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Mixers see highest growth of soft drinks driven by health trend and premiumisation

Published:  29 March, 2017

The Fever Tree effect is responsible for the rapid growth of mixers over the past 12 months.

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Real Wine Fair back for another year

Published:  29 March, 2017

This May will see the reutrn of The Real Wine Fair - the trade and consumer event which champions natural, organic and biodynamic wines.

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Jascots unveils new plans for expansion

Published:  29 March, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants have officially opened a new extension at their London head office which will house the growing needs of the supplier.

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"New chapter" for the trade as May triggers Article 50

Published:  29 March, 2017

A historic moment in British politics and the beginning of a new chapter for the UK alcohol industry took placed this morning when Theresa May signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the EU.

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Q&A: Paul Jenkins and Guillem Kerambrun

Published:  28 March, 2017

Harpers met Caprice Holdings & The Birley Group's purchasing director and its head sommelier/group wine buyer at Annabel's to discuss buying across such a diverse portfolio

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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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Wine buying hits shoppers' sweet spots at the multiples

Published:  28 March, 2017

High levels of shopper-satisfaction and the willingness of consumers to linger in the wine aisle, are presenting opportunities to engage the customer and drive trade-up sales, a new supermarket study has suggested. 

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Morrisons shorten payment terms for small suppliers

Published:  27 March, 2017

Morrisons today announced it would shorten payment terms for its smalle suppliers to a maximum of 14 days as part of its 'buy and sell simply' initiative.

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Tesco bolsters Finest portfolio with Old-World wine collection

Published:  24 March, 2017

The ten-strong collection, available across the retailer's stores and online now, has been created in collaboration with world-renowned producers. With Priced between £7 and £20 but positioned as "luxury", the portfolio had been developed to give customers a chance to discover "top quality wines at exceptional prices", said Tesco.

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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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Mitchells & Butlers adds 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu

Published:  22 March, 2017

Mitchells & Butlers is hoping to entice calorie-conscious drinkers by adding a 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu.

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Taj Mahal Brewing Co partners with Oakwood Vineyards to launch Indian wines

Published:  22 March, 2017

The Taj Mahal Brewing Co has partnered with Oakwood Vineyards to make its first foray into wine with an Indian quartet.

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Brand Ambassadors: Spreading the gospel

Published:  22 March, 2017

Glenfiddich's UK brand ambassador, Mark Thomson, is introducing the brand's new IPA beer-infused expression at a trade event in central London. "When I tell people I'm a brand ambassador they usually say: 'Yes, but what's your real job?'"

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Fever-Tree profits more than double thanks to UK growth

Published:  21 March, 2017

Posh mixer brand Fever-Tree continued to go from strength to strength in 2016 driven by accelerated growth in the UK.

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UK Champagne sales flow down the drain

Published:  21 March, 2017

UK Champagne sales have been hit by the nation's love of more affordable Prosecco alongside the Brexit-caused drop in the value of the pound.

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Distell extends partnership with Stock Spirits to boost its UK spirits portfolio

Published:  21 March, 2017

South African alcohol producer Distell has extended its partnership with Stock Spirits to enhance its spirit range in the UK.

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Blurring lines between on-trade beer, wine and spirits

Published:  21 March, 2017

Matthew Clark's new Emporium tasting concept delivered on its promise of providing a circus-themed extravaganza at London's Tobacco Dock on Tuesday. 

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Wine labels of the future

Published:  20 March, 2017

Wine labels of the future will increasingly have a link to a website or QR bar code which could be scanned with phones to reveal the ingredients, calories and nutritional value of wine, but far less likely is any further legal obligation to fully disclose ingredients.

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E&J Gallo winery Dark Horse makes a premium gambit with experimental styles

Published:  20 March, 2017

Better known for it's affordable, everyday wine brand, Gallo, parent company E&J Gallo wineries has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from entry level through to the premium, cementing its position as the leading producer and distributor of Californian wines worldwide.

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UK tops list for craft breweries per capita

Published:  17 March, 2017

The craft revolution has swept across the globe, with 94% of world's 19,000 breweries now producing beer craft.

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CIVB invites trade to Dine with Bordeaux

Published:  17 March, 2017

The Bordeaux Wine Board (CIVB) is re-launching two promotional campaigns aimed at promoting the 'versatility' of Bordeaux.

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DBG Italia goes independent from Berry Bros. & Rudd

Published:  17 March, 2017

Italian agency business DBG Italia has announced it will detach itself from Berry Bros. & Rudd by becoming an independently owned company.

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

Published:  17 March, 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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The drinks world takes action over alcohol misuse

Published:  17 March, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) announced this week it is calling for entries for this year's Scotch Whisky Action Fund - an initiative set up in 2013 to help tackle alcohol misuse by offering grants for related projects across Scotland. 

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"Worrying" times for Sainsbury's as supermarket points to unstable climate for sales set-back

Published:  16 March, 2017

Sainsbury's has warned of "very competitive" trading conditions in the wake of the post-Brexit sterling slump as the supermarket suffered a slight sales decline in the fourth quarter of the financial year.

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Sustainable gin which uses by-products of Sussex winery releases second batch

Published:  16 March, 2017

A British gin distilled with grapes from a Sussex vineyard is gearing up to release of its second batch following its launch in September.

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MPs back bill to promote "best of British" by requiring UK diplomats to serve UK-produced wine overseas

Published:  15 March, 2017

A Sussex MP has proposed a new law which would force British embassies and consulates overseas to serve English and Welsh wines at events to boost post-Brexit trade.

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Diageo's Aileen Keyes to take on head of alcohol in society GB & Europe role

Published:  15 March, 2017

Diageo has revealed Aileen Keyes will take up a newly created position of head of alcohol in society, Diageo GB & Europe, following Mark Baird's departure from the business next month.

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Pernod rolls out standardised nutritional info across its major brands

Published:  14 March, 2017

Pernod Ricard has committed to publishing nutritional information across its strategic brands by including 'smart' codes across it major labels.

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Gin replaces spirit-based drinks in ONS inflation basket

Published:  14 March, 2017

The ONS, which has not included the price of gin in inflation calculations for 13 years, today unveiled it had re-introduced it in light of "increased expenditure" on the popular tipple, which has replaced spirit-based drinks in the basket.

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Jameson makes its first move into RTDs

Published:  14 March, 2017

Pernod Ricard has poured Jameson into cans in a bid to up the Irish Whiskey brand's relevance among younger drinkers.

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Sherry president outlines opportunities for growth

Published:  14 March, 2017

Sherry has attracted its fair share of negative headlines in recent years, with its steadily declining volumes making it an easy target to highlight shortcomings in the wider alcohol industry.

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Sherry president outlines opportunities for growth

Published:  14 March, 2017

Sherry has attracted its fair share of negative headlines in recent years, with its steadily declining volumes making it an easy target to highlight shortcomings in the wider alcohol industry.

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Marie Bizard makes its first foray into frozen cocktails with low-calorie line

Published:  14 March, 2017

The range, rolling out in the UK and other European countries from May this year followed by a worldwide launch in 2018, comprises seven variants, including more unusual cocktails such as Rosé Grapefruit, White Peach, Elderflower Lime & Mint and apple liquor Manzanita.

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Industry bodies welcome the European Commission's nutritional labelling 'invite'

Published:  13 March, 2017

Industry bodies have welcomed the European Commission's invite to the alcohol industry to develop a self-regulatory nutritional labelling proposal.

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New appointments at Louis Latour

Published:  13 March, 2017

Wine and Cognac importer Louis Latour has made two new managerial appointments in London and the North.

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English wine export predicted to grow tenfold in five years

Published:  13 March, 2017

In a bid to drive oversea sales and increase exports, a selection of leading producers, including Bolney Wine Estate, Chapel Down, Gusbourne, Hattingley Valley and Ridgeway Wine Estate, will be exhibiting at the event in Dusseldorf later this month.

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WSTA's Miles Beale on the Budget: Unsurprising surprises

Published:  13 March, 2017

What was surprising about the result of the Budget this year was that it that it did not contain any surprises.

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Berkmann ballot puts Portugal on top

Published:  10 March, 2017

Berkmann Wine Cellars took the opportunity to take the temperature of up and coming grapes, styles and regions likely to cause a stir in 2017.

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Think Gin 2017 Awards: Winners announced

Published:  10 March, 2017

This week Harpers' held its third Think Gin event to celebrate the growth of this versatile, yet undeniably British spirit.

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The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show set for UK debut

Published:  10 March, 2017

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) is poised to make its London debut next year.

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

Published:  10 March, 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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Decision not to unite Vinisud and Millésime Bio branded 'damaging'

Published:  09 March, 2017

Efforts to unite two international trade shows have been thwarted after there was a disagreement over whether they should both take place under one roof.

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What the Budget means for wine and spirit prices

Published:  08 March, 2017

Wine and spirit duty is set to increase from 8p for a bottle of wine and by 43p for a bottle of gin as a result of the Chancellor's decision to make alcohol subject to inflationary rises.

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Trade bodies "disappointed" by the Chancellor's decision not to cut alcohol duties

Published:  08 March, 2017

The Chancellor's decision not to cut duties on alcohol and tobacco has been meet with dismay by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Lidl reports rapid growth for wine category

Published:  08 March, 2017

With a global turnover of over £70billion, and trading operations in 28 countries, the Lidl empire is continuing to grow in the UK, with 35 new stores opening in 2016, and a further 50 planned for this year.

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Ade McKeon joins Accolade Wines as UK and Ireland GM

Published:  08 March, 2017

New World leader Accolade Wines has a new general manager for the UK and Ireland.

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Bacardi CEO successor announced

Published:  07 March, 2017

Spirits giant Bacardi will have a new CEO by 2018.

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Grocery market share for discounters hits record 12%

Published:  07 March, 2017

The march of the discounters continues as £1 in every £8 spent on groceries is now spent in either Aldi or Lidl.

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Halewood and Pernod Ricard show commitment to flavoured spirits

Published:  07 March, 2017

The trend for flavoured spirits is showing no signs of slowing down with further launches this week from Halewood and Pernod Ricard.

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Think Gin 2017: Mapping out gin's future

Published:  06 March, 2017

When something gets too big or grows too fast, it's only a matter of time before the wolves gather, waiting for it to fall - or trying to knock it - off its pedestal. This is true of gin, where the spirit's unprecedented rise has made it a target for gleeful mutterings that it's finally past its peak.  

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Stand alone Oregon and Washington State tasting returns to London

Published:  06 March, 2017

Wines from Oregon and Washington State are stepping out from California's shadow as they prepare to stage their first stand alone tasting in the UK in four years. 

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Two Brits on the list of four new inductees to the MW hall of fame

Published:  06 March, 2017

A co-founder of Noble Rot and a Marks & Spencer buyer are among four new names which have been added to the illustrious list of MWs.

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Sales of fizz breaks Christmas barrier of 45 million bottles for first time

Published:  06 March, 2017

Sales of sparkling set yet another benchmark in the run up to Christmas, with sparkler-hungry Brits quaffing 10% more than usual in the off-trade and 37% in the on-trade. 

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Heineken targets food outlets with artisanal cider duo

Published:  06 March, 2017

Heineken has added an artisanal duo to its Bulmers cider portfolio created with premium and food outlets in mind.

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Harpers' Hot 100: Celebrating the most influential people in the on-trade

Published:  03 March, 2017

Welcome to the launch of Harpers' Hot 100, a new annual feature that looks to identify and celebrate the most influential people in the quality drinks-focused on-trade.

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Moët UK's Sommelier Of The Year opens for entries

Published:  03 March, 2017

Moët & Chandon's Sommelier of the Year competition has returned for another year, once again looking to bestow the accolade on a shining star of the UK on-trade.

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Sales of bourbon predicted to explode in the UK over next five years

Published:  03 March, 2017

Sales of bourbon could rival those of Scotch in the UK over the next five to ten years new data has shown.  

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

Published:  03 March, 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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London whisky fraudster could be the "Rudy Kurniawan" of UK spirits

Published:  02 March, 2017

A scuppered fraud operation has revealed "levels of sophistication never before seen in fraudulent spirits production", involving hundreds of counterfeit bottles of whisky and other spirits.

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WSET debate: Education and Training

Published:  02 March, 2017

On the eve of the Wine & Sprit Education Trust's (WSET) graduation ceremony in London's Guildhall in January (see over), Harpers brought together a cross trade group of those involved in education, training and recruitment to debate the needs of the modern trade.

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Halewood makes its first foray into beer

Published:  02 March, 2017

Halewood Wine & Spirit has acquired a majority stake in Lake District brewery Hawkshead marking its first foray into beer.

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Shop Rioja

Published:  02 March, 2017

he month of October is quickly becoming synonymous with Shop Rioja - Wines from Rioja's month-long promotion which brings the full diversity and dynamism of Spain's foremost wine region to the UK's independent retailers.

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Heineken expands craft beer range

Published:  01 March, 2017

Heineken has expended its craft beer portfolio with two new brews.

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Jägermeister launches first super-premium product in eight decades

Published:  01 March, 2017

Jägermeister is aiming to move away from its shots-at-the-bar image by launching the first super-premium incarnation in the brand's 80-year history. 

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Jumping Juniper

Published:  01 March, 2017

Yes, I published a book about gin last year (I promise that's it for the shameless promotion), but I have no reservations about confessing that I didn't see this current trend for gin lasting so long. Whether it was an over-saturation of the market, familiarity-bred

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Spirit sales across Western Europe in sharp decline

Published:  28 February, 2017

Spirit sales across Western Europe have been hit by poor performances from the majority of countries, with only the UK and four other countries showing growth.

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Boost for Soave with new UK campaign

Published:  27 February, 2017

Soave, the dry white wine produced in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, is looking to boost its fortunes here in the UK this summer with the help of new trade and consumer campaign.

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Chilean wine hits the spot with convenience shoppers

Published:  27 February, 2017

The convenience channel has posted a near 20% leap in sales in an overall flat UK category.

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Berkmann bolsters sales and marketing teams

Published:  27 February, 2017

Berkmann Wine Cellars, suppliers to the on-trade, have taken on two new members of staff to their sales and marketing teams.

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SWA helps to tackle alcohol misuse

Published:  27 February, 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association is hoping to help tackle alcohol misuse by inviting related projects in Scotland to apply for grants from its Action Fund.

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Quality and value on the agenda as Vini d'Italia celebrates 30th anniversary in London

Published:  27 February, 2017

The annual guide which delves into the complex world of Italian wines is coming to London to celebrate its 30th birthday.

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Viña Santa Rita partners with National Gallery for art-inspired collaboration

Published:  24 February, 2017

Top Chilean label Viña Santa Rita has paired up with London's National Gallery for a three-year partnership linking wine and art.

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South African bulk wine takes a tumble as exporters play up premium

Published:  24 February, 2017

New data shows that bulk wine diminishing in volume and value dogged the success of South African wine in the UK in 2016.

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

Published:  24 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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Asda shows some recovery after troublesome 2016

Published:  23 February, 2017

Asda bosses said there is still a "lot of work to do" after the most recent sales figures showed some recovery for the ailing supermarket.

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Buckingham Schenk creates buzz with new Spanish duo

Published:  23 February, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is expanding its portfolio with two new Spanish brands.

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Sign up for SITT - the event for indie merchants and specialist importers

Published:  23 February, 2017

The countdown is on to register for the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) - launching for the first time as part of Harpers' own events umbrella next week.  

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Vignobles André Lurton joins Daniel Lambert Wines and Theatre of Wine in the UK

Published:  22 February, 2017

Family winery Vignobles André Lurton has appointed Daniel Lambert Wines and Theatre of Wine as its UK distributors with immediate effect.

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Oxford Wine Company to open new premises in its hometown

Published:  22 February, 2017

The Oxford Wine Company is poised to open a retail shop in the centre of Oxford as part of a new strategy to focus on its home area.

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Fashion police at work at Berkmann's

Published:  22 February, 2017

No one wants the title of 'most unfashionable' wine region.

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Christmas came early for Malbec at Concha y Toro

Published:  21 February, 2017

The nation's thirst for Argentinian wine has showed no signs of being quenched with Concha y Toro reporting sparkling Christmas sales for Bodega Trivento.

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Off-trade sales bubble as more couples spend Valentine's at home

Published:  21 February, 2017

Cash savvy lovers opted for a night in this Valentine's Day in favour of splashing out on inflated restaurant prices, with both off-trade wine and beer value sales bubbling.

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CAA chairman dismisses EU fears of 'English Champagne' influx post-Brexit

Published:  21 February, 2017

The chairman of the Champagne Agents' Association has hit back at claims that 'English Champagne' could flood into the continent following the UK's departure from the EU.

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Enotria&Coe revisit Rioja with range additions

Published:  20 February, 2017

Premium suppliers Enotria&Coe have strengthened their Rioja portfolio by bringing on two new 'terroir-driven' producers.

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Berkmann follows logistics expansion with two new hotel group contracts

Published:  20 February, 2017

Berkmann Wine Cellars has secured contracts with two new hotel groups after scaling up its logistics operations last year to deal with larger contracts.

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'Progrigio' - the new budget Prosecco?

Published:  20 February, 2017

Prosecco has long been regarded the low-price equivalent of Champagne for those looking for bubbles on a budget.

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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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Australian Women in Wine Awards to fly outside Oz for the first time

Published:  17 February, 2017

The event which aims to inspire the next generation of female winemakers and celebrate the diversity of Australian wine is coming to the UK this year - a first for the event which, until now, has always been held on home turf.

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Marginal returns: How to manage those post-Brexit increases

Published:  17 February, 2017

According to some leading UK independent wine merchants, the cost of wine to their businesses has increased by anything from 10% to 16% since June's European referendum vote, depending on supplier.

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

Published:  17 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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Rising demand in the US following sterling slump drives Scotch exports to three-year high

Published:  16 February, 2017

In the wake of the Brexit vote and the subsequent slump of the pound, the only upside was that the UK's exports seemed poised to become more attractive to oversees buyers.

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CETA deal to boost spirits sales to Canada

Published:  16 February, 2017

Industry leaders have welcomed the ratification of the controversial CETA trade deal, which will eliminate almost all import tariffs on wines, spirits travelling from the EU to Canada. 

