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New openings boost Be At One performance

Published:  16 November, 2017

Cocktail bar Be At One has posted a 24% jump in turnover - up £7.1m, to £36.9m for the year ending 2 April, 2017.

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Global Drinks Forum: a taste of future on-trade trends

Published:  13 November, 2017

Immersive experiences, category blur and premium drinks were hot topics at the recent Global Drinks Forum in Berlin, where the trends shaping the on-trade were put under the spotlight.

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Revellers push premium higher

Published:  06 November, 2017

An increase in Brits going upmarket when having a night on the tiles has led to a surge in on-trade sales of artisan and luxury drinks across the alcohol category, according to new data from research company CGA.

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Matthew Clark bolsters wine menu with 83 tipples

Published:  10 October, 2017

Matthew Clark has bolstered its menu with an additional 83 wines, taking it to a total of more than 1,400, as part of its autumn wine release.

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The Botanist openings boost New World Trading Company

Published:  06 October, 2017

The New World Trading Company (NWTC), has reported soaring sales boosted by ‘successful’ new openings under its The Botanist brand.

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Drinking Clever

Published:  03 October, 2017

As the on-trade struggles with inflationary pressures, Darren Smith examines how suppliers and restaurants are adapting to meet the challenge

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The week that was

Published:  22 September, 2017

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.

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Premium on-trade sales growth slows

Published:  19 September, 2017

The much-touted “less but better” trend towards higher-value, lower-volume drinking is slowing in pubs and bars as punters feel the pinch, as Andrew Catchpole reports

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Bibendum to launch 100 Old World wines

Published:  05 September, 2017

Bibendum is gearing up to introduce 100 new European wines at its autumn tasting.

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Out-of-home drinks sales slow down

Published:  05 September, 2017

The out-of-home alcoholic drinks market recorded a slight value increase in the past year, but declined in volume in line with the trend for drinking ‘less but better’.

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Jascots launches 35 new wines for autumn tasting

Published:  04 September, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants is to unveil 15 new producers and 35 new wines to its portfolio at its autumn tasting later this month.

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Wine list innovation

Published:  04 September, 2017

Being presented with a lengthy country-ranged wine tome can be intimidating for any punter which is why the best and most engaging drinks offers have moved far beyond a static listing.

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NWTC hits the road

Published:  10 August, 2017

The company behind the Botanist has adapted its offering to four wheels so that it can tour the country with its cocktails and craft beers.

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Spirit of Zing receives revamp following investment in new facilities

Published:  10 August, 2017

Speciality drinks brand World of Zing has given its Spirit of Zing cocktails portfolio an overhaul following investment in new facilities.

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Spanish blue wine Skyfall outlines its premium ambitions

Published:  13 July, 2017

The brains behind Skyfall, the newest face of the blue wine craze to be launched in the UK, are hoping that their product will soon be drank in the nation’s swanky bars as a premium tipple.

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Meet the buyers: On-trade specialists

Published:  03 July, 2017

James Lawrence catches up with the wine buyers and suppliers responsible for curating Michelin-starred wine lists across the on-trade

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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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Ketel One signs deal as exclusive London Food Month spirits sponsor

Published:  09 June, 2017

Diageo Reserve has partnered with London Food Month for its Ketel One vodka brand to be the sole spirits sponsor of the event. 

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Jascots strengthens team with former Enotria & Coe director

Published:  08 June, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants has appointed Kent Barker as its new head of business development.

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Urban Bar gives classic wine measurer ‘much needed’ redesign

Published:  17 May, 2017

Barware design company Urban Bar has given the classic wine measure a ‘much-needed’ makeover.

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Mixers see highest growth of soft drinks driven by health trend and premiumisation

Published:  29 March, 2017

The Fever Tree effect is responsible for the rapid growth of mixers over the past 12 months.

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Q&A: Paul Jenkins and Guillem Kerambrun

Published:  28 March, 2017

Harpers met Caprice Holdings & The Birley Group's purchasing director and its head sommelier/group wine buyer at Annabel's to discuss buying across such a diverse portfolio

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Survey reveals rising costs top on-trade concerns but drinks offer often underplayed

Published:  24 March, 2017

Cost pressures including rising business rates, food inflation and staff costs the major challenges faced by industry according to CGA Peach's 2017 Business Leaders Survey

Cost pressures including rising business rates, food inflation and staff costs the major challenges faced by industry according to CGA Peach's 2017 Business Leaders Survey.

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Mitchells & Butlers adds 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu

Published:  22 March, 2017

Mitchells & Butlers is hoping to entice calorie-conscious drinkers by adding a 'skinny' sparkling wine to its menu.

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Blurring lines between on-trade beer, wine and spirits

Published:  21 March, 2017

Matthew Clark's new Emporium tasting concept delivered on its promise of providing a circus-themed extravaganza at London's Tobacco Dock on Tuesday. 

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CIVB invites trade to Dine with Bordeaux

Published:  17 March, 2017

The Bordeaux Wine Board (CIVB) is re-launching two promotional campaigns aimed at promoting the 'versatility' of Bordeaux.

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Sales of fizz breaks Christmas barrier of 45 million bottles for first time

Published:  06 March, 2017

Sales of sparkling set yet another benchmark in the run up to Christmas, with sparkler-hungry Brits quaffing 10% more than usual in the off-trade and 37% in the on-trade. 

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Heineken targets food outlets with artisanal cider duo

Published:  06 March, 2017

Heineken has added an artisanal duo to its Bulmers cider portfolio created with premium and food outlets in mind.

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Harpers' Hot 100: Celebrating the most influential people in the on-trade

Published:  03 March, 2017

Welcome to the launch of Harpers' Hot 100, a new annual feature that looks to identify and celebrate the most influential people in the quality drinks-focused on-trade.

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Off-trade sales bubble as more couples spend Valentine's at home

Published:  21 February, 2017

Cash savvy lovers opted for a night in this Valentine's Day in favour of splashing out on inflated restaurant prices, with both off-trade wine and beer value sales bubbling.

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Berkmann follows logistics expansion with two new hotel group contracts

Published:  20 February, 2017

Berkmann Wine Cellars has secured contracts with two new hotel groups after scaling up its logistics operations last year to deal with larger contracts.

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

Published:  17 February, 2017

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.

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Premiumisation driving cocktail trends at Be At One where cocktails sales have risen 400% in five years

Published:  14 February, 2017

The extent of the effect of premiumisation on consumers' out of home drinking habits have been highlighted in a new survey.

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Changing perceptions at Davy's Wine Merchants

Published:  13 February, 2017

Many will have fond memories of Davy's wine bars, which throughout the 1970s and 1980s was at the forefront of the emerging wine bar craze

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Hospitality leaders urge chancellor to mitigate steep rises to business rates

Published:  13 February, 2017

A behind-schedule update to bring business rates in line with property prices could hit pubs and restaurants hard - particularly in town centres and the south east where property prices have sky-rocketed.

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

Published:  10 February, 2017

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.

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Brewpub group reports strong sales and 'Academy' up-take

Published:  09 February, 2017

On-site brewery and restaurant business Brewhouse & Kitchen is an example of a business at the forefront of the craft beer boom.

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Wines of Germany returns to LWF 2017 as fair continues its evolution

Published:  06 February, 2017

London's biggest wine tasting event is welcoming another old face when it returns in May.

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Botanist operator strikes out from Living Ventures' shadow with £23m NatWest investment

Published:  03 February, 2017

New World Trading Company (NWTC), the company which is responsible for the numerous Botanists springing up in UK town centres over the past few years, until recently belonged to parent company Living Ventures.

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Change of subsidiary ownership consolidates Hallgarten's B2B wine focus

Published:  02 February, 2017

Hallgarten (HDN) wines has announced a structural change of ownership with the company now owned directly by the Pieroth family of Burg Layen in Germany. The wine wholesaler based in Luton, was until December, a subsidiary of the Pieroth's family's holding company WIV Wein International.

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New private club appoints wine director for Château Latour partnership

Published:  31 January, 2017

A new members club which is set to heavily feature Château Latour wines when it opens later this year has secured a wine director.

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Profile: Henry Boyes, wine buyer, Mitchells & Butlers

Published:  30 January, 2017

Buying wine for Mitchells & Butlers is no small task.

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Beyond spirits: Premium mixers and adult soft drinks

Published:  30 January, 2017

Premium mixers caught up with premium spirits in 2016. Where to next? 

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Alternative varieties and affordable luxury among key trends revealed in Jascots on-trade report

Published:  27 January, 2017

Jascots new On-trade Trends Insights Briefing hinted at 'peak SB', while revealing the rise of alternative varieties by-the-glass and opportunities for premium sparkling beyond Prosecco

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FMV to distribute New Zealand's Kusuda Wines in the UK

Published:  25 January, 2017

Boutique New Zealand winery Kusuda Wines has appointed Fields, Morris & Verdin to distribute its wines to the UK on-trade.

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Inside London's super distillery

Published:  24 January, 2017

In case anyone was in doubt, the opening of new London hotspot, Portobello Road's The Distillery, is proof that the gin renaissance is alive and well in London. 

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Armit unveils rare vintage release from La Rioja Alta

Published:  23 January, 2017

Armit Wines has announced the release of the 2007 Gran Reserva 904 from La Rioja Alta, which will be available from 25 January.

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Barwell & Jones prepares to re-launch Marqués de Riscal in the UK

Published:  19 January, 2017

Historic Spanish winery Marqués de Riscal will be the focus of a new marketing and sales push to promote its presence in the UK.

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Future trends: Technology turning "going out" into "staying in" and replacing planning with spontaneity

Published:  19 January, 2017

A new report from drinks giant Diageo which identifies three key social trends for the year ahead, shows that technology will increasingly become be a driving factor in how consumers spend their time. 

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Peer calls for law amendment to offer greater protection for pubs

Published:  18 January, 2017

Lord Roy Kennedy of Southwark, shadow spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), has confirmed his support for strengthening planning laws to protect vulnerable pubs across England.

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New World Trading Company moves to new home following £50m sale

Published:  18 January, 2017

Hospitality group The New World Trading Company (NWTC) has settled into its new home on King Street, Knutsford following the sale to private equity firm Graphite Capital last year.

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Weaker pound and Brits staying in the UK over Christmas gave trade welcome boost ahead of Brexit-laden 2017

Published:  13 January, 2017

Analysts have suggested that struggling sterling swaying Brits to stay in the UK over the festive season 2016 is the reason that outlets are celebrating record sales this week.

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To tip or not to tip? The on-trade's ultimate social dilemma

Published:  06 January, 2017

The awkward subject of tipping etiquette touched the public conscious again recently after it was revealed that high profile chef Michel Roux Jr had scrapped tipping at Michellin starred Mayfair restaurant Le Gavroche, in favour of an obligatory service charge.

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Troy Christensen of Enotria&Coe looks at facing the challenge of 2017

Published:  06 January, 2017

The UK has experienced a long-term period of prosperous on trade growth.

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

Published:  06 January, 2017

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.

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Cocktail group reports record festive trading

Published:  05 January, 2017

Early reports show that the hospitality industry received a welcome boost over the Christmas period thanks in part to December 23, 24 and 25 falling over the weekend.

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Q&A: Trevor Gulliver, chief executive, St John

Published:  23 December, 2016

Trevor Gulliver and celebrated chef Fergus Henderson revolutionised modern British dining with St John's nose-to-tail cooking ethos.

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On-trade: A year of change

Published:  21 December, 2016

2016 has had its highlights and, despite challanges along the way, the restaurant sector is in decent shape

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Is staff recruitment a ticking time bomb?

Published:  09 December, 2016

According to Paul Jenkins, purchasing director at D&D hospitality group, recruiting and retaining staff isn't just a perennial problem - it's getting worse.

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Record-breaking year for gin makes it the success story of 2016, says WSTA

Published:  09 December, 2016

2016 has proved to be a record-breaking year for gin, with end of year sales continuing to soar.

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Bird in Hand joins Seckford for UK partnership

Published:  09 December, 2016

Australian producer Bird in Hand has appointed New World specialists Seckford Agencies to ramp up distribution of their brand across the UK.

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

Published:  09 December, 2016

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.

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French gin partners with London's hotel bars

Published:  07 December, 2016

Ethical spirits brand Fair has teamed up with 12 top London hotels to launch its Christmas marketing campaign. 

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Bumper Christmas weekend predicted for the on-trade

Published:  06 December, 2016

Bars and restaurants could be looking forward to an extra windfall over this year's Christmas weekend, thanks to the fortuitous dates of Christmas this year.

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New report backs minimum pricing as consumption rises 42% from 1980

Published:  05 December, 2016

The government department for public health has praised the benefits of minimum pricing after releasing a report which shows that UK consumers are drinking 42% more than there were in 1980.

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Lucas Bols taps COLD's Michael Mann for UK brand ambassador role

Published:  30 November, 2016

Lucas Bols has appointed Michael Mann, formerly of the City of London Distillery, as its UK brand ambassador.

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Customer satisfaction with Eileen Ginger of Whitbread Plc

Published:  29 November, 2016

Whitbread is the UK's largest hospitality group, with an annual turnover of £2.9 billion. Harpers spoke to wine, beer and cider buyer Eileen Ginger about the drinks offerings across the portfolio

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Building a hospitality group: Big Red Teapot

Published:  29 November, 2016

Eight years after launching their first venture, Hamilton's Bar and Kitchen, Edinburgh-based hospitality group Big Red Teapot has just opened the doors to its fourth bar, The Voyage of Buck.

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Can bullish optimism and higher average spend save wine from a Brexit bust?

Published:  28 November, 2016

With referendum result and the ensuring market turmoil, on top escalating overheads and competition from online/supermarkets threatening the off-trade, it's of little surprise that there's not much festive cheer on the high street at the moment.

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

Published:  25 November, 2016

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.

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New British mead launch aims for on-trade

Published:  23 November, 2016

New start-up Crowded Hive has partnered with Denbies Wines Estate to launch a honey wine in the UK.

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Bottled tea range targets luxury mixer market

Published:  23 November, 2016

Luxury tea company Benjamin & Blum has launched a range of bottled teas designed to pair with spirits.

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Moët expands festive gift service into on-trade

Published:  22 November, 2016

Champagne house Moët & Chandon is set to expand its personalised gift service into the on-trade this Christmas.

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Lambrusco tipped for revival in 2017

Published:  21 November, 2016

Italian sparkling wine Lambrusco looks set for a revival, according to reports in the national press.

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Wine Rack: Bringing hybrid to the high street

Published:  18 November, 2016

Wine Rack is calling time on traditional high street retail with the roll-out of hybrid stores across its estate.

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CAMRA calls for beer duty freeze at next budget to ease effect of economic uncertainty

Published:  16 November, 2016

The consumer organisation which campaigns for the health of the beer and pub sector is calling on the government to maintain a freeze in beer duty in the upcoming Autumn Statement and consider an additional cut in next year's budget.

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On-trade: How to grow and expand your business

Published:  11 November, 2016

When Nathan Lee and Jason Mead were building their bar and restaurant group in Bristol, starting with Prohibition-style bar Hyde & Co in 2010, they received no shortage of advice on locations.

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How wine is adapting to suit a new generation

Published:  07 November, 2016

With technology opening up new possibilities, the trade is finding new ways of not only engaging with younger consumers but making them part of their business models too.

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Q&A: Xavier Rousset MS and Gearoid Devaney MS, Cabotte

Published:  04 November, 2016

Xavier Rousset MS and Gearoid Devaney MS, restaurateur and wine importer respectively, have opened a Burgundy oasis in the City, realising a long-held dream.

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Argentinian specialist Gaucho launches online wine shop

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinian restaurant group Gaucho has become the latest outfit to offer its wines online.

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On-trade deserves credit for reducing alcohol related harm, says trade body

Published:  01 November, 2016

The government needs to credit the on-trade for the efforts it has made in reducing alcohol related harm and consumption and not keep hammering an engine of economic growth, according to the Association of Licensed Retailers.

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Does the new Costa coffee hybrid proposition pose a threat to bars and pubs?

Published:  28 October, 2016

In October 2016, Costa became the latest major UK coffee chain to offer its customers two hits instead of one: caffeine and alcohol all under one roof. 

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

Published:  28 October, 2016

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.

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Jack Daniel's unveils Scottish bartender competition

Published:  25 October, 2016

Iconic Tennessee whisky brand Jack Daniel's has launched a nationwide bartending competition across Scotland.

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On-trade update: Premium driving growth

Published:  21 October, 2016

The figures all indicate that the total on-trade Great Britain wine market is continuing to shrink, albeit at a slower pace. The total GB on-trade is made up of over 124,000 outlets, with volume sales down 2.5% and value sales down 0.5%.

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Brexit: Prices hikes and freezes abound as stalwarts review prices

Published:  19 October, 2016

With the price of consumer favourites such as Marmite, chocolate and cheese set to rise, the drinks trade is having to make tough choices on how to cope with the devaluation of the pound.

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The changing face of Manchester's wine scene

Published:  17 October, 2016

As in any city, Manchester's independent wine merchants are particularly sensitive to the changes and fluctuations of the world around them, which can sometimes be a blessing as well as a curse.

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Hofmeister returns to on-trade as premium Bavarian brand

Published:  14 October, 2016

The iconic Hofmeister lager brand is set to return to the UK on-trade after a 13-year hiatus.

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Dublin City Gin aims to replicate Irish success across the UK

Published:  12 October, 2016

The team behind the award-winning Dublin City Gin are targeting the UK market just months after launch.

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Former Accolade brand manager launches trade-focused wine school

Published:  11 October, 2016

A new wine school has been launched offering bespoke training services to staff across both the off- and the on-trade.

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

Published:  07 October, 2016

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.

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National Champagne Week a welcome boost for struggling category

Published:  06 October, 2016

The UK has been popping bubbly this week for National Champagne Week - a much needed boost for the category which has seen a slow down in growth over the past year.

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Guy Woodward: Seven things I hate about the wine trade

Published:  05 October, 2016
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M Restaurants: Creating a community of investors

Published:  04 October, 2016

M Restaurants set Twitter alight yesterday as its crowd funding campaign to raise funds for a new Twickenham restaurant took off on social media.

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The art of on tap in casual dining

Published:  04 October, 2016

The casual dining scene is a growing sector, with plenty of opportunities for the trade to capitalise on a consumer thirst for innovative dining concepts at affordable prices.

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Michelin Guide 2017: 19 new restaurants announced

Published:  04 October, 2016

There will be cause for celebration and commiseration among restaurateurs this morning, as the new galaxy of Michelin star resturants is announced.

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Q&A: Fraser McIlwraith, G1 Group

Published:  03 October, 2016

As the head of business development at Scotland's largest hospitality group, Fraser McIlwraith has the intimidating task of juggling increasingly strict government legislation with the needs of big business. We caught up with him to find out how he keeps G1 Group well stocked.

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Martin Willams' M Restaurants raises £900,000 of crowdfunding target in four hours

Published:  03 October, 2016

London restaurant chain M Restaurant has raised over half of its crowdfunding campaign target in under four hours, bringing the total up to £900,000.

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First female takes title at Diageo World Class Bartender competition

Published:  30 September, 2016

France's Jennifer Le Nechet has become the first female bartender to be crowned the world's best bartender at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final 2016.

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Top ten future cocktail trends

Published:  30 September, 2016

Cocktail culture is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon, with forecasts showing that by 2020, there will be 400 million new consumers drinking luxury spirits (Future Labs Luxury Report 2015).

