The strengthening of the UK economy could benefit wine and spirits sales in 2014

Euromonitor: "UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014"

10 Jul 2014 | By Erin Smith

It’s good news for the wine and spirits trade as the UK is set to be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014, according to Euromonitor’s mid-year global economy update, which should boost consumer spending.

An indepth look at Italy's vartietals

Are classic Italian wines making a comeback?

08 Jul 2014 | By Anne Krebiehl

Many believe that classic Italian styles are poised for a major comeback, but could they be obscuring the depth and breadth of Italian wine?

Independent Crew

Independents put their foot down and demand more from major suppliers

04 Jul 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Serious about working with leading independent wine merchants? Then this is a must read for you. Members of Harpers Independent Wine Crew set out what it is they like and don’t like from the major wine distributors. Richard Siddle and Erin Smith report

Annual production of Scotch, 1986-2012

The Smith report: the rise of Scotch as an alternative to fine wine investors

04 Jul 2014 | By Erin Smith

According to a new report by Rabobank released in June, Scotch whisky is currently going through a boom. But Scotch producers could learn a thing or two from the wine trade in that regulating the peaks and troughs of supply and demand is necessary to increase value over the long term. So could Scotch whisky now rival fine wine as an alternative investment?

WIne club perk?

Why wine clubs need up their game to fully engage with their members Subscription

04 Jul 2014 | By Hannah Saunders

Hannah Saunders, international and UK business development director for contract publishing company, Cedar Communications, assesses the merits of the retailer wine clubs and finds many could take lessons from other sectors on how to fully engage and interact with their customers and members.

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.

Neal and Peter McAlindon

Direct Wine Shipments help bring premium wine to Northern Ireland

05 May 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Northern Ireland is not generally seen as a hotbed for wine innovation – in fact a recent survey carried out for Wine Business Solutions said the wine scene there was 15 years behind London. But although they’re not great in number, Northern Ireland can boast some truly committed and innovative operators.

John Osborne, PLB's managing director

Interview: John Osborne's sets out his vision for PLB Subscription

04 Apr 2014 | By Richard Siddle

It may only have been three months since John Osborne became PLB’s managing director, but it’s a role he has been working towards his entire career. He talks about the challenges and opportunities facing him, PLB and the industry.

Guillaume Deglise takes over from Robert Beynat

Big interview: Vinexpo's new ceo,Guillaume Deglise, and his plans to modernise the show Subscription

07 Mar 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Guillaume Deglise has big shoes to fill in replacing Robert Beynat as chief executive of Vinexpo. Here he tells Richard Siddle how he intends to create a very different type of show – based largely on the customer and branding lessons learnt from his career in Champagne

WIne club perk?

Why wine clubs need up their game to fully engage with their members Subscription

04 Jul 2014 | By Hannah Saunders

Hannah Saunders, international and UK business development director for contract publishing company, Cedar Communications, assesses the merits of the retailer wine clubs and finds many could take lessons from other sectors on how to fully engage and interact with their customers and members.

The panel included Ray O'Connor, Mark Fiddes, Stuart Anderton, Neil Hallmark and Robin Langton

How retailers are using consumers to drive their brand image and strategy

04 Jul 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

The new, all-singing, all-dancing London Wine Fair was an apt setting for Harpers debate on how companies can harness consumer power to drive their businesses forward.

Wines Direct

Wines Direct offers insights as well as new customers for major online wine players

20 Jun 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Specialist online aggregator site, Wines Direct, is now able to give its users the chance to pick out the most popular wines by price, style, country or brand from the UK’s leading multiple wine retail sites based on the behavior of its 130,000 unique users a month.

Les Grands Chais de France is looking to expand exports to the UK across all channels

Les Grands Chais looks to UK growth through focus on quality Subscription

02 Jun 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Considering Les Grands Chais de France is responsible for 20% of French wine exports to the UK it remains largely under the radar in the UK wine trade. Harpers.co.uk caught up with Tim North, head of its UK division, to find out about its export strategy and plans to grow distribution across all channels.

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