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The cava conundrum

Published:  27 July, 2017

Spain’s famous fizz needs some imaginative thinking to return its sparkle, argues James Lawrence

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Deliveroo-tionary: The partnerships changing the delivery game

Published:  26 July, 2017

Jo Gilbert argues that local link-ups such as Deliveroo’s new alcohol partnerships could change the delivery game

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Harpers on tour: Champagne buyers trip 2017

Published:  25 July, 2017

Four wine buyers descended on Champagne last month and with their expertise ranging from a Michelin-starred restaurant to independent merchants to drinks distributors, the insight and expectations of Champagne were unique to each buyer. Starting with a trip to Épernay via Montagne de Reims and then south to the Aube, the visits were just as varied as the buyers. Jane Parkinson reports

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Is recruitment breaking the camel's back?

Published:  24 July, 2017

With EU workers’ rights hanging by a thread, Jo Gilbert asks could a “Brexodus” break the UK’s hospitality sector?

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Getting online: Keeping up with the Amazons

Published:  17 July, 2017

Pick what you want to get from being online and do it well, said our Think Indie, Drink Indie tech experts. Jo Gilbert reports 

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On the tourist trail

Published:  17 July, 2017

Inviting consumers into the vineyard has proven a great marketing tactic for many wineries. Lisa Riley finds many pros and few cons in making an investment in wine tourism

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Majestic’s buying evolution sees rise in own-label efforts

Published:  13 July, 2017

Just under 5% of the group’s sales are now in own-label ranges and a pioneering spirit in this area means there’s more to come, says Nigel Huddleston

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Buying direct: Pros & cons

Published:  13 July, 2017

It can be a positive move, but there are issues to be weighed up before buying direct. Lisa Riley reports

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The psychology of selling

Published:  12 July, 2017

Think Indie, Drink Indie’s opening discussion explored ways in which merchants can best use merchandising, marketing and experiential events to maximise sales potential.

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Vindependents flying high

Published:  05 July, 2017

Two years after its inception, indie merchants buying group Vindependents is thriving. Lisa Riley catches up with managing director Jessica Hutchinson

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The training game

Published:  29 June, 2017

Good staff training on drinks service can be affordable, flexible, motivate staff and pay dividends within months for any business. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Beyond Non-Vintage

Published:  23 June, 2017

Do consumers understand the full extent of Champagne’s diversity? Jo Gilbert investigates

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Gallic Appeal

Published:  22 June, 2017

France is edging its way back into the limelight as a source of adventurous, engaging and innovative wines. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Golden opportunities at California Wines Summit

Published:  21 June, 2017

Tim Atkin MW reports from last month’s California Wines Summit, where all news was good news for the Golden state

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Harpers Debate: Chasing the premium position

Published:  19 June, 2017

Harpers’ industry briefing at the London Wine Fair on Chasing the Premium sparked a healthy debate involving both panel and audience, as all involved explored ways in which the trade could collectively build more margin and value back into the supply chain.

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Generation Sake

Published:  14 June, 2017

A wave of young brewers are shaking things up in sake, increasing its popularity with a new generation 
in Japan and internationally. 
Anna Greenhous reports

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Breaking down the Brexit unknowns

Published:  14 June, 2017

With change the only certainty of Brexit, the trade needs to prepare for likely eventualities and present a united front. 

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Getting ahead in the digital shelf war

Published:  08 June, 2017

With the mind-bogglingly fast growth of online channels, which in the context of many thousands of years of bartering and selling, is still a very new phenomenon, we scope out the e-specialists claiming to help your products fly online.

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Bursting the Brexit bubble

Published:  07 June, 2017

Following on from the London Wine Fair’s Brexit debate, 
Jo Gilbert caught up with the WSTA’s Simon Stannard in a bid 
to get to the bottom of what the UK’s EU exit means for the trade

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Bordeaux 2016 en primeur

Published:  31 May, 2017

Insights_bordeaux.pdfOur resident Bordeaux correspondent and producer Gavin Quinney gives the low-down on the highs of a fine year

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