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Profits fall 15% at Heineken as Punch Taverns deal given go-ahead

Published:  15 February, 2017

Heineken has found itself on the sharp end of currency depreciation and global financial headwinds.

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Antiquated marketing practices and fraud on the agenda at Pernod Ricard

Published:  15 February, 2017

Pulling its marketing in-house and tackling fraud via a major change to its bottling practices were the two major announcements to be implemented by the French spirits giant in the coming weeks.

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Stand up, then SITT

Published:  15 February, 2017

SITT, the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting, which aims to give a platform to independent merchants and specialist importers is returning to the UK next month - this year as part of Harpers' own event portfolio. 

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Sparkling to be worst affected by triple whammy of price pressures

Published:  14 February, 2017

It's Valentine's Day, which means consumers will be spurring on the nation's love of sparkling wine by heading to fizz shelves today.

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Premiumisation driving cocktail trends at Be At One where cocktails sales have risen 400% in five years

Published:  14 February, 2017

The extent of the effect of premiumisation on consumers' out of home drinking habits have been highlighted in a new survey.

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Record half-year global profits at TWE, but Brexit costs lead to category decline in the UK

Published:  14 February, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is on its way to exceeding its 2016 full-year profit, having reached 75% of last year's full-year profit after tax while only half way through the year.

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A family affair: Carson & Carnevale

Published:  14 February, 2017

Christopher Carson is still well remembered by many in the trade for his former roles as CEO of BRL Hardy Europe and as CEO of Constellation Europe.

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Own-brand Prosecco grows 79% year-on-year at Lidl

Published:  13 February, 2017

Sky-high sales of Prosecco helped Dry January to get off to a damp start in 2017. 

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Changing perceptions at Davy's Wine Merchants

Published:  13 February, 2017

Many will have fond memories of Davy's wine bars, which throughout the 1970s and 1980s was at the forefront of the emerging wine bar craze

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Aldi launches fine wine range with budget price tag after being named the UK's fifth largest supermarket

Published:  13 February, 2017

Aldi is moving up in the world.

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Hospitality leaders urge chancellor to mitigate steep rises to business rates

Published:  13 February, 2017

A behind-schedule update to bring business rates in line with property prices could hit pubs and restaurants hard - particularly in town centres and the south east where property prices have sky-rocketed.

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Battle of the Bubbles

Published:  13 February, 2017

For decades, the very mention of the word Champagne conjured up almost mystical properties for UK consumers in the market for premium sparkling wine.

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Export of French Crémant to British shores increased 53% in volume and 61% by value in 2016

Published:  10 February, 2017

Prosecco's sparkling success finally appears to be opening doors for other fizz categories

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Part 2: 'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  10 February, 2017

Yesterday, we began looking further into last week's Vinisud 2017, when the saleability of Mediterranean wines as a category was promoted to visitors.

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

Published:  10 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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Suppliers under pressure

Published:  10 February, 2017

The words of one well-established wine distributor resonate strongly in the current climate, particularly for those seeking the lure, however challenging, of large-scale distribution via supermarkets and on-trade buying groups.

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Brewpub group reports strong sales and 'Academy' up-take

Published:  09 February, 2017

On-site brewery and restaurant business Brewhouse & Kitchen is an example of a business at the forefront of the craft beer boom.

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Waitrose re-structure to close six of its struggling stores

Published:  09 February, 2017

Upmarket grocer Waitrose has announced a major re-structure of its stores and management teams in a move to "flexible branch team working".

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'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  09 February, 2017

As Elizabeth Gabay MW noted elsewhere on Harpers.co.uk this week, wines from the Mediterranean showed enormous diversity at Vinisud 2017.

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Asia and the US drive 4% organic growth for Pernod Ricard

Published:  09 February, 2017

French spirits group Pernod Ricard has beaten analysts' expectations for its half year results, boosted by sales Irish whiskey in the US and overall sales in China.

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Guy Woodward: Why is the wine trade still slow to deliver fulfilment?

Published:  09 February, 2017

As a middle-aged, middle-class man, my weekly highlight is Saturday morning, illuminated by a warm croissant (180ºC for eight minutes, served with passion fruit curd), a Nespresso coffee (medium froth, Ristretto pod) plus the weekend papers - and here's the most indulgent part - delivered to the door. 

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Tim Atkin MW: Can artificial intelligence replace human judgment in the world of wine?

Published:  08 February, 2017

What do you think of the following tasting note? "Inconspicuous boysenberries and cigar wrappers revel in unresolved rosehips, while dried wormwood and chemically tanned leather swim amongst illusive black liquorice." And this? "Like a sherry, wet wool, mead, musk and nail polish remover cocktail." 

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Italian fizz continues to bubble at Buckingham Schenk

Published:  08 February, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is celebrating a 19% increase in annual turnover thanks to the indomitable UK favourites of Argentinian Malbec and Italian sparkling.

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Ridgeview clinches national US distribution

Published:  08 February, 2017

Ridgeview's sparkling wine could feature on wine lists from West Virginia to Washington thanks to a distribution deal in the US.

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Keeping it convivial with Diana Hunter

Published:  08 February, 2017

The acquisition of Bibendum-PLB for £60 million by Conviviality last May, perfectly poised to coincide with the London Wine Fair, caused a tsunami-scale reaction across the trade. 

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Industry calls for beers, wines and spirits duty cuts - but who will get what?

Published:  07 February, 2017

Voices across the trade are speaking out this week against "crippling" levels of alcohol duty in the UK - where consumers pay a quarter of all EU spirits tax.

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Viña Santa Rita extends strategic direction from UK to Asia with new Chinese distribution deal

Published:  07 February, 2017

Viña Santa Rita is aiming to capitalise on the growth of Chile in the international off-trade as it prepares to gain further traction in China - its largest export market.

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Not such a Dry January at the supermarkets

Published:  07 February, 2017

It was more a case of Try January rather than Dry January at multiples last month as shoppers stocked up on alcohol despite the trend moving towards healthier shopping habits.

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The Champagne Academy appoints new Chairman

Published:  07 February, 2017

The academy which aims to find "Champagne's future stars" and is operated by top Champagne houses has appointed a new chairman.

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Indies: Calm before the storm?

Published:  07 February, 2017

Christmas appears to have arrived on time and with good cheer for many independent merchants, with an early survey of businesses suggesting that sales were generally comfortably up on last year's festive period. 

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Wines of Germany returns to LWF 2017 as fair continues its evolution

Published:  06 February, 2017

London's biggest wine tasting event is welcoming another old face when it returns in May.

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Annual Champagne Tasting re-imagined with new name, venue and format

Published:  06 February, 2017

The event formerly known as the Annual Champagne Tasting is officially returning to London with a new venue and new name.

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Desoutter & James coming to SITT

Published:  06 February, 2017

Spanish specialists Desoutter & James are debuting at Harpers' SITT event later this month.

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Botanist operator strikes out from Living Ventures' shadow with £23m NatWest investment

Published:  03 February, 2017

New World Trading Company (NWTC), the company which is responsible for the numerous Botanists springing up in UK town centres over the past few years, until recently belonged to parent company Living Ventures.

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Upmarket grocer Booths sees returns on own label re-brand

Published:  03 February, 2017

Regional grocer Booths has seen sales of its own label grow following a re-development.

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Viña Santa Rita signs PLB deal

Published:  03 February, 2017

Leading Chilean producer Viña Santa Rita has joined forces with unstoppable wholesale giant, Conviviality Plc, for their UK off-trade distribution.

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Viña Santa Rita signs PLB deal

Published:  03 February, 2017

Leading Chilean producer Viña Santa Rita has joined forces with unstoppable wholesale giant, Conviviality Plc, for their UK off-trade distribution.

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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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North South Wines to hold inaugural tasting

Published:  02 February, 2017

After nearly three years of trading, UK distributor North South Wines (NSW), has announced it will be holding its first ever portfolio tasting in London and Leeds later this month.

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Resurrected Western Wines concept focuses on post-referendum opportunities for UK bottling

Published:  02 February, 2017

The family behind the now defunct Western Wines is re-launching part of its business model to export South African bulk to wine to the UK.

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Change of subsidiary ownership consolidates Hallgarten's B2B wine focus

Published:  02 February, 2017

Hallgarten (HDN) wines has announced a structural change of ownership with the company now owned directly by the Pieroth family of Burg Layen in Germany. The wine wholesaler based in Luton, was until December, a subsidiary of the Pieroth's family's holding company WIV Wein International.

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Diageo announces plans for £18.6 million distillery and whiskey project in former Guinness Power House

Published:  01 February, 2017

Diageo has announced plans to re-enter the Irish whiskey market after selling Bushmills two years ago.

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Retailers urged to be vigilant under AWRS

Published:  01 February, 2017

Retailers must check that their alcohol wholesaler is registered under new rules which come into force on April 1.

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Save the date circulated for possible return of Annual Champagne Tasting

Published:  01 February, 2017

The Annual Champagne Tasting could be returning to London following the divisive decision made last year not to hold the event in 2017.

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Lebanon going back to its - Cinsault - roots

Published:  01 February, 2017

Lebanon is going back to its roots - in every sense.

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R&D raising the bar on cork versus screwcap

Published:  01 February, 2017

As we take our first steps into 2017, the industry brings with it the old battle of cork versus screwcap as the two closures continue their struggle for supremacy. 

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New private club appoints wine director for Château Latour partnership

Published:  31 January, 2017

A new members club which is set to heavily feature Château Latour wines when it opens later this year has secured a wine director.

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Amazon Fresh competitor Ocado delivers "robust" results

Published:  31 January, 2017

Ocado, the online grocer often seen squeezing down the back roads of middle class England has reported a rise in annual profits.

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Why Argentinian reds are the new Malbec

Published:  31 January, 2017

Much of Argentina's success over the past few years is undeniably down to the runaway success of the Malbec in the UK.

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Sherry soldiers on with Wines from Spain masterclass

Published:  30 January, 2017

Sherry, regionality and gastronomy will take centre stage when Wines from Spain's annual trade tasting comes to London's Tobacco Dock on March 9.

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Profile: Henry Boyes, wine buyer, Mitchells & Butlers

Published:  30 January, 2017

Buying wine for Mitchells & Butlers is no small task.

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Beyond spirits: Premium mixers and adult soft drinks

Published:  30 January, 2017

Premium mixers caught up with premium spirits in 2016. Where to next? 

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Spotlight on Riesling at Wines of Germany's annual fellowship dinner

Published:  30 January, 2017

Four new Riesling champions were inducted into the Riesling Fellowship hall of fame at Wines of Germany's recent celebrating of the country's sparkling wine.

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Buyers and producers discuss forecasted higher demand for Languedoc at Vinisud

Published:  30 January, 2017

A survey of 1,100 distributors in seven countries has identified the Langeudoc as the wine region most likely to see increased consumer demand in the next 24 months.

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

Published:  27 January, 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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Educating your premier crew

Published:  27 January, 2017

London may be the wine capital of the world, with arguably the best selection of wines available to buy in every bar, restaurant, shop and supermarket, up and down the country, yet the majority of staff that work in these places know little or nothing about what they're supposed to be selling.

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Diageo celebrates growth in 2017 interim results

Published:  26 January, 2017

Spirits giant Diageo has reported a better than expected rise in sales helped by improvements in its US business and its Scotch portfolio.

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ADT 2017: Spain and Italy getting more bang for their 1% buck

Published:  26 January, 2017

A quick glance around at London's very well attended Australia Day Tasting on Tuesday (January 24) showed that very few producers were without Italian and Spanish varieties such as Tempranillo, Fiano and Vermentino - one of Austria's fastest growing grapes.

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PGI application to protect 'British' versus imported grapes

Published:  24 January, 2017

The chair of the UKVA has hit back at claims that the purpose of a new PGI application was to coin a popular name for English sparkling wine, but rather to prevent grapes grown outside the UK from being called 'British'.

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Writer and educator Steven Spurrier named WSET's fifth honorary president

Published:  24 January, 2017

Steven Spurirer, the industry veteran known for staging wine's very own Judgment of Paris in 1976, has been announced as the WSET's new honourary president.

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New Zealand Pinot Noir comes of age

Published:  24 January, 2017

At home in the cooler regions of Wairarapa, Nelson, Marlborough, Waipara and Central Otago, Pinot Noir is New Zealand's most important red variety, representing 70% of all red plantings and 15.4% of New Zealand's total vineyard. 

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Inside London's super distillery

Published:  24 January, 2017

In case anyone was in doubt, the opening of new London hotspot, Portobello Road's The Distillery, is proof that the gin renaissance is alive and well in London. 

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Gifting and corporate sales leads to better than expected Christmas at Virgin Wines

Published:  20 January, 2017

Gains in its gifting business and expanding it loyalty membership by over a third helped Virgin Wines to pull in bumper sales this Christmas.

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A look back at May's Brexit speech: What does it mean for the trade?

Published:  20 January, 2017

As we hurtle towards the hard Brexit scenario outlined by Theresa May in her speech earlier this week, there are two main concerns affecting our industry.

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WSTA calls on industry to help prevent wine being "singled out" at next budget

Published:  20 January, 2017

The body which represents the wine and spirits industry is calling on the industry to make sure that wine is looked on favourably at the next budget.

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

Published:  20 January, 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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WSTA calls UKVA's application for English fizz PGI a "side-show"

Published:  19 January, 2017

The UK Vineyards Association (UKVA) has revealed plans to apply for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for English sparkling wine, using the term "British Fizz".

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Barwell & Jones prepares to re-launch Marqués de Riscal in the UK

Published:  19 January, 2017

Historic Spanish winery Marqués de Riscal will be the focus of a new marketing and sales push to promote its presence in the UK.

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Future trends: Technology turning "going out" into "staying in" and replacing planning with spontaneity

Published:  19 January, 2017

A new report from drinks giant Diageo which identifies three key social trends for the year ahead, shows that technology will increasingly become be a driving factor in how consumers spend their time. 

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Peer calls for law amendment to offer greater protection for pubs

Published:  18 January, 2017

Lord Roy Kennedy of Southwark, shadow spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), has confirmed his support for strengthening planning laws to protect vulnerable pubs across England.

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New Zealand - pushing the premium

Published:  18 January, 2017

Premiumisation is the trend that is sweeping the world globally, with not just beers, wines and spirits, but also FMCGs like milk and beauty products taking the international market by storm according to Nielsen. 

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Regionality and terroir: The battle for New Zealand Pinot Noir

Published:  18 January, 2017

Away from its Burgundian origins, Pinot Noir has found a home from home in the cool climates of New Zealand's Marlborough, Nelson and Wairarapa regions.

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New World Trading Company moves to new home following £50m sale

Published:  18 January, 2017

Hospitality group The New World Trading Company (NWTC) has settled into its new home on King Street, Knutsford following the sale to private equity firm Graphite Capital last year.

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Cognac sales reach value and volume highs in 2016

Published:  17 January, 2017

Sales of Cognac reached their highest level in terms of volume and value in 2016, the body which oversees the Cognac industry has reported.

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Think Rum Awards winners 2017 announced for Harpers' inaugural event

Published:  17 January, 2017

Rum's top advocates were recognised for their contributions to this increasingly popular and sometimes misunderstood spirit when Harpers celebrated its inaugural Think Rum event yesterday (January 16).

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New chairman announced for The Benevolent

Published:  16 January, 2017

The Benevolent, the charity for the UK drinks industry, has a new chairman.

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Pinkster Gin follows Matthew Clark listing with first special edition bottle

Published:  16 January, 2017

With Majestic Retail and others reporting bumper sales of premium gin over the festive trading period, one gin brand in particular is looking to make the most out of the UK's next significant commercial holiday. 

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Multi-million dollar R&D project aims to bring "international recognition" to Australian Shiraz

Published:  16 January, 2017

5.3 million AUD is being invested to better understand - and promote - Australian terroir to international markets.

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Liberty Wines to distribute Sogrape in the UK

Published:  16 January, 2017

Sogrape and Liberty Wines have announced they will be partnering with the hopes of expanding the Portuguese company's presence in the UK, specifically the premium on-trade.

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Weaker pound and Brits staying in the UK over Christmas gave trade welcome boost ahead of Brexit-laden 2017

Published:  13 January, 2017

Analysts have suggested that struggling sterling swaying Brits to stay in the UK over the festive season 2016 is the reason that outlets are celebrating record sales this week.

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Matthew Clark adds beer and spirits to new circus-themed annual tasting concept

Published:  13 January, 2017

Preparations for the spring trade tasting season are well underway, as is the case with Matthew Clark, which is ramping up its annual tasting by showcasing a wider proportion of its portfolio.  

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White revolution at the forefront of Heart of Spain 2017

Published:  13 January, 2017

Winemakers from Spain will continue to further the white revolution and promote varieties from new and unexpected corners of the country when the Heart of Spain 2017 tasting comes to London.

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

Published:  13 January, 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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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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Sparkling wine sales jump 24% at Jascots

Published:  12 January, 2017

Specialist wine supplier to the on-trade, Jascots, has reported record sales in 2016 with soparklign wine sales jumping by almost a quarter.

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Borsa Vini Italiani returns to London in 2017

Published:  12 January, 2017

Owners and winemakers from 70 Italian wineries will descend on Italian tasting Borsa Vini Italiani when it returns to London next week.

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Buckingham Schenk adds Kreglinger Wine Estates to its portfolio

Published:  12 January, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is expanding its Antipodean portfolio by adding Kreglinger Wine Estates and its brands Pipers Brook and Norfolk Rise.

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Tesco and Sainsbury's join multiples in celebrating Christmas gains

Published:  12 January, 2017

A strong online performance, the successful integration of Argos into stores and a focus on scrapping multi buys has led to a better than expected Christmas for Sainsbury's.

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Burgundy en primeur: Spotlight on whites

Published:  11 January, 2017

While there has been a consensus that Burgundy's 2015 reds have much to offer buyers in this year's en primeur market, there is less agreement about the quality of the region's whites.

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UKVA and EWP urge government to crack down on "large quantities of wine" being smuggled into the UK

Published:  11 January, 2017

The UK wine industry has urged the government to crack down on excise duty tax evasion carried out via the smuggling onto the UK commercial drinks market of duty-free wine.

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New Zealand Annual Tasting coming to London following 2016 winning streak

Published:  11 January, 2017

Following on from a successful 2016 when New Zealand topped the UK growth charts, the country is now keen to develop its presence in the UK market at its the annual trade tasting in London next week.

