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Trade reacts to the Bibendum PLB merger

30 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Rival suppliers and potential customers of the new Bibendum PLB group have been unsurprised by the news of the merger, given tough market conditions, with most saying further consolidation in the supply chain is on the cards.

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Berry Bros' 50 year old North British

Berry Bros releases Exceptional Cask Collection going back 50 years

27 Oct 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits is releasing a series of exclusive bottlings of whisky and rum that have been matured for 50 years as part of its new Exceptional Casks Collection.

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On-trade

Grape vine

Roger Jones finds damaging frost and elegant wines at New Zealand's Kumeu River Winery

30 Oct 2014 | By Roger Jones

Based in the Kumeu wine region some 30 minutes from Auckland, this world renown Chardonnay producer was hit by frost over the weekend which destroyed part of one of their vineyards. A freak overnight change in temperature gave no warning so it had not hired the usual helicopters to protect the vines (see footnote).

Roger Jones of the Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Roger Jones gets ready for a wine tour of New Zealand with a new release tasting in London

28 Oct 2014 | By Roger Jones

In the first of a series of articles for Harpers.co.uk, as he travels across New Zealand hosting culinary and wine events and visiting many of the country’s top wineries, Roger Jones of the Michelin-starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn attended a New Zealand tasting in London to get his palate in to gear.

Producers

Jose Maria Soares Franco of Quintas de Castelo Melhor

Glynn Davis: a postcard from Porto

30 Oct 2014 | By Glynn Davis

Glynn Davis sends us a postcard from Porto, where he finds out what else is on offer besides the fortified wine. 

Grape vine

Roger Jones finds damaging frost and elegant wines at New Zealand's Kumeu River Winery

30 Oct 2014 | By Roger Jones

Based in the Kumeu wine region some 30 minutes from Auckland, this world renown Chardonnay producer was hit by frost over the weekend which destroyed part of one of their vineyards. A freak overnight change in temperature gave no warning so it had not hired the usual helicopters to protect the vines (see footnote).

Retailers

Majestic

Majestic asks suppliers to 'support' new warehouse with discounts

30 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Majestic has asked some of its suppliers to contribute a 4p per bottle retrospective payment to help fund its new warehouse in Hemel Hempstead, Harpers understands.

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Tesco

TescoGate: Tesco and Serious Fraud Office confirm criminal investigation

29 Oct 2014 | By Erin Smith

The Serious Fraud Office has launched a criminal investigation into Tesco’s accounting irregularities after the retailer confimed it had mis-stated profits by £263 million.

Sommeliers

Wine Vision 2014

Chance for "Harpers Rising Stars" to win a grant for Wine Vision

30 Sep 2014 | By Richard Siddle

Harpers is giving talented, rising stars in the global wine industry the chance to take part in this November’s Wine Vision conference by applying for a special Harpers grant.

Danilo Zilli, head Sommelier at Noviko

Danilo Zilli, head sommellier at Novikov, talks about how he fell in love with wine

22 Sep 2014

Danilo Zilli, talks to Harpers.co.uk about the how he fell in love with wine.  Like any relationship, it has its up and downs, but being head sommellier at Novikov offers Zilli a great perk- the opportunity to taste some amazing wines.

Suppliers

Michael Saunders

Chief of the Week: Michael Saunders

30 Oct 2014

There really can only be one stand out personality in the wine and spirits world this week. Yes, Michael Saunders the new chief of the combined Bibendum PLB group following the former’s takeover of the latter earlier this week.

Bibendum PLB

Trade reacts to the Bibendum PLB merger

30 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Rival suppliers and potential customers of the new Bibendum PLB group have been unsurprised by the news of the merger, given tough market conditions, with most saying further consolidation in the supply chain is on the cards.

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IGD Poll 2014

Discounters are most "disruptive" force in retailing in 20 years say grocery and drinks chiefs

09 Oct 2014 | By Fiona Briggs

A poll of top-level food, drink and grocery executives at this week’s IGD Convention reveals the rise of the discounters is the most “disruptive” influence on the grocery sector in the last 20 years.  

Champagne & Sparkling wine

Christmas part 2: Key players weigh up the role of sparkling wines as the festive season approaches Subscription

07 Oct 2014 | By Helen Arnold

The festive season is still the key trading period for sparkling wines. What do producers, brand owners, multiples and merchants expect from sparkling wines this year?

Pop the bubbles in time for Christmas

Christmas Part 1: How bubbles are trending in the lead up to Christmas Subscription

06 Oct 2014 | By Helen Arnold

A celebration is nothing without a bottle of bubbly and Christmas is no exception. In the UK Prosecco and Cava remain strong, as consumers favour other sparklers over costly Champagne.

Bibendum PLB is formed

Analysis: The new Bibendum PLB supergroup Subscription

29 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Bibendum’s acquisition of UK drinks rival PLB and the merger of both businesses has created a supergroup, complete with five divisions, catering to the on and off-trades, independents, specialist beer and spirits and events sectors.

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Tesco

TescoGate Special Report: how will retailers and suppliers work together in the future Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Leading analysts and trade experts are divided over whether the Tesco accounting scandal will have ramifications for the wider trade. Some say there will be “no change whatsoever” in the retail landscape, while others say the change will be “seismic”.

Tesco new drinks fixture

TescoGate analysis: What next for suppliers and grocery multiples Subscription

15 Oct 2014 | By Gemma McKenna

Wine suppliers call for clarity over where multiples are headed next, as the Tesco scandal claims its first wine executive.

Digital edition

Jose Maria Soares Franco of Quintas de Castelo Melhor

Glynn Davis: a postcard from Porto

30 Oct 2014 | By Glynn Davis

Glynn Davis sends us a postcard from Porto, where he finds out what else is on offer besides the fortified wine. 

Grape vine

Roger Jones finds damaging frost and elegant wines at New Zealand's Kumeu River Winery

30 Oct 2014 | By Roger Jones

Based in the Kumeu wine region some 30 minutes from Auckland, this world renown Chardonnay producer was hit by frost over the weekend which destroyed part of one of their vineyards. A freak overnight change in temperature gave no warning so it had not hired the usual helicopters to protect the vines (see footnote).

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