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The week that was

Published:  06 July, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis, opinions and features.

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The week that was

Published:  24 November, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s a review of the top online news, analysis and opinion pieces.

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Insights: California proves to be a golden opportunity for the on-trade and independents

Published:  20 July, 2015

Sales of premium California wines have been picking up speed in the UK and many producers in the Golden State are looking to the UK as an export market full of opportunities.

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Interview: Robinsons Brewery doubles turnover with five-year plan

Published:  17 July, 2015

How does a traditional drinks business double turnover, margin and cash profit in the space of five years? Angela Mount meets Paul Robinson and Noel Reid of Robinsons Brewery to find out

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Insight: UK closures battle it out

Published:  17 July, 2015

The closure battle is becoming a two-horse race in the UK - and it's getting harder to pick a winner.

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Analysis: Ayo Akintola talks about Oddbins' digital growth strategy and poaching Naked Wines' staff

Published:  15 July, 2015

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola talks to Rosie Davenport about his growth strategy and why trying to poach Naked Wines' staff is fair game

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Roberson Wines' Kensington Shop Closing: Top facts to know about what is behind the change

Published:  10 July, 2015

The closing of Roberson Wines Kensington shop took many in the trade by surprise.  Although some may see the change as dramatic shift for the company, we pulled together top questions and answers about what this means for one of London's most iconic businesses.

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How consumers define 'value', the online channel and growth in spirits leading trends of 2015

Published:  10 July, 2015

This week William Grant & Sons UK released its annual Market Report highlighting key trends for 2015 including the current evolution of how consumers are defining value, the growth in online purchasing and the expansion of premium spirits.

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LWF Wrap Up: Despite an already marked period of change in the trade, many believe more is yet to come

Published:  08 June, 2015

The wine and spirit industry has been through a marked period of change - and, talking to suppliers and producers at last month's London Wine Fair more than ever manyexpect more transformation ahead.

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Are there etichal implications to consider when choosing to bottle wine in the UK?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Harpers led a debate at last month's London Wine Fair to expose the myths and preconceptions about UK bottling, which raised questions about the ethics of the practice.

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Analysis: Do you remember your wine epiphany?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Trade personalities tell Rosie Davenport and Nigel Huddleston about the life-changing moment when they realised a career in wine was their destiny

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WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

Published:  13 May, 2015

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are "freeloading."

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Bordeaux 2014 en primeur: The verdict

Published:  12 May, 2015

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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Analysis: Are UK vineyards missing out on valuable tax benefits?

Published:  11 May, 2015

New proposals offering UK farmers tax benefits sounded like good news for the industry, but when the WSTA discovered that vineyards don't fall into that category, they demanded to know why.

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Naked Wines eyes up growth following its partnership with Majestic

Published:  11 May, 2015

Naked Wine's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk to Harpers about the future of the new Naked Wines following its acquistion by Majestic.

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Interview: Majestic's new boss Rowan Gormley and Naked's Eamon FitzGerald on the company's new era

Published:  11 May, 2015

Majestic's new chief executive Rowan Gormley and Naked's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk about the future of the new company.

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Smith Report: Election 2015: trade impact

Published:  08 May, 2015

The 2015 General Election has been a close call right to the end. But are the potential impacts the results could have on the drinks trade?

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Q&A: Damian Clarke of Freixenet's UK says his past work with FMCGs is helping to build stronger brands in wine trade

Published:  14 April, 2015

After a career spanning many leading grocery brands, Freixenet's UK boss Damian Clarke explains how his classic FMCG training is paying dividends in sparkling wine in the UK.

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Riecine: Bringing a touch of Englishness to the Tuscan hills

Published:  10 April, 2015

The English have long beaten a path to the rolling hills of Tuscany for their holidays. Twenty-four years ago winemaker Sean O'Callaghan did just that - but he never left and has been making wines at Riecine winery ever since

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How California's pursuit of balance is now producing breakthrough wines

Published:  02 April, 2015

The 21st century has seen a remarkable upsurge in the plantings of Pinot Noir throughout California, from a crush of 53,050 tons in 2000 to 248,469 in 2012. Concentrated on areas such as Sonoma, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Napa, and Mendocino, the upturn in the grape's fortunes has been matched by quality. The Sideways effect is much cited, but more important has been the discovery of sites, often near the coast, suited to this difficult grape variety and a different approach from the traditional Californian style of fruity, jammy Pinot.

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