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Martin Willams' M Restaurants to crowdfund group expansion

Published:  29 September, 2016

M Restaurant group is looking to add a third site called M SOCIAL as well as expand the use of the some of the current space at the M Threadneedle site and plans to finance the expansion by raising £1.5m on the Seedrs crowd-funding platform.

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Insights: White wine renaissance

Published:  28 September, 2016

Sales of premium whites are on the up, but restaurants still see red when it comes to higher-end sales.

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Dirty Dozen tasting attracts the on-trade crowd

Published:  28 September, 2016

The Dirty Dozen tasting held yesterday in London attracted sommeliers and buyers from across the trade looking for more esoteric and off the beaten track wines.

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Opinion: Five things to consider about the Hong Kong market

Published:  26 September, 2016

There is no doubt that Hong Kong is one of the most exciting wine hub in Asia and a gateway for merchants that want to get into the Chinese market.

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Insights: The Age of Craft Beer

Published:  26 September, 2016

'Craft beer' is enjoying a golden age, with new breweries springing up across the UK - and there's still plenty of territory left to explore.

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London Cocktail Week top picks

Published:  23 September, 2016

One of the biggest events on the London drinks calendar returns to the capital next month.

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Restaurateurs urged to embrace smartphone technology - and ignore fears of negative feedback on social media

Published:  23 September, 2016

Smartphone technology is playing an increasingly significant role in the habits of consumers when they dine out - and might be better for business than proprietors imagine.

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Jascots focuses expansion on Italy and Spain ranges

Published:  22 September, 2016

Jascots Wine Merchants rolled out 47 news wines at its autumn trade held on Tuesday 20 September 2016, with a focused expansion on Italian and Spanish wines.

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National Champagne Week aiming to improve Champagne's approachability

Published:  22 September, 2016

National Champagne Week returns for the fourth time next month, aiming to bring the ever popular French fizz to a new audience.

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Tuscany: 300 years on and it is still evolving

Published:  20 September, 2016

It has been 300 years since Cosimo III de' Medici first drew up his Bando delineating four wine producing areas in Tuscany and it was through this lens that Liberty Wines hosted the "Beyond the Bando" tasting yesterday in London.

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Vins de Bordeaux launches promo campaign with leading restaurant group

Published:  16 September, 2016

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) is running a promotional campaign with six brands within one of the UK's leading restaurant and pub companies.

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Q&A: Ian Harris, Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Published:  15 September, 2016

During his 14-year stint at the helm, Ian Harris has transformed the WSET into the leading global wine education body.

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Silver linings: a post-Brexit boom?

Published:  15 September, 2016

Life after the referendum may not be as bad for the hospitality business as some feared

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31 days of German Riesling winners announced

Published:  14 September, 2016

The annual push to promote Germany's most famous grape has come to an end, with additional categories created to reflect the quality of entrants.

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Sherry is celebrated in UK on-trade at the annual Great Sherry Tasting

Published:  13 September, 2016

At yesterday's annual Great Sherry Tasting, the category seems to be making head way, particularly in the UK on-trade as sommeliers and Michelin starred chefs sampled nearly 200 Sherries being poured.

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SITT returns for Autumn indie tasting

Published:  13 September, 2016

The trade tasting which is aimed exclusivity at independents in the on and off-trade returns to England and Manchester next week.

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Red Squirrel Wine shows expanded range at second annual tasting

Published:  07 September, 2016

Off the beaten path wine importer Red Squirrel Wine poured 173 wines from 46 producers, of which 73 were new wines and 14 were new producers as the company expands to meet growing demand.

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Guy Woodward: Would you order a wine selected by an algorithm?

Published:  07 September, 2016

I'm in the market for a new car. Such a substantial purchase demands extensive research. Doubtless petrolheads would be in heaven at the prospect of debating fuel economy stats with like-minded car bores. For me, though, with my pitiful automotive knowledge, it is my worst nightmare.

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Wine café chain to donate all profits to Italian earthquake fund

Published:  06 September, 2016

Veeno, the Italian Wine Café is donating all of its profits from one day of trading to aid those affected by the recent Italian earthquake disaster.

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Scottish Licensed Trade Association launches online training

Published:  06 September, 2016

Scottish bar managers and bar staff will soon be able to gain the qualifications they need to serve alcohol in Scotland through a new digital initiative from the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA).

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Andrew Catchpole: What is in the bottle is not the only thing that counts

Published:  05 September, 2016

Editor Andrew Catchpole argues that while wine quality is certaintly important it is not the only way customers buy, particularly when it comes to trying a new wine.

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Insights: Sake's new image

Published:  05 September, 2016

Not long ago sake was the preserve of Japanese restaurants, often low quality, cheap and served hot. But standards and times have changed with the rise in popularity of superior premium sakes.

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Boutique Bar Show finds a new home

Published:  02 September, 2016

The Boutique Bar Show London is returning to the capital with a bigger and better venue.

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Liberty Wines On-trade report: Understanding the on-trade

Published:  02 September, 2016

Despite the uncertain times we face Liberty Wines' Premium On-trade Report 2016 report shows insight into where the opportunities may lie for operators.

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Analysis: Liberty Wines' On-Trade 2016 report highlights opportunties in the on-trade

Published:  02 September, 2016

Ahead of its tasting later this month,  Liberty Wines' Premium On-Trade 2016 report shows where the opportunities lie in an ever-changing landscape.

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The Vintner launches new self-learning app

Published:  01 September, 2016

On-trade wine supplier The Vintner is launching a free educational app for its customers.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015 through 2016

Published:  01 September, 2016

According to a new infographic, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all drinks sports sales.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015/2016

Published:  01 September, 2016

According to a new set of data, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all sports sales.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015/2016

Published:  31 August, 2016

According to a new set of data, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all sports sales.

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The impact of televised sport in pubs in 2015/2016

Published:  31 August, 2016

According to a new infographic, the Premier League dominates the sports sales market, accounting for 43% of all sports sales.

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Insights: The importance of a well-honed drinks list

Published:  31 August, 2016

With new openings driving fierce competition, hitting the ground running with a well-honed drinks list is key. But how is it done?

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Part 2: The boom-and-bust cycle of tequila

Published:  31 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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Part 1: Popularity for tequilas and mezcals in the on-trade rises

Published:  26 August, 2016

With mezcal and tequila taking off in the UK, harpers.co.uk looks at what is driving the trend in a three part series.

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Bibendum launches 'Mode' a new tool to identify on-trade trends as they emerge

Published:  25 August, 2016

Bibendum's insights team has launched a new data tool called 'Mode' to help identify on-trade trends as they develop rather than relying on sales data that is often not captured until after a trend has already begun.

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Second annual London Greek Wine Festival to be hosted in October

Published:  24 August, 2016

The second annual London Greek Wine festival is set to be hosted on 8th and 9th of October 2016 and will showcase over 130 wines from a wide selection of producers.

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Boutique RumFest and RumFest unveil programme for October events

Published:  24 August, 2016

RumFest, which celebrates its tenth year this year, and the Boutique RemFest, which is a trade only event, will be hosted in London at the end of October.

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Breaking News: Conviviality announces new group buying structure

Published:  24 August, 2016

Conviviality PLC have today advised suppliers of fundamental changes to the group's wine buying structure.

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The Smith Report: Life beyond the back of the bar

Published:  24 August, 2016

With rising demand for on-trade consultants, bar staff now have ample opportunities out of house. At last month's Bols Business Class in Bristol leaders discussed what it takes to get started.

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Wines of Portugal partners with D&D London for 'Viva Portugal!' throughout September

Published:  23 August, 2016

Wines of Portugal has partnered with premium casual dining group, D&D London, to host "Viva Portugal!" a month long campaign in September across 20 of their outlets.

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Post-Brexit casual dining figures show mixed results across the UK

Published:  22 August, 2016

According to the most recent figures from Coffer Peach Business Tracker the resilience of consumer spending in causal on-trade outlets seems to be mixed across the UK.

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The rise of rum Part 3: Shedding the "pirates and parties" image

Published:  19 August, 2016

While rum is making gains in the bar and club scene providing appealing highs for party-loving millennials, its image as a hip party drink needs to be balanced with its credibility as a quality spirit if it wants to surpass expectations.

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

Published:  19 August, 2016

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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The Rise of Rum Part 2: Reaching a new generation

Published:  17 August, 2016

In an increasingly tough economic landscape, some have speculated that rum's rise in popularity could be down to something as simple as its ability to give consumers a taste profile allied to its appealing sugar cane origins

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English wine going global

Published:  17 August, 2016

English wine has come fourth in a consumer poll for producing the best quality wine in the eyes of the public.

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The Rise of Rum Part 1: Spice is king

Published:  16 August, 2016

Today is National Rum Day, so what could be better than to bring the first installment of our three part Rise of Rum series which looks in depth at this growing category.

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Premium restaurants: The art of wining, dining and buying at the top

Published:  16 August, 2016

The needs of fine dining restaurants inevitably differ to those in the mid range.

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Part 2: How to sell surplus stock

Published:  15 August, 2016

The internet has revolutionised the way we do business and particularly opened up opportunities for companies to buy, manage and sell leftover stock.

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Guy Woodward: British chefs love telling us to think local- until it comes to wine

Published:  15 August, 2016

Guy Woodward challenges- is it too much to expect that leading British restaurants carry an English wine by the glass?

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Part 1: How to sell surplus stock

Published:  12 August, 2016

The internet has revolutionised the way we do business and particularly opened up opportunities for companies to buy, manage and sell leftover stock.

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

Published:  12 August, 2016

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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How to put together a wine list

Published:  11 August, 2016

The wine list is an important part of any on-trade offering.

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Employee dies following blaze at Studio 338

Published:  10 August, 2016

Tragedy has struck a nightclub in south London after fire broke out on Monday afternoon - claiming the life of an employee.

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Q&A: Aidan Bowie, senior bartender, Dandelyan

Published:  10 August, 2016

The Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year GB 2016 talks to about how there's more to being a top bartender than just making a great cocktail.

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

Published:  05 August, 2016

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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Ten tips on how to hit the right note with craft beer

Published:  05 August, 2016

The mighty craft pound has definitely paid off when it comes to specialty beer.

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First sommelier wine app preparing inaugural launch in London

Published:  03 August, 2016

The "world's first" wine app which sets out to put a "sommelier in your pocket" is launching in partnership with its first restaurant this week.

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On and off-trade: Ten tips on how to upsell

Published:  02 August, 2016

We all know how comfortable customers are with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Argentinean Malbec - and it can be easy to let these tried-and-tested favourites rule the roost.

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Rum taking centre stage at Wray's Jamaican festival

Published:  01 August, 2016

Wray's Jerk Fest, a free, one-day event celebrating Jamaican culture is coming to Peckham on August 6 where it be hosted by Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum.

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Diageo GB World Bartender champ prepares to launch NY pop-up bar

Published:  01 August, 2016

Aidan Bowie, Diageo Reserve's GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2016, is preparing to bring a taste of London to the Big Apple when he opens up his own pop-up restaurant there this week.

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New trade show dedicated to bars and pubs

Published:  29 July, 2016

A new trade show dedicated to the UK's bar and pub trade is launching this October with a focus on how the on-trade can evolve and adapt to changing consumer behaviours.

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Insights: Is cash or profit margin king when it comes to the on-trade?

Published:  26 July, 2016

How are on-trade outlets measuring the health of their business today?

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Insights: Do wine preservation systems engage consumers or not?

Published:  25 July, 2016

Wine preservation technology encourages consumers to engage with new wines, but are they practical to the point of impersonal?

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School holiday boosts trading in June for casual dining and pub chains in the UK

Published:  22 July, 2016

While the lack of summer weather in June might have been a challenge, the school holiday has helped to boost trading figures for casual dining and pub chains according to new figures released by the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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The Harrow at Little Bedwyn raises nearly £40,000 for charity

Published:  22 July, 2016

Roger Jones and his team from The Harrow at Little Bedwyn raised £36,000 for the NSPCC Wales and nearly £1,400 for drinks charity The Benevolent over the past week.

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Analysis: Is consolidation a challenge to the traditional importer business model?

Published:  21 July, 2016

With consolidation rife and buying patterns changing are the roles of UK wine distributors changing?

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Wines of Portugal Wine Quest winner talks Encruzado and Alvarinho

Published:  21 July, 2016

Lukasz Walkowiak, sommelier at Oxo Tower, has been named the Wines of Portugal Wine Quest winner 2016.

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Oxford Wine Company refurbishes remaining retail outlets amid shifting business model

Published:  21 July, 2016

The Oxford Wine Company has refurbished its two remaining shops, although owner Ted Sandbach says that retail will continue to play a less important role in the future of the business.

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Deliveroo partners with Majestic and BrewDog to offer alcohol delivery service

Published:  19 July, 2016

Food delivery startup Deliveroo has partnered with eight Majestic Wines across London and 20 BrewDog locations nationally in order to start delivering beers, wines and spirits.

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Manchester to launch first cocktail festival

Published:  19 July, 2016

Manchester's first ever cocktail festival launches this summer, with 30 of the city's on-trade venues taking part in a week-long programme of events.

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Veeno opens in Edinburgh as part of rapid expansion plan

Published:  18 July, 2016

The duo behind Italian wine cafe chain Veeno are planning to bring Italian Aperitivo to Edinburgh with their eighth new opening.

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Cocktail craze in the UK still has room to grow

Published:  14 July, 2016

New research released from CGA Strategy's International Cocktail Report, Great Britain's cocktail consumption has evolved, but there are still opportunities that may be available if trends in the US are anything to go by.

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University of Adelaide launches free wine class online with 10,000 enrollees

Published:  13 July, 2016

University of Adelaide in Australia launched its online class World of Wine: From Grape to Glass, which is free to enroll and has already had 10,000 students enlisted.

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Côtes du Rhône to launch free art pop-up called The Rhône Touch

Published:  13 July, 2016

Côtes du Rhône will be launching a pop-up in collaboration with the London College of Communication (LCC) and chef Adam Rawson for an interactive art exhibition called The Rhône Touch.

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Nielsen: Brexit shakes consumer sentiment

Published:  11 July, 2016

According to new Nieslen data, the sentiment that "Brexit will negatively impact the British economy" is now being held by almost two-thirds of shoppers, with younger consumers looking to tighten their financial belts.

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Profile: Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene

Published:  08 July, 2016

With wine bars in London, Logroño and Melbourne, plus a natural wine fair to its name, Les Caves de Pyrene is an intriguingly off-piste wine importer. Doug Wregg explains what make the 'cavistes' tick.

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Wine Society takes top merchant award as IWC winners celebrate

Published:  08 July, 2016

At last night's 33rd annual International Wine Challenge dinner held at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London, The Wine Society was the bigger winner of the evening taking home IWC's Wine Merchant of the year award.

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Drake & Morgan acquires Corney & Barrow Bars Limited

Published:  07 July, 2016

Drake & Morgan, the bar and restaurant group, has acquired the wine bar side of the business at Corney & Barrow for an undisclosed sum.

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First of its kind South American partnership comes to London

Published:  04 July, 2016

Uruguay is hoping to make an impression on the street food scene with a partnership in London's trendy Shoreditch.

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Brexit uncertainty causes closures and U-turns in the on-trade

Published:  04 July, 2016

Economic uncertainty folloeing Britain's EU referendum has been cited as the main reason behind a celebrity chef's decision to withdraw from a restaurant development in Eastbourne and the closure of a fine-dinning restaurant in Harrogate.

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Tesco launches first pop-up wine bar

Published:  01 July, 2016

The UK's biggest wine retailer is jumping onto the pop-up bandwagon in order to push consumers to be more "adventurous" with their wine choices.

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Category innovation unbalanced between fruit and apple cider, says Westons

Published:  30 June, 2016

Work needs to be done to get fruit cider drinkers to explore the rest of the category.

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Summer push for Diageo Reserve's super premium gin

Published:  29 June, 2016

Diageo Reserve's super premium gin brand, Tanqueray No. TEN, has partnered with a series of London venues to continue to seize on gin's forward momentum.

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Bacardi Brown-Forman liqueur launches new upsell campaign

Published:  29 June, 2016

Chambord liqueur is launching a new campaign to offer bartenders a "quick and easy way" to upgrade their sparkling serves.

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Drink led outlets outperformed casual dining chains last month

Published:  22 June, 2016

Drink led pubs fared better than casual dining outlets last month according to most recent figures released by Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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17% of venues not stocking Chardonnay although it's still the on-trade's biggest seller

Published:  20 June, 2016

A new report suggests that the trade isn't listening to the needs of its customers, with a damaging gap emerging between the nation's favourite drinks and what are on wine lists.

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Cocktail expectations are "on the march", says Matthew Clark

Published:  20 June, 2016

Pigs-in-blanket cocktails might seem like a bridge too far for most bartenders, but it this kind of far-reaching innovation which is capturing consumers imagination says Matthew Clark.

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Bodega Argento aiming to strengthen on-trade presence with first Taste of London outing

Published:  17 June, 2016

Premium South American wine estate Bodega Argento is continuing its push itself into the on-trade with its first appearance at Taste of London.

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Younger and more female demographic driving boom in premium ale

Published:  16 June, 2016

A new report has revealed a 60% market value increase in bottled ale since 2011, thanks in part to more women opting for premium drinks in the ale category.

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The Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership launches a 125ml consumer choice campaign

Published:  14 June, 2016

Bartenders just outside Glasgow have become the first in Scotland to sign up to a campaign which encourages the on-trade to offer smaller wine measures in a bid to ease the strain on the NHS and other public services.

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Insights: Somms are in high demand during casual dining boom

Published:  14 June, 2016

The role of sommelier has fast evolved in our ever more competitive and casual dining era and are in high demand across the UK.

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UEFA Euro 2016's drink windfall could total £200 million

Published:  13 June, 2016

With UEFA Euro 2016 kicking off this weekend, drinks retailers could stand to gain an estimated £200 million in additional sales throughout the tournament.

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Training scheme aims to fill education gap costing companies "time and resources"

Published:  13 June, 2016

It might seem like an obvious point that sommeliers and those working in the on-trade need to be able to help customers get the most out a wine list.

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Guy Woodward: Why are women still under-represented in the wine trade?

Published:  10 June, 2016

Guy Woodward this month asks why women still under-represented in the wine trade when haveing women in all aspects of the business is so benefical. 

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Aidan Bowie crowned GB World Class Bartender 2016

Published:  10 June, 2016

Following three days of competition, Aidan Bowie of the Dandelyan bar in London was crowned the GB World Class Bartender 2016 and is set to represent the UK in World Class Global competition set to be held in Miami later this year.

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Wine is still an 'old boys club' with women under-represented in key roles

Published:  10 June, 2016

Harpers columnist Guy Woodward used his column in this month's magazine to challenge the wine industry to be more inclusive and encouraging of female career development in all areas of the wine trade because ultimately it is good for business.

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Halo effect in gin creating thirst for premium tonic

Published:  09 June, 2016

Premium brand 1724 Tonic Water has found a new UK distributor as it aims to gain ground in the growing premium tonic market.

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Mintel: Alcoholic beverages may be missing an opportunity with UK consumers

Published:  08 June, 2016

According to a new Mintel report released today, Brits are spending more on experiences and food related purchases as consumer spending habits change as part of the 'two-track recovery', providing a great opportunity for the wine category.

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Glenmorangie launches Old Fashioned Week

Published:  07 June, 2016

Glenmorangie is launching a new initiative called Old Fashioned Week to promote its Extra Matured Range ahead of this year's British Open Golf Championship.