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Major tourism centre given green-light by Burgundy's wine board

Published:  11 January, 2017

Burgundy's wine board, the BIVB, has approved its ambitious Cité des Vins de Bourgogne, a new wine tourism, culture and education centre that will be built on three sites in Beaune, Chablis and in the Mâcon.

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More "posh nosh" and alcohol sales puts Morrisons at the top of the Big Four

Published:  10 January, 2017

Morrisons found its groove this Christmas, with alcohol and expansions to its new Best range helping to achieve its strongest like for like sales in seven years. 

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Hallgarten makes five keys appointments

Published:  10 January, 2017

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has started the new year with five new appointments to its sales team.

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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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Majestic Retail has "biggest ever Christmas" during bumper trading period

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of sparkling and gin helped to put a skip back into Majestic's step over the Christmas period with total group sales up 15.3% compared to the previous year.

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Rémy Cointreau acquires Domaine des Hautes Glaces

Published:  09 January, 2017

High-end wines and spirits producer Rémy Cointreau has acquired 100% of the capital of a distillery in the Alps with the aim of strengthening its position in the premium single malt market. 

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Milk vodka brand expands with distillery tour and kitchen

Published:  09 January, 2017

Consumer tourism is becoming an increasingly important revenue stream and brand builder for BWSs, as vodka producer Black Cow will attest.

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Think Rum coming to London

Published:  09 January, 2017

Harpers and its sister titles are preparing to launch Think Rum in London next week, an inaugural event which will exhibit the best of this growing spirits category.

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To tip or not to tip? The on-trade's ultimate social dilemma

Published:  06 January, 2017

The awkward subject of tipping etiquette touched the public conscious again recently after it was revealed that high profile chef Michel Roux Jr had scrapped tipping at Michellin starred Mayfair restaurant Le Gavroche, in favour of an obligatory service charge.

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Troy Christensen of Enotria&Coe looks at facing the challenge of 2017

Published:  06 January, 2017

The UK has experienced a long-term period of prosperous on trade growth.

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Burgundy en primeur 2015: What to expect from reds

Published:  06 January, 2017

The consensus is that 2015's red vintage will make an impression as Burgundy en premeur tastings prepare to get underway next week, with many wineries benefitting from picking early and mitigating the effects of a hot summer.

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

Published:  06 January, 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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Champagne leaves Prosecco in the dust as the New Year wine of choice

Published:  05 January, 2017

The unfailing success of Prosecco encountered a roadblock on New Years Eve as UK consumers ditched Italian fizz in favour of Champagne.

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Cocktail group reports record festive trading

Published:  05 January, 2017

Early reports show that the hospitality industry received a welcome boost over the Christmas period thanks in part to December 23, 24 and 25 falling over the weekend.

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Man reviews 366 drams in 366 days to build a mammoth beginner's guide to whisky

Published:  04 January, 2017

A North Yorkshire father-of-three is nearing the end of a year-long whisky-tasting marathon in order to educate whisky beginners and raise money for charity.

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Viña Caliterra receives first carboNZero certification in Chile

Published:  04 January, 2017

Viña Caliterra has become the first winery in Chile to gain a sustainability certificate for their efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

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Looking back on 2016 and ahead to 2017: David Gleave MW, Liberty Wines

Published:  04 January, 2017

David Gleave MW predicts what he thinks will be the biggest trends of 2017, and talks about his plans to broaden his horizons by giving Try January - the initiative to encourage people to try something new in the month of Jan - a go. 

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Wines from New Zealand and Argentina named the biggest winners of 2016

Published:  03 January, 2017

Brits' love of New World wine accelerated in 2016, with New Zealand and Argentina showing the biggest sales growth in the 12 months to November 2016.

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English fizz beats Champagne to become official Boat Race partner

Published:  03 January, 2017

Leading English winery Chapel Down has become an official partner of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, replacing Champagne Bollinger.

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Number of countries drinking English wine increased by a third in 2016

Published:  03 January, 2017

Sales of English Wine reached new heights in 2016, according to DEFRA.

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Q&A: Trevor Gulliver, chief executive, St John

Published:  23 December, 2016

Trevor Gulliver and celebrated chef Fergus Henderson revolutionised modern British dining with St John's nose-to-tail cooking ethos.

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Logistics: Coping with the cuts

Published:  21 December, 2016

The ability to cut supply chain costs while at the same time maintaining a high-quality distribution service has become a holy grail for many wine merchants and retailers.

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Tax accounts for 50% of consumers' alcohol shop this Christmas

Published:  19 December, 2016

Baskets and trolleys are heavy at this time of year with alcohol for the festive season, but they would feel considerably lighter if it wasn't for the high rate of duty in the UK.

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Lanchester Wines acquires majority share in The Wine Fusion

Published:  19 December, 2016

Lanchester Wines hasunveiled plans to extend its networks within the global wine sector via the acquisition of London-based wine production and agency house, The Wine Fusion.

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Three new appellations awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages (with Geographical Names) status

Published:  19 December, 2016

France's second largest AOC winegrowing region has promoted three new villages within the appellation hierarchy.

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Liv-ex year review: Fine wine hits five-year high as Bordeaux gets back on top

Published:  19 December, 2016

2016 was the year that Bordeaux recovered after four years of decline and the fine wine market received a significant post-Brexit boost.

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Taking education to the front line

Published:  19 December, 2016

The current on-trade staffing shortage is being exacerbated by a lack of appropriate training. Harpers spoke to Matthew Cocks about Jascots' WineEd initiative designed to help plug the gap

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New buying director joins Berry Bros. & Rudd

Published:  15 December, 2016

One of Britain's oldest wine merchants is welcoming a new person to head up its buying team.

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Craft beer and Prosecco in 2017: Will their bark be worse than their bite?

Published:  15 December, 2016

The epic rise of craft beer and Prosecco are the two major success stories of recent times, but one market analyst has suggested that 2017 could offer a reality check for the two juggernauts as they struggle to keep up with projections.

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Diageo partners with Deliveroo for last minute Christmas orders

Published:  14 December, 2016

Diageo is the latest company to hop into bed with delivery start-up Deliveroo.

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Prosecco bursts Champagne's bubble with faster sales growth across Europe

Published:  14 December, 2016

Sales of Prosecco in the UK continue to rise faster than Champagne despite the Champagne sector's attempts to compete by dropping prices.

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Patagonian wine taking steps into the multiples with Buckingham Schenk

Published:  14 December, 2016

Patagonaian wines from southern Argentina are taking steps into the UK off-trade with a new listing at Waitrose.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: A great time to be in wine

Published:  14 December, 2016

I don't want to be a siren of gloom. After all Christmas is the time for good cheer. But we are racing towards the end of a year where disruptive global events - Brexit, Trump, Aleppo - have shaken our feelings of security.

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Christmas could rescue the multiples from a dismal November

Published:  14 December, 2016

Shoppers might have been happy with their purchases but Black Friday failed to bring a boost to supermarkets when the shopping holiday landed on November 26.

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Growers Champagne offering an alternative to Prosecco this Christmas, says Virgin Wines

Published:  13 December, 2016

Grower Champagnes having been sparking consumer interest at Virgin Wines, where wine buyers are expecting sales to flourish this Christmas.

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What lies ahead for 2017?

Published:  13 December, 2016

As a tumultuous year draws to a close, Harpers asked key trade figures to highlight the challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities in 2017

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Bolney Wine Estate on opening the door to 2017

Published:  13 December, 2016

When Bolney Wine Estate was started in 1972 by owners Janet and Rodney Pratt, it was one of only six commercial vineyards in the country.

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Santa Rita named Chile's Winery of the Year

Published:  13 December, 2016

Major Chilean winery Viña Santa Rita has been named as Wines of Chile's 2016 Winery of the Year.

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Wine trends: Predictions 2017

Published:  13 December, 2016

White from red regions, Loire and premium US whites are going to be 2017's big winners, according to Bibendum.

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Boris Becker backs new Accolade Wine brand as TWE ends UK bottling deal

Published:  12 December, 2016

Tennis star Boris Becker has been revealed as a brand ambassador for a new Chilean brand from Accolade Wine as Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announced it will no longer be bottling its wine destined for the UK market at the Accolade Park base.

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Around the World in 80 Drinks: Review of The Thinking Drinkers

Published:  12 December, 2016

Watching Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham at last nights Around the World in 80 Drinks at the Museum of Comedy in Holborn, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Fogg & Passepartout duo were embarking on nothing more than an hour long global booze fest; a kind of drinks pantomime that takes place from Italy to India and Korea to Venezuela.

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Tasting offers glimpse of the future for Australian wine

Published:  12 December, 2016

Australia Day Tasting, the event which gives a taste of things to come from Down Under over the following year, has given a glimpse of some of new releases for the trade to try when it returns to the UK next month.

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Conviviality Retail buys 15 convenience stores in the South East

Published:  12 December, 2016

Conviviality PLC is expanding its presence in the South East with the acquisition of KMD Enterprises Ltd (KMD).

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Alan Sugar's big gin debate: Are coloured gins a big no-no?

Published:  09 December, 2016

The issues surrounding colouring usually clear spirits came to the wider public's attention last night with the latest episode of BBC1's The Apprentice.

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Is staff recruitment a ticking time bomb?

Published:  09 December, 2016

According to Paul Jenkins, purchasing director at D&D hospitality group, recruiting and retaining staff isn't just a perennial problem - it's getting worse.

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Record-breaking year for gin makes it the success story of 2016, says WSTA

Published:  09 December, 2016

2016 has proved to be a record-breaking year for gin, with end of year sales continuing to soar.

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Bird in Hand joins Seckford for UK partnership

Published:  09 December, 2016

Australian producer Bird in Hand has appointed New World specialists Seckford Agencies to ramp up distribution of their brand across the UK.

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

Published:  09 December, 2016

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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Bancroft Wines grows Italian and Spanish range in the UK

Published:  08 December, 2016

Bancroft Wines has added two new producers to their portfolio, Cantina della Volta from Emilia Romagna and Es Fangar from Mallorca.

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Slow growth at Ocado fails to impress investors

Published:  08 December, 2016

The future is still uncertain for online grocer Ocado which has just released its final quarterly sales figures for 2016.

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Men driving growth of Fairtrade wine says Co-op

Published:  08 December, 2016

Evidence that the growing number of ethically sourced and social responsible drinks companies is in response to consumer demand for alcohol with a conscience has been backed by data from the Co-op which revealed that its sales of Fairtrade wine are up 25% YOY.

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French gin partners with London's hotel bars

Published:  07 December, 2016

Ethical spirits brand Fair has teamed up with 12 top London hotels to launch its Christmas marketing campaign. 

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Gonzalez Byass UK expands range with new Basque addition

Published:  07 December, 2016

Gonzalez Byass UK (GBUK) is expanding its Spanish wine range in the UK with the addition of Txomin Etxaniz, a leading producer of DO Txakoli, to its portfolio.

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Top of the pops: Fizz leads the top trends for Christmas and beyond

Published:  06 December, 2016

The enduring success of sparkling ignited by consumers' unquenchable thirst for Prosecco over the past decade is already reaching into 2017 and is pushing new boundaries.

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Waitrose Cellar buys up barrels from historic wine auction

Published:  06 December, 2016

Waitrose wine buyers have bolstered their premium offering by buying two barrels of rare wine at the historic annual Hospices de Beaune auction.

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Bourgogne Week comes to London

Published:  06 December, 2016

Christmas is still two-and-a-half weeks away but the organisers of the event which aims to "unlock the secrets" Burgundy are already preparing to showcase what the region can offer in 2017.

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Bumper Christmas weekend predicted for the on-trade

Published:  06 December, 2016

Bars and restaurants could be looking forward to an extra windfall over this year's Christmas weekend, thanks to the fortuitous dates of Christmas this year.

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New report backs minimum pricing as consumption rises 42% from 1980

Published:  05 December, 2016

The government department for public health has praised the benefits of minimum pricing after releasing a report which shows that UK consumers are drinking 42% more than there were in 1980.

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Blossom Hill puts the emphasis on fizz for fruit wine re-brand

Published:  05 December, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is re-naming its Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom range in order to stress bubbles over fruit.

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New Zealand's top red export to take centre stage at annual tasting

Published:  05 December, 2016

New Zealand's most famous red grape will be at the forefront of this year's New Zealand annual trade tasting in January.

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Carlsberg UK launches low to mid-volume beer dispense solution

Published:  02 December, 2016

Carlsberg UK is aiming to change the way beer is stocked and poured in venues serving low to medium volumes of the drink.

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Pernod Ricard off-loads brandy to focus on spirits

Published:  02 December, 2016

Pernod Ricard is selling the Domecq brand and its related brandies and wines to Emperador Group and Gonzalez Byass.

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New sparkling brand offering "Prosecco" in a can prepares to launch in the UK

Published:  02 December, 2016

A new lifestyle-led sparkling wine brand is aiming to match the prospects in the female drinkers/millennials market with the Italian wine and the RTD categories in the hopes of cracking the UK market.

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The Benevolent raises over £37,000 in first silent auction

Published:  02 December, 2016

The Benevolent would like to say a big thank you to those you took part in their Thanks for Giving auction.

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

Published:  02 December, 2016

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WSTA outlines "the road ahead" for Brexit ministers

Published:  01 December, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling for Brexit ministers to let the drinks industry lead negotiations to ensure the best possible free trade agreements with the EU andfurther afield. 

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Devon winery continues to raise profile with Enotria&Coe partnership

Published:  01 December, 2016

Devon-based winery Lyme Bay has announced a new partnership with leading UK wine and spirits distributor, Enotria&Coe. 

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Bibendum unveils new pricing insight tool

Published:  01 December, 2016

Bibendum has launched a new tool to provide customers with a "complete picture of the market" thus helping them to list the right products at the right price and to identify gaps in the market. 

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Sommeliers to head Down Under for 2017's The World's 50 Best Restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2016

The World's 50 Best Restaurants, the event which celebrates the best of global gastronomy, is being held in Australia. 

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Customer satisfaction with Eileen Ginger of Whitbread Plc

Published:  29 November, 2016

Whitbread is the UK's largest hospitality group, with an annual turnover of £2.9 billion. Harpers spoke to wine, beer and cider buyer Eileen Ginger about the drinks offerings across the portfolio

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Building a hospitality group: Big Red Teapot

Published:  29 November, 2016

Eight years after launching their first venture, Hamilton's Bar and Kitchen, Edinburgh-based hospitality group Big Red Teapot has just opened the doors to its fourth bar, The Voyage of Buck.

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Bacardi expands global leadership team

Published:  29 November, 2016

Spirit behemoth Bacardi has appointed a new senior vice president and global chief communications officer.

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Damage to tanks will be the biggest cost to Marlborough winemakers following earthquake

Published:  29 November, 2016

Winegrowers in Marlborough have been left with a "big task" to repair tanks, around 20% of which were damaged during November's 14's Kaikoura earthquake.

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Usain Bolt becomes "CEO" of top Champagne house

Published:  29 November, 2016

Usain Bolt has swapped winning for wines in a new partnership with one of France's largest Champagne producers.

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Four Pillars joins up with Love Drinks for UK distribution

Published:  28 November, 2016

Yara Valley distillery Four Pillars Gin, has appointed a new distributor for the UK.

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Vinisud goes annual

Published:  28 November, 2016

The trade tasting which puts wines of the Mediterranean in the spotlight has become annual fixture on the international's trade's calendar.

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Can bullish optimism and higher average spend save wine from a Brexit bust?

Published:  28 November, 2016

With referendum result and the ensuring market turmoil, on top escalating overheads and competition from online/supermarkets threatening the off-trade, it's of little surprise that there's not much festive cheer on the high street at the moment.

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Brexit - boom or bust?

Published:  28 November, 2016

Britain's retailers, faced with the fall in sterling and market turbulence, surely have little to celebrate in Christmas 2016.

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World's oldest Port house launches into second major high street retailer

Published:  25 November, 2016

Historic Port brand, Kopke, is currently launching its Reserve Tawny Port into Waitrose - the second time the brand has been listed in a major national retailer in the UK, following the launch of its 1996 Colheita (an aged Tawny Port made with grapes from a single vintage) in M&S in September.

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Matthew Clark distributes Judgement of Paris Californian wine

Published:  25 November, 2016

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has teamed up with Matthew Clark for the distribution of two of its premium Californian wineries.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: My mind is made up, please don't confuse me with the facts

Published:  25 November, 2016

September 11th 2001. Anyone out of childhood can remember what they were doing the day the Twin Towers were felled.

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Published:  25 November, 2016

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Roberson Wine celebrates 25-year evolution on anniversary

Published:  24 November, 2016

Roberson Wine is celebrating a 25-year evolution from iconic independent to a wholesaler and importer.

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DEFRA approves application for Sussex wine PDO

Published:  24 November, 2016

Wine produced in Sussex is one step closer to gaining protected status on a par with Champagne and Bordeaux.

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Rioja adjusts growth limit for 2017 following new vine planting rules

Published:  24 November, 2016

The D.O.Ca. Rioja has increased the threshold of the surface area of vineyard planting allowed for next year to keep up with an increased rate of sales.

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Remy Cointreau re-bounds with 7% sales growth

Published:  24 November, 2016

Top Cognac producer Remy Cointreau has reversed its fortunes after a difficult 2015.

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Wine Rack: Bringing hybrid to the high street

Published:  18 November, 2016

Wine Rack is calling time on traditional high street retail with the roll-out of hybrid stores across its estate.

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New Zealand's "other varieties" under-exploited in the UK

Published:  18 November, 2016

The UK wine trade is well versed in New Zealand's top two exports-Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.

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The Benevolent launches Thanks for Giving online auction

Published:  18 November, 2016

A round of golf with Oz Clarke and the chance to hire the WSET's Ian Harris as a butler for the night are just some of the 75 lots available at The Benevolent's inaugural online silent auction.

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Insights: Curating consumer preference

Published:  18 November, 2016

New WinePro research from Kingsland goes beyond defining consumers, unearthing their needs and habits on different consuming occasions.

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Brexit: UK wine producers to lobby UK government over EU customs union and seasonal worker scheme

Published:  18 November, 2016

UK wine producers have urged the British government to maintain zero tariffs on wine and to establish a seasonal worker scheme ahead of Britain's departure from the European Union.

