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Wine trade newcomers say producers too focused on quality

Published:  14 April, 2014

Future wine industry professionals say pushing wine's quality message is not enough to engage with new consumers.

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Champagne exports to UK plummet by 5.1%

Published:  14 April, 2014

The UK remains Champagne's biggest export market, despite imports falling to €447.2 million last year, a decline of 5.1% by volume and 3.8% by value.

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London Wine Fair 2014 cuts costs for exhibitors

Published:  11 April, 2014

London Wine Fair has been making some big changes this year including pledging £40,000 to bring in 200 major buyers for the show, with the money being flagged to help the buyers with travel and accommodation costs and a 25% reduction in the space price for exhibitors.

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PaperBoy Wine selects new paper bottle manufacturer

Published:  11 April, 2014

PaperBoy Wine bottles, which were supplied by GreenBottle who helped manufacture the first paper wine bottles, have entered into a three year agreement with Ecologic Brands, Inc., an American company, to supply the bottles.

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

Published:  11 April, 2014

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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Scotch whisky exports hold steady, despite Chinese decline

Published:  11 April, 2014

Scotch whisky exports held steady in 2013 at £4.3 billion, despite a sharp drop off in China, according to figures the Scotch Whisky Association.

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'No compelling reason to buy' Bordeaux 2013, say merchants

Published:  10 April, 2014

Merchants have so far sold very little, if any, Bordeaux 2013 wines, as collectors lack any compelling reason to buy.

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Virgin Wines sees "loyal customers" join its Wine Bank

Published:  10 April, 2014

Virgin Wines says strong customer loyalty has encouraged 40,000 of them to join its Wine Bank Scheme, which offers customer 20% discount.

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Liv-ex survey finds 'significantly less demand' for Bordeaux 2013 wines

Published:  10 April, 2014

The annual Liv-ex en primeur survey found that 78% of merchants expect "significantly less demand" - down by at least a fifth - for 2013 wines compared to their 2012 counterparts.

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Gun-shaped vodka bottle breaks marketing rules

Published:  10 April, 2014

Red Army Vodka, packaged in a gun-shaped bottle, has been ruled "entirely inappropriate" for suggesting a link towards violent and dangerous behaviour.

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Spain's Grandes Pagos wines kick off global campaign

Published:  09 April, 2014

Spain's 27 top single estate wineries, collected under the Grandes Pagos de España banner, have launched a campaign to put their wines on the map internationally.

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UK wine firms should look to US market for growth, says senior trade figure

Published:  09 April, 2014

British wine firms should look to the US, where domestic wine consumption is outpacing supply, says trade stalwart James Forbes, who has formed a US-focused company.

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Bacardi's chief abruptly retires

Published:  09 April, 2014

Bacardi's chief executive Ed Shirley is to retire and will leave the role after just two years and with no successor named.

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Argentina wine consumers 'attractive' to retailers

Published:  09 April, 2014
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Monkey Shoulder gets UK brand ambassador

Published:  09 April, 2014

Fast-growing malt whisky brand Monkey Shoulder has appointed bartender Grant Neave as its full-time UK brand ambassador.

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David Beckham gets behind new Diageo Scotch whisky

Published:  08 April, 2014

Diageo is launching a new Scotch whisky called Haig Club, in partnership with footballing great David Beckham and music mogul Simon Fuller.

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Liberty Wines recruits commercial director

Published:  08 April, 2014

Liberty Wines has recruited Jon Worsley as commercial director to boost the company's premium position.

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TWE's new chief executive says "structural changes" inevitable

Published:  08 April, 2014

A week into his new role as chief executive at Treasury Wine Estates, Michael Clarke has admitted "there is a lot that needs to be fixed."

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Argentinian wines grow 20% in off-trade

Published:  08 April, 2014

Argentinian wines are surging ahead in the off-trade, with growth of 20% in the last year, as the market "moves up to suit Argentina", says the European director of the country's generic body.

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Brancott Estate doubles marketing spend

Published:  08 April, 2014

Pernod Ricard UK has doubled its consumer marketing spend on New Zealand wine brand Brancott Estate.

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