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Insights: How glassware plays a strarring role in the cocktail craze

Published:  07 June, 2016

As the cocktail craze shows no signs of slowing Harpers.co.uk talks to some of London's top bartenders about creativity in serves and how the vessel is playing a starring role.

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State of uncertainty following the Conviviality and Bibendum deal still remains

Published:  06 June, 2016

A month on from Conviviality Retail acquiring Bibendum PLB, there still seems to be a state of uncertainty around what a deal of this magnitude could mean for the trade.

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Insights: What impacts the Conviviality deal could have on the future of the wine trade

Published:  06 June, 2016

Following Conviviality acquiring Bibendum PLB many questions still remain surrounding what the deal means for the future of the trade and who the winners and the losers will be.

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The Vintner expands sales team to target premium on-trade

Published:  02 June, 2016

The Vintner is expanding its sales team with the appointment of Christophe Papis as the head of on-trade sales as it moves to target the premium restaurant trade for the first time.

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Size doesn't matter, says co-founder of new multi-million pound "mega" distillery

Published:  31 May, 2016

The co-founder of Portobello Road Gin has revealed that building a 'super-distillery' was never the intention behind plans to build a four-storey gin destination in the heart of Notting Hill.

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Report: Brands need to adapt to changing behaviours of early adopters

Published:  26 May, 2016

Drinks brands are missing out on reaching early adopters to products in the on-trade, a new study has suggested.

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Nyetimber at LWW: Consumers open to wine like never before

Published:  26 May, 2016

This week is London Wine Week (LWW) when punters can sample some of the best wine that the capital has to offer.

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Harpers Awards 2016 open for entry!

Published:  26 May, 2016

The Harpers Awards 2016 are now open, celebrating the best of what the UK on and off-trade has to offer.

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Competition rivals working together to put Aberdeen on the map

Published:  26 May, 2016

Three bartenders from Aberdeen who have reached the final of a national bartending competition say that competitions have become a sure-fire way to turn a city into drinking hotspot.

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"Bartenders changed everything," says Wild Turkey master distiller as he celebrates 35 years in the industry

Published:  25 May, 2016

Eddie Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey grew up in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, in the heart of bourbon-making country.

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Wines from Canada gather momentum in the UK

Published:  25 May, 2016

At Taste Canada UK 2016, 34 producers from different territories across Canada were showcasing more than 150 wines with many looking to find importers into the UK.

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Halewood adds pre-mix cans to Red Square portfolio

Published:  23 May, 2016

Red Square Vodka is branching out into the pre-mixed category to extend its reach to a new, younger customer base.

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Conviviality sales soar 137% for the year

Published:  20 May, 2016

Following the acquisition of Matthew Clark on 7 October 2015, Convivialty saw sales soar 137% to approximately £864 million for the 53 weeks ending on 1 May 2016.

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Pub sales weaken growth in casual dining

Published:  19 May, 2016

According to Coffer Peach Business Tracker, part of CGA Peach, like-for-like sales across managed pub and restaurant groups were down 0.8% for April compared to the same time last year.

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Analysis: How premium casual dining outlets can get the most out of their wine offer

Published:  19 May, 2016

The growth in premium casual dining means that less is often more when it comes to wine.

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London sommelier wins Moët UK Sommelier Of The Year 2016

Published:  18 May, 2016

Terry Kandylis from London's 67 Pall Mall has been awarded the 2016 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year title.

 

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No UK range is complete without New Zealand, says Buckingham Schenk

Published:  17 May, 2016

Buckingham Schenk is expanding its international portfolio by adding two New Zealand producers to its repertoire.

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Is "small-batch" and "craft" gin the same thing?

Published:  17 May, 2016

Since the gin renaissance took off with a vengeance in 2010, the terms "craft" and "small-batch" have, in many cases, become one and the same.

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Spike in gin and rosé sales at Waitrose as bbq season kicks off

Published:  16 May, 2016

A surprisingly warm early start to May was reflected in an increase in sales of gin (up 15%) and rosé wine (up 39 per cent) at Waitrose.

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Launch of new Plantation rum into the UK with Pineapple Society

Published:  12 May, 2016

Maison Ferrand is expanding its range of premium Plantation rums by releasing its Plantation Pineapple Stiggins' Fancy 1824 Recipe into the UK.

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Loire Valley Wines joins Nyetimber for London Wine Week

Published:  12 May, 2016

Loire Valley Wines have joined Nyetimber to be the two headline partners for this year's London Wine Week festival by DrinkUp.London.

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Insights: Indies with mutiple sites share critical lessons learned about expanding

Published:  12 May, 2016
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Vestal Vodka partnership to drive growth in the UK and abroad

Published:  06 May, 2016

Drinks industry guru, Dave Steward, has partnered with Vestal Vodka to drive growth in the UK's most competitive spirits category.

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LWF: UK wine market major trends

Published:  06 May, 2016
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Negociants UK launches Australian winery's rare grape variety

Published:  05 May, 2016

Chaffey Bros Wine Company's quirky names like Not Your Grandma's Rose and Düfte Punkt are the type that catch the eye while wandering around the London Wine Fair.

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Q&A: Sunaina Sethi, JKS Restaurants

Published:  04 May, 2016

At just 29, Sethi has already developed the wine lists for London restaurants Trishna, Gymkhana and Hoppers. Jo Gilbert asks what it's like to jump ship.

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Inside Conviviality's acquisition of Bibendum PLB

Published:  03 May, 2016

On Sunday 1 May 2106, Conviviality Retail confirmed it would be acquiring Bibendum PLB for £60 million following shareholder approval. Diana Hunter, chief executive officer of Conviviality Retail and Bibendum PLB chief executive officer Michael Saunders talk with Harpers.co.uk about the deal.

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Profile: Neil Bruce, Fulller's Brewery

Published:  03 May, 2016

Fuller's Brewery has ambitious plans for its wine portfolio, unveiling some radical rethinking of how it's sold and Neil Bruce the head of wine is up for the challenge.

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Hendrick's "Cucumber Couriers" campaign pushes into the on-trade

Published:  02 May, 2016

Premium drinks brand Hendrick's is reminding bartenders how to order up 'the perfect serve' with an on-trade engagement campaign.

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Conviviality to acquire Bibendum PLB for £60m

Published:  01 May, 2016

Conviviality Plc has announced its subsidiary Conviviality Brands Limited has conditionally agreed to acquire Bibendum PLB for an 'enterprise value' of £60 million.

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JP Chenet expands into the on-trade with draught partnership

Published:  29 April, 2016

French winemaker JP Chenet is moving into the dispense on-trade market in partnership with Vimto Out Of Home.

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Insights: Suppliers are focusing on value-added services to the service industry

Published:  29 April, 2016

Today suppliers have to offer an array of services to help their customers sell on their wines and they are becoming increasingly more sophisticated in their repertoire.

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Kleine Zalze marks 20 years with investment in the future

Published:  29 April, 2016

One of South Africa's major players is marking 20 years in the business with investment in a vineyard analysis programme and new grape varietals.

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Birmingham Rum Festival to drive growth of "party" spirit

Published:  28 April, 2016

Birmingham's first full-scale festival of rum is coming to the city this summer.

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Jascots Wine Merchants rolls out Sunday delivery services

Published:  27 April, 2016

Jascots Wine Merchants, specialist supplier to the on-trade and independent merchants, is rolling out seven day delivery services for its London customers. It is the first company to offer Sunday delivery services which it will be providing through its own delivery vans.

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Seesaw effect in Tequila sales as customers trade-up on quality

Published:  27 April, 2016

"Unfairly maligned" Tequila is making a comeback with customers taking a less-but-better approach when it comes to selecting the Mexican tipple.

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Armit Wines wins rights to grower champagne agency

Published:  27 April, 2016

Armit Wines has become the exclusive UK agent for Champagne Geoffroy, hoping to capitalise on boosted sales of growers' champagne.

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Amazon Prime Now rolling out one-hour restaurant food delivery service in selected US cities

Published:  27 April, 2016
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Spirit Cartel announces new face of cult bourbon brand

Published:  26 April, 2016

After two months of searching, Spirit Cartel has crowned a "bourbon don" to become the face of cult bourbon brand Four Roses in the UK.

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Q&A: Angelo Gobbi, Bromley Court Hotel

Published:  26 April, 2016

Angelo Gobbi is the whiskey sommelier and the overseer of all libations at the Bromley Court Hotel outside of London. Following a renovation of the hotel and in the throws of spring, beverages in the terrace garden call.

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Thirst for Sherry drives Sherry Festival 2016

Published:  26 April, 2016

Sherry is no longer purely a "London phenomenon" - and merchants across the UK should take advantage of its growing popularity.

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Around the Globe cocktail menu at London's oldest hotel

Published:  25 April, 2016

The Donovan Bar in Brown's Hotel, Mayfair, is launching a jet-set new cocktail menu showcasing mixology innovations from around the world

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Anti-aging gin is the "alcoholic equivalent of a facial"

Published:  25 April, 2016

A new gin which claims to reverse the aging process and keep the skin looking fresh even after a night of drinking has been released in North Wales.

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London's food and drink supply chains at "increasing risk of service failure"

Published:  22 April, 2016

A report for the food logistics industry has warned that the way food and drink is delivered to the capital is a ticking time bomb.

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Port-inspired pub opens in collaboration with Symington Family Estates

Published:  22 April, 2016

The quintessential Portuguese drink has inspired a collaboration between Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars and Symington Family Estates to open the Fitzherbert Arms, a traditional English pub stocking over 30 different Ports. 

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Analysis: Are organic and biodynamic wines going mainstream?

Published:  19 April, 2016

Following the positive response over the past two days at the fifth annual Real Wine Fair, Doug Wregg, co-organiser of the event, confidently believes that natural and biodynamic wines are no longer niche products but are increasingly becoming more mainstream.

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Crown Cellars launches on-trade exclusive range to win over wine novices

Published:  19 April, 2016

Crown Cellars has launched a new range of on-trade exclusive, own label wines to appeal to new wine consumers.

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Over 14,000 gin and tonic pairings at London's "largest" gin bar

Published:  19 April, 2016

Holborn Dining Room's newly opened The Gin Bar is claiming to have London's biggest selection of gins and tonics.

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Mouton Cadet returns for 25th year at Cannes Film Festival

Published:  14 April, 2016

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar will be celebrating a landmark year when it re-opens its exclusive annual wine bar at Cannes International Film Festival next month.

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Pinkster gin jumps aboard for partnership with global cosmetics brand

Published:  14 April, 2016

Premium gin Pinkster has been selected to set sail with a global beauty brand, as a primary spirits provider.

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Bibendum and Bidvest Foodservice team up for "less-is-more" wine menu

Published:  13 April, 2016

A new range from Bidvest Foodservice is being positioned to target those looking for a recognisable, easy-to-drink wine list.

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Calvados Boulard goes for the twist with cocktail on trade strategy

Published:  13 April, 2016

Calvados Boulard has unveiled its new plan to put its brand of cider spirit back on bar menus, with its range of classic cocktails-with-a-twist.

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Jascots Wine Merchants undergoes a managment buyout

Published:  11 April, 2016

Miles MacInnes, the sales and marketing director at Jascots, and John Charnock, managing director at Jascots, have acquired a controlling stake in the business from founder Jack Scott.

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Martin Williams: The ambitious Mr. M

Published:  08 April, 2016

It has been more than a year since Martin Williams went it alone and opened his first M restaurant on Threadneedle Street in London. Harpers.co.uk catches up with him and finds he hasn't slowed down since.

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Vinho Verde wines gaining traction in the UK market

Published:  07 April, 2016

Vinho Verde wines are gaining traction in the UK and at yesterday's annual Vinho Verde tasting where 27 producers were showcasing over 130 wines from one of Portugal's more recognised regions, they are looking to grow their UK market share.

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Soho House's credit rating downgraded

Published:  06 April, 2016

On Monday Moody's Investor Service credit rating agency downgraded the Soho House & Co and the Soho House Bond from Caa1 to Caa2, which is considered speculative grade is rated as poor quality and a very high credit risk.

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Competition aims to boost sales of South African wines in the on-trade

Published:  06 April, 2016

Wines of South Africa's triennial Sommelier Cup competition is now accepting entries as the organisation strives to boost on-trade sales.

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Insights: The importance of design when wine customers buy with their eyes

Published:  06 April, 2016

Customers across all retail sectors are buying with their eyes and the message behind the label has never been so important.

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Robin Davis: The growing appeal of niche agencies to the on-trade

Published:  06 April, 2016

Swig's Robin Davis talks about the growing appeal of niche agencies for a vibrant on-trade.

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Boutinot's parent-company In Vino buys Moreno Wines

Published:  04 April, 2016

In Vino, which is an investment company that owns Boutinot, has bought Spanish specialist Moreno Wines.

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Bristol-based micro-distillery Psychopomp expands into retail premises

Published:  01 April, 2016

Bristol's Psychopomp micro-distillery is to open retail premises on the city's St Michael's Hill, close to the university.

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Insight: The psychology of drinks selection in the on-trade

Published:  01 April, 2016

New research into the psychology of drink selection in the on-trade puts the focus firmly on customer needs

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Guy Woodward: We need to ditch wine's elitist reputation

Published:  01 April, 2016

Guy Woodward reflects on how any wine "advice" may be viewed through the prism of wine being the preserve of patronising snobs.

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Halewood unveils new four-strong craft spirit range

Published:  31 March, 2016

Independent drinks manufacturer and distributor Halewood International is launching a new range of craft spirits to target younger millenniel drinkers thirsty for new flavour combinations and drink experiences.

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Bodega Argento and Bodega Garzón partner with Latin American St Pancras pop-up

Published:  31 March, 2016

Premium South American wine estates Bodega Argento from Argentina and Uruguay's Bodega Garzón have partnered with newly-launched Latin American pop-up restuarant Una on a series of exclusive supper clubs in the clock tower of London's St Pancras Hotel.

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Poetic License gin plans national roll-out after strong regional launch

Published:  30 March, 2016

New Sunderland-based small-batch distillery Poetic License is looking to roll out nationally after a successful launch in the North East late last year.

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Ridgeview wins five at Texsom as export volumes double

Published:  24 March, 2016

English sparkling wine producer, Ridgeview Wine Estate Ridgeview won  medals for all five of its wines entered into the 2016 Texsom International Wine Awards in the US last week.

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Diageo announces second phase of World Class bartending competition

Published:  17 March, 2016

Diageo Reserve has announced the launch of the second half of its World Class UK 2016 competition, which aims to find the best bartender in the UK.

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Champagne Ruinart unveils 2016 sommelier Challenge

Published:  17 March, 2016

Champagne Ruinart has announced the details of its Ruinart Challenge 2016, aimed at identifying the most talented young sommeliers from around the world.

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Openings: The Fizzy Tart

Published:  11 March, 2016

Stephen Hargreaveas, the chief executive officer of The Cranleigh Boutique, a company focused on high-end luxury sites is opening the first of two luxury bars located in the Lake District called the Fizzy Tart.

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UK sales of sparkling wines hit £1 billion for first time

Published:  11 March, 2016

Sales of sparking wines in the UK - excluding Champagne - hit £1 billion for the first time in 2015, according to figures released today by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

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California, Oregon and Washington wines shine at Go West Tasting

Published:  11 March, 2016

At yesterday's Go West! annual tasting California, Oregon and Washington wines emphasised that wines from west coast of the USA are gaining traction in the UK market.

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Openings: Barrio South

Published:  10 March, 2016

Barrio Bars, the quirky South-American cocktail bar chain, is continuing to expand across London and is adding a fourth location in Brixton, is set to open this month.

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Premium Malfy GDQI aims to bring Italian sunshine to UK gin category

Published:  10 March, 2016

Premium Italian gin Malfy GQDI has launched in the UK - backed the claim that Italy is the true homeland of gin.

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Matthew Clark's annual tasting draws a record number of attendees

Published:  10 March, 2016

Matthew Clark's annual portfolio tasting held this week at London's Tobacco Dock drew a crowd and saw visitors numbers soar 40% over last year's attendance numbers.

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Funkin partners with Cocktail Trading Co on Cocktails in the City serve

Published:  09 March, 2016

Cocktail-mixer producer Funkin is partnering with the Cocktail Trading Co on a new cocktail at this year's Cocktails in the City event in London.

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What the Living Wage means for the trade

Published:  08 March, 2016

We all need to earn enough to survive. But the Chancellor's introduction of a Living Wage, announced last year and to be introduced this April, has proved controversial

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The problem with mark-up madness in the on-trade

Published:  04 March, 2016

I love Riesling. I'll always buy it in the supermarket, I will always look out for it in restaurants and I'll always seek it out wherever I go.

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Gatwick targets premium gin market with unique on-site distillery and bar

Published:  02 March, 2016

Gatwick's North Terminal has opened what is believed to be the world's first on-site airport gin distillery and bar.

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German Pinots thriving ahead of 2016 promotional drive

Published:  29 February, 2016

Wines of Germany is planning a major promotional push on Pinot wines this year, as data from Neilsen confirms huge UK growth over the past year.

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Ron Zacapa celebrates art of slow dining at Lee Westcott's Typing Room

Published:  24 February, 2016

Premium rum brand Ron Zacapa is partnering with leading young London chef Lee Westcott to create a food-and-drink pairing menu that celebrates slow dining.

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Matthew Clark partners with Marco Pierre White for 2016 tasting

Published:  23 February, 2016

Legendary British chef Marco Pierre White will be joining leading UK on-trade distributor Matthew Clark at its Discover Love Inspire trade tasting on March 8.

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Walker & Wodehouse and Vagabond Wines to mark anniversary of Maule earthquake

Published:  23 February, 2016

Wine merchant, Walker & Wodehouse has partnered with independent retailer, Vagabond Wines, to celebrate the first wines from the Ploughmen Project, which arose in response to the Chilean earthquake of February 27, 2010.

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Legendary London wine bar The City Flogger set to reopen

Published:  23 February, 2016

Famous City of London wine bar The City Flogger is set to reopen next week on a new site.

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Bulleit partners with Hop House 13 for London Beer Week

Published:  22 February, 2016

Kentucky bourbon brand Bulleit is partnering with Hop House 13 Lager, as an official boilermaker sponsor for London Beer Week.

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Connoisseur Estates to unveil new M?ori winery at SITT

Published:  19 February, 2016

UK wine agency Connoisseur Estates is to launch its latest premium wine signing, New Zealand producer Tohu, at SITT in Manchester and London next week. 

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Think Gin award nominations revealed

Published:  19 February, 2016

The shortlists have been announced for the second annual Think Gin awards, which will be held in London on March 1.

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Real Wine Fair biggest event to date set for April

Published:  17 February, 2016

The Real Wine Fair is shaping up to be the largest fair yet with 160 growers from 15 countries set to show over 700 wines at the Tobacco Dock on 17 - 18 April, 2016.

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Andrew Bewes: Consolidation is forcing suppliers and industry to adapt

Published:  16 February, 2016

At last week's Hallgarten Druitt annual trade tasting held in London, managing director Andrew Bewes, discussed the impact consolidation is having on the industry, how it forcing suppliers to up their service offering, but also changing the way the trade is sourcing its wine.

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Enotria & Coe to reveal raft of new wines at major post-merger tasting

Published:  12 February, 2016

Enotria & Coe has unveiled the line-up for its first Showcase Tasting since the two companies merged last year.