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

Published:  17 November, 2016

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Complaint over TWE's use of "Stag" name in the US is dismissed

Published:  17 November, 2016

The on-going legal battle between two leading wine companies over the use of 'The Stag' name and imagery has reached another benchmark as the complaint was dismissed temporarily by a judge.

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High street rules at wine and spirits competition

Published:  17 November, 2016

High street retailers such as Aldi and Marks and Spencer were the big winners at an industry awards ceremony to celebrate the biggest names in wines and spirits.

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Majestic at "tipping point" as sales rise but profits fall

Published:  17 November, 2016

Majestic faces a challenge to turn sales into profit if they are to deliver their target of £500m in sales by 2019.

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Deliveroo expands direct-to-consumer alcohol service with Heineken partnership

Published:  16 November, 2016

On-demand delivery service Deliveroo has joined up with Heineken to launch a new brand through which consumers will be able to get beer and cider delivered direct to their door.

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The other side of life: Anne Jones, category manager at Waitrose

Published:  16 November, 2016

Just like the extra-curricular activities many of our children get stuck into after school, having time to unwind or pursue other interests can bring extra energy and inspiration to our passionate industry.

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CAMRA calls for beer duty freeze at next budget to ease effect of economic uncertainty

Published:  16 November, 2016

The consumer organisation which campaigns for the health of the beer and pub sector is calling on the government to maintain a freeze in beer duty in the upcoming Autumn Statement and consider an additional cut in next year's budget.

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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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New Zealand wineries in "clean-up mode" after earthquake rocks South Island

Published:  15 November, 2016

New Zealand wineries are currently cleaning up and assessing the damage caused by a 7.5 earthquake which struck the region of the North Canterbury on the South Island on Monday night.

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Major English vineyard proposition brings on board new brand ambassador

Published:  15 November, 2016

Rathfinny Estate has appointed a new brand ambassador to drive awareness of the Sussex winery ahead of the launch of its first sparkler in 2018.

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Scottish minimum pricing to impact over half of alcohol sales, while wine and premium spirits could benefit

Published:  15 November, 2016

Wine and premium brands could be the big winners of Scotland's impending minimum price legislation, it has been revealed.

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Sandeman re-launches aged tawnies to "re-affirm leadership" in fastest growing UK Port category

Published:  14 November, 2016

Sandeman is aiming to put its stamp on the tawny category with its new look range of 10, 20, 30 and 40 year-old aged tawnies.

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Indian summer and 2015 reserves help to bolster troubled Loire harvest

Published:  14 November, 2016

One of the world's preeminent winemaking regions has bounced back following a troubling year, with ideal weather conditions at the close of the season helping grapes to reach "peak levels" of ripeness.

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Low alcohol brewing company announces initial release

Published:  14 November, 2016

Big Drop Brewing Co., the UK's "first" brewing company dedicated to making <0.5% ABV beer, is about to launch its first beer.

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Legal clarity is overdue for Scotch whisky 'finishing'

Published:  14 November, 2016

Whisky and particularly Scotch is perhaps the most litigious subject of all spirits. Quite rightly its firm tradition and great export sales are protected by intellectual property rights. Yet a gap has emerged which is widening and worrying.

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Malbec and beyond: What's next for Argentina?

Published:  11 November, 2016

One of the great New World success stories is the rise of Argentinian Malbec, which has become the go-to grape for both supermarket shoppers and trendy restaurants in the UK and also worldwide.

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

Published:  11 November, 2016

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On-trade: How to grow and expand your business

Published:  11 November, 2016

When Nathan Lee and Jason Mead were building their bar and restaurant group in Bristol, starting with Prohibition-style bar Hyde & Co in 2010, they received no shortage of advice on locations.

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Campari launches pre-mixed Negroni cocktail, as "in" becomes "the new out" for consumers

Published:  10 November, 2016

Campari is looking to capitalise on the trend towards premium cocktails in the off-trade with the launch of a ready-to-drink Negroni cocktail.

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Brexit minister begins talks with the WSTA to discuss how to manage leaving the EU

Published:  10 November, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) met Brexit minister David Jones last week to discuss how the industry can protect trade and the 600,000 of jobs currently supporting the UK wines and spirits industry.

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Independent tasting SITT to be taken over by Harpers publisher

Published:  10 November, 2016

Harpers' publisher, Agile Media Ltd, is pleased to announced that is taking over the running and full responsibility of SITT - the leading tasting for Independents from the on- and off-trade.

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Institute welcomes 18 new MWs

Published:  10 November, 2016

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has inducted 18 new Masters of Wine to its prestigious roster.

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Coravin looking to boost global expansion

Published:  09 November, 2016

American wine preservation company Coravin has completed the first round of a $22.5 million (£18.1 million) equity financing campaign to rapidly accelerate its global reach.

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Memorial service to be held for friends and colleagues of beloved trade member, Ben Campbell-Johnston

Published:  09 November, 2016
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Cracking the UK market

Published:  09 November, 2016

At first glance, the answers to the holy grail of successful trading in the UK might appear obvious.

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Friarwood puts fine wine online

Published:  08 November, 2016

Independent fine wine merchant Friarwood has launched its first e-commerce service, opening up its collection of fine wines to same day and next delivery.

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Fever Tree sees strong growth in demand for premium mixers

Published:  08 November, 2016

Premium tonic water producer, Fever Tree, is in line to jump ahead of predictions in the second half of 2016, with analysts predicting full-year UK sales growth of 95%.

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White wines of the Douro: Emerging from fortified's shadow

Published:  08 November, 2016

Famous for its Port fortified wines, far less is understood about the Douro's long history of white winemaking.

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M&S to close 60 clothing and home stores but grow its Simply Food chain

Published:  08 November, 2016

Marks & Spencer is planning a major re-structure to focus on its food and drinks offering, after profits plunged 88%.

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How wine is adapting to suit a new generation

Published:  07 November, 2016

With technology opening up new possibilities, the trade is finding new ways of not only engaging with younger consumers but making them part of their business models too.

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WSET expands into the Czech Republic

Published:  07 November, 2016

The Czech Republic has become the latest European country to offer courses in wines and spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

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Anne Burchett to leave Sopexa

Published:  07 November, 2016

Anne Burchett has resigned as her role as MD of the UK & Ireland at food, beverage and lifestyle marketing agency, Sopexa.

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Jackson Family Wines launches new international distribution strategy for flagship wineries

Published:  07 November, 2016

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has upped the global distribution of two of its top Californian wineries, Cardinale and Vérité, to increase supply outside of the US and Canada.

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Jago looks to grow WSTA membership and "unite the trade" ahead of Brexit

Published:  07 November, 2016

New WSTA chairman Dan Jago has said he wants to strengthen the trade body by including more members in order to face the "monumental" challenge posed by Brexit head-on.

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Q&A: Xavier Rousset MS and Gearoid Devaney MS, Cabotte

Published:  04 November, 2016

Xavier Rousset MS and Gearoid Devaney MS, restaurateur and wine importer respectively, have opened a Burgundy oasis in the City, realising a long-held dream.

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Great Western partners to offer wine and vinyl subscription service

Published:  04 November, 2016

A Bath-based wine merchant is by teaming up with two craft businesses which will see their wines paired, not with cheese or olives, but with chocolates and vinyl records.

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Spotlight on Scottish gin inside the Scottish Parliament

Published:  04 November, 2016

Scotland's contribution to the UK's gin boom took centre stage at a meeting of MSPs and producers inside the Scottish Parliament, where it was recognised for being one of - if not the - biggest gin exporters in the world.

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New UK team for the California Wine Institute

Published:  04 November, 2016

The California Wine Institute has put together a new team to raise the profile of California in the UK - its largest European export market.

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Published:  04 November, 2016

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Rioja champions awarded at second Rioja Recognises

Published:  03 November, 2016

Four "ambassadors" for Rioja were given nods by the DOCa Consejo Regulador at the second Rioja Recognises last night for their contribution to Spain's flagship wine region.

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Plans for new vineyard at Devon luxury retreat

Published:  03 November, 2016

British chef Michael Caines has unveiled plans to open a luxury retreat in Devon and to scope out the land's vinification potential.

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Argentinian specialist Gaucho launches online wine shop

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinian restaurant group Gaucho has become the latest outfit to offer its wines online.

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New wine and spirits listings at Sainsbury's and Asda

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinean winery Bodega Argento is preparing to launch a new line of "fresh and fun" Buenos Aires-inspired wines to Sainsbury's this winter.

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"Biggest ever" Halloween boosts sales at Morrisons

Published:  03 November, 2016

High street retailer Morrisons saw a boost to its seasonal trading sales thanks to Halloween, where sales are up 20% year-on-year.

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Consumers looking to premium spirits to express themselves, says Waitrose report

Published:  02 November, 2016

Self-expression and defining "who you are through what you drink" were the key drinks trends to come out of Waitrose's Food and Drink Report 2016 released today.

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Robinsons expands Australian range with two sole distribution partnerships

Published:  02 November, 2016

Robinsons Brewery has teamed up with two wine producers from Western Australian, expanding its portfolio of "quality" antipodean wines.

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Popular b.f.t. organiser Ben Campbell-Johnston passes away

Published:  02 November, 2016

Respected and much-liked stalwart of the trade, Ben Campbell-Johnston, will be missed by the trade

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New Waddesdon national sales director looks to expand Rothschild wines in the UK

Published:  01 November, 2016

Waddesdon Wine, which imports and markets wines from the Rothschild wineries, has appointed a national sales director as they look to expand the presence of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR Lafite) within the UK off-trade.

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Revenues double at Conviviality following "transformational" year

Published:  01 November, 2016

Conviviality Plc has reported strong growth across all three of its new business units, formed following the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB.

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Sam Harrop MW to step down as IWC chair after 11 years on judging panel

Published:  01 November, 2016

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has announced a shuffle of its judging panel ahead of its November tastings.

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On-trade deserves credit for reducing alcohol related harm, says trade body

Published:  01 November, 2016

The government needs to credit the on-trade for the efforts it has made in reducing alcohol related harm and consumption and not keep hammering an engine of economic growth, according to the Association of Licensed Retailers.

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40% of all online Majestic orders to be fulfilled through new e-commerce partnership

Published:  31 October, 2016

Majestic Wine has partnered with logistics firm Wincanton to streamline its e-commerce approach and become a "customer-focused multi-channel retailer."

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Wine and spirits hit £4bn in duty revenues for the Exchequer

Published:  31 October, 2016

Duty contributions for the wine and spirits industry has hit the £4bn benchmark for the first time, with alcohol sales hitting an all-time high.

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Chile knocks out South Africa to enter top five countries by value in UK off-trade

Published:  31 October, 2016

Chile has stormed into the top five countries of origins rankings for the first time, overtaking South Africa as the country which has sold the most in the UK off-trade by value over the past year.

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M&S and Aldi driving growth in latest Kantar Worldpanel report

Published:  31 October, 2016

M&S and Aldi showed the strongest performances in Kantar's latest Worldpanel report for wine, measuring 24 week year on year share to 13 September 2016.

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Millennials behind Aldi and Lidl's growth as the fastest growing spenders on grocery shopping

Published:  28 October, 2016

Millennial-led households are the fastest growing spenders on grocery shopping and are driving the growth of the discounters, according to new data.

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Conviviality signs two-year supply agreement with Palmer & Harvey

Published:  28 October, 2016

Leading independent wholesaler Convivality Plc is entering into a two-way supply deal with Palmer and Harvey McLane Limited (P&H), supplying beers, wines and spirits in exchange for tobacco.

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Does the new Costa coffee hybrid proposition pose a threat to bars and pubs?

Published:  28 October, 2016

In October 2016, Costa became the latest major UK coffee chain to offer its customers two hits instead of one: caffeine and alcohol all under one roof. 

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

Published:  28 October, 2016

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New Kent vineyard celebrates first harvest

Published:  27 October, 2016

Another English vineyard is officially open for business, having completed their first harvest and opened their winery.

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World wine production 2016 one of the poorest in 20 years

Published:  27 October, 2016

The amount of wine being produced worldwide has dropped to one of the lowest in 20 years according to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

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Morrisons launches new Chilean brand Head Honcho

Published:  27 October, 2016

Following the recent launch of the innovative Argentinian Club Asado, Morrisons' South American buying team have introduced a new, wholly-owned Chilean brand, Head Honcho. 

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No Malbec and rule-breaking makes a song and dance at Wines of Argentina tasting

Published:  26 October, 2016
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WSET to open first international office in Hong Kong

Published:  26 October, 2016

The leading education body for wines and spirits in the UK has announced plans to open a second administrative base in Hong Kong in order to meet growing demand from greater China.

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Co-op sets up European distribution hub in radical change to supply strategy for its continental wines

Published:  26 October, 2016

The words 'agility' and 'flexibility' are used frequently by Simon Cairns. As the Co-op's beers wines and spirits trading director, he has overseen a category enjoying buoyant growth this year, with a 4.3% increase in like for like sales across the sector, according to the latest Nielsen reports.

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Work to build £9m UK sake brewery gets underway

Published:  25 October, 2016

Building is now underway at what is believed to be the UK's first sake brewery having appointed a local contractor to carry out construction work.

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First wine, now spirits set to take a hit with rise in inflation and duty to slap a further £60m on consumers

Published:  25 October, 2016

The price of a bottle of wine and spirits is facing a major hike if duty rises in line with inflation, industry experts have warned.

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The Epicurean launches in London this weekend

Published:  24 October, 2016

The team behind the London Wine Fair is gearing up to launch its first consumer event.

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Bath craft brewery pushes into the mainstream with national listing

Published:  24 October, 2016

Electric Bear Brewery has secured a listing with a nationwide hamburger joint, marking further penetration of craft beer into the on-trade.

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FSA reveals plans to let retailers "police themselves" on food standards

Published:  24 October, 2016

The Food Standards Agency has put forward proposals for a radical change to the way it ensures retailers keep up with food and drink hygiene standards, by allowing firms with top ratings to hire private firms to carry out the checks instead.

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Hallgarten creates new regional sales director role

Published:  24 October, 2016

Luton-based suppliers Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has boosted its senior management team with the creation of a new director of regional sales role.

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Alsace sales up in the UK following three successive years of low yields

Published:  21 October, 2016

Sales of Alsace wines to the UK have jumped according to the latest figures released by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace (CIVA) - an encouraging sign for the region which has suffered a string of small harvests in recent years.

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

Published:  21 October, 2016

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Spanish wine industry celebrates inaugural IWC Spanish Merchant Awards

Published:  21 October, 2016

The cream of the Spanish wine industry turned out in force on Monday for the International Wine Challenge's (IWC) inaugural Spanish Wine Merchant awards, with over 200 guests attending the awards dinner in the surrounds of one of Madrid's most famous buildings, Casino de Madrid.

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On-trade update: Premium driving growth

Published:  21 October, 2016

The figures all indicate that the total on-trade Great Britain wine market is continuing to shrink, albeit at a slower pace. The total GB on-trade is made up of over 124,000 outlets, with volume sales down 2.5% and value sales down 0.5%.

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Acquisitions and partnerships: Alhambra, Calabria Wines and AdVini

Published:  20 October, 2016

A leading Spanish brewery, a French wine company and New South Wales winemakers have announced new partnerships and takeovers this week in the hope of extending their reach to key international markets.

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Pernod Ricard beats expectations as Jameson drives growth in the UK and US

Published:  20 October, 2016

The world's number two wines and spirits producer has performed better than expected since April, with sales of Jameson emerging as the main growth driver.

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Distell breaks contracts as it moves to direct distribution

Published:  20 October, 2016

South African alcohol producer Distell has unveiled plans to bring the distribution of all its brands in-house so that it can directly manage the sales and marketing of its UK portfolio.

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Coravin becomes corporate patron of the WSET

Published:  20 October, 2016

Wine preservation company Coravin has been inducted into the WSET's Corporate Patrons programme.

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Brexit: Prices hikes and freezes abound as stalwarts review prices

Published:  19 October, 2016

With the price of consumer favourites such as Marmite, chocolate and cheese set to rise, the drinks trade is having to make tough choices on how to cope with the devaluation of the pound.

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Antipodean wineries lead sustainable energy production with major solar farm installations

Published:  19 October, 2016

Yealands Wine Group has added 918 photovoltaic (PV) panels to its winery roof, making it the largest solar panel system in New Zealand.

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Wine from the EU could cost Brits an extra 29p per bottle

Published:  19 October, 2016

The cost of an average bottle of wine in the UK could go up by 29p as a result of Brexit, the WSTA has warned.

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The future of fortified

Published:  19 October, 2016

Fortified wines may have been gaining traction in the UK, according to sommeliers and the on-trade, and they certainly fit well into the premium message, but export volume and value numbers have been mixed.

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The changing face of Manchester's wine scene

Published:  17 October, 2016

As in any city, Manchester's independent wine merchants are particularly sensitive to the changes and fluctuations of the world around them, which can sometimes be a blessing as well as a curse.

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Diageo looking for host of new travel show

Published:  17 October, 2016

Diageo Reserve is launching a new global travel show, which will follow a lucky drinks enthusiast on a journey to find the "best drinks in the world".

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What's in store for wine sales this Christmas?

Published:  17 October, 2016

Having worked in wine retail at the sharp end, I well remember the run up to Christmas Eve - and in some detail.

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The Unilever effect - Four months on from Brexit, is the trade beginning to feel the bite?

Published:  14 October, 2016

As Brexit and the drop in the value of the pound takes it's toll on Tesco, what's next for retailers?

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

Published:  14 October, 2016

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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Analysis: What next for 'Brand Britain'?

Published:  14 October, 2016

Along with the monarchy, Aston Martin, the British sense of humour - and some would say, Downton Abbey - our drinks industry has helped to put Britain on the map and strengthen its image around the world.

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Millennials driving tech innovation as Vivino launches online wine store

Published:  13 October, 2016

Leading wine app Vivino has become the next wine company to launch its own online store, allowing customers to purchase wine for the first time through its app and via the website.

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Stock Spirits acquires three new brands to bolster key markets

Published:  13 October, 2016

Major spirits producer Stock Spirits is incorporating three new producers to its arsenal.

