Agence France Presse and are combining resources to provide wine executives with news, analysis and research covering the global wine business sector. Available online in French and English, the subscription-based service is being developed for launch in September 2003. Pricing for the service is yet to be determined.

The service will combine the news resources of AFP with wine business information from to provide subscribers with a comprehensive daily news bulletin, interviews with leading industry figures, topical feature articles and exclusive research studies, data and management briefings.

Commenting on the agreement, Eric Scherer, Director, Development of Economic and Financial Services at AFP said, "Professionals need precise, targeted information to help them make decisions in today’s rapidly evolving international wine business. This new service will be the first to offer comprehensive and global daily coverage of the trade."

Mike Gove, publisher of said: “By combining with AFP’s international news resources we will offer the most complete wine business intelligence service in the world. We see this channel as the next step in the development of beverage business information online.”

About AFP

AFP is an international news agency, producing news services in different languages as well with photo services, primarily aimed at the media around the world. AFP manages a staff of approximately 3,200 journalists and stringers and of 200 photgraphers worldwide operating through more than 150 bureaus over the world.

About combines up-to-the-minute news bulletins with in-depth feature articles and research studies serving over 60,000 drinks business professionals each month. The site is published by Aroq Ltd - a leading provider of global online information services to the drinks, food, automotive and apparel and textile sectors.

Press contact: Richard Jackson, Aroq Ltd, Seneca House, Buntsford Hill Business Park, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3QG, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1527 573 604. Email:

Sylvain Risse, Agence France Presse, 13 place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris, Tel (331) 40 41 76 24 email