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Q&A: Gary Cann, BWS procurement manager, Living Ventures Group

Published:  12 February, 2016

Gary Cann is the buyer at Manchester's leading bar and restaurant operator and he talks about drinks trends and the challenges of meeting these as an expanding on-trade group

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Analysis: Conviviality brings Matthew Clark business into the fold

Published:  12 February, 2016

The impact of Conviviality's acquisition of Matthew Clark is just beginning to be felt as it renegotiates with suppliers

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The rise of the Drink's Consultant

Published:  10 February, 2016

Smaller drinks lists, coupled with the trend towards more casual dining, is favouring consultants over sommeliers

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Chile's Viña Ventisquero in on-trade push with brand ambassador hire

Published:  10 February, 2016

Leading Chilean winery Viña Ventisquero has appointed sommelier Janina Doyle as its UK brand ambassador.

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Instil adds five craft gins as it readies for March relaunch

Published:  09 February, 2016

Instil Drinks Company, the beer and niche spirits trading arm of Bibendum PLB, has added five new artisan gin distilleries to its portfolio ahead of its relaunch in London on March 1.

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The Botanist attempts world record gin tasting

Published:  08 February, 2016

Manchester-based bar chain The Botanist is hoping the host the world's biggest gin tasting this Thursday.

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Champagne Deutz partners with Garsington Opera for 2016 season

Published:  05 February, 2016

Champagne Deutz is to be the official champagne partner for the 2016 season of the Garsington Opera.

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New partnerships to be unveiled at Ehrmanns 2016 tastings

Published:  04 February, 2016
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Hall & Woodhouse to raise £250,000 for children's hospice charity

Published:  04 February, 2016

Family-owned Dorset brewer, Hall & Woodhouse, has partnered with the Together for Short Lives charity to raise £250,000 over the next two years.

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Pinkster hires Diageo's van Buuren in on-trade push

Published:  02 February, 2016

Former Diageo on-trade director, Martjin van Buuren has joined the team at Pinkster Gin to help develop an on-trade strategy for the company as its pace of growth escalates.

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Matthew Clark 2016 tasting details announced

Published:  02 February, 2016

Leading on-trade distributor Matthew Clark has announced the details of its annual tasting, to be held at London's Tobacco Dock on March 8.

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New UK managing director for Sogrape

Published:  02 February, 2016

Portuguese wine producer Sogrape has appointed Gonçalo Sousa Machado as its new managing director in the UK.

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Conviviality half-year figures show impact of Matthew Clark acquisition

Published:  01 February, 2016

Conviviality plc has released its first half-year results since its reverse takeover of leading on-trade distributor Matthew Clark last autumn.

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Warner Edwards reaps rewards of on-trade effort

Published:  28 January, 2016

Northampton-based gin distillers, Warner Edwards grew by 400% in the on-trade across 2015, the company has said.

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Insights: On-trade needs to embrace social media to drive footfall and sales

Published:  28 January, 2016

There is a promising shift in the role of social media in the on-trade, but are pubs and bars missing out on a lucrative sales opportunity?

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Exton Park partners with H2Vin for on-trade push

Published:  27 January, 2016

Newly launched Hampshire vineyard Exton Park has partnered with premium on-trade distribution specialist H2Vin to push its wines to restaurants and hotels in London and elsewhere.

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Young consumers are making UK leisure spend more diverse, survey shows

Published:  27 January, 2016

The thirst for new experiences among young consumers is driving a trend towards diversity in leisure spending, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Trend Tracker.

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Inaugural Gekkeikan Masters Cooking Competition winner revealed

Published:  27 January, 2016

The winner of the inaugural Gekkeikan Masters Cooking Competition 2016 has been announced.

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Oslo distillery launches with Marka Nordic bitters

Published:  25 January, 2016

Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (OHD), the first distillery to open in Norway since 1927, has announced the launch of its first product.

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Instil Drinks to unveil new portfolio in March

Published:  25 January, 2016

Instil Drinks Company, the beer and niche spirits trading arm of Bibendum PLB, has revealed plans to relaunch on March 1.

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Analysis: Suppliers today must be excellent service providers

Published:  25 January, 2016

Consolidation within the industry is happening across many channels and for suppliers to both the on- and off-trade, competing on supplying quality wines at competitive prices is no longer enough.

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Opened wines best preserved in a vacuum, new study shows

Published:  22 January, 2016

A vacuum is the best method of preserving the quality of a wine once opened, an study by the University of Burgundy has revealed.

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Matthew Clark adds Remoissenet to premium portfolio

Published:  20 January, 2016

Leading on-trade distributor Matthew Clark has added Burgundy producer Remoissenet Père et Fils to its premium Wines of Distinction portfolio.

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London café offers Speyside whisky for 1p a shot

Published:  18 January, 2016

A London café is selling a Speyside single malt whisky at 1p a shot this week.

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Analysis: Non-alcoholic drinks an upsell opportunity for the on-trade

Published:  15 January, 2016

With an increasing number of consumers cutting down on their drinking but not their socialising, Jo Bruce looks at the rise in demand in the on-trade for more exciting non-alcoholic drinks

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Courvoisier launches global Champagne cocktail competition

Published:  14 January, 2016

Premium cognac house Courvoisier has announced its first global bartender competition.

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Boschendal targets premium on-trade with new range of wines

Published:  13 January, 2016

South Africa's Boschendal winery has launched a new range of wines developed specifically for the on-trade, as part of its 330th anniversary.

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Christopher Cooper: Bartenders versus sommeliers - who brings the 'cool' to the drinks industry?

Published:  08 January, 2016

Perception is everything in the battle of the elite drinks purveyors, so it's about time we factored "cool" into wine's appeal, says Christopher Cooper

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Andrew Catchpole: A promising year for the wine trade

Published:  08 January, 2016

Consumer confidence - and spend - is on the up, a stronger pound is easing the path for UK buyers, and time has seemingly been called by the multiples on an era of heavy discounting, with range cuts also playing into the hands of adventurous independents selling on the contrasting breadth of their portfolio.

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Sipsmith to open Swan on a Hot Gin Roof pop-up bar in Soho

Published:  08 January, 2016

London's award-winning Sipsmith gin distillery has partnered with Soho's Ham Yard Hotel for a winter pop-up bar on the hotel's exclusive fourth-floor roof terrace.

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Successful Christmas launch for Bar 44 online retail service

Published:  07 January, 2016

Bar 44, the Welsh tapas bar and restaurant group, has successfully launched an online store to complement its existing customer offer.

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Justerini & Brooks signs exclusive deal with Château Unang

Published:  07 January, 2016

Fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has been appointed the new, sole agents for boutique Rhône winery Château Unang.

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Christopher Cooper: The rise of the drinks expert entrepreneur

Published:  07 January, 2016

Christopher Cooper has worked in the restaurant scene for over a decade, but it all prepared him to launch his own drinks start-up. Here are some of the lessons he learned along the way.

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London hipster district gets capital's first fine-wine burger restaurant

Published:  06 January, 2016

London's fashionable Dalston district is about to get the capital's first burger and fine-wine restaurant.

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Flint looks to Brooklyn's Red Hook for latest US winery listing

Published:  04 January, 2016

On-trade supplier Flint Wines has signed an exclusive deal to add Brooklyn's Red Hook Winery to its US portfolio.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Nik Darlington, Red Squirrel Wine

Published:  29 December, 2015

For founder of Red Squirrel Wine, Nik Darlington, 2015 was a year of tremendous growth. Next year Darlington is looking forward to getting his wines even further around the UK. He sees that in 2016 the way forward, although challenging, will be through building a loyal and sustainable customer base.

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ALERT: Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme in Force from 1 January 2016

Published:  24 December, 2015

From the 1 January 2016 HMRC will introduce the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) to tackle alcohol fraud. Cindy Dorrington of Bivonas Law asseses the implication for the trade. 

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November leisure spend falls as Britons watch spending in lead up to Christmas

Published:  23 December, 2015

Last month the average British household spent £188.41 on out of home leisure, which is a decrease of £5 (2%) year-on-year and a £17 (8%) decrease compared to October according to the Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Roger Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Published:  23 December, 2015

The celebrated Roger Jones of Michelin-star restaurant The Harrow at Little Bedwyn had a great 2015 with sales up 20%! He

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Newly launched iSommelier device receives innovation award

Published:  18 December, 2015

The iSommelier, a 'smart' decanter which reduces aeration time for a wine from hours to minutes, has been awarded the 2015 Innovation Trophy.

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Australia Day Tastings revealed for London, Dublin and Edinburgh

Published:  17 December, 2015

Wine Australia has announced the dates of its Australia Day Tastings for 2016.

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Searcys St Pancras celebrates Christmas with Cocoflake hybrid

Published:  17 December, 2015
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Analysis: Is BYOB set to rise in the UK on-trade?

Published:  17 December, 2015

With consumers increasingly expectant of value for money while dining out, it begs the important question of whether the market for BYOB is poised to grow in 2016?

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Matthew Clark predicts adventurous 2016 for consumers

Published:  15 December, 2015

Leading online distributor Matthew Clark is predicting that UK consumers will become yet more inquisitive in 2016.

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Manchester pub smashes own world record for varieties of gin

Published:  15 December, 2015

The Old Bell Inn in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, has added a 600th variety of gin to its list.

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First finalists for Diageo Reserve World Class UK 2016 revealed

Published:  11 December, 2015

Diageo Reserve has announced the first five UK finalists for its World Class UK 2016 competition, which aims to find the best bartender in the UK.

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UK on-trade failing to keep up in battle against under-age drinking

Published:  11 December, 2015

The UK on-trade needs to do more to contend with the problem of under-age drinking, according to a new survey released this week.

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Insight: Coffee shop by day and wine bar by night outlets are hot

Published:  11 December, 2015

Coffee operators are turning their focus from daytime-only trade to the evening opportunity, including alcohol sales. Jo Bruce looks at the trend for serving skinny lattes alongside Sauvignon Blanc.

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Analysis: Independent merchants trends for 2016

Published:  10 December, 2015

With the growing popularity of hybrid wine shops, the independent retailers are finding strength in offering their customers something that the 'big boys' are not able to. So what does 2016 hold for the sector? James Lawrence investigates

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Flint Wines to unveil the reborn Domaine Launay-Horiot at 2016 en primeur tasting

Published:  10 December, 2015

London-based on-trade supplier Flint Wines has added Burgundy's resurrected Domaine Launay-Horiot estate to its portfolio.

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Q&A: Nik Darlington, founder, Red Squirrel Wine

Published:  10 December, 2015
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Insights: What will blaze the way for on-trade trends in 2016?

Published:  09 December, 2015

From sipping tequila to shorter wine lists, Douglas Blyde asked leading figures in the on-trade what trends they predict will lead the way in 2016

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New managing director at Matthew Clark after Conviviality acquisition

Published:  07 December, 2015

On-trade distributor Matthew Clark is to get a new managing director following its acquisition by Conviviality Retail in a £200 million reverse takeover in October.

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Wetherspoon cyber breach reveals 650,000 customer details

Published:  04 December, 2015

Popular pub chain JD Wetherspoon has been the victim of a massive cyber attack, the company revealed today.

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A big year ahead for rum and craft beer, Bibendum PLB predicts

Published:  04 December, 2015

Rum, old world reds and craft beers all present big opportunities for 2016, according to the insight team at Bibendum PLB in its end-of-year predictions.

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Openings: Trinity's New Chapter

Published:  03 December, 2015

Douglas Blyde visits Adam Byatt's revamped flagship Clapham restaurant

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On-trade booms but competition for consumers is increasingly cut-throat, new report shows

Published:  03 December, 2015
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Bibendum PLB unveils new insights into UK consumer profiles

Published:  02 December, 2015

New research from Bibendum PLB's insights team has defined eight distinct consumer categories in the UK drinks market.

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Vina Valdivieso appoints brand ambassador to drive sales

Published:  01 December, 2015

Chile's Valdivieso winery, together with its distributor Bibendum PLB, have appointed Jonas Tofterup as brand ambassador and export manager for the UK and Europe.

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US wine booming in UK on-trade, new report reveals

Published:  30 November, 2015

Listings of US wine in the UK on-trade have doubled in the last year, according to a new report.

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Matthew Clark adds Champagne Doyard to Wines of Distinction

Published:  26 November, 2015

On-trade distributor Matthew Clark has added Champagne Doyard to its premium Wines of Distinction portfolio

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UK leisure spending rises on back of family outings

Published:  25 November, 2015

Families are driving a rise in UK leisure spending, according to a new survey released today

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Bancroft strengthens management, on-trade, fine-wine teams

Published:  24 November, 2015

London-based specialist wine distributor Bancroft Wines has announced a range of senior and sales appointments as part of its ambitious expansion plans.

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Johnnie Walker Blue in Xmas push to London on- and off-trade

Published:  24 November, 2015

Core Diageo whisky brand Johnnie Walker has revealed a festive drive in London's on- and off-trade for its premium Blue expression.

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Heavy pub tax burden unfair, new report finds

Published:  23 November, 2015

Britain's pubs bear one of the heaviest tax burdens in the UK, according to a new report published today.

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On-trade attitude to women and beer must change

Published:  20 November, 2015

The on-trade needs to recognise that beer is no longer a drink just for men, according to new research conducted by AB InBev.

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Enotria chooses Junior for wine director role

Published:  19 November, 2015

Enotria has announced the appointment of Dirceu Vianna Junior MW as wine director.

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McKinley Vintners to merge with New Generation Wines

Published:  18 November, 2015

New Generation Wines and McKinley Vintners are to merge from January 1, 2016, Harpers has learned.

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HMRC alcohol tax fraud regulation to cost thousands of jobs

Published:  18 November, 2015

New Government legislation to end alcohol tax fraud could lead to thousands of job losses, a leading insolvency lawyer has warned.

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Bibendum hosts sky high South America tasting at The Shard

Published:  18 November, 2015

On-trade distributor Bibendum has partnered with The View from The Shard to offer consumers an innovative tasting experience.

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Openings: German Gymnasium

Published:  12 November, 2015

D&D to launch the "German Gymnasium", uniting patisserie counter, Grand Café, restaurant and bar, on today in a Grade II former gym at King's Cross.

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Roots taps rum ambassador Burrell for Caribbean restaurant launch

Published:  12 November, 2015

Entrepreneur, chef and musician Levi Roots has partnered with global rum ambassador Ian Burrell for the launch of his first restaurant.

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Red Squirrel opens pop-up Christmas wine bar in Dalston

Published:  12 November, 2015

West London-based wine importer Red Squirrel Wine is to launch its first pop-up wine bar through the Christmas season.

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Conviviality confirms taste for Peppermint, reveals latest figures

Published:  12 November, 2015

Conviviality is to buy London-based bar and events company Peppermint.

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Matthew Clark racks up slew of new account signings

Published:  10 November, 2015

Leading on-trade distributor, Matthew Clark, has won seven new premium accounts.

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Openings: 68 & Boston

Published:  10 November, 2015

Douglas Blyde visits 68 & Boston where popular wine blogger Denise Medrano created the list for the Soho-based venue.

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Iconic Artesian bar loses several key bar staff members

Published:  09 November, 2015

Is it the end of an era for the iconic Artesian bar, a four-time winner of the World's 50 Best Bars, which lost its two lead bartenders Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale and nine other staff members?

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Frizzenti expands wine-on-tap range

Published:  09 November, 2015

Frizzenti, the supplier of wine on tap to the on-trade, has added nine new wines to its range.

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Buckingham Schenk targets on-trade with strengthened wine list

Published:  05 November, 2015

Buckingham Schenk has released a new wine list, designed to strengthen its foothold in the on-trade.

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Insights: What wine trends will be driving this year's festive period

Published:  03 November, 2015

et the planning, stock, marketing and sales mix right and Christmas should deliver a bumper season, with a sales uplift over the extended period that, for many, can come close to matching the take for the rest of the year. Conversely, though, at its most extreme, depressed or underperforming, Christmas trading can seriously impact on the ongoing health of a business. Which is why it is so important to make the most of this seasonal drinkfest.

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Openings: Sexy Fish

Published:  02 November, 2015

Douglas Blyde weighs in Sexy Fish. The ambitious, 190-cover late October opening from Caprice Holdings (owners of The Ivy) which is inherently design-led.

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Analysis: Spirits brands set to make the most of Christmas trading period

Published:  02 November, 2015

With the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas the most crucial for all in the drinks trade, Erin Smith looks at how the spirits sector fares at this time of year.

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On-trade: The rising popularity of pop-ups

Published:  30 October, 2015

From wine car boot sales to pop-up shops and mobile wine vans, Jo Bruce looks at how operators' fresh formats are uncorking wine sales

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The Smith Report: A consumer-centric Christmas

Published:  30 October, 2015

As we head into November and the throes of the busiest trading period of the year, many retailers are changing strategies in an effort to pull in more consumers during the final weeks of 2015.

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Guy Woodward: Why aren't restaurants offering more wines by the glass?

Published:  30 October, 2015

Along, it seemed, with half the UK's wine press, I was at the launch of Les 110 de Taillevent in London's Cavendish Square last week. My verdict? Go - and be sure to order the crab ravioli. What was most notable about the night, though, was not the guest list or the menu, but that here was a major restaurant being launched off the back of its wine offering.

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Industry cautious on government proposals for revised Pubs Code

Published:  29 October, 2015

Government plans announced today to redraw the relationship between tied pub tenants and their landlords have received a cautious welcome from the industry.

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Barwell & Jones beefs up London on-trade sales with new hire

Published:  26 October, 2015

Exxes-based wine agency Barwell & Jones has strengthened its sales team with the recruitment of Tim Gray.

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Armit launches #LoveLeVolte Week

Published:  23 October, 2015

Fine-wine merchant Armit Wines is launching its inaugural "Love Le Volte" promotion next week.

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Wines of Chile reveals annual Sommelier Challenge winners

Published:  21 October, 2015

The winners of the annual Wines of Chile Sommelier Challenge have been announced.

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Pinkster partners with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre

Published:  20 October, 2015

Pinkster Gin has partnered with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre for its 50th Anniversary season.

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D&D expands into winemaking with its own range of wines

Published:  16 October, 2015

The D&D London restaurant group is launching its own range of wines to offer its customers.

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M brand expands with new central London wine shop

Published:  15 October, 2015

The M restaurant group is to launch a specialist wine shop in Victoria, London.

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Bacardi reveals UK finalists for Legacy Cocktail Competition

Published:  13 October, 2015

Bacardi has announced the UK finalists for its 2015 Legacy Cocktail Competition.

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Troy Christensen: The future strategy of Enotria

Published:  12 October, 2015

From wine's commercial coalface to the premium on-trade, Enotria's boss Troy Christensen is proving to be a dynamic player keen to shake up the status quo. He talks about why premium remains his mantr

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On-trade: Gastropubs that drive sales with a stong wine offer

Published:  09 October, 2015
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Fuller's to hand pub staff national living wage ahead of schedule

Published:  09 October, 2015

Fuller's is to bring in the national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour in for key pub staff six months ahead of it being made a national requirement.

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Pilsner Urquell's tank beer concept hits the north

Published:  09 October, 2015

Pilsner Urquell Czech lager has rolled out its tank beer concept to northern England.

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Interview: Inside the Conviviality supergroup with chief Diana Hunter

Published:  09 October, 2015

Head of Conviviality Diana Hunter talks about the company's reverse takeover of Matthew Clark and what it could mean for the trade.

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Conviviality completes Matthew Clark acquisition and confirms change of name

Published:  07 October, 2015

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail has completed its £200 million acquisition of Matthew Clark.

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Liberty's tip for a successful on-trade Christmas: traditional wines but more expensive bottles

Published:  06 October, 2015

On-trade operators should look to help consumers trade up in classic wine styles to drive sales growth in the pre-Christmas period, according to a report from agency supplier Liberty Wines.