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Beaujolais UK exports jump for second year in a row

Published:  13 October, 2016

Beaujolais exports to the UK have enjoyed a second year of encouraging growth, with volume up 18% and value up 20.9% between July 2015 and July 2016.

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Reserves to be used to supplement reduced Chablis vintage

Published:  13 October, 2016

Reserves from vintage 2015 will be used to supplement reduced yields from this year's harvest in Chablis following disastrous weather in April this year.

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Rioja Consejo's Daroca says new proposals will cover breakaway Alava group's demands

Published:  12 October, 2016

Rioja's wine board has hit back at plans to establish the new breakaway appellation, Vineyards of Alava, by saying new proposals for single estate vineyards and labels would aim to satisfy demands from producers

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Published:  12 October, 2016
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September weather saves diminished Burgundy harvest but price rises on way

Published:  12 October, 2016

Burgundy 2016 is likely to deliver a good but not great vintage as cost of hail and frost counted while grapes come in.

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Majestic asks customers to choose new international craft beer

Published:  11 October, 2016

Majestic Wine is opening up its beer offering by asking customers vote for what they like and what they enjoy drinking.

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Promising Rioja proposals could draw a line between industrial and artisanal production, say producers

Published:  11 October, 2016

Two leading Rioja producers based in Alava have welcomed fresh details of plans tabled by the breakaway Vineyards of Alava appellation proposal including a move to distinguish itself by discarding Rioja's ageing categories of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.

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Wines and spirits continue to drive growth for LVMH amid luxury market slowdown

Published:  11 October, 2016

The wine and spirits division represented the second highest growth area for LVMH in its sales so far this year, with organic growth up 7%.

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Q&A: ?Ewan Murray, The Wine Society

Published:  10 October, 2016

PR manager Ewan Murray has been with The Wine Society for over a decade. We spoke to him about what makes this cooperative retailer so different

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Champagne harvest "isn't all doom and gloom", says Bollinger

Published:  10 October, 2016

Champagne has had its fair share of challenges so far this year, with a slew of bad weather meaning that crop loss is as severe in some parts - as is the case in he Aube - according to Champagne Taittinger.

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Building a brand

Published:  10 October, 2016

At a Harpers' round table event in June 2016, Morrisons' wine buyer Andrew Ingham challenged suppliers to work more collaboratively with buyers on new product development.

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The other side of life: Marblehead's Jeremy Rockett

Published:  10 October, 2016

We in the drinks biz are so passionate about our trade that sometimes it's easy to forget that our colleagues have other interests.

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Gilbert's Grape: LCW the story so far

Published:  07 October, 2016

If you go to Spitalfields Market this week you might get a big surprise.

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Rioja decision over single vineyard and regional labelling expected this autumn

Published:  07 October, 2016

A decision on proposed new rules that will allow Rioja producers to feature village names and specific vineyards prominently on labels may be taken as early as late October or early November this year.

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TWE says Stag's Leap lawsuit is attempt to "stifle lawful competition"

Published:  07 October, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has hit back at accusations that it is trading off the success of an iconic Napa Valley wine brand.

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Incubating innovation and changing with the times

Published:  07 October, 2016

Innovation is not something that happens in a vacuum. It is as much a result of having people who are comfortable challenging convention as it is a having companies that foster an environment which allow for ideas - no matter how crazy - to be captured and tested.

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WSTA speaks out on how to tackle Brexit

Published:  07 October, 2016

In a stark contrast to last year's theme of celebrating success, last month's WSTA conference unsurprisingly took on a somewhat different tone.

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Andrew Catchpole: Talking about a innovation revolution

Published:  07 October, 2016

Disruption is the new norm - and the experiential its freewheeling partner - as the fast-paced evolution of communications and other technologies continues to reshape how we interact with the world.

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

Published:  07 October, 2016

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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Awatere Valley winemakers challenging the Sauvignon status quo

Published:  06 October, 2016

New Zealand is well known for its crisp and fruity Sauvignon Blancs, but winemakers from Marlborough's Awatere Valley are ripping up the rulebook by incorporating new techniques.

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Leading Italian online wine retailer launches first international branch in the UK

Published:  06 October, 2016

A consumer website selling the "largest selection of Italian wines in Europe" has launched its first international base 50km north of London.

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National Champagne Week a welcome boost for struggling category

Published:  06 October, 2016

The UK has been popping bubbly this week for National Champagne Week - a much needed boost for the category which has seen a slow down in growth over the past year.

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Another rise in sales as Tesco recovery continues

Published:  05 October, 2016

Sales at the UK's biggest grocery retailer have now risen for three quarters in a row following an all time low last year as it struggled to fend off stiff competition from the discounters.

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Santa Rita launches autumn promo campaign with Ireland's RTÉ

Published:  05 October, 2016

Chilean wine company Santa Rita Estates has unveiled their autumn 2016 promotional campaign for their brands in the Republic of Ireland which will see them once again team up with Irish national TV broadcaster RTÉ.

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The South American adventure of a Morrisons wine buyer

Published:  05 October, 2016

Andrew Ingham, wine buyer at Morrisons Plc, recounts a recent buying trip to Chile and Argentina. 

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Guy Woodward: Seven things I hate about the wine trade

Published:  05 October, 2016
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Campari launches limited edition art label

Published:  04 October, 2016

Campari has unveiled the latest version of its annual Art Labels.

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M Restaurants: Creating a community of investors

Published:  04 October, 2016

M Restaurants set Twitter alight yesterday as its crowd funding campaign to raise funds for a new Twickenham restaurant took off on social media.

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The art of on tap in casual dining

Published:  04 October, 2016

The casual dining scene is a growing sector, with plenty of opportunities for the trade to capitalise on a consumer thirst for innovative dining concepts at affordable prices.

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Michelin Guide 2017: 19 new restaurants announced

Published:  04 October, 2016

There will be cause for celebration and commiseration among restaurateurs this morning, as the new galaxy of Michelin star resturants is announced.

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Q&A: Fraser McIlwraith, G1 Group

Published:  03 October, 2016

As the head of business development at Scotland's largest hospitality group, Fraser McIlwraith has the intimidating task of juggling increasingly strict government legislation with the needs of big business. We caught up with him to find out how he keeps G1 Group well stocked.

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Martin Willams' M Restaurants raises £900,000 of crowdfunding target in four hours

Published:  03 October, 2016

London restaurant chain M Restaurant has raised over half of its crowdfunding campaign target in under four hours, bringing the total up to £900,000.

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WSTA Part 2: How technology and innovation may shape the future

Published:  03 October, 2016

Besides helping brands reach a boarder base of consumers and create a dialogue with them, social media is also helping to drive what many on the panel at September's WSTA conference see as the way forward for brands - collaboration.

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British Gin exports to the US rises by 553% in a decade

Published:  03 October, 2016

British Gin accounts for a quarter of all UK spirits exported to the USA, according to figures released today.

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Family of Twelve pays tribute to "visionary" chairman

Published:  03 October, 2016

A fraternity of twelve of New Zealand's top wineries has said farewell to its first chairman.

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Matthew Clark aims for "storytelling" with portfolio expansion

Published:  30 September, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has bolstered its premium wine portfolio by taking on a number of producers from 10 different countries, all of which aim to tell a "story" to consumers.

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First female takes title at Diageo World Class Bartender competition

Published:  30 September, 2016

France's Jennifer Le Nechet has become the first female bartender to be crowned the world's best bartender at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final 2016.

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Tim Atkin MW: What will happen to brand Brangelina?

Published:  30 September, 2016

You can always rely on the wine trade to show a sense of perspective. As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie prepare to eviscerate one another in the divorce courts, no doubt damaging the lives of their six children in the process, the question on everyone's lips is: what's going to happen to Château Miraval?

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Top ten future cocktail trends

Published:  30 September, 2016

Cocktail culture is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon, with forecasts showing that by 2020, there will be 400 million new consumers drinking luxury spirits (Future Labs Luxury Report 2015).

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

Published:  30 September, 2016

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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Chapel Down H1 sales grow over a quarter to hit £4m

Published:  29 September, 2016

England's leading winery has seen its sales grow by 26% over the past year to over £4 million - growth which company expects to continue.

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Martin Willams' M Restaurants to crowdfund group expansion

Published:  29 September, 2016

M Restaurant group is looking to add a third site called M SOCIAL as well as expand the use of the some of the current space at the M Threadneedle site and plans to finance the expansion by raising £1.5m on the Seedrs crowd-funding platform.

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Sainsbury's sales dip further as it battles it out with discounters

Published:  29 September, 2016

Sainsbury's second quarter results show that the ongoing price wars are taking a toll on the retailer as like - for - like sales dipped a further 1.1%.

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Shareholders approve "biggest takeover in UK history"

Published:  29 September, 2016

The pending deal to merge mega brewers AB InBev and AB Miller has been given the green light by each company's shareholders.

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Tequila leaders Jose Cuervo files for IPO

Published:  29 September, 2016

The world's largest tequila producer, which has been family owned and run by direct descendants of the actual Jose Cuervo since the 18th century, is filing for an initial public offering.

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10th annual Cognac auction raises record amount for charity

Published:  29 September, 2016

The 10th edition of charity auction of high-end cognacs raised a record amount for Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil, an organisation which has helped underprivileged young people and vulnerable families for 150 years.

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COPY: The Drinks Wholesaler: A little of what they like

Published:  28 September, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 

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Insights: White wine renaissance

Published:  28 September, 2016

Sales of premium whites are on the up, but restaurants still see red when it comes to higher-end sales.

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Unprecedented weather has had "major impact" on Champagne economy

Published:  28 September, 2016

Frost, mildew and scalding weather in 2016 has had a "major impact" on Champagne, accounting for as much as 80% crop losses in one area before the harvest even began.

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Dirty Dozen tasting attracts the on-trade crowd

Published:  28 September, 2016

The Dirty Dozen tasting held yesterday in London attracted sommeliers and buyers from across the trade looking for more esoteric and off the beaten track wines.

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Aldi launches first English sparkler

Published:  28 September, 2016

In response to increasing consumer demand for home-grown fizz, Aldi is launching its first English sparkling wine.

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Wines from Rioja's 10X10 returns for second year

Published:  28 September, 2016

Wines from Rioja is once again preparing to unveil its 10x10 line-up of some of the region's most outstanding wines.

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Isla Negra partners with English Heritage

Published:  27 September, 2016

Concha y Toro's Isla Negra brand has partnered with English Heritage to offer two-for-one entry into all the sites the organisation looks after.

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Aldi's expanded Christmas wine and spirit ranges focus on premium and innovation

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi's Christmas wine and spirit ranges provides some great insight into where the business may go over the next 12 months including an expanded range of premium wine and spirit products.

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Aldi trials craft wine range in lead up to Christmas trading period

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi is trialling a new 'craft' wine range in 50cl stubbies in effort to attract more millennials over the Christmas trading period into the wine category.

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Co-op profits halved as they continue to implement turnaround strategy

Published:  26 September, 2016

The Co-operative Group saw profits drop to £17m in for the first half of the financial year, but revenue rose by 2.2% to £4.7bn compared to the same time period last year.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Alcohol sales help keep grocery figures in the black

Published:  26 September, 2016

While overall figures for the supermarket sector remain relatively flat with growth at 0.3%, alcohol sales provided a needed boost, up 8.5% according to Kantar Worldpanel's most recent figures.

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Opinion: Five things to consider about the Hong Kong market

Published:  26 September, 2016

There is no doubt that Hong Kong is one of the most exciting wine hub in Asia and a gateway for merchants that want to get into the Chinese market.

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London Cocktail Week top picks

Published:  23 September, 2016

One of the biggest events on the London drinks calendar returns to the capital next month.

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Berkmann Wine Cellars teams up with Marlborough wine producer

Published:  23 September, 2016

Berkmann Wine Cellars will become the exclusive agent in the UK for New Zealand producer, Mahi Wines.

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Restaurateurs urged to embrace smartphone technology - and ignore fears of negative feedback on social media

Published:  23 September, 2016

Smartphone technology is playing an increasingly significant role in the habits of consumers when they dine out - and might be better for business than proprietors imagine.

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Brexit is a chance to "simplify" international trade agreements, says Taylors Wines MD

Published:  23 September, 2016

At last week's WSTA conference, CEO Mile Beale announced the association is already starting to lay the groundwork for post-Brexit trade agreements by entering into discussions with counterparts in Australia and New Zealand.

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

Published:  23 September, 2016

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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Sipsmith launches quarterly subscription service

Published:  22 September, 2016

Artisanal gin company Sipsmith has launched a quarterly subscription service for consumers following a successful trial.

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New Diageo president for merged US and Canada spirits business

Published:  22 September, 2016

Smirnoff producer Diageo has named a new chairman for its North American and Canadian spirits businesses, uniting the two territories.

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English sparkling wine had its best summer yet, says Vivino

Published:  22 September, 2016

English sparkling wine hit an all time high in the UK this summer, according to wine app, Vivino.

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National Champagne Week aiming to improve Champagne's approachability

Published:  22 September, 2016

National Champagne Week returns for the fourth time next month, aiming to bring the ever popular French fizz to a new audience.

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The Drinks Wholesaler: A little of what they like

Published:  21 September, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 

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Tesco on top as UK supermarkets fight back

Published:  21 September, 2016

For the first time in at least two years, the UK's leading supermarkets experienced two consecutive months of growth in both money taken at the till and volume of goods sold.

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Shares plunge 25% at Majestic following profit warning

Published:  21 September, 2016

Shares of Britain's largest specialist wine retailer plummeted this morning following an announcement from the company that it expects profits to fall far below expectations in 2017.

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Enotria&Coe to host panel discussion with female game-changers

Published:  21 September, 2016

Wholesaler and importer Enotria&Coe are hosting a panel discussion and tasting with a line-up of top women working in wine.

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Rising stars to appear at first Sud de France tasting since Occitanie extension

Published:  21 September, 2016

The body which overseas an promotes premium wines from the southern France, is due to hold its first annual tasting since the Occitanie region was extended to include both the Languedoc-Roussillon and the Sud Ouest.

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Mike Turner: Should parents let their kids have a go at wine?

Published:  20 September, 2016

There's been a few bits and pieces in the UK press recently about parents allowing their kids to drink alcohol with them at an earlier age than 18.

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Training with the WSET: Climbing the education ladder

Published:  20 September, 2016

As most people in the trade will tell you, learning about wines and spirits is the Mastermind specialist subject you never stop prepping for.

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Tuscany: 300 years on and it is still evolving

Published:  20 September, 2016

It has been 300 years since Cosimo III de' Medici first drew up his Bando delineating four wine producing areas in Tuscany and it was through this lens that Liberty Wines hosted the "Beyond the Bando" tasting yesterday in London.

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Condor Wines expands South American portfolio with Wines of Uruguay partnership

Published:  20 September, 2016

Chilean and Argentinean wine specialist Condor Wines and Wines of Uruguay UK have formed a partnership to become one of the UK's top specialist importers of premium South American wines.

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Chapel Down launches in the US

Published:  20 September, 2016
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Spanish wine producers see opportunity in the on-trade ahead of promising harvest

Published:  19 September, 2016

At a Spanish-focused tasting hosted by Boutinot today in London, producers, many just starting harvest, are optimistic about this year's crop and the opportunity in the UK for Spanish wines.

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Chile's Santa Rita welcomes new winemaker

Published:  19 September, 2016

Viña Santa Rita has announced the appointment of Oscar Salas as head winemaker of the Santa Rita 120 tier of wines.

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South African wine reaches all time high at auction

Published:  19 September, 2016

Prices at the 42nd annual Nederburg Auction reached all all-time high at the weekend.

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Robinsons adds trio to South African portfolio

Published:  19 September, 2016

Robinsons Brewery are about to begin an exclusive partnership with three South African boutique wine producers.

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Diageo preparing to slash "hundreds" of UK jobs

Published:  19 September, 2016

Drinks giant Diageo is being reportedly preparing to axe up to 400 of jobs in a bid to save money.

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Vins de Bordeaux launches promo campaign with leading restaurant group

Published:  16 September, 2016

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) is running a promotional campaign with six brands within one of the UK's leading restaurant and pub companies.

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More time spent eating and drinking is a window of opportunity for the trade

Published:  16 September, 2016

Despite leisure time being increasingly squeezed, consumers are devoting more and more time to eating and drinking, new data suggests.

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UK Indian Summer and frost in Champagne spells success for English wines

Published:  16 September, 2016

Winemakers at Naked Wines are predicting a top vintage for English Sparkling wine thanks to a September heat wave and low rainfall.

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Tesco showcases revamped own brand range at autumn tasting

Published:  16 September, 2016

Tesco showcased over 130 wines at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden at its autumn retail tasting this week.

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

Published:  16 September, 2016

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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The Smith Report: New packaging formats are getting crafty

Published:  16 September, 2016

Wine has always been resistant to any format other than the classic 75cl bottle, but it has to start relaxing its approach to move forward

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Morrison H1 results show signs of recovery and beats expectations

Published:  15 September, 2016

Morrisons Supermarkets Plc first half of the year results are showing signs of recovery under the new leadership team and beat analysts expectations.

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CAMRA says new safe drinking limits are a slippery slope to prohibition

Published:  15 September, 2016

The editor of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide (GBG) 2017 says the move to restrict drinking to no more than 14 units a week for men and women is "bad science" - and is urging punters not to listen to "killjoys".

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31 days of German Riesling winners announced

Published:  14 September, 2016

The annual push to promote Germany's most famous grape has come to an end, with additional categories created to reflect the quality of entrants.

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Dan Jago takes over as chairman as WSTA outlines Brexit strategy

Published:  14 September, 2016

Berry Bros. & Rudd MD Dan Jago will lead the WSTA through a tumultuous period in British politics and history and the association prepares to make Brexit its focus over the next two years.

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Ocado sales continue to climb despite ongoing price wars

Published:  14 September, 2016

Ocado saw group sales climb 15.4% to £314 million in the third quarter despite the chief executive indicating that the continued price wars were expected to continue in the future.

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New pastures for Lidl boss and Barwell & Jones MD

Published:  14 September, 2016

Two new departures have been announced since the end of last week.

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WSTA in talks with non-EU countries on post-Brexit free-trade agreements

Published:  13 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has begun talks with its Australian and New Zealand counterparts about how to ensure the UK remains the beating heart of global drinks industry.

