Best Restaurant, Eleven Madison Park in New York, has confirmed that he will be opening a restaurant at Claridge’s following the closure of Fera late last year.

Celebrated Gleneagles chef Andrew Fairlie dies

Renowned Scottish chef Andrew Fairlie, chef patron of his two Michelin-starred restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel, has died aged 55 following a long battle with a brain tumour.

Rare Breed: Baijiu at auction

At auction, the most expensive Moutai can far exceed the value of rare whisky, but with forgeries aplenty, investing in the spirit is not for the faint-hearted. Natalie Wang investigates the market.

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