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Matthew Clark beefs up premium Italian and Spanish wine ranges as top-end sales surge

Published:  02 October, 2015

Matthew Clark has added 35 premium wines from Italy and Spain to its portfolio in response to a surge in demand from the top-end on-trade.

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Bartenders help to choose the recipe for Cardiff gin

Published:  30 September, 2015

Cardiff is the latest British city to have a gin named after it.

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Beer steward qualification hits the 50 mark after just three months

Published:  29 September, 2015

Training body the Beer Academy has accredited more than 50 beer stewards in the first three months since the launch of the e-learning qualification.

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Harpers Awards 2015 winners

Published:  29 September, 2015

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Conviviality wins Matthew Clark deal approval and announces plans to drop Retail from name

Published:  25 September, 2015

Conviviality Retail will change its name on completion of the Matthew Clark deal to reflect the broader drinks distribution nature of the business.

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Cask ale drinkers more valuable than wine buffs to pubs says report

Published:  24 September, 2015

Cask ale drinkers spend 63% more than wine fans in the nation's pubs according to the 2015 Cask Report.

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First there was Summertown, then Jericho for Oxford Wine Café

Published:  24 September, 2015

Oxford Wine Co is preparing to open its second café in the city.

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Brewer points way to Christmas success for the on-trade with series of roadshows

Published:  23 September, 2015

On-trade customers are being offered free staff training and the chance to sample new products at a series of pre-Christmas trade shows being hosted by Carlsberg UK.

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London Cocktail Week in Spitalfields Market takeover

Published:  21 September, 2015

London Cocktail Week will have a week-long residency at the city's Old Spitalfields Market.

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Veeno wine café concept sets sights on 80 venues with rapid expansion programme

Published:  21 September, 2015

Italian wine café chain Veeno is aiming to open 80 sites across the UK by 2019.

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Tavistock uses Poetic Licence to launch small-batch spirits range

Published:  18 September, 2015

A new small batch distillery will be making its first public appearance with its products at next week's Boutique Bar Show in London.

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Latour '61 by the glass at new London private members' club for wine buffs

Published:  18 September, 2015

A new private members' club for wine connoisseurs will have a list of 5,000 wines and 500 of them served by the glass.

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Exclusive: Matthew Clark's chief executive 'thrilled' over Conviviality's £200m takeover

Published:  17 September, 2015

Matthew Clark's chief executive officer Steve Thomson told harpers.co.uk in an exclusive interview that he is "thrilled" over the acquisition of Matthew Clark by Conviviality Retail which has created "a group with the widest reach in terms of route to market in the drinks industry".

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SITT Preview: Specialist Importers Trade Tastings

Published:  16 September, 2015
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Raul Diaz and hospitality industry veteran John Davey launch Hospitality Workshops

Published:  15 September, 2015

Following the success of the launching his own programme WineTraining Ltd earlier this year Raul Diaz has partnered with John Davey to offer a comprehensive service and wine training programme for the on-trade called Hospitality Workshops.

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Sparkling wine continues to fizz with on-trade sales up by more than half in a year

Published:  15 September, 2015

Sparkling wine is the star performer in the drinks trade with the value of on-trade sales up by more than half in the year to July 7, according to Nielsen figures in the third quarter market report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Bibendum PLB aims to showcase regional Argentina with two new wine ranges

Published:  14 September, 2015

Bibendum PLB has launched two new wine ranges from Argentina.

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Riesling competition wins for Luvians and London House

Published:  14 September, 2015

Luvians Bottle Shop in St Andrews has been named retail winner of Wines of Germany's 31 Days of German Riesling promotion this year.

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Buffalo Trace outlines on-trade support programme

Published:  14 September, 2015
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Gallo launches Canyon Road and adds Barefoot single-serve bottles

Published:  14 September, 2015

Gallo is launching the Canyon Road premium Californian wine brand in the UK market.

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The Social Company's Laure Patry and Frankie Van Loo talk about the success of Jason Atherton's global empire

Published:  11 September, 2015

Laure Patry, the group executive sommelier, and Frankie Van Loo, head chef at Social Wine & Tapas talk about what it is like to work at Jason Atherton's ever - expanding global empire The Social Company.

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Micropubs on the rise as proportion of outlets serving real ale hits 70% says Camra

Published:  10 September, 2015

The Campaign for Real Ale says seven out of 10 British pubs now serve cask ale.

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Jackson Estate launches premium Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in UK

Published:  08 September, 2015

New Zealand's Jackson Estate has released two new wines for the independent wine merchant and on-trade sectors.

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Conviviality Retail confirms £200m deal to buy Matthew Clark

Published:  08 September, 2015

Conviviality Retail has confirmed a deal to buy Matthew Clark from Accolade Wines and Punch Taverns for £200 million.

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The future of drinking lies in the cheesy cocktails of the past says top advertising agency in report

Published:  07 September, 2015
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London Cocktail Week highlights participating bars on new website

Published:  07 September, 2015

The team behind London's Cocktail Week, Wine Week and Beer Week has launched an online guide to bars that participate in the events.

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Average profits up in Punch Taverns pubs after non-core disposals

Published:  02 September, 2015

Punch Taverns says it has seen the benefit of a disposal programme of non-core pubs with average profits per outlet up 4% across its estate.

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LGI signs deal with Rhone producer to supply its wines to the UK

Published:  01 September, 2015

Southern French wine specialist LGI is to handle the wines of Rhône producer Dauvergne & Ranvier in the UK.

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Greene King report shows 11% rise in eating out during July but on-trade drinking declines

Published:  27 August, 2015

The average family spend on eating out was 11% up on a year ago in July, according to the latest Leisure Spend Tracker Report from pub and brewing group Greene King.

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Jascots launches on-trade exclusive Champagne

Published:  21 August, 2015

On-trade supplier Jascots Wine Merchants has launched its own Champagne brand.

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Tom Kitchin collaborates on beer with Isle of Skye Brewing

Published:  21 August, 2015
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Morgenrot imports two new brews from Spain's Alhambra

Published:  18 August, 2015

Spanish beer brand Alhambra has launched two new draught products in the UK.

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Thornbridge links with Finnish drinks company to open craft beer bar in Helsinki

Published:  18 August, 2015

Derbyshire-based craft brewer Thornbridge is planning to open a bar in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

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Bourbon and Brewdog mix wins Bristol bartender Wild Turkey award

Published:  17 August, 2015

A Bristol bartender has won Wild Turkey's annual cocktail competition with a concoction containing the bourbon mixed with a Brewdog beer and egg white.

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London bars and shops prepare for first ever Rum Experience Week

Published:  13 August, 2015

Gerry's Wines & Spirit's in London's Soho has been named official rum shop for a week of events under the banner of Rum Experience Week.

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On-trade venues line up programme of events to celebrate National Champagne Week

Published:  12 August, 2015

Nineteen on-trade venues have signed up for National Champagne Week which runs from October 1-7.

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'Halves more popular than pints for beer' - Camra survey

Published:  12 August, 2015

The half has usurped the pint as the favourite measure for draught beer drinkers according to a survey commissioned by the Campaign for Real Ale.

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Insights: New wine preservation systems are helping to drive more wines by the glass

Published:  12 August, 2015

A growing demand for increasingly high-tech wine-preservation systems has given businesses an impressive array to choose from and is helping to drive more wines by the glass in various channels.

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Spanish chef Pizarro signs as ambassador for wine producer Codorníu in the UK

Published:  11 August, 2015

Spanish wine producer Codorníu Raventos has signed up chef José Pizarro as its ambassador in the UK for the next two years.

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Insights: Italian wines by the glass can shine in the on-trade

Published:  11 August, 2015

At this year's Bellavita Expo last month, Raul Diaz hosted a masterclass focusing on how the on-trade could make the most of Italian wines by the glass.

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Insights: The rise of Spanish white wines in the on-trade

Published:  11 August, 2015

Spanish white wines are emerging from the shadow of the reds with a number of varieties and styles that are making headway in the UK on-trade.

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People: Molson Coors' head of wine Gary Keller looks at what is driving wine growth at the beer giant

Published:  10 August, 2015

For Molson Coors' Gary Keller, customer service and quality are key to driving growth in the beer giant's wine offer. He shares how the company goes above and beyond for its customers.

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Analysis: The summer of gin

Published:  10 August, 2015

It's official: gin has gone global. No longer confined to English back bars, now the rest of the world wants a slice of the action.

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Restaurant Review: Brighton's the Salt Room

Published:  07 August, 2015

Owner Razak Helalat, who also runs the phenomenally successful Coal Shed in Brighton, has opened an new venue called the Salt Room.

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Meet the Gardiniers: Brothers behind Le Taillevent bring a French institution to London

Published:  07 August, 2015

Ahead of their newest restaurant venture, which opens in London next month, Erin Smith sits down with the Gardinier brothers, owners of the famed Le Taillevent in Paris.

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Quaglino's partners with Tanqueray to launch pop-up indoor garden

Published:  03 August, 2015
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Enjoy Life By The Glass wins exclusive new contract

Published:  29 July, 2015

Single-serve wine brand Enjoy Life By The Glass (ELBTG) has been chosen as the exclusive wine provider by the 13,000-seater SSE Hydro venue in Glasgow.

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Euroboozer ships 'biggest range' of US craft beers to hit UK in one go

Published:  24 July, 2015

World beer importer Euroboozer has launched what it claims is the biggest range of American craft beers and ciders to ever land in the UK at one time.

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Gin Guild survey: Six out of 10 on-trade customers ask for a gin by brand name

Published:  23 July, 2015

A survey conducted for The Gin Guild by One Poll showed that almost two-thirds of on-trade customers (62%) ask for a specific gin by name rather than settling for the generic house gin when ordering a G&T. The results suggest half request tonic by name too.

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Champagne & Fromage bistro and shop concept expands with third London site

Published:  22 July, 2015

Bistro and retail deli concept Champagne & Fromage has opened its third site in London.

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Multi-vintage Lallier Champagne makes UK debut through Boutinot

Published:  21 July, 2015

Champagne Lallier has released the first cuvée in its Série R collection of multi-vintage NV Champagnes through Boutinot in the UK.

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Edinburgh gin revamped with bartender-friendly slimline bottle

Published:  21 July, 2015

Spencerfield Spirit has bought out a new slimline bottle for its Edinburgh Gin brand which it says makes it easier to handle for bartenders.

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Interview: Robinsons Brewery doubles turnover with five-year plan

Published:  17 July, 2015

How does a traditional drinks business double turnover, margin and cash profit in the space of five years? Angela Mount meets Paul Robinson and Noel Reid of Robinsons Brewery to find out

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Beer Academy launches first online course to equip on-trade staff with the basics

Published:  17 July, 2015

Training organisation the Beer Academy has launched an online Beer Steward qualification, which enables on-trade staff to gain a sound understanding of the basics of beer, from brewing to serving customers.

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Boutinot releases entry-level Spanish wine pair for independents

Published:  17 July, 2015

Boutinot has worked with Spanish producer Bodegas Murviedro to produce a red and a white entry level wine aimed at the on-trade and independent retailers.

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Budvar looks to drive tank beer in bar trade with aim of giving outlets a point of difference

Published:  16 July, 2015

Czech brewer Budweiser Budvar is calling on progressive bar owners to create a point of difference in their outlets by adding fresh tank beer to their repertoire.

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German wine promotion gives venues and stores Rieslings to be cheerful

Published:  16 July, 2015

Germany's favourite wine grape is in the spotlight with leading restaurants and retailers taking part in the 31 Days of German Riesling campaign.

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Green & Pleasant lands cider and golden ale to expand craft range

Published:  15 July, 2015

A craft beer brand sold at the Ritz in London is branching out into cider.

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Forecast for the next six months at London's Borough Market: cloudy with a chance of Buckfast

Published:  15 July, 2015

Self-styled culinary researcher and contemporary food designer Bompas & Parr has created a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail which will go on display to the public in London at the end of this month.

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Ten is the magic number for Rioja in autumn tasting and awards initiatives

Published:  13 July, 2015

Wines From Rioja is introducing two new initiatives to raise the profile of the region in the UK market.

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Wine sales leap 10% as Bargain Booze operator improves revenue and profit

Published:  13 July, 2015
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Roberson Wines' Kensington Shop Closing: Top facts to know about what is behind the change

Published:  10 July, 2015

The closing of Roberson Wines Kensington shop took many in the trade by surprise.  Although some may see the change as dramatic shift for the company, we pulled together top questions and answers about what this means for one of London's most iconic businesses.

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Bordeaux lines up dinner dates to showcase affordable wines

Published:  10 July, 2015

Bordeaux wines are getting a push in restaurants and independent wine merchants, backed by the region's governing body.

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Hendrick's takes perfect serve training mainstream with online programme

Published:  10 July, 2015

Hendrick's gin has launched an online training tool in a bid to get mainstream on-trade outlets producing perfect serves of the gin with tonic.

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Wholesalers welcome plans for taskforce to tackle alcohol diversion fraud

Published:  09 July, 2015

The government plans to set up a new national "alcohol control room" and establish a mobile taskforce to tackle alcohol diversion fraud at duty-suspended warehouses and cash and carries.

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American beer, whiskey and Space Invaders unleashed by Brewdog in latest bar concept

Published:  08 July, 2015

The innovation pipeline at Brewdog shows no sign of slowing down with the arrival of yet another on-trade concept.

 

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Craft beer trend brings sharp rise in demand for staff training says Beer Academy

Published:  07 July, 2015

The Beer Academy training group has seen a sharp uplift in interest from pub and bar operators on the back of the craft beer boom.

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Roberson Wine to close Kensington shop to focus future on more 'dynamic' channels

Published:  06 July, 2015

Roberson Wine is set to close its flagship Kensington High Street shop on August 30, 2015 to focus its future growth on "sectors that are really showing the most dynamic growth."

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Crown Cellars broadens outlook on wines from Spain and Australia

Published:  03 July, 2015

Carlsberg UK's on-trade wine division Crown Cellars has beefed up its Spanish and Australian wine ranges as part of its annual range review.

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UK retailers and the on-trade can now catch a Chronic case of wine

Published:  03 July, 2015

A brand which aims to do for wine what hip craft brewers have for beer is making its UK debut.

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Beer and tenanted pubs growth lift revenues for Greene King

Published:  01 July, 2015

Brewing and pubs group Greene King saw revenue growth of 3% in the 52 weeks to May 3, driven by beer sales in beer (+4.2%) and its Pub Partners lease, tenancy and franchise division (+3.5%).

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Admiral launches support package to give first-time on-trade licensess a head start

Published:  29 June, 2015

On-trade employees who fancy having a crack at running their own pub are being offered a new package of support for first-time licensees.

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Borough Market showcases craft beer and food in new festival

Published:  29 June, 2015

London's Borough Market is to host a three-day festival of craft beer and food matching next month.

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Craft keg available through small brewers' scheme for the first time

Published:  26 June, 2015

The Society of Independent Brewers has begun to sell craft keg beer through a revamped version of its Direct Delivery Scheme for the first time.

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Off-trade brings growth for BWS, but wine and on-trade both decline as market stays 'fragile' - WSTA

Published:  25 June, 2015

A strong off-trade performance has dragged the UK alcohol market back into volume growth for the first time in five years, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Neil Bruce appointed as the new head of wine for Fuller's

Published:  24 June, 2015

Neil Bruce joined brewery, pub chain and inn operator Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C earler this month as the new head of wine replacing Mark Dally, the current wine and purchasing director.

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On-trade business body calls for action on malicious online reviews in wake of CMA report

Published:  23 June, 2015

On-trade leaders have called for greater transparency around online review websites after a report by the Competition & Markets Authority.

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Men spend almost twice as much as women on alcohol in the on-trade - report

Published:  23 June, 2015

Research by the online offers site vouchercodes.co.uk shows man spend on average twice as much as women on on-trade drinking and clubbing.

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Wong wins Wine Business degree accolades at Plumpton College

Published:  22 June, 2015

Some rising stars of the wine trade world have been honoured in the annual awards ceremony at Plumpton College.

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Brewdog takes beer shops to Scotland and plans new bar concepts

Published:  22 June, 2015

Scottish craft beer producer Brewdog is working on a number of new concepts to expand its on- and off-trade retailing footprint.

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Codorníu aims to make mark in top end with luxury Cava

Published:  18 June, 2015

Cava producer Codorníu is aiming to raise its profile in the top-end on-trade with the introduction of a luxury mark to the UK.

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Harveys woos bartenders with cocktail push for sherry range

Published:  16 June, 2015

Harveys is asking bartenders to help make sherry more exciting in a new cocktail competition.

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First quarter restaurant sales flat for Beefeater owner Whitbread

Published:  16 June, 2015

Restaurant sales are taking a smaller share of the product mix of Whitbread, the owner of Costa and Premier Inn.

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Percival Val Brown talks about his 65 years in the drinks business

Published:  10 June, 2015

Percival Brown tells Douglas Blyde about his six decades in the business, from the cellars beneath Speakers' Corner to selecting the wines for Concorde.

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Hospitality sector visitors up 16% at London Wine Fair

Published:  10 June, 2015

London Wine Fair organiser Brintex has reported a 16% increase in visitors from the hospitality sector to this year's exhibition.

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The modern wine list is not 'dead', just evolving

Published:  09 June, 2015

Despite going through a significant evolution over the past 20-something years, the modern-day wine list is not 'dead' as some say, simply different.

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Field Morris & Verdin launch new Italian fine wine division, headed by former Berry Bros buyer

Published:  05 June, 2015

Field Morris & Verdin, the agency and wholesale division of Berry Bros. & Rudd Ltd, is launching a new Italian fine wine division, DBGitalia. 

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Analysis: Do you remember your wine epiphany?

Published:  05 June, 2015

Trade personalities tell Rosie Davenport and Nigel Huddleston about the life-changing moment when they realised a career in wine was their destiny

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Welsh tapas bar launches own label Spanish-style beer as it opens third restaurant

Published:  04 June, 2015

Welsh-based tapas restaurant and sherry bar, Bar 44 is launching an own label Spanish-style pale ale, as it opens it third restaurant in Cardiff.

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Pernod Ricard to trial computerised cocktail bars in 500 homes in London and Paris

Published:  03 June, 2015

Pernod Ricard plans to trial its computerised "bar at home" project in 250 homes in London and 250 in Paris as it bids to revolutionise the way spirits are bought.

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London bar chain Dirty Martini to open seventh site

Published:  28 May, 2015

London on-trade operator CG Restaurants and Bars is set to open a new site for its Dirty Martini bar chain in Islington next month.

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Greene King set to dispose of 16 pubs to push through acquisition of rival

Published:  27 May, 2015

Greene King is set to dispose of 16 pubs in order to push through its purchase of the Spirit Pub Company.

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On-trade sales return to growth for April according to Coffer Peach Tracker

Published:  14 May, 2015

The pub and restaurant sector saw a return to growth during April, with like-for-like sales up 1.2% compared to last year, according to CGA Peach Business Tracker.

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WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

Published:  13 May, 2015

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are "freeloading."

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Cava needs to better communicate quality, trade body claims

Published:  12 May, 2015

Cava needs to better communicate its quality credentials, the head of the Cava trade body has claimed.

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Greene King's takeover of Spirit Pub Co investigated by competition commission

Published:  12 May, 2015

The Competition commission is looking into Greene King's proposed takeover of The Spirit Pub Company.