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Miquel Hudin receives 2016 Geoffrey Roberts Award for book on Georgian Wine

Published:  13 September, 2016

Wine journalist Miquel Hudin has received a bursary award to allow him to complete a new book about Georgian wine.

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SITT returns for Autumn indie tasting

Published:  13 September, 2016

The trade tasting which is aimed exclusivity at independents in the on and off-trade returns to England and Manchester next week.

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Morrisons targets millennials with launch of Asado Club in 250ml carry pack

Published:  12 September, 2016

Morrisons have thrown down the gauntlet in terms of collaborative product development, with a new, exclusive Argentinian Malbec, Asado Club.

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How young Bordeaux winemakers are leading the charge for accessibility and affordability

Published:  12 September, 2016

Organic Bordeaux producer and educator Laetitia Ouspointour is one of a generation young, dynamic winemakers who have made it their mission to debunk some of the most persistent Bordeaux myths.

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Pernod Ricard UK pushes NZ via virtual reality tasting and label reboot

Published:  12 September, 2016

Pernod Rocard UK is hoping to accelerate growth in the New Zealand category with new packaging and a multisensory consumer experience for its flagship New Zealand brand.

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Mercado Chileno returns to London

Published:  12 September, 2016

A taste of all things Chile returns to London tomorrow (Tuesday, September 12) this time at The Old Truman Brewery.

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Bordeaux producers encourage wine students

Published:  09 September, 2016

The official selection of Cru Bourgeois wines for the 2014 vintage will be unveiled this month by new president of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc Olivier Cuvelier.

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

Published:  09 September, 2016

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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Analysis: Exploring the Loire

Published:  08 September, 2016

Happily for the adventurous among us the Loire Valley is brimming with epicurean opportunity. If you need an acid-fresh white or two on the list, there are plenty less familiar names than the ubiquitous Sancerre to turn to. In the hunt for alternatives, let's start with some of the more obvious choices.

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Red Squirrel Wine shows expanded range at second annual tasting

Published:  07 September, 2016

Off the beaten path wine importer Red Squirrel Wine poured 173 wines from 46 producers, of which 73 were new wines and 14 were new producers as the company expands to meet growing demand.

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Food and drinks sector "bouncing back" after Brexit

Published:  07 September, 2016

Food and drink companies in England and Wales have raised their growth forecasts and plan to create more than 75,000 new jobs over the next five years, despite uncertainty created by the EU Referendum vote.

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Speakers announced for WSTA Annual Conference

Published:  07 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced the business brains which will take part in the panel discussion at next week's conference.

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Guy Woodward: Would you order a wine selected by an algorithm?

Published:  07 September, 2016

I'm in the market for a new car. Such a substantial purchase demands extensive research. Doubtless petrolheads would be in heaven at the prospect of debating fuel economy stats with like-minded car bores. For me, though, with my pitiful automotive knowledge, it is my worst nightmare.

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Insights: Suppliers provide in-depth data reports to attract and support customers

Published:  07 September, 2016

Anecdotal evidence about on-trade trends is being replaced by much more in-depth research from suppliers, delivering an invaluable sales asset for both wholesalers and accounts.

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Q&A: Andrew Shaw, group wine buying director, Conviviality PLC

Published:  06 September, 2016

Conviviality PLC operates under numerous trading identities, including its retail arms Bargain Booze and Wine Rack. Having acquired leading wholesaler Matthew Clark in 2015, Conviviality added Bibendum PLB to its armoury in May 2016, with that group already operating a multi-channel sales strategy - Bibendum focusing on the on-trade, PLB on multiple off-trade and Walker & Wodehouse looking after the independent sector.

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Institute announces 13 new MWs

Published:  06 September, 2016

Thirteen new members have been inducted into the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) - including four from the UK.

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Wine café chain to donate all profits to Italian earthquake fund

Published:  06 September, 2016

Veeno, the Italian Wine Café is donating all of its profits from one day of trading to aid those affected by the recent Italian earthquake disaster.

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Scottish Licensed Trade Association launches online training

Published:  06 September, 2016

Scottish bar managers and bar staff will soon be able to gain the qualifications they need to serve alcohol in Scotland through a new digital initiative from the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA).

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Andrew Catchpole: What is in the bottle is not the only thing that counts

Published:  05 September, 2016

Editor Andrew Catchpole argues that while wine quality is certaintly important it is not the only way customers buy, particularly when it comes to trying a new wine.

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Dalmore whisky legend marks 50 years with global tour

Published:  05 September, 2016

Richard 'The Nose' Paterson is celebrating five decades in the industry with a whirlwind whisky tour.

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Inaugural Fitou wine tasting coming to London

Published:  05 September, 2016

Languedoc sub-region Fitou is holding its first trade tasting in the capital next week, to show off the vast improvement in wines from the area.

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Campari UK goes wild for new-look bourbon

Published:  05 September, 2016

Wild Turkey has launched its refreshed packaging into the UK.

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Wines of Argentina goes it alone to "disrupt" wine tasting format

Published:  05 September, 2016

Wines of Argentina have broken away from Chile to run their own trade tasting this year, with a focus on innovation and breaking the trade tasting mould.

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Insights: Sake's new image

Published:  05 September, 2016

Not long ago sake was the preserve of Japanese restaurants, often low quality, cheap and served hot. But standards and times have changed with the rise in popularity of superior premium sakes.

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The big screen: Top ten wine movies

Published:  02 September, 2016

It's Friday, which means it's time for some light entertainment.

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Boutique Bar Show finds a new home

Published:  02 September, 2016

The Boutique Bar Show London is returning to the capital with a bigger and better venue.

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2016 winners revealed

Published:  02 September, 2016

With seven trophies, nine golds, nine silvers, eight bronze and 13 commended, a total of 46 medals were awarded at the Harpers Design Awards 2016.

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

Published:  02 September, 2016

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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Liberty Wines On-trade report: Understanding the on-trade

Published:  02 September, 2016

Despite the uncertain times we face Liberty Wines' Premium On-trade Report 2016 report shows insight into where the opportunities may lie for operators.

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Lawsuit brought against Treasury Wine Estates over Stag's Leap similarities

Published:  02 September, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has been accused trading off the success of an iconic Napa Valley wine brand.

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Analysis: Liberty Wines' On-Trade 2016 report highlights opportunties in the on-trade

Published:  02 September, 2016

Ahead of its tasting later this month,  Liberty Wines' Premium On-Trade 2016 report shows where the opportunities lie in an ever-changing landscape.

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Tim Atkin MW: The impossible task of running a generic body

Published:  02 September, 2016

Tim Atkin MW looks at the challenges of running a generic body and how producers may often times have unrealistic expectations of a single person or job.

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Diageo Reserve gin teams up with nine luxury brands for Perfect Ten campaign

Published:  01 September, 2016

Diageo gin brand Tanqueray No. TEN is launching a new on and off-trade campaign which will see it team up with nine luxury brands and craftsmen from across the UK.

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The Vintner launches new self-learning app

Published:  01 September, 2016

On-trade wine supplier The Vintner is launching a free educational app for its customers.

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"Encouraging" growth at Pernod Ricard

Published:  01 September, 2016

French spirits maker Pernod Ricard has reported topline growth thanks to its presence in Spain and the US.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015/2016

Published:  01 September, 2016

According to a new set of data, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all sports sales.

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Mike Turner: Is online delivery crippling some in the wine trade?

Published:  01 September, 2016

When it comes to delivery services the fees can be crippling particularly for smaller businesses.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015/2016

Published:  31 August, 2016

According to a new set of data, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all sports sales.

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COPY: Distell posts strong South Africa results

Published:  31 August, 2016

African wine and spirits conglomerate, The Distell Group, delivered solid results for the year to June 30, demonstrating its continued momentum in South Africa and growth in key offshore markets.

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Distell posts strong South Africa results

Published:  31 August, 2016

African wine and spirits conglomerate, The Distell Group, delivered solid results for the year to June 30, demonstrating its continued momentum in South Africa and growth in key offshore markets.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015/2016

Published:  31 August, 2016

According to a new infographic, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all sports sales.

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Walker & Wodehouse expands South Australian portfolio with "punk" wine listing

Published:  31 August, 2016

Wine merchants Walker & Wodehouse has added SOME YOUNG PUNKS from the Clare Valley to its portfolio.

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Moderate alcohol consumption associated with improved health in older people

Published:  31 August, 2016

A paper published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of The British Geriatrics Society, has expanded on earlier research that moderate alcohol consumption could lower levels of inflammation, and help to combat cardiovascular disease and frailty in older people.

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"Irresponsible" Diageo Captain Morgan ad banned

Published:  31 August, 2016

Drinks giant Diageo has got itself into hot water over its May Captain Morgan TV ad for implying that drinking the rum could increase confidence and popularity.

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Majestic Wine resurrects one-off parcels concept

Published:  30 August, 2016
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City of London Distillery joins Spirit Cartel

Published:  30 August, 2016
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Cool climate wines fuel premium growth at Matthew Clark

Published:  30 August, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has seen an uplift in sales of wines from cool climate regions

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Net income up 32.2% for Concha y Toro Q2

Published:  30 August, 2016

Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro has reported healthy uplift in sales and profits in its 2016 Q2 results.

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Gin cocktail competition launches in four UK cities

Published:  26 August, 2016

The team behind Masons Yorkshire Gin are holding their first cocktail competition since their launch in 2013, with the winner launching their own limited edition batch of the spirit under the Masons label.

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Wiltshire brewery wages war on Doom Bar

Published:  26 August, 2016

A Wiltshire brewer has taken aim at the success and dominance of Doom Bar "taking over pumps" in pubs across the county.

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

Published:  26 August, 2016

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

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Investment holding back Stellenbosch from becoming top tourism destination

Published:  25 August, 2016

A leading US wine expert has said that investment is the only thing stopping Stellenbosch from becoming as significant as Napa Valley in terms of popularity for wine tourism.

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Gordon's gin switches up bottle for first time in decades

Published:  25 August, 2016

Gordon's gin has revealed a fresh new look for the first time in decades. 

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Aldi publishes map of UK wine capitals

Published:  25 August, 2016

Glasgow is the UK capital for Prosecco while London is home of Champagne, according to discount supermarket Aldi.

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Naked Wines launches English sparkler to be named by British public

Published:  25 August, 2016

An online crowd-funded wine business is asking the British public to get involved in the production, branding and naming of a new English sparkling wine.

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Casarena champions Cabernet Sauvignon at launch of premium Argentine DNA wines into UK

Published:  24 August, 2016

Bodegas Casarena introduced its DNA Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and blended Icono wine at the UNA Argentina pop up restaurant in St Pancras Clock Tower on 23 August, marking a firm commitment to growing premium Argentine wines in the UK.

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Breaking News: Conviviality announces new group buying structure

Published:  24 August, 2016

Conviviality PLC have today advised suppliers of fundamental changes to the group's wine buying structure.

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The Smith Report: Life beyond the back of the bar

Published:  24 August, 2016

With rising demand for on-trade consultants, bar staff now have ample opportunities out of house. At last month's Bols Business Class in Bristol leaders discussed what it takes to get started.

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Millennials: Fishing the $1.62 trillion pond

Published:  24 August, 2016

Millennials are the key to wine's future fortunes, but we need to know how to talk to them.

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Nielsen: Alcohol sales boom off the back of hot weather

Published:  23 August, 2016

Brits are celebrating the summer weather and alcohol sales have soared over the last four weeks according Nielsen most recent data out today.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Weather turns heat up on grocery sales

Published:  23 August, 2016

According to Kantar Worldpanel figures out this week, the good weather helped UK consumers increase their spend with grocers, with market growth hitting 0.3%.

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Post-Brexit casual dining figures show mixed results across the UK

Published:  22 August, 2016

According to the most recent figures from Coffer Peach Business Tracker the resilience of consumer spending in causal on-trade outlets seems to be mixed across the UK.

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Inverarity Morton appoints former brewery boss to board

Published:  22 August, 2016

Inverarity Morton has appointed former chief executive officer of Tennent Caledonian Breweries, Brian Calder, to its board.

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Languedoc producers latest victims of hail storms in France

Published:  22 August, 2016

The Languedoc was the most recent region to suffer at the hands of extreme weather, when a severe hailstorm hit last week.

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CMO's messaging around moderate drinking recommendations could potentially be diluted

Published:  22 August, 2016

The new moderate drinking guidelines which created a stir at the beginning of the year are still set to move forward, but the messaging the government is taking may be more diluted than what the chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies recommended earlier in the year.

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The rise of rum Part 3: Shedding the "pirates and parties" image

Published:  19 August, 2016

While rum is making gains in the bar and club scene providing appealing highs for party-loving millennials, its image as a hip party drink needs to be balanced with its credibility as a quality spirit if it wants to surpass expectations.

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Cocktail craze responsible for soaring sales of gin at Waitrose

Published:  19 August, 2016

Sales of gin at Waitrose are up 17% on last year thanks to a new wave of millennials discovering gin-based cocktails.

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The new order at boutique merchants Friarwood

Published:  19 August, 2016

Facing fierce competition is a daily reality of selling fine wine in and around London.

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Argentinean winery tackles "fierce" competition in UK with film festival partnership

Published:  19 August, 2016

Bodega Argento is looking to strengthen its position in the minds of "culture seeking Londoners" with its continued sponsorship of the Argentine Film Festival.

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

Published:  19 August, 2016

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

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F16 profits double at Treasury Wine Estates

Published:  18 August, 2016

Net profits are up 131% at Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates.

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The Tour of Britain partners with alcohol-free wine brand

Published:  18 August, 2016

Booze-free wine alternative, Eisberg, have signed a three-year partnership to become the official wine partner for the UK's biggest professional cycle race.

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H1 net profit up 25% at Carlsberg

Published:  18 August, 2016

Danish brewer Carlsberg posted its half-year 2016 results to June 30, reporting net revenue of 31.2bn Danish krones (DKK) and a 4% rise in organic growth.

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Profile: Richard Lecoche of Great Western Wine on the business' growth as part larger Enotria

Published:  17 August, 2016

It's been six years since Great Western Wine was acquired by Enotria and the deal has helped take both businesses to new heights.

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The Rise of Rum Part 2: Reaching a new generation

Published:  17 August, 2016

In an increasingly tough economic landscape, some have speculated that rum's rise in popularity could be down to something as simple as its ability to give consumers a taste profile allied to its appealing sugar cane origins

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New appointments: Lanchester Wines and Berry Bros. & Rudd

Published:  17 August, 2016

Berry Bros. & Rudd has appointed Nick Morton to the role of director of private clients.

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Persie Distillery opens its doors to craft gin tourism

Published:  17 August, 2016

A new tourist attraction for artisanal gin lovers is hoping to put Scotland on the gin map.

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English wine going global

Published:  17 August, 2016

English wine has come fourth in a consumer poll for producing the best quality wine in the eyes of the public.

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The Rise of Rum Part 1: Spice is king

Published:  16 August, 2016

Today is National Rum Day, so what could be better than to bring the first installment of our three part Rise of Rum series which looks in depth at this growing category.

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Boutinot mixes bag-in-box and camping trends with Camper Vin

Published:  16 August, 2016

Boutinot is hoping for a double-win with its new Camper Vin - a new product which combines the camping and festival craze with  bag-in-box.

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Premium restaurants: The art of wining, dining and buying at the top

Published:  16 August, 2016

The needs of fine dining restaurants inevitably differ to those in the mid range.

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"World's oldest Port house" teams up with M&S for first major UK listing

Published:  16 August, 2016

Premium Port brand, Kopke, has launched its 1996 Colheita Port at Marks & Spencer online.

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Thirst for Prosecco and English fizz drives 80% rise in sales of sparkling

Published:  16 August, 2016

The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has risen by 80% in the last five years from 17.6m gallons in 2011/12 to an estimated 31.6m gallons in 2015/16 according to HMRC.

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Halewood Wines & Spirits' Rioja brand main sponsors of Spanish fest

Published:  15 August, 2016

Rioja brand, Marques De Caceres has been announced as the main sponsor of this year's Manchester Spanish festival, Festejar.

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Aldi adds 25 limited edition wines to festival range

Published:  15 August, 2016

Discount supermarket Aldi is adding 25 limited edition, premium wines to its range in stores and online as part of the inaugural Aldi Wine Festival.

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Part 2: How to sell surplus stock

Published:  15 August, 2016

The internet has revolutionised the way we do business and particularly opened up opportunities for companies to buy, manage and sell leftover stock.

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Eurowines expands New World portfolio

Published:  15 August, 2016

Eurowines and Chile's Viña Undurraga have teamed up for a new partnership in the UK.

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Guy Woodward: British chefs love telling us to think local- until it comes to wine

Published:  15 August, 2016

Guy Woodward challenges- is it too much to expect that leading British restaurants carry an English wine by the glass?

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Keys to building your indie business Part 4: Making the most of events

Published:  15 August, 2016

At the first Think Indie, Drink Indie event, successful merchants shared best practices and avenues to consider when looking to expand. Here is the first of a four part series covering different areas independent merchants should consider in expanding their businesses. Topics covered included why wholesaling is good for indies, how the hybrid model can be great for retail, what to consider when expanding online and the how to maximise the value of events.

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SMWS creates test to match personality with whisky preferences

Published:  12 August, 2016

Scottish psychologist Dr Adam Moore and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) are trying to find out if there is a way to predict the perfect whisky flavour for someone with a new psychometic test.

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International Sherry Week returns with a focus on education

Published:  12 August, 2016

For a third consecutive year, International Sherry Week (ISW) - organised by El Consejo Regulador Jerez-Xeres-Sherry - will celebrate Sherry wines across the UK.

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Part 1: How to sell surplus stock

Published:  12 August, 2016

The internet has revolutionised the way we do business and particularly opened up opportunities for companies to buy, manage and sell leftover stock.

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

Published:  12 August, 2016

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

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Food pairing tech boosting alcohol sales among young adults

Published:  12 August, 2016

New data has shown that social media and apps are becoming increasingly crucial tools in encouraging younger consumers to think about food and drink pairing and to grow volumes.

