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Luca Dusi, co-owner of Passione Vino

Insights: Independents Italian outlets are gaining traction through education and experimentation Subscription

09 Jun 2015 | By Glynn Davis

Independent Italian outlets are upping the appeal of lesser-known, over-£10 wines by educating consumers and letting them experiment.

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Asda sales decline 3.5% as discounters, Waitrose and Morrisons see growth

01 Jul 2015 | By Nigel Huddleston

Asda saw the biggest sales decline of the big four supermarkets in the second quarter of the year as the growth of the discounters continued to have an impact.

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Aged sake Part 1: Is it all it is cracked up to be?

26 May 2015 | By Anna Greenhous

In the first of a two-part blog, Anna Greenhous looks at aged sake, a niche product that divides opinion.

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Audrey Tautou on the red carpet, French brands get sophisticated

Analysis: French brands are now adopting sophisticated day brand building plans Subscription

09 Jun 2015 | By Erin Smith

France is often seen as the most traditional of the world’s wine regions but, as Erin Smith discovers, things are often far more modern than meets the eye.

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Analysis: Italian indigenous varietals set to boom Subscription

08 Jun 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Italy has some of the largest choice of indigenous varietals that produce a dizzying range of wine styles and consumers are increasingly embracing them.


Fenavin wine fair has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity Subscription

08 Jun 2015 | By Andrew Catchpole

Having emerged as Spain’s pre-eminent wine fair, Fenavin has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity as well as value. 

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En primeur - a mixed bag and a missed opportunity, experts say

03 Jun 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

This year’s en primeur campaign has been a mixed bag that failed to capitalise on the chance to reset the market, according to fine wine investment experts.

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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur: The verdict Subscription

12 May 2015 | By Gavin Quinney

There has been little incentive for consumers to buy Bordeaux en primeur in recent years. Can the chateaux turn that around? Our man on the ground, local winemaker Gavin Quinney, reviews the latest vintage:

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Sales continue to fall at Tesco but rate of decline has slowed under new chief executive

26 Jun 2015 | By Nigel Huddleston

UK sales at Tesco continued to fall in the first quarter of its new financial year – though the decline was less dramatic than during the horror show of 2014/15.


Tesco admits to ‘probable breaches’ of Groceries Supply Code

08 Jun 2015 | By Erin Smith

Tesco has in it’s recently released annual report stated that “regrettably, we have conclude that there have been a number of instances of probable breaches of the Code which fall short of the high standards we expect to uphold in our dealings with our suppliers.”


Morrisons returns to growth, and Lidl takes its highest market share

02 Jun 2015 | By Arabella Mileham

Morrison returned to growth for the first time since December 2013, the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel have shown, while Lidl rose its highest recorded market share.

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