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Opening: Primeur

Published:  11 May, 2015

Modern British restaurant Primeur seeks to offer no-frills, honest food and wine in a laid-back, minimalist setting in London's Canonbury.

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Founders of Renissance Pubs Tom Peake, Nick Fox and Mark Reynolds talk about the rebrand and becoming 3 Cheers Pubs Co

Published:  08 May, 2015

Tom Peake, Nick Fox and Mark Reynolds, the pub group behind some of south London's most characterful informal establishments formerly known as Renaissance Pubs, were forced to have a rethink of their trading name and have undergone a rebranding to become Three Cheers.

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Chief of the Week: Raul Diaz of WineTraining Limited

Published:  08 May, 2015

When we think of passion, patience and a man on a mission of spreading the love and appreciation for wine, Raul Diaz definitely comes to mind.

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Bottle Apostle set to open fourth shop in London

Published:  07 May, 2015

Independent London wine merchant Bottle Apostle is set to open its fourth shop, which will be sited in the former London 2012 Olympic Athlete's village.

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Flint wines boost on-trade portfolio after partnering with Italian importer

Published:  06 May, 2015

n-trade wine importer Flint Wines is boosting its Italian wine range after adding Italian importer HS Fine Wines to its portfolio.

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Champagne Jacquart doubles marketing in UK to boost on-trade visibility

Published:  05 May, 2015

Champagne Jacquart had doubled its marketing spend in the UK as after launching a new marketing campaign targeting consumers in London.

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LWF's state of the nation report focuses on the recovery in the UK on-trade

Published:  05 May, 2015

London Wine Fair's second state of the nation report indicates that the UK on-trade is finally recovering from the Global Financial Crisis, but that the changes in consumer behaviour are potentially the new norm.

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Former Jascots' training manager launches new wine school in London

Published:  05 May, 2015

Raul Diaz the former training manager and head sommelier for Jascots Wine Merchants has launched his own wine education school called WineTraining Limited.

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Kingsland Drinks to acquire Bottle Green Limited

Published:  30 April, 2015

Kingsland Drinks yesterday agreed to purchase Bottle Green Limited from DCC Food & Beverage UK Limited for an undisclosed sum.

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Italian restaurant Carluccio's launches online wine shop

Published:  29 April, 2015

Italian restaurant chain Carluccio has launched an online wine shop as part of a revamp of its website which goes live today.

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LWF 2015 to host record-breaking 150 UK businesses and offer over 100 programme seminars

Published:  28 April, 2015

London Wine Fair 2015 is set to to host over 150 UK wine businesses and offer more than 100 presentations across the three day fair. 

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Sparkling wine-on-tap brand Frizzenti strengthens national team

Published:  28 April, 2015

Italian sparkling wine-on-tap brand Frizzenti is building a national sales team with the addition of two sales executives.

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Renaissance Pubs changes its name to Three Cheers Pubs

Published:  27 April, 2015

Independent London pub group Renaissance Pubs has renamed itself the Three Cheers Pubs today following a trademark dispute.

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Former Bibendum head of spirits launches new distribution business

Published:  22 April, 2015

The former head of Bibendum's beer and spirits division is launching his own spirits distribution business in May.

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English Wine Week heads north as Birmingham unveils series of events

Published:  21 April, 2015

English Wine Week is set to extend outside its South East heartland this year with a series of events in Birmingham celebrating English wine.

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Roberson Wine showing wine-on-tap range at LWF

Published:  21 April, 2015

Roberson Wine is showcasing its new wine-on-tap range at the London Wine Fair which it launched into the on-trade last summer.

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The Harrow at Little Bedwyn appoints first sommelier

Published:  20 April, 2015

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn after 16 years has hired Marcin Oziebly to be the dedicated sommelier as well as the general manager for the Michelin Star restaurant.

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Anna Greenhous: Do different rice varieties effect different styles and flavours of sake?

Published:  16 April, 2015

Different grape varieties create distinctively different styles and flavours of wine, but can the same be said for different rice varieties with sake? Anna Greenhous investigates.

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Easter weekend increased sales in the on-trade, but overall March saw a decline in sales

Published:  16 April, 2015

Easter weekend saw like-for-like on-trade sales increase 5.1% compared to 2014, but overall March was trading down, according to the most recent CGA Peach figures.

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Champagne house Bruno Paillard partners with Sushisamba

Published:  15 April, 2015
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Justin Keay discovers some unknown suprises at last month's Go West tasting

Published:  14 April, 2015

Justin Keay weighs in on last month's Go West tasting and overwhelmingly urges the trade to 'Go West, young man!"

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Pernod Ricard ups focus on Jacob's Creek & Havana Club for summer

Published:  13 April, 2015

Pernod Ricard is ramping up activity on Jacob's Creek and launching new campaigns for Malibu and Cuban rum brand Havana Club.

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Independent wine merchant Le Vignoble boosts business with extension of wine lounge

Published:  13 April, 2015

Plymouth independent wine retailer Le Vignoble is set to boost its focus on its wine lounge with the addition of a new 'after-dinner' area that will offer customers premium artisan spirits.

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The Dorchester: a quality grilling

Published:  10 April, 2015

The Dorchester's flagship restaurant has had something of a makeover. Douglas Blyde heads to the 'perfect hotel' to investigate

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Pierre Gagnaire: the chef other chefs want to be

Published:  10 April, 2015

oplePierre Gagnaire is one of the most admired and successful chefs in the world. James Steen talks to him about the Beatles, Beaujolais and the three Michelin stars he has held for nearly 20 years

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Old Bridge Hotel turns to wine retailing to build success

Published:  10 April, 2015

When Huntingdon's Old Bridge Hotel launched its own wine shop, the idea seemed something of a folly. But, as Glynn Davis finds, it has been a runaway success

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Harpers Wine & Spirit to join Agile Media

Published:  10 April, 2015

Harpers Wine and Spirit and Harpers.co.uk have, from the beginning of April, joined Off Licence News at Agile Media.

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Broadlands boost on-trade offering with new agencies

Published:  10 April, 2015

Broadlands Wineries has added three new agencies to boost its on-trade offering as part on its ongoing development as a dedicated wine supplier. 

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Pret A Manger trials evening menu with beer and wine in London

Published:  09 April, 2015

Pret A Manger, the quick-stop breakfast and lunch spot, is now trialling "Good Evenings", a dinner menu at its Strand outlet which includes beer and wine.

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C&C Group amalgamates wine arm into restructured UK business

Published:  09 April, 2015

C&C Group has amalgamated its wine trading business, International Wine Services with two of its UK cider businesses to form C&C Brands Limited.

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Oxford Wine Company set to open second cafe

Published:  08 April, 2015

The Oxford Wine Company is launching a second wine café in Oxford.

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Jose Cuervo's Dons of Tequila global bartender competition kicks-off

Published:  07 April, 2015

Last week Jose Cuervo launched its Dons of Tequila competition, which provides the winning bartender the chance to harvest their own agave crop in Mexico and blend their own labelled tequila.

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Moët launches annual sommelier of the year competition

Published:  07 April, 2015

Moët has launched its annual Moët Sommelier of the Year competition.

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Chris Galvin and Fred Sirieix's "dream come true" to have cameo role in new James Bond film

Published:  01 April, 2015

Award winning chef Chris Galvin and his general manager, Fred Sirieix, at London's Galvin at Windows have had a dream come true with a surprise cameo role in the new James Bond film, Spectre.

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Douglas Blyde enjoys a trip to Dickensian London and the delights of The Chancery

Published:  01 April, 2015

Referencing the area's law firms, "The Chancery" comes into focus halfway down Cursitor Street. It is a slice of London immortalised in arguably Charles Dickens' greatest work, "Bleak House", featuring: "Sol's Arms Tavern", "Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop", and, perhaps most evocatively, "Coavinses Sponging House" (a temporary debtor's prison).

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Free Run Wines adds first Aussie winery to portfolio

Published:  31 March, 2015

Free Run Wines is adding its first Australian wine producer, Morambro Creek to its portfolio from next month

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Bancroft wines restructures and strengthens the team as profits rise 10%

Published:  31 March, 2015

Bancroft Wines is restructuring to create four wine divisions dedicated to its key sales channels.

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Coravin targets in home use as it starts to builds a Nespresso-style community

Published:  30 March, 2015

Coravin, the gadget that allows you drink wine without opening the bottle, is looking to broaden its reach in the UK through as it targets in-home users.

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Online wine merchant Swig targets on-trade as it appoints its first brand ambassador

Published:  27 March, 2015

Swig, the independent online merchant is ramping up its focus on the on-trade after appointing a new brand ambassador.

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ACS criticises new health report and calls for positive measures to support the high street

Published:  27 March, 2015

The Association of Convenience Stores has called for more support for the high street in response to yesterday's Royal Society for Public Health's report.

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Atherton to open London wine shop and tapas bar

Published:  26 March, 2015

Jason Atherton is opening a new wine shop and tapas bar in Marylebone in June.

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New on-trade campaign to highlight Aussie premium wines

Published:  26 March, 2015

A series of Australian themed wine events will be held in ten of London's top restaurants next month, as part of Wine Australia's new on-trade campaign.

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AG Barr sees profits boosted 10%

Published:  24 March, 2015

Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr saw a 10% boost to its pre-tax profit to £41.9m, with turnover up 2.7% to £290.9m in the 12 months to 25 January.

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Why English wine's Litmus Wines is on board with Branson's South African hotel venture

Published:  23 March, 2015

English winemaking consultants Litmus Wines recently teamed up with Richard Branson's private hotel collection Virgin Limited Edition to launch a new joint-venture wine business in South Africa's Franschhoek region. Litmus' founder and director John Worontschak, and VLE's managing director, Jon Brown, talked to Harpers.co.uk about the venture and what it will mean for the Surrey-based business. 

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Fever-Tree's revenue soars 49%

Published:  23 March, 2015

In its inaugural financial year results as a publicly traded company, Fever-Tree beat analysts expectations and saw revenue grow by 49%.

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Mathias Camilleri named UK's Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier of the Year

Published:  23 March, 2015

Last week Mathias Camilleri from the Medlar was named UK's Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier of the Year.

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Tom and Ed Martin head to Suffolk to open their first pub outside London

Published:  20 March, 2015

Tom and Ed Martin, who have been building up an impressive range of pubs across London as part of their privately-owned ETM Group, are now set to venture outside the capital and head to Lavenham in Suffolk to open their first rural pub, The Six Bells.

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Richard Branson's South African hotel launches new wine joint-venture with English winemaking firm

Published:  19 March, 2015

Richard Branson's luxury hotel collection, Virgin Limited Edition, has joined forces with an English wine consultancy firm, Litmus Wines, to launch a new wine business.

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Budget 2015: Chancellor cuts duty on cider and spirits by 2% and wine duty frozen

Published:  18 March, 2015

The Chancellor George Osborne has today cut the duty on cider and spirits by 2%, frozen duty on wine and cut beer by a penny a pint for the third year running in his last pre-election Budget.

 

 

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Prowein 2015: Bibendum PLB uses fair to showcase new multi-channel strategy

Published:  18 March, 2015

The recently combined Bibendum PLB company was able to showcase its new business strategy to the international wine industry at this week's Prowein with 120 of its producers taking part in the show.

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Craft beer now used to calculate CPI as sales increase

Published:  18 March, 2015

Craft beer enters the mainstream as it goes in the basket used to calculate inflation for the first time.

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Argentina must look beyond Malbec, leading Argentinian winemaker says

Published:  17 March, 2015

Argentina needs to look beyond Malbec in order to take avoid commoditising its flagship grape, the former president of Wines of Argentina has said.

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Enotria's move to new warehouse set to boost supplier's flexibilty

Published:  17 March, 2015
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Industry welcomes Treasury plans to review business rates

Published:  16 March, 2015

Industry bodies have welcomed the government's ambitious review of business rates, which were laid out today by The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander.

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Drop the Duty!: WSTA thanks industry for support as it waits for Budget Day

Published:  16 March, 2015

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association has commended the drinks industry for uniting behind the WSTA's Drop the Duty campaign and producing a compelling case for a 2% cut in duty.

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St Austell's Brewery appoints first exclusive wine buyer to drive more sales

Published:  13 March, 2015

St Austell's Brewery has promoted Louisa Fizpatrick to the newly created role of wine buyer, in recognition of her hard work and expertise and extensive knowledge of the wine world.

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Argentina's bulk wine production has a 'structural problem', says governor of Mendoza

Published:  13 March, 2015

Argentina's bulk wine producers are facing "structural problems" that are causing unwanted low quality wine to stockpile, the governor of Mendoza has claimed.

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UK casual dining sales enjoy 23rd consecutive month of growth

Published:  12 March, 2015

Pubs and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales edge up 1.6% across the UK, making February the 23rd consecutive month to show growth, according to new figures released by the Coffer Peach Business Tracker figures.

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Mitchells & Butlers launches its most ambitious apprenticeship scheme

Published:  11 March, 2015

Mitchells & Butlers is backing the National Apprenticeship Week by launching a new scheme that it hopes will help it find its managers of the future.

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Smith & Wollensky hires Boisdale's Nathan Evans to spearhead its London launch

Published:  09 March, 2015

Nathan Evans has been recruited from the Boisdale Group to help oversee the launch of the famous US steakhouse chain, Smith & Wollensky in to the UK

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Spain and Argentina are the two big winners in the UK on-trade says new report

Published:  09 March, 2015

Spain and Argentina were the two big winners in the UK on-trade last year, according to the latest Wine On-Premise report from Wine Business Solutions.

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2015 London Wine Fair will be the "most diverse" ever promises show organisers

Published:  09 March, 2015

This year's London Wine Fair will be the most diverse in its 35 year history, according to show director Ross Carter.

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Country analysis: Californian wines hit the jackpot in the UK

Published:  08 March, 2015

It seems California wines have struck gold in the UK in recent years, as the value of US wine exports has exponentially grown within the global wine market, despite volumes staying relatively stable, writes Erin Smith

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High dining in the "Walkie Talkie's" Sky Garden

Published:  06 March, 2015

Rhubarb, the south-west London-based caterer-turned-restaurateur has three venues atop the £200-million 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the "Walkie-Talkie" for its distinctive top-heavy shape. Together, the Sky Pod Bar, Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill are intended to form a "gourmet, garden oasis". And so they do, writes Douglas Blyde.

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Sherry to benefit from boost to marketing spend

Published:  06 March, 2015

Sherry is set to benefit from a boost, after the regulatory body successfully doubled its global marketing spend.

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Martin Williams: Ex-Gaucho boss on theatre of dining at his new 'M Restaurants'

Published:  06 March, 2015

Martin Williams caused a stir in the restaurant world when he announced he was leaving his top job at Gaucho Grill to go it alone in a 300-seat destination dining venue in central London. But he could not be happier following the opening of his new venture "M".

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Mitchells & Butlers: what on-trade buyers are looking for from their suppliers

Published:  06 March, 2015

Former Somerfield wine buyer and restaurant consultant Angela Mount asks Henry Boyes, wine procurement manager for Mitchells & Butlers, what suppliers need to do to satisfy the largest on-trade group in the UK.

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Jascots launches own Italian sparkling wine on draught called 'Vino Vispo' for the on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2015

Jascots Wine Merchants launched its own brand Italian sparkling wine on draught called 'Vino Vispo' targeting the on-trade casual dining sector.

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M Restaurants to celebrate World Malbec Day with mini vineyard in the City of London

Published:  04 March, 2015

M Restaurants, set up by former Gaucho managing director, Martin Williams, at the end of last year, is to celebrate World Malbec Day next month by creating a mini Malbec vineyard outside its venue in the City of London.

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Wine Treasury to distribute US based Terlato Wines in the UK

Published:  03 March, 2015

Wine Treasury a London-based speciality wine importer has added Terlato Wine brands Rutherford Hill from Napa Valley and Grace Lane from Washington state to its portfolio.

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Bibendum launches wine keg range as demand grows in on-trade

Published:  02 March, 2015

On-trade supplier Bibendum Wine Ltd has launched a range of wines in kegs which it says will meet a growing demand.

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Douglas Blyde finds much to savour in the "lovingly" assembled wine list at Stoke Place

Published:  02 March, 2015

Stoke Place, a characterful Georgian pile unfairly tarred by its Slough postcode has retained the accolade of AA Notable Wine List year-on-year. While the hotel may be a little scuffed around the edges, the 30-page wine list authored by general manager, Terry McEvoy is lovingly put together.

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How to drive a wine brand in the UK on-trade by Wine Business Solutions

Published:  27 February, 2015

Peter McAtamney, principal at research body, Wine Business Solutions, gives his personal assessment on how best to drive and build a wine brand in the UK on-trade with a particular nod to Kleine Zalze, which has been named number one South African brand in its latest 2014 Wine On-Premise report,and Matthew Clark which is reaping the rewards of an astute wine listing strategy

 

 

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WSTA welcomes Home Office decision to scrap locally-set licensing fees

Published:  26 February, 2015

The WSTA has welcomed the government's decision to scrap proposals for locally set licensing fees.

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Soul Tree exceeds crowdfunding target to boost its Indian wine business

Published:  25 February, 2015

Indian wine producer Soul Tree has raised more than £388,000 through crowdfunding, which it says will help it put Indian wines on the map.

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Restaurant and bar owners confident about future says news CGA Peach study

Published:  25 February, 2015

Up to 90% of pub, bar and restaurant owners are optimistic about their businesses in the year ahead despite ongoing concerns about staff costs and finding a niche in the market, according to latest research from CGA Peach.

 

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Matthew Clark brings in 30 new producers to meet market and customer demands

Published:  24 February, 2015

 

 

Trade visitors to Matthew Clark's #WhyWeLoveWine event next week will have the chance to taste over 30 new producers that have been taken on by the wholesaler

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Hospitality and off-licence sectors throw weight behind Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  24 February, 2015

The hospitality and multiple off-licence sectors are throwing their support behind the trade's Drop The Duty campaign, as new research from CGA highlights the importance of wine and spirit sales to the UK on-trade.

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Coravin takes on Nespresso boss as new chief executive to lead expansion

Published:  24 February, 2015

Coravin, the pioneering wine access system which allows you to pour wine from a bottle without removing the cork, has appointed former Nespresso boss Frédéric Levy as its new chief executive to lead its ambitious expansion plans in to new markets.

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George Clooney hopes to make a star out of his Casamigos premium tequila in the UK

Published:  23 February, 2015

 

George Clooney is the latest A list star to launch his own drink in to the UK as he looks to make a name for his ultra-premium tequila, Casamigos.

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SITT tastings for independents come to Manchester and London

Published:  23 February, 2015

Independent wine merchants are flocking to Manchester's Old Trafford today for the start of the Specialist Independent Trade Tasting (SITT).

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Byron and Browns come out top in new customer poll for best on-trade chains

Published:  20 February, 2015

If you want to sell your wines and spirits to the happiest of customers then you need to get on the lists at Byron, the premium burger chain, and Browns, according to new research from CGA Peach BrandTrack.

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One week to go to enter the Harpers Awards 2015

Published:  20 February, 2015

The clock is ticking but there is still time to get your entries in for the Harpers Awards 2015.

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Monkey Shoulder sets off in search of the Ultimate Bartender

Published:  20 February, 2015

Scotch whisky brand, Monkey Shoulder, is launching a new competition to find the "Ulitmate Bartender" in the UK with a series of regional trials with the overall winner getting the chance to run their own pop up bar during London Cocktail Week.

