Tesco

TescoGate Special Report: how will retailers and suppliers work together in the future Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Leading analysts and trade experts are divided over whether the Tesco accounting scandal will have ramifications for the wider trade. Some say there will be “no change whatsoever” in the retail landscape, while others say the change will be “seismic”.

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TescoGate analysis: What next for suppliers and grocery multiples Subscription

15 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Wine suppliers call for clarity over where multiples are headed next, as the Tesco scandal claims its first wine executive.

IGD Poll 2014

Discounters are most "disruptive" force in retailing in 20 years say grocery and drinks chiefs

09 Oct 2014 | By Fiona Briggs

A poll of top-level food, drink and grocery executives at this week’s IGD Convention reveals the rise of the discounters is the most “disruptive” influence on the grocery sector in the last 20 years.  

Tesco

Harpers Special Report: multiple and supplier relations uncovered Subscription

08 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Tesco has taken a bit of a battering in recent months, with profits slipping and then the little matter of the £250 million profit overstatement.  But although Tesco is in the spotlight, there are issues for all of the major retailers right now, as the discounters go from strength to strength and the Big Four’s choke hold on the market weakens. Harpers.co.uk spoke to some of the wine trade’s key suppliers and ex-buyers to find out their views.

Champagne & Sparkling wine

Christmas part 2: Key players weigh up the role of sparkling wines as the festive season approaches Subscription

07 Oct 2014 | By Helen Arnold

The festive season is still the key trading period for sparkling wines. What do producers, brand owners, multiples and merchants expect from sparkling wines this year?

Tastings

Idea of buying Bordeaux en primeur now is ‘null and void’, says Farr Vintners

03 Jun 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Wine investors who bought one case of each of Bordeaux’s first growth chateaux for the five years from 2009 would have lost £35,000 if they sold last Friday, said the Wall Street Journal’s Will Lyons.

Mark Dally

Mark Dally on driving wine across Fuller’s 400 pubs and hotels Subscription

06 Oct 2014 | By Nigel Huddleston

Think of Fuller’s and you think of beer. The west London-based group owns nearly 400 pubs and hotels, and the guest beer and take-home market has made its London Pride one of the most popular ale brands in the UK, writes Nigel Huddleston.

Ayo Akintola; the man leading Oddbins' revival

How Oddbins has defied its critics to bounce back to winning ways Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

In three years Oddbins has risen from death’s door to win IWC High Street Retailer of the Year. Gemma McKenna meets Ayo Akintola, its Renaissance Man

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Richard Rushton

Distell's Richard Rushton earns his stripes Subscription

05 Sep 2014 | By Erin Smith

In his first major UK interview, Distell’s Richard Rushton reveals his big plans for the company’s wine division, as Erin Smith reports

Champagne & Sparkling wine

Christmas part 2: Key players weigh up the role of sparkling wines as the festive season approaches Subscription

07 Oct 2014 | By Helen Arnold

The festive season is still the key trading period for sparkling wines. What do producers, brand owners, multiples and merchants expect from sparkling wines this year?

Pop the bubbles in time for Christmas

Christmas Part 1: How bubbles are trending in the lead up to Christmas Subscription

06 Oct 2014 | By Helen Arnold

A celebration is nothing without a bottle of bubbly and Christmas is no exception. In the UK Prosecco and Cava remain strong, as consumers favour other sparklers over costly Champagne.

Cru Bourgeois

Analysis: how effective has the Crus Bourgeois classification been? Subscription

06 Oct 2014 | By Heather Dougherty

Last week the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois arrived in London for the fifth annual review of the wines deemed worthy to use the Cru Bourgeois seal of approval. Five years into the new incarnation of the classification Heather Dougherty reviews its successes and challenges – and looks at its prospects for the future.

Flight or Fight for Fortified

Ports, sherries and fortifieds get ready for Christmas Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

The tapas craze helped boost sherry sales temporarily but the category is now in decline, and Port is still struggling to shake its fusty and festive image. Gemma McKenna and Erin Smith look at how fortified wines can carve a niche

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