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Slingsby Navy Strength Gin. Picture: The Dieline.

Slingsby Gin gains recognition in China

By Jenny Eagle

Slingsby Navy Strength Gin distributed by Spirit of Harrogate has been recognized by the China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) for Best Value 2017.

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China drives global lobster demand as supplies tighten

By RJ Whitehead

An increase in demand from China, combined with tight global supplies, has caused a surge in lobster prices, with the European Union reporting a 38% spike year on year at the start of February.

The deal comes as part of Holland & Barrett’s plans for major international expansion to make its global franchises bigger than its UK and Ireland core.

1000 Holland & Barrett franchise stores to open in India

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Health and nutrition retailer Holland & Barrett has secured a £20m (€25.44m) deal with Indian hospital chain Apollo Hospitals, an agreement which will see 1000 franchise stores open across India over the next five years.

Alibaba has appointed its first UK md Amee Chande

Alibaba opens UK office for euro expansion

By Michael Stones

Global online retail giant the Alibaba Group has appointed a UK md to run its UK office, as part of plans to expand its business empire into Europe and facilitate sales to China.

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