The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk
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.
Most Read: The cost of Brexit driving up prices, CETA providing the blueprint for future international trade deals and the continued importance of the trade with the US and Canada all collided to form a complicated picture of a trade which is being pulled in all directions this week.
With so many influences looking to shape our industry, it can be easy to overlook some of the stellar work of those diligently building up their businesses in town centres and at roadsides across the UK.
One such business is Davy’s Wine Merchants, whose bars are now a far cry from the traditional haunts of the 1980s.
We spoke to fifth generation chairman and CEO James Davy about how they are bucking the on-trade trend and are funnelling resources into their retail and wholesale operations.
Meanwhile, sparkling continued to provide growth for the off-trade, although its looks as if inflation, duty and currency depreciation could be about to deal a heavy blow to the nation’s love affair with Prosecco.
- Bordeaux and Champagne double-digit drop in UK delivers global dip for French exports
- Export of French Crémant to British shores increased 53% in volume and 61% by value in 2016
- Aldi launches fine wine range with budget price tag after being named the UK’s fifth largest supermarket
- Antiquated marketing practices and fraud on the agenda at Pernod Ricard
- Sparkling to be worst affected by triple whammy of price pressures
- Part 2: ‘Mediterranean wine’ - A goldmine of untapped potential?
- Changing perceptions at Davy’s Wine Merchants
- Own-brand Prosecco grows 79% year-on-year at Lidl
- Californian value sales soar globally and in the UK despite currency depreciation
- Profits fall 15% at Heineken as Punch Taverns deal given go-ahead
Analysis and insights: This week we looked at how Prosecco and other sparkling categories continue to encroach on Champagne’s long reign of - until recently - unchallenged supremacy.
Elsewhere, new and regular exhibitors at SITT - the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting - spoke about what they will be exhibiting on March 1 and Chris Wilson looked at how to manage those post-Brexit increases.
People and Opinion: According to Christopher Carson, the volume days of one million cases-plus wine brands are long past. These days, the Carson clan is looking at delivering quality wine through a distribution with partnership with Italian food production company, Carnevale.
Andrew Catchpole reports.