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: There was bound to be some teething problems as the AWRS got underway, and we at Harpers reported that as many as 1,300 wholesalers - 17% of applicants - were denied approval by HMRC.
Elsewhere, it was predicted that English wine will hit another milestone this year, with one million vines expected to be planted in 2017.
And Campo Viejo spelled success for Pernod Ricard in the first quarter of 2017.
- Difficult conversations ahead as 1300 ‘dodgy distributors’ put out of business by AWRS
- Record-breaking one million vines to be planted in the UK this year
- Taking Canada seriously: Jump in sales at Liberty Wines
- Concha y Toro adds profit calculator to its smartphone Wine Wise app
- Schenk Wine Group acquires Spanish winery Finca Casa Lo Alto
- Campo Viejo leads strong Q3 wine sales at Pernod Ricard
Spirits: Plenty of news from the world of spirits this week.
Tequila was outlined by the spirit to watch by the WSTA, after racking up £160m value sales in the on-trade last year.
Harpers spoke to the motivators behind Brazil’s top spirit - and one of the most consumed spirits in the world - Cachaça, and their aims to follow to Tequila’s lead and make the same impression on the UK market.
- Brazil’s national spirit looking to shed its status as a global stranger
- Number of UK distilleries grows 17%
- Diageo World Class GB finalists whittled down to 11
- Darnley’s signs up as ‘official gin’ of the Ricoh Women’s British Open
- Antica Formula unveils cocktail competition
Analysis and insights: We held a spotlight on Italy and Turkey for two country profiles.
We also calculated the true cost of wine fraud, asked if wine is doing enough to reach the bar set by craft beer, and looked back at
- Should wine be tapping into the craft movement?
- Italy’s medley of intriguing reds
- Think Gin debate: Survival of the fittest
- Wine fraud: A booming business
- Turkey’s distinctive wines still facing challenges in the UK
People and Opinion: Three leading voices in the trade turned their attention to understanding and communicating with consumers.
Read what they had to say on the links below.
- Guy Woodward: Restaurants are missing a trick with dull, predictable wine lists
- Tim Atkin MW: Why selling brilliance takes a little more effort than simply flogging booze
- Jerry Lockspeiser: Will we ever understand our consumers?