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Q&A: Robert Cooke, beers, wines & spirits director, Tesco

Published:  15 November, 2018

Buoyed by October’s encouraging interim results, Tesco is heading into the festive season with a hand in the on-trade for the first time, thanks to its merger with cash-and-carry group Booker. Jo Gilbert speaks to BWS director Robert Cooke about what the deal means for alcoholic drinks sales at the UK’s biggest grocer

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Tesco boxes out low and no alcohol for the first time at autumn tasting

Published:  17 October, 2018

Tesco shone a spotlight on its growing list of low and no alcohol options at its tasting yesterday, giving further credence to moderation trends.

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Taking ownership of the wine in the bottle

Published:  18 July, 2018

Own-label is on the rise, adding the lion’s share of value growth to the wine category in the UK. Jo Gilbert reports

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Tesco and Carrefour enter strategic alliance

Published:  02 July, 2018

Tesco and French retail giant Carrefour have announced their intention to enter into a long-term strategic alliance.

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Sainsbury’s and Asda confirm £12bn merger and hint at 10% price cuts

Published:  30 April, 2018

Sainsbury’s and Asda have confirmed they are to merge creating a supermarket powerhouse with combined revenues of £51 billion, overtaking Tesco as the number one player in the sector.

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WSTA strengthens board with two new appointments

Published:  07 February, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has added two new members to its board - Tesco’s commercial director, Kari Daniels and The Wine society’s Robin McMillan.

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Team Tesco talks shop

Published:  20 November, 2017

After two years of regrouping and a recent restructure, Tesco gives Angela Mount a taste of what’s to come

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Tesco resumes dividends following 7th consecutive quarter of growth

Published:  04 October, 2017

Tesco has offered up the firmest confirmation yet of its turnaround since the business was rocked by an infamous accounting scandal three years ago.

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Tesco adds sparklers to its range

Published:  29 September, 2017

Tesco has added four new sparkling wines to its Finest own-label wine range this month, created in partnership with world renowned producers.

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Tesco launches Copestick Murray collaboration

Published:  20 July, 2017

Tesco is launching historic Hungarian wine Talisman Bull’s Blood into the UK market via a partnership with distributor Copestick Murray.

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A dozen new wines join Tesco's Finest portfolio

Published:  28 June, 2017

Tesco has added 12 wines to its Finest own-label brand just a few months after extending the portfolio with a 10-strong collection of old-world wines.

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Tesco and Felix Solis collaborate on low ABV range

Published:  21 June, 2017

Tesco has launched a new range of low alcohol wines which it intends to become a staple on its shelves.

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Tesco fined £129m for overstating profits

Published:  28 March, 2017

Tesco has finally reached an agreement with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and will pay £129m fine following 2014's damaging accounting scandal.

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The battle for the retail shelves

Published:  23 March, 2017

The latest Nielsen retail reports make for interesting reading. Supermarket own-brand wines showed growth of 12.6% in the 12 weeks leading up to January 28, 2017, an escalation from 5.5% year-on-year growth, while brands lost 3% share.

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Supermarket sweep: A week in review

Published:  17 February, 2017

On the international stage, the big news this week has been dominated by an increasingly maddening number of acronyms and portmanteaus - CETA, Brexit, TTIP - as the top echelon of global businesses and governments on both sides of the Atlantic make decisions which will impact the immediate future of the trade.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Tesco buys Londis and Budgens owner Booker for £3.7bn

Published:  27 January, 2017

Tesco is set to merge with Britain's biggest food wholesaler Booker in a £3.7bn deal to create "the UK's leading food business".

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Performance review: An early look at the multiples' Christmas trading

Published:  12 January, 2017

In retail head offices across the country, buyers will be analysing this year's trading, investigating highs and lows, and providing the traditional Christmas post-mortems.

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Alcohol one of the fastest growing categories in the multiples this Christmas

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of beers, wines and spirits saw an +5.7% uplift over the Christmas trading period, putting it behind only confectionery as the biggest driver of festive growth.

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Discounter growth dips to lowest point since 2011

Published:  16 November, 2016

Sales growths across discounters Aldi and Lidl have hit their lowest level in five years as the supermarkets - led by Tesco - continue to fight back.

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