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Keys to building your indie business Part 3: Wholesale improvement - developing your operation

Published:  12 August, 2016

At the first Think Indie, Drink Indie event, successful merchants shared best practices and avenues to consider when looking to expand. Here is the first of a four part series covering different areas independent merchants should consider in expanding their businesses. Topics covered included why wholesaling is good for indies, how the hybrid model can be great for retail, what to consider when expanding online and the how to maximise the value of events.

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Andrew Catchpole: Independent, yet united, we could reach more wine drinkers

Published:  12 August, 2016

At last month's Think Indie Drink Indie event, businesses came together to discuss more effective ways of operating and attracting more wine drinkers, which left Andrew Catchpole feeling optimistic about the future of the trade.

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How to put together a wine list

Published:  11 August, 2016

The wine list is an important part of any on-trade offering.

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The important port of entry question

Published:  11 August, 2016

When it comes to getting products from A to B, choosing the right point of entry is an important part of ensuring a smooth logistics process.

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New venue for agave extravaganza

Published:  11 August, 2016

Tequila & Mezcal Fest, the UK's only festival dedicated to Mexico's most successful alcoholic exports, has found a new home.

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Stock Spirits hails turnaround and appoints permanent CEO

Published:  11 August, 2016

European spirits distiller Stocks Spirits has posted positive half-yearly results and appointed a new CEO after a "difficult" 2015.

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Drink sales return in July following earlier Brexit drop-off

Published:  11 August, 2016

According to new figures released this week from the British Retail Consortium, UK retail sales have increased despite the fear that Brexit had consumers cutting back.

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Insights: Implications of the entry point for wine into the UK

Published:  11 August, 2016

The supply chain for wine is often long and complex and one of the most important decisions is where to bring the product into the UK.

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"Wine superstore" launched on eBay

Published:  10 August, 2016

A one-stop shop wine store has been launched on eBay with the goal of rivalling Amazon's recent foray into the online wine marketplace.

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Employee dies following blaze at Studio 338

Published:  10 August, 2016

Tragedy has struck a nightclub in south London after fire broke out on Monday afternoon - claiming the life of an employee.

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Morrisons extends deal with Ocado, expanding delivery nationwide

Published:  10 August, 2016

Yesterday Morrisons announced it struck a new deal with online delivery service Ocado, expanding its current services nationwide.

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Q&A: Aidan Bowie, senior bartender, Dandelyan

Published:  10 August, 2016

The Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year GB 2016 talks to about how there's more to being a top bartender than just making a great cocktail.

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Think Indie Drink Indie: Selling independence

Published:  10 August, 2016

At last month's Think Indie Drink Indie event, attendees listened as a panel of leading merchants and 'outside' experts discussed how merchants can best leverage the powerful USP of being independent in an increasingly consolidated world.

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Gin to star in its first full-length feature film

Published:  09 August, 2016

Gin has become the runaway star of the spirits industry in recent times - and it now starring in its own movie.

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Diageo dropping the "Guinness" from name of its US beer business

Published:  09 August, 2016

Diageo is changing the name of its beer business in the US from Diageo-Guinness USA to Diageo Beer Co. USA to broaden its appeal.

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CAMRA calls on government to rethink drinking advice

Published:  09 August, 2016

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is calling for the Department of Health to launch a new public consultation into whether alcohol guidelines are fit for purpose and evidenced based.

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Keys to building your indie business Part 2: How to capitalise on the off-into-on-trade offer

Published:  09 August, 2016

At the first Think Indie, Drink Indie event, successful merchants shared best practices and avenues to consider when looking to expand. Here is the first of a four part series covering different areas independent merchants should consider in expanding their businesses. Topics covered included why wholesaling is good for indies, how the hybrid model can be great for retail, what to consider when expanding online and the how to maximise the value of events.

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Thirst for craft beer on the rise at Matthew Clark's boutique beer fest

Published:  08 August, 2016

Matthew Clark reported a bumper number of visitors to its Boutique Beers Festival held at British Summertime Hyde Park this summer - up 20% on last year.

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Brexit could put "dangerous" pressure on companies to cut corners

Published:  08 August, 2016

Brexit could lead to 'hazy' grape traceability and dangerous practices thanks to a squeezed industry post brexit.

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Nearly 90% of UK wine drinkers considering themselves 'wine buffs'

Published:  08 August, 2016

According to a recent survey of 1,586 Brits, conducted by UK research and consulting firm Ginger Research, 88% of respondents said they considered themselves a wine buff or a wine lover.

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New HMRC spirit production guidelines drafted to help improve business licensing

Published:  08 August, 2016

New guidelines are being drafted by the HMRC to help distillers looking to apply to become a licensed spirit producers in the UK easier.

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DrinkSupermarket teams up with Debenhams for gifting service

Published:  08 August, 2016

Online retailer DrinkSupermarket will be supplying beers, wines and spirits to a leading UK department store as part of a premium gifting service.

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WineTutor TV reaches 90% of the world's MW students

Published:  08 August, 2016

An innovative video learning platform for MW hopefuls has reached a global audience since being launched by Tim Wildman MW.

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Proposal seeks to replace "outdated" Rioja classifications

Published:  05 August, 2016

A Spanish winery is lobbying to change guidelines to make it easier for premium and super premium wineries to differentiate themselves from others in the "Rioja brand".

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

Published:  05 August, 2016

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

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Euro 2016 boosts sales in Irish grocery retailers

Published:  05 August, 2016

Irish grocery retailers saw an uplift in sales thanks to Euro 2016, with sales rising by 3.3% compared with last year.

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Ten tips on how to hit the right note with craft beer

Published:  05 August, 2016

The mighty craft pound has definitely paid off when it comes to specialty beer.

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Insights: The rise of direct-to-consumer retailing

Published:  05 August, 2016

With products facing ever-increasing competition for shelf space, Angela Mount looks at how brands are cutting out the middlemen

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Keys to building your indie business Part 1: World Wine Web

Published:  05 August, 2016

At the first Think Indie, Drink Indie event, successful merchants shared best practices and avenues to consider when looking to expand. Here is the first of a four part series covering different areas independent merchants should consider in expanding their businesses. Topics covered included why wholesaling is good for indies, how the hybrid model can be great for retail, what to consider when expanding online and the how to maximise the value of events.

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In-depth: 50 Best Indies winners

Published:  05 August, 2016

Voted for by our 100-strong and fully independent countrywide judging academy, these exciting new awards are designed to recognise those independent merchants that have done the most to drive forward quality and innovation in the retail of wines, beers and spirits.

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Graham Norton expands his wine range

Published:  04 August, 2016

Following the tremendous success of his own-label sauvignon blanc, Graham Norton will be expanding production the GN Sauvignon Blanc and will be adding an Australian Shiraz to the range this Autumn.

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Lord Maude to speak on new trading arrangements post-Brexit at WSTA conference

Published:  04 August, 2016

The former Minister for Trade and Minister for Europe, Lord Francis Maude, will be the keynote speaker at this year's WSTA Annual Conference, which will take 'Brexit and the changing shape of the industry' as its theme.

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Oddbins' launches wacky new Brexit campaign

Published:  04 August, 2016

Leave it to Oddbins, the quirky wine retailer, to come out with a new campaign centred on the recent vote for the UK to leave European Union.

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Alliance Wine launches first English bubbles

Published:  04 August, 2016

Alliance Wine has launched their first English sparking wine, Truslers Hill Pinot Noir Rosé 2014.

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The Balvenie's David Stewart MBE talks 50 years in Scotch

Published:  04 August, 2016

Recent MBE recipient and The Balvenie master blender David Stewart has witnessed the full evolution of the modern Scotch industry throughout his 53 year career - and pioneered a few revolutionary production methods along the way.

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First sommelier wine app preparing inaugural launch in London

Published:  03 August, 2016

The "world's first" wine app which sets out to put a "sommelier in your pocket" is launching in partnership with its first restaurant this week.

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First English wine appears on Liv-ex

Published:  03 August, 2016

English sparkling wine has been given a boost by appearing on fine wine trading platform Liv-ex for the first time.

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Top 10 UK wine brands by value

Published:  03 August, 2016

The top two wine brands by value in the UK have both managed to clinch the top spots despite seeing a dip in value sales compared to the previous year, according to the latest figures.

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New wines added to "no jargon" Ehrmanns range

Published:  03 August, 2016

Ehrmanns is launching three new wines in its Made In range of wines for the off-trade.

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Jackson Family Wines appoints new sales director to drive European expansion

Published:  02 August, 2016

A Californian winery has appointed a new European sales director as part of its expansion plan.

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McConaughey to "reintroduce" Wild Turkey as creative director

Published:  02 August, 2016

Wild Turkey has announced a new partnership with Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey who has been brought onboard to introduce the bourbon brand to a new generation.

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On and off-trade: Ten tips on how to upsell

Published:  02 August, 2016

We all know how comfortable customers are with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinean Malbec - and it can be easy to let these tried-and-tested favourites rule the roost.

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14 consecutive years of growth for wine education at WSET

Published:  02 August, 2016

Demand for wine and spirit education continues to accelerate at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), where a total of 72,171 exams were taken globally in the academic year finishing July 31, 2016.

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New multi-million pound brewery for Chapel Down's Curious Drinks

Published:  02 August, 2016

Chapel Down has completed the exchange of contracts on a 1.6-acre site to further develop its beer and cider business.

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Oddbins first to stock wine from Kingsland Drinks' carbonation line

Published:  01 August, 2016

Kingsland Drinks' has found the first listing of its new carbonated wines, having launched a carbonated version of the Shorn range to make the most of the rising demand for sparkling wine.

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Waitrose launches first Andalucían wine in UK supermarkets

Published:  01 August, 2016

Waitrose will this month launch ANDA, a new wine from Andalucía, into 77 of its stores across the UK and Waitrose Cellar online - making it the only non-fortified wine from the region available at a UK supermarket.

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Record climb for aromatics at Cono Sur

Published:  01 August, 2016

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur has reported rapid growth in popularity of aromatic-style wine, especially with sales of its Viognier, which has seen 148% growth in sales compared to the same period last year.

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Bibendum launching Brazilian winery promo ahead of Rio Olympics

Published:  01 August, 2016

Brazilian winery Miolo, along with Bibendum and Walker & Wodehouse, is launching a Taste of Brazil campaign to encourage customers to make the most of this year's games.

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Rum taking centre stage at Wray's Jamaican festival

Published:  01 August, 2016

Wray's Jerk Fest, a free, one-day event celebrating Jamaican culture is coming to Peckham on August 6 where it be hosted by Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum.

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Diageo GB World Bartender champ prepares to launch NY pop-up bar

Published:  01 August, 2016

Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve's GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016, is preparing to bring a taste of London to the Big Apple when he opens up his own pop-up restaurant there this week.

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New chairman at Viña Santa Rita

Published:  29 July, 2016

Baltazar Sánchez Guzmán has been appointed to lead the board at Chilean winery Viña Santa Rita.

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Loire: a new opportunity?

Published:  29 July, 2016

While the Loire was among the highest climbers of France's wine regions in terms of UK exports in 2015, frost this year has forced several independent Loire producers to redistribute and raise their prices of existing allocations.

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New trade show dedicated to bars and pubs

Published:  29 July, 2016

A new trade show dedicated to the UK's bar and pub trade is launching this October with a focus on how the on-trade can evolve and adapt to changing consumer behaviours.

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Big Four's stalling growth "can't be blamed on Brexit"

Published:  29 July, 2016

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 17 July 2016, show slow growth for the supermarket sector, with sales up just 0.1% compared to last year.

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Bordeaux brings a touch of tradition to Cotswolds' The Big Feastival

Published:  29 July, 2016

Traditional French wine and festivals in the heart of the great British countryside haven't always gone hand in hand.

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

Published:  29 July, 2016

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

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Harpers Directory update for 2017 - don't miss out

Published:  28 July, 2016

Harpers is currently updating The Harpers Wine & Spirit Directory 2017 and is asking those in the trade to get in contact to make your information is correct.

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Hallgarten Druitt plugs "embarrassing" gap in Australian portfolio

Published:  28 July, 2016

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has taken over distribution of most of Hallowed Ground's Australian producers, significantly expanding Hallgarten's premium Australian offering.

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Outrage as the London Annual Champagne Tasting is cancelled

Published:  28 July, 2016

The committee which organises the annual London event has announced that it will not be holding this year's tasting - and doesn't know when or if it will return to the UK.

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Diageo GB net sales grow 4%

Published:  28 July, 2016

Diageo Great Britain has posted its third year of continuous growth with net sales up 4%.

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Majestic boss to hand over bonus to staff

Published:  27 July, 2016

Majestic chief executive Rowan Gormley has asked for the bonus offered to him as part of a long-term incentive plan to be shared out to staff - meaning employees could net £14,000 each if targets are met.

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Wine sales suffer as average spend dips

Published:  27 July, 2016

New data suggests that still wine is becoming a casualty of economic recovery as UK households spent 1.3% less in the take-home market compared to last year.

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Virgin Wines to offer free next day delivery for WineBank members

Published:  27 July, 2016

Virgin Wines has announced it will be offering free next day delivery for all WineBank members in an effort to attract more customers to the loyalty scheme.

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LVMH posts 7% revenue growth for wines and spirits in H1

Published:  27 July, 2016

Luxury wines and spirits producer LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has reported strong performance from wines and spirits in all regions, compared to flat profits in its fashion sector.

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Top wine consultant and professor Denis Dubourdieu dies aged 67

Published:  27 July, 2016

Top claret from Bordeaux may have always cast a shadow over local white wines, but that was until the work of Denis Dubourdieu.

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Family Affair Part 4: Miguel Torres Maczassek, general manager, Bodegas Torres

Published:  26 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks to Miguel Torres Maczassek, the general manager of Bodegas Torres, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the final article in a four part series.

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UK loses €25 million in spirits and €62 million in wine sales thanks to counterfeiting

Published:  26 July, 2016

A new report has revealed that €87 million in sales across wine and spirits is lost each year in the UK due to the counterfeiting industry.

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First new New York whiskey makers since Prohibition looking to grow

Published:  26 July, 2016

An American Whiskey company is looking to expand worldwide after becoming the first American aged whiskey in New York since Prohibition.

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Halewood Wines & Spirits buys greater stake in Irish whiskey brand

Published:  26 July, 2016

Halewood Wines & Spirits has purchased a significant stake in West Cork Distillers to develop the Irish whiskey portfolio and expand its global reach.

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Wine Rack launches McGuigan Wines' answer to Provence rosé

Published:  26 July, 2016

Wine Rack has launched a new Provence-style rosé from Australian duo Neil McGuigan and John Torode.

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Insights: Is cash or profit margin king when it comes to the on-trade?

Published:  26 July, 2016

How are on-trade outlets measuring the health of their business today?

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Family Affair Part 3: Mitchell Taylor, managing director, Wakefield Wines, Clare Valley

Published:  25 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks to Mitchell Taylor, the managing director of Wakefield Wines located in the Clare Valley, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the third article in a four part series.

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SMWS aims to remedy previous "laissez-faire" approach with push to drive US growth

Published:  25 July, 2016
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Bodegas Torres reintroduces ancestral red grape uncovered 20 years ago

Published:  25 July, 2016

Catalonian winery Bodegas Torres is reintroducing the red variety Moneu after the vines were destroyed by phylloxera two centuries ago.

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Waitrose sales of German Riesling "soar" during 31 Days promotion

Published:  25 July, 2016

Waitrose has seen sales of Germany's most famous grape variety increase by 181% compared to the same period last year.

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Insights: Do wine preservation systems engage consumers or not?

Published:  25 July, 2016

Wine preservation technology encourages consumers to engage with new wines, but are they practical to the point of impersonal?

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Family Affair Part 2: Robert Hill-Smith, chairman, Yalumba, Barossa Valley

Published:  22 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks with Robert Hill-Smith, chairman of Yalumba in Barossa Valley about the benefits of being independently run. This is the second article in a four part series.

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School holiday boosts trading in June for casual dining and pub chains in the UK

Published:  22 July, 2016

While the lack of summer weather in June might have been a challenge, the school holiday has helped to boost trading figures for casual dining and pub chains according to new figures released by the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Casella Family Brands acquires and avoids closure of iconic Morris Wines

Published:  22 July, 2016

Casella Family Brands announced today that they have acquired full ownership of iconic Australian Morris Wines with an immediate effect for an undisclosed sum from Pernod Ricard.

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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  22 July, 2016

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

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Record year for Italian wine expo Bellavita

Published:  22 July, 2016

Bellavita, now one of the leading UK-based events for Italian food and wine producers has reported a record year, with visitor numbers swelling by over 30% from last year to 8,100 visitors through the doors.

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Family Affair Part 1: Alessio and Francesca Planeta, Planeta, Sicily

Published:  21 July, 2016

Family-owned wineries still thrive in an increasingly consolidated world. Andrew Catchpole speaks with Alessio and Francesca Planeta, both of whom are family members of Planeta in Sicily, about the benefits of being independently run. This is the first article in a three part series.

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Organic UK wine launch marks "new era" for Gonzalez Byass

Published:  21 July, 2016

Gonzalez Byass is launching a new organic wine into the UK.

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Analysis: Is consolidation a challenge to the traditional importer business model?

Published:  21 July, 2016

With consolidation rife and buying patterns changing are the roles of UK wine distributors changing?

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Biggest beer merger in history given go-ahead

Published:  21 July, 2016

The US Justice Department has given antitrust approval for Anheuser-Busch InBev - the world's largest beer company - to acquire SABMiller - the world's second largest beer company.

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Wines of Portugal Wine Quest winner talks Encruzado and Alvarinho

Published:  21 July, 2016

Lukasz Walkowiak, sommelier at Oxo Tower, has been named the Wines of Portugal Wine Quest winner 2016.

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Inter-Beaujolais appoints new leaders for two year term

Published:  21 July, 2016

Inter-Beaujolais has appointed two new leaders as part of a two year rotation to lead the producer association.

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Oxford Wine Company refurbishes remaining retail outlets amid shifting business model

Published:  21 July, 2016

The Oxford Wine Company has refurbished its two remaining shops, although owner Ted Sandbach says that retail will continue to play a less important role in the future of the business.

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Moët & Chandon release wines from "cooler" 2008 vintage

Published:  20 July, 2016

Moët & Chandon has released its Grand Vintage Blanc and Grand Vintage Rosé from the 2008 vintage.