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Pernod Ricard shakes up Havana Club rum's look and recipe

Published:  17 February, 2015
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Vinoteca's Kings Cross site to open in March

Published:  16 February, 2015

Vinoteca's fifth site, this time at the One Pancras Square development in Kings Cross, is getting ready to open its doors as head chef Kieren Steinborn joins the team.

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Bibendum sets aggressive integration target, but postpones move

Published:  13 February, 2015

Bibendum PLB has been working towards an aggressive six month integration target, but has decided to postpone plans to move to a new London location at least for the short term.

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Irish whiskey Tullamore DEW launches busking campaign

Published:  12 February, 2015

William Grant owned Irish whiskey Tullamore DEW is looking to build awareness of the brand through a campaign involving street buskers.

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London's premium on-trade wine market growing 18% per year

Published:  12 February, 2015

The market for top wines is growing at a rate of 18.4% by value in London restaurants, against a backdrop of declining wine sales in the on-trade overall, down 9.3% by value for the year to July 2014.

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Cold weather fails to dampen eating out sales in January

Published:  12 February, 2015

Restaurants and managed pubs saw like-for-like sales grow 1.4% in January, despite the snow and cold weather.

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BrewDog continues expansion with opening of first Spanish bar

Published:  11 February, 2015

Scotland's largest independent brewery BrewDog is continuing with its expansion plans with the opening of its 26th bar and its first in Spain with its new Barcelona outpost.

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Stevens Garnier rebrands to Sogrape and ups on-trade focus

Published:  10 February, 2015

Wine supplier Stevens Garnier is ditching its old name in favour of Sogrape, that of its Portuguese parent company, and has vowed to hone in on the UK's on-trade in 2015.

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Q&A: Agustin Trapero, sommelier, Almeida

Published:  09 February, 2015

Fiona Griffiths talks to Agustin Trapero, sommelier at Almeida in Islington, about swapping the restaurant's printed wine list for a 'wine wall' and tasting table

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Drinks producers and retailers 'get personal' for Valentine's Day

Published:  09 February, 2015

Wine and spirits retailers and producers are looking to cash in on love this Valentine's Day with a host of personalised and quirky products alongside the more straightforward deals.  

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Q&A: Andy and Claire Kitching, Friends of Ham

Published:  06 February, 2015

How do a construction manager and a City headhunter end up running a bar that has been voted the best place to drink in Britain? Nigel Huddleston meets Andy Kitching, half of the team behind Leeds' award-winning Friends of Ham

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Profile: Frescobaldi - stepping into the unknown

Published:  06 February, 2015

Italy's Frescobaldi family may be world famous for its wines, but can it succeed in the highly competitive restaurant world? Douglas Blyde goes behind the scenes at its first standalone restaurant off London's Regent Street

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AG Barr buys cocktail mixer firm Funkin

Published:  03 February, 2015

Scottish soft drinks group AG Barr, the maker of Irn Bru, has bought cocktail mixer firm Funkin for up to £21 million.

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Regional recovery in dining out market strengthens

Published:  02 February, 2015

Consumers in Wales and the north and east of England ate out more frequently than Londoners over Christmas, strengthening views that a regional recovery is happening.

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D&D celebrates Valentine's with wine and film events across its restaurants

Published:  29 January, 2015

London's innovative restaurant group, D&D, has come up with an imaginative way to help celebrate wine in its outlets in the build up to Valentine's Day with a special Love Wine and Film promotion.

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Mitchells & Butlers offers "so-so" festive trading update

Published:  29 January, 2015

All Bar One operator Mitchells & Butlers had a "good" festive season with sales up 4.8% in the two weeks of Christmas and New Year, but margins weakened over the period.

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Restaurant review: Douglas Blyde beats the critics to Berkshire's Oakley Court

Published:  28 January, 2015

Douglas Blyde: from horror to hedonism at Oakley Court

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Matthew Clark ramps up 'quirky' wine tasting

Published:  28 January, 2015

On-trade supplier Matthew Clark is set to further revamp its annual wine tasting to encourage visitors to step outside their wine comfort zone.

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Harpers Awards 2015 promises to roll out red carpet for best in UK wine and spirits

Published:  26 January, 2015

Awards season is well and truly amongst us with seemingly not a day going by without a red carpet being rolled out for the great, good and glamorous. Harpers is giving you the chance to shine in your own industry with this year's entry process for the Harpers Awards well and truly under way.

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Buckingham Schenk to ramp up on-trade focus with Argentinian wine brand

Published:  22 January, 2015

Buckingham Schenk is planning to ramp up its foothold on the on-trade with new Argentinian wine brand Phebus, sister brand of its star off-trade performer Vinalba.

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On-trade drinkers unwilling to experiment

Published:  22 January, 2015

Eight out of 10 on-trade drinkers say they rarely or never try new alcoholic drinks - that's according to research from Canadean.

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On-trade supplier Matthew Clark toasts bumper December as sales top £100m

Published:  20 January, 2015

On-trade drinks supplier Matthew Clark says December was its most successful month ever as sales broke the £100 million mark, as customers plumped for top-end wines and Champagnes.

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Diageo's World Class Bartender of the Year search begins with bartender semi-finals

Published:  19 January, 2015

Fifty of the UK's top bartenders have been selected to take part in the semi-finals of Diageo's competition to find the best bar talent as part of its Reserve World Class 2015 competition.

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Copestick Murray to distribute advertising mogul Sir John Hegarty's wines

Published:  19 January, 2015

Copestick Murray was inspired by Bartle Bogle Hegarty co-founder Sir John Hegarty's 'no holds barred' keynote speech at the WSTA conference last year to sign a distribution deal for his wines in the UK and Ireland.

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Daffy's Gin hopes to win over bars and spirit lovers with its unique mix of botanicals

Published:  15 January, 2015

Daffy's Gin is the latest new launch in to an already bursting category, but claims it uses a unique set of botanicals, including Lebanese mint, to make its own mark.

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London coffee and wine bar operator Notes set for expansion

Published:  15 January, 2015

London coffee and wine bar operator Notes is to opening three outlets in 2015, and plans to continue expanding at a rate of two to three sites per year from 2016.

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Pub and restaurant groups grow Christmas trading 2.8%

Published:  15 January, 2015

Pub and restaurant groups across the country enjoyed a festive trading boost of 2.8% on the same period last year, with those inside London putting in a stronger performance.

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Tattooed bartenders are stars of new Giffard liqueurs and spirits campaign

Published:  14 January, 2015

Eleven tattooed  bartenders have been chosen to take part in a new campaign to help raise awareness of the Giffard range of liqueurs and spirits.

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Carluccio's takes on Neil Wickers as new chief executive for national Italian restaurant group

Published:  13 January, 2015

Neil Wickers is to take over as chief executive of Carluccios's the 105-strong Italian restaurant group with sites across the UK.

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London on-trade groups see festive sales uplift

Published:  13 January, 2015

Restaurant group D&D London and Davy's Wine Merchants have seen solid uplifts in performance over the Christmas trading period.

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Harpers Awards 2015 are open for entry!

Published:  13 January, 2015

 The entry process for the Harpers Awards 2015 is well and truly underway with the opportunity for businesses and individuals from across the UK on and off-trades to receive recognition for their hard work and achievements.

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Q&A: Diego Muntoni, head sommelier, OXO Restaurant

Published:  12 January, 2015

From the whiff of fermenting grapes at his family's vineyard to his first job behind a bar, the OXO Restaurant's head sommelier guides us through his career so far

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Eating out to see 2% growth in 2015, says Horizons

Published:  12 January, 2015

The eating-out sector is likely to continue growing at the same rate as 2014 in the coming year, says foodservice consultancy Horizons.

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Profile: Roka is on a roll

Published:  09 January, 2015

With its fourth and largest London restaurant to date, can Roka maintain its already high standards? Geoffrey Dean puts the kitchen through its paces

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New Street Wine Shop changes strategy by consumer demand

Published:  09 January, 2015

After two years of trading, London's New Street Wine Shop is thriving. But, as Richard Foster discovers, its customers have entirely up-ended the original business plan

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fear for 2015: Direct Wine Shipments Neal McAlindon

Published:  24 December, 2014

Neal McAlindon, director at Belfast's Direct Wine Shipments, tells Harpers.co.uk why 2014 has been another good year, despite tricky market conditions in Northern Ireland.

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Harpers.co.uk's 10 most popular stories of 2014

Published:  23 December, 2014

The most popular stories on Harpers.co.uk throughout 2014 cover everything from TescoGate to Bordeaux 2013 to BrewDog and Bibendum PLB.

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Sparkling wine is success story of 2014, as still wine sales fall, says WSTA report

Published:  19 December, 2014

Wine sales fell 3% in the off-trade in 2014, and 2% in the on-trade - but sparkling wines are still in the ascendancy, says the latest market report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

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Australian wine Giant Steps moves to Liberty Wines from OW Loeb

Published:  18 December, 2014

Yarra Valley's Giant Steps wine has shifted its UK distribution from OW Loeb to Liberty Wines.

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Mitchells & Butlers lists Help for Heroes wine

Published:  18 December, 2014

Bar and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers has listed the Help for Heroes wine brand at 300 of its venues across the country.

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BBC Food & Drink's new double act of Joe Wadsack and Tom Kerridge goes live on January 2

Published:  16 December, 2014

Joe Wadsack, the acclaimed wine broadcaster and consultant, will make his first appearance as the new face of wine on BBC's Food & Drink programme when the programme is re-launched with two Michelin-star chef, Tom Kerridge, on January 2, 2015. 

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David Beckham's Haig Club whisky to open pop-up bar and retail store for Christmas

Published:  12 December, 2014

 

 

David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is opening up a pop-up bar in Manchester and its own dedicated retail store in London during the build up to Christmas.

 

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Alcohol wholesaler scheme 'massive' boost for legitimate traders and retailers

Published:  11 December, 2014

A new registration scheme for alcohol wholesalers will be a "massive boost for legitimate traders and taxpayers", and a "positive step" for retailers, say trade bodies. 

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Eating out growth boosts pub and restaurant sales

Published:  11 December, 2014

Pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales grow 3.4% in November, marking the 20th consecutive month of growth for the sector.

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COPY: Harpers new consumer report reveals key wine trends in the UK on-trade

Published:  10 December, 2014

In the second of our exclusive consumer reports, Harpers turns the spotlight on drinking trends in the UK on-trade and finds out what the average Brit thinks of the wine in their glass and what attracts them, or not, to ordering wine when out and out about compared to other drinks

 

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Restaurateur Marlon Abela buys into wine merchant OW Loeb

Published:  08 December, 2014

High profile restaurateur Marlon Abela has taken a majority ownership interest in wine merchant OW Loeb.

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Starbucks moves into on-trade in US with beer and wine offering

Published:  08 December, 2014

Last week Starbucks announced at its annual investor conference that it would begin serving beer, wine and 'evening' food in 3,000 of its 11,900 cafes in the US.

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Business rates relief welcomed by pubs and drinks retailers

Published:  04 December, 2014

The 2% cap on business rates and commitment to a full "structural review", as revealed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Autumn Statement, has been broadly welcomed across all sides of the drinks industry - both on and off-trade.

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Despite positive H1 results, concerns about Greene King remain

Published:  04 December, 2014

Total revenue was up 3.3% rising to £614.9 million for the first half of 2015 fiscal year for pub company and brewer Greene King, but its operating profit dropped 3.1% to £123.3 million.

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Jago to highlight Middle Eastern cuisine at new opening in Shoreditch

Published:  03 December, 2014

 

Jago is a new Middle Eastern, European restaurant set to open in London's Shoreditch which can boast former head chef of the award winning Ottolenghi in the kitchen.

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London sees boom in restaurant openings in 2014

Published:  03 December, 2014

London has seen "unprecedented" growth in net restaurant openings in the past year, as 101 venues opened up, beating the previous 2006 record of 75.

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Brothers James and Richard Manning are doing their bit to shake up juice bars

Published:  03 December, 2014

Brothers James and Richard Manning started out in the industry selling fresh British juices made at their Herefordshire farm. Little did they know that their old wooden apple crates would transform their business, says Bernadette Costello, and they are now looking to work with wine and spirits brands.   

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You'll need loadsamoney to enjoy St Pancras's £60 a glass Cinnamoney mulled wine

Published:  02 December, 2014

Hands up who likes mulled wine? Go on, you know you do. Throw in a  few carols, a bit of recently laid snow and there's nothing quite like those touches of spice and cinnamon on a cold winter's day.

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Vinoteca counts down to Christmas with Wine-vent Calendar

Published:  01 December, 2014

After the frenzy of Black Friday you might think Christmas is almost upon us, but there are actually still 24 shopping days left.

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UK on-trade gears up for bumper festive season

Published:  01 December, 2014

Bars and restaurants are heralding a bumper festive season, with bookings so far 5-10% ahead of last year.

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Spanish wines fastest growing in UK bars and restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2014

Spanish wines are the fastest growing in the UK on-trade - listings are up 25% in the last year - at the expense of French wines, whose listings have fallen by 11%.

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Four pubs battle it out for CAMRA's National Pub of the Year

Published:  28 November, 2014

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has shortlisted four pubs who will battle it out to be named its National Pub of the Year.

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Zuma's Noel Pusch is named Sake Sommelier of the Year

Published:  28 November, 2014

Noel Pusch of premium Japanese restaurant chain Zuma's Abu Dhabi branch has been named Sake Sommelier of the Year at an awards ceremony at London's Westbury Hotel this week.

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Raisinable wine app brings mark up transparency to restaurant consumers

Published:  27 November, 2014

Raisinable, a free wine app which compares restaurant and retail wine prices and illustrates the mark up, is launching today and will feature several restaurants in London.

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Roger Jones on falling in love with the "wild west" of New Zealand's Central Otago

Published:  26 November, 2014

If there was one area in New Zealand which defines the whole ethos of its wine industry it must be Central Otago.

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Consumers to tighten purse strings on food and drink this Christmas

Published:  26 November, 2014

Consumers are planning to rein in Christmas spending on food, drink and gifts this year, according to a poll carried out by pub operator Greene King.

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Mitchells & Butlers profit down as revenues grow

Published:  25 November, 2014

Pub and bar operator Mitchells & Butlers, owner of the All Bar One and Browns venues, has seen revenues grow by 4% to £1.9 billion, while profits before tax fell by 13% to £123 million.

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Spirits can become far bigger part of on-trade sales mix, says CGA

Published:  24 November, 2014

Bars and pubs can do more to boost spirits sales, says CGA Strategy, with restaurants proving particularly fertile ground.

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Wine suppliers say scrapping beer tie will have limited effect on wine

Published:  24 November, 2014

Wine suppliers say the vote to break the beer tie will have a limited effect on wine sales - while it may open up the market, most leaseholders are already free to buy wine from a supplier of their choice.

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Roger Jones adds a Canterbury tale to his tour of New Zealand

Published:  24 November, 2014

The car journey from Blenheim Airport to Waipara is one of the most beautiful drives you could envisage, with a wild coastline that is picture perfect.

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Frustrated restaurateurs create homemade vermouth for own Ethicurean site and independents

Published:  21 November, 2014

Frustrated that they could not find a vermouth good enough to serve in their Bristol restaurant, the team behind the Ethicurean restaurant in Wrington, Bristol, decided to go and make their own.

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Roger Jones on what New Zealand is doing best with Sauvignon Blanc and his top wines

Published:  21 November, 2014

Concerns have been rumbling in the UK that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may have reached its fashion peak and is going the same way as Australian Chardonnay did a decade ago, where the industry were guided by the supermarket dinosaurs to produce a product that consumers no longer wanted, but price and flash instant big flavour hit was the defining factor.

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Beaujolais gains popularity with Millennials

Published:  20 November, 2014

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is here - and this year the festivities are shaking off their fusty image and attracting younger drinkers.

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London on-trade sees October sales up 4.1%

Published:  12 November, 2014

London bar and restaurant chains have seen like for like sales up 4.1% in October, while outside the capital managed operators are ramping up new site openings.

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Advertising legend Sir John Hegarty on what it is really like to be a winemaker

Published:  11 November, 2014

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering his high standing in the world of advertising, and the vociferous views on wine marketing which he expressed in last month's Harper's, Sir John Hegarty intends his 37 acre vineyard, located amid woodland and spontaneously sprouting herbs by Minervois' Montaigne Noire, to be a brave venture.

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Going out to the pub is top leisure activity says Carlsberg study

Published:  10 November, 2014

Going to the pub is still the number one leisure activity, according to the findings of a consumer poll of some 1,800 people.

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How Russian entrpreneurs are driving London's jet set to destination wine stores and restaurants

Published:  07 November, 2014

If you literally have it all, where do you go and spend it? As Glynn Davis discovers, there is a new mini club of entrepreneurs with the pockets and contact books to attract the best wines and richest customers

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Holiday pay ruling could hamper investment in hospitality sector

Published:  05 November, 2014

The ruling that overtime should be included in holiday pay could hamper investment and lead to job cuts in the hospitality sector, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has warned.

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Diageo launches on-trade winter spirits campaign

Published:  28 October, 2014

Diageo is looking to help bartenders cash in on the 39% sales increase spirits enjoy in wintertime with a new campaign based on 'inspiring serves'.

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The Week That Was: Tescogate and other top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  24 October, 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, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Master sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen flag French wine potential in on-trade

Published:  23 October, 2014

Top sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen say the on-trade needs to trust staff, not be afraid to have a French wine as the house offering, and tell compelling stories in order to boost sales in the category. 

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Warm September boosts on-trade sales, says Coffer Peach data

Published:  16 October, 2014

September's Indian summer boosted the fortunes of restaurant and pub groups as like for like sales increased 2.2% on the same month in 213, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker data.

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Former Gaucho boss, Martin Williams, promises London's best steaks at new "M" restaurant

Published:  13 October, 2014

The competition to have the best steaks in London will go up a notch next month when Martin Williams, formerly and famously of the Gaucho Group, opens his own highly ambitious steak themed restaurant in Threadneedle Street.

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Laine Pub Company takes on original Battersea Jongleurs site

Published:  13 October, 2014

The site of the original Jongleurs comedy club in Battersea, south London, where the likes of Graham Norton, Bill Bailey and Phil Jupitus first made their name, has been transformed in to a major pub operation.

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Kleine Zalze launches Cleefs wine range for independents

Published:  13 October, 2014

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze is targeting independents with a new range of wines under the Cleefs banner.

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Steve Manktelow on the fun, excitement and mystery of the GOAT in Chelsea

Published:  13 October, 2014

Douglas Blyde speaks to Steve Manktelow on a career in bars and cocktails that has seen him work with legends like Dick Bradsell to running his own operation at the GOAT in Chelsea.

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Crown Cellars boosts sales team as wine revenues grow 19% in past year

Published:  10 October, 2014

Carlsberg's wine and spirits on-trade arm Crown Cellars has boosted its sales team following a 19% increase in wine sales in the past 12 months.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  10 October, 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, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Cocktail sales grow 10% in UK on-trade, says CGA

Published:  10 October, 2014

The popularity of cocktails has translated into a 10.8% sales growth spurt across the UK's bars and pubs in the past two years, with rum and mint drink Mojito coming out on top.

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Peter Borg-Neal on developing a regional chain with Oakman Inns

Published:  09 October, 2014

Fiona Griffiths talks to entrepreneur Peter Borg-Neal about his 10-strong (and growing) Hertfordshire-based group of pubs and restaurants, Oakman Inns.

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Ex Scott's team opens Verden restaurant and wine bar in east London

Published:  08 October, 2014

The former team behind renowned Mayfair restaurant Scott's have joined forces with a senior Ogilvy PR to open Verden, a new wine bar and restaurant in east London.

