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The Losh Cause

18 October 2005 | Chris Losh

Chris Losh went to the South African Mega Tasting, held recently in London, and found that the show, designed to promote the country’s wines to the wider European trade, was well organised and interesting but lacking in one small detail, namely the presence of the European trade.... read more

The Losh Cause

27 September 2005 | Chris Losh

Chris Losh laments the capitulation of the EU negotiating team in the recent wine trade negotiations with the US, and asks whether Europe may have to make further even more generous concessions in the future to ensure continued access to the valuable US wine market.... read more

The Losh Cause

5 September 2005 | Chris Losh

Having crashed and burned spectacularly in the Far East as economic crises struck at its affluent core market, Cognac is re-inventing itself in the region, courting new consumers and building for a sustainable future, writes Chris Losh.... read more

The Losh Cause

23 August 2005 | Chris Losh

Having been something of a European institution for years, the end of duty-free, the lowering of some Nordic duty rates and cheaper prices in domestic supermarkets have combined to reduce the allure of the booze cruise. Chris Losh reflects on the dwindling popularity of this European tradition.... read more

The Losh Cause

29 July 2005 | Chris Losh

I'm not one naturally to side with the hugely rich and influential, but I can't help but feel a twinge of sympathy for those members of the Taittinger clan who wanted to keep the family business. Alas, they are very much in a minority and were unable to prevent the sale of Taittinger to the American investment group Starwood Capital for E2.8bn.... read more

The Losh Cause

18 July 2005 | Chris Losh

Just-drinks’ resident wine columnist, Chris Losh, bemoans the lack of a concerted generic approach on the part of the Italian wine industry in the key UK market.... read more

The Losh Cause

20 June 2005 | Chris Losh

For the first time in about 10 years, Chris Losh will not be at Vinexpo, and there is clearly plenty about the biennial wine show that he will not be missing.... read more

The Losh Cause

6 June 2005 | Chris Losh

The last month has seen the launch of two prestige wines from South Africa, not hitherto a region renowned for super-premium offerings. But if these two take off, Chris Losh expects to see more super-premium contenders from The Cape.... read more

SPAIN: €20m plans unveiled by Gonzalez Byass

31 May 2005 | Chris Losh

Gonzalez Byass has unveiled a €20m plan intended to make the company a 1m case producer of table wines in the next few years and turn itself into a ‘one stop shop’ for buyers.... read more

UK: Legislation challenge for UK drinks industry

23 May 2005 | Chris Losh

The UK drinks industry is facing a triple-whammy of impending legislation that will fundamentally change the way alcohol is bought and sold over the next few years, according to market analysts Euromonitor.... read more

The Losh Cause

13 May 2005 | Chris Losh

In a new regular column, Chris Losh, formerly editor of the magazines, Wine and Spirit International and Wine International, gives his take on current issues in the global beverage business. This month, the question of over-production in the Australian wine industry grabs his attention.... read more

Trouble on two fronts for Scotch whisky

5 April 2005 | Chris Losh

The latest export figures for Scotch whisky make uncomfortable reading for brand marketers and the strategists at the Scotch Whisky Association, showing declines in both Asian and European markets. Chris Losh reports. ... read more

IFE: Innovation on display

18 March 2005 | Chris Losh

The IFE food and drink exhibition, held in the UK earlier this month, does not attract major international soft drinks groups like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. But the show demonstrates just how much innovation can be seen among small and medium-sized producers, often pointing the way for the industry as a whole. Annette Sessions took a look around.... read more

SA: Wine industry must reassess value position

9 March 2005 | Chris Losh

South Africa needs to fundamentally readdress its position in the wine market, according to an industry report commissioned by Wines of South Africa. The report, entitled The South Africa Cost Competitiveness Study was carried out by wine consultant James Herrick.... read more

S AFRICA: Off-trade disappoints S African wines

3 March 2005 | Chris Losh

Despite burgeoning sales figures in the UK, South Africa is likely to miss most of its targets in its attempts to boost sales of wine above £5, Wines of South Africa (WOSA) admitted today (2 March).... read more

S AFRICA: Pan-European tasting unveiled in London

3 March 2005 | Chris Losh

Just weeks after confirming that it would not be attending Vinexpo, the world’s biggest wine fair in Bordeaux, Wines of South Africa has unveiled its plans to stage a giant pan-European tasting in London later this year.... read more

US: Date set for US/South African wine JV

21 February 2005 | Chris Losh

The launch date has been set for the first South African/American wine joint venture.... read more

CHILE: Winemakers report record year in exports

9 February 2005 | Chris Losh

Chile has recorded a record year of exports in 2004, with global volumes up by 18% to 474m litres.... read more