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Consumer inflation rise may be part of a larger trend

Published:  20 July, 2016

Consumer inflation rose 0.5% for the 12 months to June 2016, which although only slightly may be a signal of a future trend.

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Conviviality boss says Brexit won't impact future growth

Published:  20 July, 2016

The CEO of wholesale giant Convivality has said that the rapidly expanding business is well placed to avoid the sting of the Brexit beehive.

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Bibendum, PLB and Walker & Wodehouse join Bottlebooks

Published:  20 July, 2016

Bibendum and its associated wine sales companies, PLB and Walker & Wodehouse, has become the latest - and largest - importer to join Bottlebooks.

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El Dorado Golden Rum wins Sainsbury's listing

Published:  20 July, 2016

El Dorado's five-year-old Golden Rum has won its first listing with Sainsbury's, bolstering the supermarket's growing rum portfolio.

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Whisky barrel-aged beers spark international interest

Published:  19 July, 2016

A Scottish beer producerd has attracted the interest of key international markets by combining two of Scotland's best-loved drinks.

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Current cocktail trends are crippling the RTD market in the UK

Published:  19 July, 2016

According to William Grant & Sons 2016 Market Report figures, ready-to-drink (RTDs) beverages may be falling out of favour with consumers.

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Deliveroo partners with Majestic and BrewDog to offer alcohol delivery service

Published:  19 July, 2016

Food delivery startup Deliveroo has partnered with eight Majestic Wines across London and 20 BrewDog locations nationally in order to start delivering beers, wines and spirits.

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Manchester to launch first cocktail festival

Published:  19 July, 2016

Manchester's first ever cocktail festival launches this summer, with 30 of the city's on-trade venues taking part in a week-long programme of events.

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El Coto de Rioja jumps ship to Liberty Wines

Published:  18 July, 2016

Liberty Wines has bolstered its Spanish offering with the addition of El Coto de Rioja.

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Conviviality reveals new triple threat buying team as sales soar

Published:  18 July, 2016

Wholesale juggernaut Conviviality has revealed the structure of its new buying team following a "transformational" year buying up Matthew Clark ad Bibendum Plc.

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New Zealand Winegrowers launch independent retail promotion

Published:  18 July, 2016

Independent retailers can be in with a chance of winning one of two tickets to Pinot Noir NZ 2017 in New Zealand.

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Veeno opens in Edinburgh as part of rapid expansion plan

Published:  18 July, 2016

The duo behind Italian wine cafe chain Veeno are planning to bring Italian Aperitivo to Edinburgh with their eighth new opening.

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New cabinet members historically voted in favour of alcohol duty hikes

Published:  15 July, 2016

While trying to establish beneficial trading terms with the EU should Article 50 be enacted will be a top priority for the new government, how the new cabinet members voted on alcohol duty may be a bit worrying for the drinks trade.

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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  15 July, 2016

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

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Co-op unloads 298 stores to McColl's Retail Group for £117m

Published:  14 July, 2016

The Co-op has announced it is selling 298 of its smaller food stores to the McColl's Retail Group for £117 million.

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University of Adelaide launches free wine class online with 10,000 enrollees

Published:  13 July, 2016

University of Adelaide in Australia launched its online class World of Wine: From Grape to Glass, which is free to enroll and has already had 10,000 students enlisted.

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Gallo expands it fruit-flavoured wine range

Published:  13 July, 2016

Gallo family Vineyards has added a Peach & Nectarine flavoured wine to it Spirtz range, which is it fruit-flavoured wine range following the success of other wines in the category.

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Think Indie: Vagabond Wines takes top Independent Merchant for UK's 50 Best Indies Award

Published:  13 July, 2016

At yesterday's Think Indie Drink Indie event hosted in London Vagabond Wines took the top top spot in the UK's 50 Best Indies Award list.

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Think Indie: Indies from across the UK collaborate on how to build their businesses

Published:  12 July, 2016

At today's Think Indie Drink Indie event held at M Restaurant Threadneedle in London, independent merchants heard panellists from across the trade discuss four key topics on how owners could help diversify and grow their businesses.

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Rosemount aims to be perfect match for everyday meals

Published:  12 July, 2016

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a "food-centered" range of wines under its Rosemount brand in an effort to link wine to everyday meal occasions.

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Waitrose introduces seven day payment terms for small suppliers

Published:  12 July, 2016

Waitrose announced it would be rolling out seven day payment terms for small suppliers in an industry leading move.

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Q&A: John Colley, managing director retail, Majestic Wine

Published:  11 July, 2016

When Colley joined Majestic in September 2015, he brought with him a wealth of experience and promptly hit the ground running. Now he has settled in, he talks about what he hopes to achieve over the next three years.

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Nielsen: Brexit shakes consumer sentiment

Published:  11 July, 2016

According to new Nieslen data, the sentiment that "Brexit will negatively impact the British economy" is now being held by almost two-thirds of shoppers, with younger consumers looking to tighten their financial belts.

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Profile: Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene

Published:  08 July, 2016

With wine bars in London, Logroño and Melbourne, plus a natural wine fair to its name, Les Caves de Pyrene is an intriguingly off-piste wine importer. Doug Wregg explains what make the 'cavistes' tick.

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Think Indie, Drink Indie: Independent insight

Published:  08 July, 2016

Independent merchants to take centre stage at Think Indie, Drink Indie symposium

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Rabobank: EU Referendum outcome to have 'critical implications' for beverage sector

Published:  08 July, 2016

According to a new report released by Rabobank today, the results of the referendum vote "will have critical implications for the beverage sector, given the UK's role as both a major importer (e.g. wine) and major supplier (e.g. scotch)."

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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  08 July, 2016

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

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Wine Society takes top merchant award as IWC winners celebrate

Published:  08 July, 2016

At last night's 33rd annual International Wine Challenge dinner held at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London, The Wine Society was the bigger winner of the evening taking home IWC's Wine Merchant of the year award.

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Think Indie: Survey results show independent sector had been improving leading up to Brexit

Published:  08 July, 2016

Ahead of our Think Indie, Drink Indie symposium on July 12, Harpers took the temperature of the sector with a far-reaching survey, revealing a generally positive outlook for the future of the independent trade, but with several common challenges.

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LFL sales down in food and clothing at M&S

Published:  07 July, 2016

Beleaguered high street retailer Marks & Spencer has posted a 4.3% drop in total sales in the 13 weeks to July 2.

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Majestic holding off on shareholder payout

Published:  07 July, 2016

The chairman of Majestic wine has announced that the group will not be paying a shareholder dividend this financial year in order to balance the books following the acquisition of Naked Wines.

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Drake & Morgan acquires Corney & Barrow Bars Limited

Published:  07 July, 2016

Drake & Morgan, the bar and restaurant group, has acquired the wine bar side of the business at Corney & Barrow for an undisclosed sum.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd appoints operations director

Published:  07 July, 2016

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the appointment of an Operations, Logistics and IT Director.

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New era for Distell whisky maker

Published:  06 July, 2016

Andy Watts is moving on from his role as distillery manager at South Africa's James Sedgwick after 25 years.

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Brexit: Hush Heath reports rising demand post referendum

Published:  06 July, 2016

An English wine producer is in talks with a major UK retailer to significantly increase supply as a direct result of Brexit.

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Think Indie: Building your business

Published:  06 July, 2016

Operating as a 'bricks and mortar' independent in today's retail environment can be tough.

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The Balvenie's David Stewart awarded an MBE for services to Scotch

Published:  06 July, 2016

The Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart has been presented with an MBE medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the Scotch whisky industry.

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COPY: The Drinks Wholesaler: Intriguing Times

Published:  05 July, 2016

We've covered a far-reaching spread of issues, insights, interviews and profiles in these pages along with focuses on the sparkling wine category, gin, British beer and the contrasting, but in some ways complementary, wine offers of Chile and Argentina. We also examine what the word 'craft' means to consumers and ask whether it can be better applied to wine to engage millennials.

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Freixenet launches Cubist-inspired campaign

Published:  05 July, 2016

Freixenet premium cava has launched a multimedia campaign to promote its ICE range.

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Matthew Clark takes gains in premium beer and cider to summer festival

Published:  05 July, 2016

Matthew Clark is taking its premium beers and ciders to the Hyde Park British Summertime Festival tomorrow, following a surge in demand for global craft beers and ciders.

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Who's topping the list of celebrity wines?

Published:  05 July, 2016

Celebrity culture can be depressing at the best of times.

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Diageo announces first foray into non-alcoholic sector

Published:  05 July, 2016

Alcoholic drinks giant Diageo is set to offer consumers a no-hangover alternative with an investment in its first distilled non-alcoholic spirit.

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John Lewis pension costs lead to profits dip at Waitrose

Published:  05 July, 2016

Waitrose has seen its pre-tax profits take a dive thanks to pension costs associated with parent firm John Lewis.

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First of its kind South American partnership comes to London

Published:  04 July, 2016

Uruguay is hoping to make an impression on the street food scene with a partnership in London's trendy Shoreditch.

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Bibendum app re-launch aiming to become the Instagram of the wine world

Published:  04 July, 2016

Bibendum is re-launching its educational wine app, Plonk, with the aim of re-creating the success of photo-led social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat.

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Brexit uncertainty causes closures and U-turns in the on-trade

Published:  04 July, 2016

Economic uncertainty folloeing Britain's EU referendum has been cited as the main reason behind a celebrity chef's decision to withdraw from a restaurant development in Eastbourne and the closure of a fine-dinning restaurant in Harrogate.

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Muscadet Revolution: New Rules, New Grapes

Published:  04 July, 2016

The rules of Muscadet's three generic appellations have been torn up: under new locally approved plans, Colombard, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Gris grape varieties will now be permitted to make up to 20% of blends of entry-level Muscadet wines.

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South American billionaire adds Barossa to growing empire

Published:  04 July, 2016

ONE of the world's leading wine consultants and an Argentinean oil and gas billionaire have teamed up for a multi-million dollar investment in the Barossa Valley.

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Brexit: "Scots need to drink more Scotch"

Published:  01 July, 2016

A leading figure in global spirits branding has issued some advice to ensure the future prosperity of the Scotch whisky industry in a post-referendum market - to drink more Scotch domestically.

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Chilean wine production down 25% thanks to rain-laden harvest

Published:  01 July, 2016

One of Chile's biggest wine exporter has revealed that their red grapes were most affected by one of the most "oenologically challenging" vintages of recent times.

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Tesco launches first pop-up wine bar

Published:  01 July, 2016

The UK's biggest wine retailer is jumping onto the pop-up bandwagon in order to push consumers to be more "adventurous" with their wine choices.

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Government inquiry launched into licencing act which made 24-hour drinking possible

Published:  01 July, 2016

An inquiry has been set up to re-evaluate legislation which made it possible for consumers to buy alcohol "around the clock".

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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  01 July, 2016

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

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Category innovation unbalanced between fruit and apple cider, says Westons

Published:  30 June, 2016

Work needs to be done to get fruit cider drinkers to explore the rest of the category.

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Australian Hentley Farms focuses on UK market

Published:  30 June, 2016

Hentley Farms, which launched in the UK at this year's London Wine Fair, is looking to expand its UK offering.

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Brands continue to drive growth in German discounters and at premium level

Published:  30 June, 2016

Unlike in the UK, where branded products are used solely as benchmarks by which the stores can use 'we're cheaper than' claims, in Germany, Aldi and Lidl are gaining traction by welcoming brands into the heart of their offering.

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Foley Family Wines added to Negociants UK

Published:  30 June, 2016

Leading Australia and New Zealand importers Negociants UK has been appointed to distribute three New Zealand brands within the Foley Family Wines portfolio - Marlborough based Grove Mill and Frog Haven and Martinborough Vineyard from Martinborough.

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The great Prosecco confusion

Published:  30 June, 2016

Somehow, Prosecco has managed to embed itself in the public imagination with an image as clear and as crisp as a summer's day.

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Traditional logistics suppliers see opportunities in serving the wine trade

Published:  30 June, 2016

Increasingly, national logistical suppliers are looking at the opportunities to meet the need of customers within the wine industry and could ultimately improve supply chain offerings as more players enter the market.

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Summer push for Diageo Reserve's super premium gin

Published:  29 June, 2016

Diageo Reserve's super premium gin brand, Tanqueray No. TEN, has partnered with a series of London venues to continue to seize on gin's forward momentum.

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Bacardi Brown-Forman liqueur launches new upsell campaign

Published:  29 June, 2016

Chambord liqueur is launching a new campaign to offer bartenders a "quick and easy way" to upgrade their sparkling serves.

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Italy soldiering on post-Brexit

Published:  29 June, 2016

Brexit loomed large over the Definitive Italian tasting in London's Royal Horticultural Halls yester

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French rosé forerunner expands UK range

Published:  29 June, 2016

Vranken Pommery Monopole group, known in the UK for Grande Marque Champagne brands such as Pommery, is extending its rosé offering from estates in both Provence and the Camargue.

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How does Rioja work for you? Take the survey

Published:  28 June, 2016

Harpers, in tandem with Wines from Rioja, would like to find out how Spain's flagship wine region performs for the UK trade.

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Brexit: S&P strips Britain of top AAA rating

Published:  28 June, 2016

Britain's economic status has been rocked following announcements from two top ratings agencies that they have stripped it of its top credit ratings.

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Lidl and Aldi hit record high as top four lose market share

Published:  28 June, 2016

Grocery share figures show that the big four have lost market share on last year, while Lidl and Aldi hit a record high of 10.5% in combined market share.

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Brexit: What's in store for Scotch whisky?

Published:  28 June, 2016

Diageo has said that protecting the long-term prosperity of its Scotch whisky is paramount following the referendum's shock result on Friday.

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Still wines dominate at the industry's annual national wine awards

Published:  27 June, 2016

Despite the marginally lower number of entrants at The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition compared to last year, the number of gold medals was nearly 60% up and the highest over the last five years of the competition.till wines dominate at the industry's annual national wine awards

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Ehrmanns launches mini in response to demand for small format

Published:  27 June, 2016

Ehrmanns is beefing up its Beefsteak Club Argentinean brand with two new additions, including a single serve Beefsteak Club Mini Malbec in order to target the growing convenience sector.

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Supermarket ombudsman launches formal consultation into payments for better positioning

Published:  27 June, 2016

The government official appointed to regulate and field complaints from suppliers working with the grocery industry has revealed that she is launching a formal consultation into the practice of supermarkets accepting payments for better positioning or increased share of shelf space.

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Shop Rioja back for 2016

Published:  27 June, 2016

Shop Rioja is back for another countrywide promotion in October's edition of Harpers in partnership with Wines from Rioja, and is inviting all UK independent merchants to take part.

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The Drinks Roadshow stopping off in Edinburgh tomorrow

Published:  27 June, 2016

There is one more day to take us up on our open invitation to visit the Harpers and The Drinks Wholesaler team when our free trade event stops off in Edinburgh tomorrow (June 28).

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Multi-mullion pound campaign promotes Kopparberg's craft roots

Published:  24 June, 2016

The team behind leading Swedish fruit cider Kopparberg has launched a multi-million pound marketing campaign to draw attention to its hometown brewery.

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Brexit: A good day for English wine?

Published:  24 June, 2016

English wine might be the only clear beneficiaries of today's referendum debacle as importers look to the domestic marketplace instead of the Eurozone.

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Off-Piste low-alcohol range listed in Sainsbury's

Published:  23 June, 2016

A new range of lightly sparkling drinks aimed at women has found its first listing in Sainsbury's.

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Morrions pledge to take My Local employees following administration talks

Published:  23 June, 2016

My Local stores are on the verge of folding just nine months after 140 stores were sold to new chief executive Mike Green.

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Second quarter of growth for Tesco

Published:  23 June, 2016

Like-for-like sales are up at FTSE 100 giant Tesco, where sales grew by 0.9% for the 13 weeks to 28 May 2016.

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Waitrose and Iceland shoppers at opposite ends of the leave/remain spectrum

Published:  23 June, 2016

Research has painted a picture of how shoppers at the UK's biggest supermarkets are likely to vote in today's referendum.

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DHL Tradeteam expands logistics infrastructure with new warehouse

Published:  23 June, 2016

Tradeteam, the drinks distribution arm of DHL Supply Chain, has opened new warehousing premises in the south of England to keep up with "strong regional demand in the area".

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Is the trade turning a blind eye to Brexit's silver-linings?

Published:  22 June, 2016

When asked if there could be any merit from a leave result following tomorrow's referendum, the resounding voice from the trade is 'no'.

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Vinho Verde grows up as producers focus in on quality and single variety wines

Published:  22 June, 2016

More than the Alentejo, more even perhaps than Douro, Vinho Verde is Portuguese wine's big success story, boasting a name and style recognition that is the envy of other wine regions.

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The orange myth - why everyone is still confused about orange wine

Published:  22 June, 2016

"Orange is not the new rosé," says Doug Wregg at Les Caves de Pyrene. "It would be more accurate to say it's the new red."

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Drink led outlets outperformed casual dining chains last month

Published:  22 June, 2016

Drink led pubs fared better than casual dining outlets last month according to most recent figures released by Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Jim Beam distributors invest £1m in new category vision

Published:  22 June, 2016

The UK's biggest whisky distributor is looking to capture a larger slice of the £90bn spirits category by turning their portfolio strategy on its head.

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Launching 31 Days of German Riesling

Published:  21 June, 2016

At last night's launch of 31 Days of German Riesling, Harpers spoke to Lea and Sandeman, who are now in a position to immerse themselves fully in the campaign following a soft trial last year.

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C-stores: How to convert top-up shoppers into loyal customers

Published:  21 June, 2016

Convenience retailing is on the rise, with consumers looking to buy 'top-up' or 'meal for tonight' rapidly replacing the weekly shop.

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New Zealand's 2016 harvest expected to be 34% larger

Published:  21 June, 2016

As the 2016 harvest draws to a close in New Zealand, growers are reporting an excellent vintage with yields up 34% compared to last year's smaller than average harvest.

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17% of venues not stocking Chardonnay although it's still the on-trade's biggest seller

Published:  20 June, 2016

A new report suggests that the trade isn't listening to the needs of its customers, with a damaging gap emerging between the nation's favourite drinks and what are on wine lists.

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Cocktail expectations are "on the march", says Matthew Clark