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Bibendum PLB's new independent channel to sign up to Harpers Best Practice Guidelines

08 May 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Bibendum PLB’s new independent wine company, Walker & Wodehouse is set to sign up Harpers Best Practice Guidelines, shortly after its launch in June.

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Suppliers and indpendents unite for Best Practice debate Subscription

07 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle, Erin Smith

To help independents and suppliers work together more effectively Harpers hosted an open trade debate to see the difference the Best Practice Guidelines are having on day-to-day business.

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North South latest supplier to sign up to Best Practice Guidelines

03 Nov 2014 | By Richard Siddle

North South Wines is the 21st supplier and the latest company to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines which looks to help suppliers and independent wine merchants work closer together.


An introduction to Harpers' Best Practice Guidelines, where it started and how it has grown.

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To sign up you simply have to set out what it is your company is doing to comply with and follow the guidelines

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The 7 pledges to help ensure greater transparency between suppliers and independents

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There are now a number of ways in which you can help publicise the fact you have signed up to the Best Practice Guidelines

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Are listing fees driving down value? Subscription

28 Apr 2017 | By Andrew Catchpole

Aside from the small matter of illegality in the US – an anomaly that stretches back to the post-prohibition era – listing fees are very much alive and kicking this side of the Pond, with restaurants and bars commonly involved in this type of support from the main brands that they sell.

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UK’s first low alcohol brewery extends its range

21 Apr 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

The trajectories of craft and low ABV have combined to produce the UK’s first dedicated low alcohol brewery.

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Difficult conversations ahead as 1300 ‘dodgy distributors’ put out of business by AWRS

20 Apr 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

Long-established business relationships have been put in the firing line thanks to tighter regulations on wholesalers – but this is a necessary evil retailers must face, an industry insider has warned.

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Wholesalers take HMRC to court over AWRS "limbo"

13 Apr 2017 | By Jo Gilbert

A number of wholesalers who claim they were cast into “limbo” by the new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) have been granted permission to continue trading pending a tribunal into their working practices.


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