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Bibendum bets on spirits in on-trade during festive trading period

Published:  08 October, 2014

Bibendum expects spirits to perform strongly in the run-up to Christmas after rum and gin sales shot up in the past 12 weeks, and the number of on-trade venues selling cocktails has grown by one third in the past year.

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Proximo Spirits introduces TINCUP American whiskey in to the UK

Published:  07 October, 2014

 

Proximo Spirits UK is this week launching TINCUP, an 84% proof American whiskey, which is a tribute to the gold rush miners who drank their whiskey out of tin cups.

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Adnams adds Karen Hester as executive director

Published:  07 October, 2014

Suffolk brewer and distiller Adnams has added Karen Hester to its main board as an executive director.

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Barworks expands 5cc cocktail bar concept to fourth site

Published:  07 October, 2014

Barworks, the operator behind a host of London's trendiest drinking dens, has opened its fourth 5cc cocktail bar below its Electricity Showrooms venue in Hoxton Square.

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Mark Dally on driving wine across Fuller's 400 pubs and hotels

Published:  06 October, 2014

Think of Fuller's and you think of beer. The west London-based group owns nearly 400 pubs and hotels, and the guest beer and take-home market has made its London Pride one of the most popular ale brands in the UK, writes Nigel Huddleston.

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Gordon Ramsay to open Heddon Street Kitchen off London's Regent Street

Published:  06 October, 2014

Heddon Street Kitchen is to be the latest London opening from the ever expanding Gordon Ramsay Group taking its portfolio of restaurants to 13.

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No 3 Gin cocktail winner turns to Beatrix Potter's Mr Tod for inspiration

Published:  03 October, 2014

Let's be honest the average top bartender is not the kind of person who would admit turning to Beatrix Potter for inspiration. Let alone the kind of bartender who would be allowed to play along the back bar of the uber cool City Social in Old Broad Street in London.

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Campaign for Real Ale appoints Tim Page as new chief executive

Published:  29 September, 2014

The Campaign for Real Ale has appointed charity veteran Tim Page as its new chief executive.

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Nobu biggest loser as Michelin strips 14 restaurants of their stars

Published:  25 September, 2014

The Michelin Guide has decided not to give any new two or three stars in today's announcement of its 2014/2015 awards, and has stripped stars from 14 restaurants including Nobu and Nobu Berkeley Street.

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Hospitality industry to create 6,000 jobs for young people by Christmas

Published:  25 September, 2014

The British hospitality industry will create 6,000 new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds by the end of the year, says the industry's trade association.

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Mitchells & Butlers adds 195 sites in past year

Published:  25 September, 2014

Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators within the UK market, has been quietly growing the number of site throughout the year and has added 195 new sites over the past year.

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Wine importer Red Squirrel sees wholesale business grow fivefold in three months

Published:  24 September, 2014

Chiswick wine importer Red Squirrel Wine has seen its wholesale business take off after it beefed up its portfolio and revamped its logo and website.

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Matthew Clark appoints new wine buyer

Published:  24 September, 2014

On-trade wine supplier Matthew Clark has appointed Judith Nicholson as assistant wine buyer to help expand the group's wine portfolio.

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Diageo's Smirnoff vodka launches £15m campaign

Published:  23 September, 2014

Smirnoff vodka has launched a £15 million marketing campaign - including TV advertising - in order to grow the category and make it more accessible.

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The Harrow's Roger Jones follows Heston Blumenthal by taking his restaurant offer overseas

Published:  22 September, 2014

Heston Blumenthal is not the only British Michelin-starred chef to be taking his restaurant overseas in the new year as Rojer Jones is set to travel to South Africa to embark on a restaurant tour with his award-winning The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

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What to expect at SITT Autumn: Richard Dudley Craig, Dudley Craig Wines

Published:  19 September, 2014

Here Richard Dudley Craig explains what Dudley Craig Wines will have on show at the SITT Autumn tasting on September 24 at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

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Buckingham Schenk sees Argentina and Prosecco sales soar

Published:  18 September, 2014

Buckingham Schenk see sales of its Argentinian Viñalba brand rocket, with Prosecco also leading the charge while pre-filled goblets hit sales of 1 million.  

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Heston Blumenthal to open Melbourne version of Fat Duck on February 3

Published:  17 September, 2014

The Australian version of Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant is to open in Melbourne in February 3 2015 with reservations being taken from October 8.

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Jackson Estate's Matt Patterson-Green showcases his Kiwi wines at Chiltern Firehouse

Published:  17 September, 2014

"I believe Marlborough will be known for producing the best Pinot Noir over time," declares Matt Patterson Green, winemaker of Jackson Estate. In his glass is one expression, Vintage Widow 2012, named, he says, "after women who lose their men to the vineyards..."

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On-trade hit by decline in spirits sales across all venues

Published:  17 September, 2014

Declining year-on-year spirits sales in the on-trade will have brand owners hoping for a substantial pick up in the last few months of the year leading up to Christmas.

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Independents all set for September's Specialist Importers Trade Tasting

Published:  16 September, 2014

Next week's SITT (Specialist Importers Trade Tasting) promises another sell out event offering independent wine merchants, restaurants, bars, pubs and sommeliers the chance to taste wines specifically targeted at them from around the world. 

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The Grafton in London wins Pub of the Year in Great British Pub awards

Published:  12 September, 2014

The Grafton in Kentish Town, north London, has been named the Pub of the Year in Harpers' sister title, The Publican's Morning Advertiser's Great British Pub Awards held last night.

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Argentina must celebrate its "rock and roll" winemakers to grow says Gaucho's Phil Crozier

Published:  11 September, 2014

If Argentina is to contine to grow in the UK then it needs to do more to celebrate, promote and tell the story of its winemakers and make them the "personalities" of their wines, according to Phil Crozier, head of wine at the Gaucho Group of Argentinian restaurants.

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Myles Donneky on the high life at Hutong - 30 floors up in London's Shard

Published:  11 September, 2014

The 22 year-old bar manager of "Hutong" above Aqua on floor 31 of The Shard talks to Douglas Blyde about tea punches, pride in service, and competitive ping-pong...

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Global leaders head to London for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  05 September, 2014

 

Top names from the international world of wine will all be heading to London in November for the second Wine Vision event to be held by Harpers' publishers, William Reed Business Media.

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The Almeida reopens with new twist on a wine list - it does not have one

Published:  04 September, 2014

One of London's first restaurants without a wine list has just reopened after a mini refurbishment. The Almeida in Islington, north London, will instead rely on its waiting staff to make their own personal recommendations tailored to guests' individual budgets, style preferences and food order.

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Brasserie Bar Company to follow British Queen launch with up to 20 more pubs

Published:  03 September, 2014

Brasserie Bar Company has just opened its fourth pub,  The British Queen, in Locksbottom, Orpintgon, Kent.

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US cocktail gurus claim any bar only needs 12 bottles in new book

Published:  03 September, 2014

Ever stood in front of a packed back bar and wondered if some spirits never see the light of day? Well a new book from US cocktail gurus claims any bar can get away with just stocking 12 bottles.

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Sake Sommelier of the Year competition open for entries

Published:  03 September, 2014

The search to find this year's Sake Sommelier of the Year is now on with entries open to win not only a £5,000 prize but a trip to Japan to delve even deeper in to the world of sake.

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Hawskmoor's fourth annual charity dinner tickets go on sale

Published:  03 September, 2014

Tickets for Hawksmoor's fourth annual charity dinner which raise money for Action Against Hunger and is set to be held on Saturday 11 October are now on sale.

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L'Enclume is number one is Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015

Published:  02 September, 2014

The Waitrose Good Food Guide has released its list of the Top 50 outlets in the UK which sees Simon Rogan's L'Enclume in the Lake District pip Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck to the top spot.

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Georg Riedel on Riedel's new Veritas range and working with Coca-Cola

Published:  02 September, 2014

Founded in 1756 by Johann Cristoph Riedel, the Riedel name is today synonymous with high-quality glassware; loved by the trade and consumers alike. With an impressive track-record of product innovation and savvy marketing, Riedel's market breakthrough arguably came in 1979, when the firm opened a subsidiary in the US. Having collaborated with such iconic winemakers as Robert Mondavi, Angelo Gaja, and more recently soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola, Riedel is clearly not an old-world wine snob. The brand is coming to London's Vinopolis this month, to showcase the new Veritas glassware range. James Lawrence asks Georg Riedel what we can expect:

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D&D restaurant group to hold month long "Bordeauxlicous" promotion

Published:  02 September, 2014

Bordeauxlicious is a new month long promotional campaign being launched by the London restaurant group, D&D, alongside Bordeaux Wines, to help promote the region's wines across all its outlets in September and October.

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Back to school: Liberty Wines MD David Gleave MW

Published:  28 August, 2014

David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, focuses on Europe's upcoming 'difficult' harvest and taking on new agencies for his back to school report.  

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Napa Valley wine community moves forward despite persisting tremors

Published:  28 August, 2014

The Napa Valley was shaken by three back-to-back aftershocks on Tuesday, as wineries, local businesses, and residents began to rebuild following the larger quake that struck on Saturday.

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Infographic: why the on-trade is losing out on wine sales

Published:  26 August, 2014

Get a snapshot of what drives consumer's decisions about what to drink when they're out in bars and restaurants by checking out our infographic on the subject.

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New "affordable" steak and lobster chain to launch in Southend

Published:  22 August, 2014

Bourgee is a new chain of so-called affordable "luxury steak and lobster restaurants" which is opening the first of its new outlets in Southend in September.

 

 

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TV comic Kevin Bishop to star in one man warts and all new restaurant show

Published:  20 August, 2014

Fed up reading about all those great comics, plays and turns at this year's Edinburgh Festival when you live miles away and have no chance of seeing them?

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Alliance Wine adds Celler del Roure to wine list

Published:  18 August, 2014

Alliance Wine has boosted its Spanish portfolio with the addition of boutique Valencian producer Celler del Roure.

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Bottle Green's on-trade arm toasts busiest month to date

Published:  18 August, 2014

Bottle Green Wines' sales have risen 15% year-on-year to July, as the company took the biggest ever number of orders from the on-trade to date.

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Most wine industry's challenges are no different to other sectors, says economist Mike Veseth

Published:  15 August, 2014

Mike Veseth, the celebrated US wine economist and blogger, has dismissed the idea that the dynamics of the wine industry are different to the challenges faced by other business sectors.

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One more day to register for Benevolent Fantasy Football League

Published:  15 August, 2014

The countdown to the start of the new English Premier League season is well and truly on. Which means there is only a day left to get your thinking caps on and enter the new Benevolent Fantasy Football League, have some fun, compete against friends (and soon to be foes) and raise some money for the drinks charity along the way.

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Tom Conran to open a 12-month pop-up in Notting Hill

Published:  15 August, 2014

 

 

Tom Conran  is opening up a 12-month pop-up restaurant in London's Notting Hill on the former site of his Tom's Deli.

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Just A Minute: Charles Pashby-Taylor talks about finding a job he loves

Published:  15 August, 2014
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Renaissance Pubs moves into hospitality

Published:  15 August, 2014

Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox of Renaissance Pubs have not had much time for lying in bed recently. They have been even busier than usual. They relaunched the iconic Battersea pub, The Latchmere in May and are now renting out six rooms above its Kennington Cross pub The Tommyfield. Harpers caught up with Peake, the "new projects" junkie of the group, to see how its new ventures are working out.

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Entries for Harpers Global Design Awards extended to August 22

Published:  14 August, 2014

The deadline to enter this  year's Harpers Global Design Awards has been extended by a week and now closes on August 22.

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Managed pubs and restaurants see 2.2% sales uplift in July

Published:  14 August, 2014

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Timothy Taylor wins Best Beer in Britain award at Great British Beer Festival

Published:  13 August, 2014

 

Timothy Taylor's Botlmaker beer has been named the 'Best Beer' in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London.

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James Steen takes trip down memory lane at St Bart's Brewery in Smithfield

Published:  12 August, 2014

There are several ways to reach Smithfield, home of the newly opened St Bart's Brewery. You can take the bus or a cab, or if you happen to be a side of beef or a carcass of lamb then a refrigerated van from the slaughterhouse to this ancient London meat market is the preferred option.

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For future growth Carlsberg must succeed in wine as well as beer, says James Lousada

Published:  08 August, 2014

As Carlsberg's specialist wine and spirits division, now called Crown Cellars, celebrates over 20 years, the brewer's UK chief executive, James Lousada, explains to Richard Siddle why wines and spirits are now so important to the group

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Final week to enter Harpers Global Design Awards

Published:  08 August, 2014

There is now a week to go to get your entries or nominations in for the 2014 Harpers Global Design Awards asa we look to celebrate the very best creative minds and talents in the drinks industry.

 

 

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Richard Clark: we're always looking for next "Crabbie's" breakthrough at Halewood

Published:  08 August, 2014

Halewood International's innovation programme has been the lifeblood of a £270m-plus turnover independent drinks manufacturer and distributor that has reinvigorated many of the markets in which it operates. Andrew Don speaks to Richard Clark, director of innovation, about the company's new product development (NPD) and the importance NPD plays in the life of a 30-year-old business that learns from both failure and success.

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On-trade losing thousands of pounds in wine sales says new Harpers consumer report

Published:  08 August, 2014

 

The UK on-trade is potentially losing out on thousands of pounds of trade a day because of its inability to sell wine effectively, according to a new exclusive report publsihed today by Harpers Wine & Spirit.

 

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Harpers new consumer report reveals key wine trends in the UK on-trade

Published:  08 August, 2014

In the second of our exclusive consumer reports, Harpers turns the spotlight on drinking trends in the UK on-trade and finds out what the average Brit thinks of the wine in their glass and what attracts them, or not, to ordering wine when out and out about compared to other drinks

 

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George Workman of Frizzenti on the huge opportunties for wine on-tap

Published:  07 August, 2014

We talk to George Workman, managing director of Frizzenti, the company behind the on-tap serve for Italian sparkling wine about how he sees the Prosecco and sparkling wine market growing and developing in the future.

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Your chance to vote in Harpers France Wine Awards and take part in France Summit

Published:  06 August, 2014

Harpers is once again looking to reward the very best retailers, restaurants, distributors and individuals that are leading the way in selling and promoting French wine in the UK in our second Harpers France Awards.

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Evuna looks to build on success of second Manchester Spanish wine bar concept

Published:  05 August, 2014

It's taken over a decade for Manchester's tapas and Spanish wine institution Evuna to get round to opening its second site, but now it has its sights set on opening more.

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Diageo names Charles Joly World's Best Bartender

Published:  05 August, 2014

Diageo's sixth annual global world's best bartender competition came to a close last week with Charles Joly from the US beating 47 other mixologists in a week long series of challenges held across London.

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Circle 360 plans to expand its shopping centre Champagne bar concept to up to 20 UK sites

Published:  05 August, 2014

Champagne and cocktail bar concept Circle 360 is planning to have 15 to 20 UK sites by the end of 2015, with its first international outlets also in the pipeline.

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Prosecco firm Frizzenti to open wine bar chain

Published:  04 August, 2014

Prosecco and sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti is to open a series of permanent and semi-permanent wine bars, with plans to open 10 within 12 months of an initial launch in October.

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Christine Parkinson on driving sake with customers and sommeliers at Hakkasan

Published:  01 August, 2014

Helen Arnold talks sake with Christine Parkinson, chief wine buyer at the 12-strong Hakkasan restaurant chain, the first company to put some of its sommeliers through a new WSET sake course.

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WSTA conference to focus on engaging consumers

Published:  31 July, 2014

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association's annual conference will focus on the role branding, innovation and digital communications play in engaging with consumers in today's wine and spirits world.

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Ethos to offer vegetarian wine list to London diners

Published:  29 July, 2014

A new vegetarian restaurant boasting not only a meat-free menu, but a vegan and vegetarian wine list is to open in London in September.

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Jayke Mangion on the story behind setting up a restaurant in an old Clapham public toilet

Published:  29 July, 2014

 

Douglas Blyde meets the co-founder of "WC", the new wine and charcuterie bar located in a Victorian former public toilet in Clapham.

 

 

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Vinoteca hand-picked to open its fifth site in new Kings Cross development

Published:  29 July, 2014

Vinoteca, the award winning London restaurant and wine bar chain, is working with property agents at the new Kings Cross retail development to open a tailor made site in February 2015.

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Vinoteca to offer Riesling by the glass straight from 20-litre kegs

Published:  25 July, 2014

Vinoteca, the London chain of wine bars and restaurants, is introducing what it claims will be the first Riesling to be sold by the keg in the capital.

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Hakkasan teams up with WSET to provide first dedicated sake training course

Published:  24 July, 2014

An increasing demand for sake amongst UK consumers is not being met by the trade, according to Christine Parkinson, head wine buyer at the Hakkasan restaurant group, which has recently put the sommeliers in its London branches through a new WSETdedicated sake course.

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Top chefs team up for Indian cycling challenge to raise money for Action Against Hunger

Published:  23 July, 2014

Leading chefs and members of the drinks and hospitality  industries are to cycle across 400 kilometres of Rajasthan in India to help raise money for Action Against Hunger.

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Skye Gyngell to open first standalone restaurant at Somerset House

Published:  22 July, 2014

Skye Gyngell, who made her name at the Petersham Nurseries Café, is to open her first solo venture,Spring, at Somerset House in London in October.

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Imogen Taylor on "exciting" white South African wines and making it as a young sommelier

Published:  18 July, 2014

Douglas Blyde talks to the 22 year-old sommelier of Greyhound at The Test in Stockbridge who says it was not her father of Stone Vine & Sun fame that inspired her to take up a career in wine, but getting her hands dirty out in wineries around the world instead.

 

 

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Geronimo airport pubs offer travellers phone chargers

Published:  17 July, 2014

Pub and bar operator Geronimo Inns will offer customers complimentary phone chargers at its Heathrow pubs to allow them to recharge and comply with new airport security rules.

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World Cup boosts pub drink sales, but food suffers

Published:  17 July, 2014

The World Cup provided a 2.4% sales boost for wet-led pubs, but branded restaurants faced flat sales while pub restaurants saw revenues slide compared to June last year.

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Special Yorkshire liqueur recreated in honour of the Brontë family

Published:  15 July, 2014

Sir James Aykroyd, former chairman of Speyside Distillers, has recreated a special liqueur in honour of the Brontë family and their home in Yorkshire.

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The Ledbury named as London's "Ultimate" restaurant for third year running

Published:  15 July, 2014

The Ledbury has scored a hat-trick of wins in the Ultimate Restaurant List 2014 which picks its winners based on an aggregate of all other dining awards and ratings.

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T.E.D signs up ethical wine suppliers for new sustainable restaurant

Published:  14 July, 2014

 

New London restaurant, T.E.D, which stands for Think.Eat.Drink, promises to offer "green gourmet" dining with its sustainable, ethically sourced menu complete with organic and biodynamic wine list.

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Bibendum's launches 15-strong sake range for UK on-trade and independents

Published:  14 July, 2014

Last week marked the offical launch of Bibendum's new range of sakes to the on-trade and independent merchants in the UK.

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Herman ze German's cheeky World Cup offer

Published:  10 July, 2014

The CP had thought the days of Stan Boardman and his "ze German" jokes had been confined to history. But that was until we came across the London eaterie, Herman ze German, which has been quick to send out news alerts urging people to head to its outlets this Sunday and enjoy the World Cup final with a bratwurst or two.

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