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Team Tesco talks shop

Published:  20 November, 2017

After two years of regrouping and a recent restructure, Tesco gives Angela Mount a taste of what’s to come

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Tesco resumes dividends following 7th consecutive quarter of growth

Published:  04 October, 2017

Tesco has offered up the firmest confirmation yet of its turnaround since the business was rocked by an infamous accounting scandal three years ago.

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Tesco adds sparklers to its range

Published:  29 September, 2017

Tesco has added four new sparkling wines to its Finest own-label wine range this month, created in partnership with world renowned producers.

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Tesco launches Copestick Murray collaboration

Published:  20 July, 2017

Tesco is launching historic Hungarian wine Talisman Bull’s Blood into the UK market via a partnership with distributor Copestick Murray.

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A dozen new wines join Tesco's Finest portfolio

Published:  28 June, 2017

Tesco has added 12 wines to its Finest own-label brand just a few months after extending the portfolio with a 10-strong collection of old-world wines.

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Tesco and Felix Solis collaborate on low ABV range

Published:  21 June, 2017

Tesco has launched a new range of low alcohol wines which it intends to become a staple on its shelves.

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Tesco fined £129m for overstating profits

Published:  28 March, 2017

Tesco has finally reached an agreement with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and will pay £129m fine following 2014's damaging accounting scandal.

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The battle for the retail shelves

Published:  23 March, 2017

The latest Nielsen retail reports make for interesting reading. Supermarket own-brand wines showed growth of 12.6% in the 12 weeks leading up to January 28, 2017, an escalation from 5.5% year-on-year growth, while brands lost 3% share.

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Supermarket sweep: A week in review

Published:  17 February, 2017

On the international stage, the big news this week has been dominated by an increasingly maddening number of acronyms and portmanteaus - CETA, Brexit, TTIP - as the top echelon of global businesses and governments on both sides of the Atlantic make decisions which will impact the immediate future of the trade.

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

Published:  03 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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Tesco buys Londis and Budgens owner Booker for £3.7bn

Published:  27 January, 2017

Tesco is set to merge with Britain's biggest food wholesaler Booker in a £3.7bn deal to create "the UK's leading food business".

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Performance review: An early look at the multiples' Christmas trading

Published:  12 January, 2017

In retail head offices across the country, buyers will be analysing this year's trading, investigating highs and lows, and providing the traditional Christmas post-mortems.

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Alcohol one of the fastest growing categories in the multiples this Christmas

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of beers, wines and spirits saw an +5.7% uplift over the Christmas trading period, putting it behind only confectionery as the biggest driver of festive growth.

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Discounter growth dips to lowest point since 2011

Published:  16 November, 2016

Sales growths across discounters Aldi and Lidl have hit their lowest level in five years as the supermarkets - led by Tesco - continue to fight back.

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The Unilever effect - Four months on from Brexit, is the trade beginning to feel the bite?

Published:  14 October, 2016

As Brexit and the drop in the value of the pound takes it's toll on Tesco, what's next for retailers?

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Another rise in sales as Tesco recovery continues

Published:  05 October, 2016

Sales at the UK's biggest grocery retailer have now risen for three quarters in a row following an all time low last year as it struggled to fend off stiff competition from the discounters.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Alcohol sales help keep grocery figures in the black

Published:  26 September, 2016

While overall figures for the supermarket sector remain relatively flat with growth at 0.3%, alcohol sales provided a needed boost, up 8.5% according to Kantar Worldpanel's most recent figures.

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

Published:  23 September, 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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Tesco on top as UK supermarkets fight back

Published:  21 September, 2016

For the first time in at least two years, the UK's leading supermarkets experienced two consecutive months of growth in both money taken at the till and volume of goods sold.

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Tesco showcases revamped own brand range at autumn tasting

Published:  16 September, 2016

Tesco showcased over 130 wines at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden at its autumn retail tasting this week.

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Kantar Worldpanel: Weather turns heat up on grocery sales

Published:  23 August, 2016

According to Kantar Worldpanel figures out this week, the good weather helped UK consumers increase their spend with grocers, with market growth hitting 0.3%.

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Euro 2016 boosts sales in Irish grocery retailers

Published:  05 August, 2016

Irish grocery retailers saw an uplift in sales thanks to Euro 2016, with sales rising by 3.3% compared with last year.

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Big Four's stalling growth "can't be blamed on Brexit"

Published:  29 July, 2016

The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 17 July 2016, show slow growth for the supermarket sector, with sales up just 0.1% compared to last year.

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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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Lidl and Aldi hit record high as top four lose market share

Published:  28 June, 2016

Grocery share figures show that the big four have lost market share on last year, while Lidl and Aldi hit a record high of 10.5% in combined market share.

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Supermarket ombudsman launches formal consultation into payments for better positioning

Published:  27 June, 2016

The government official appointed to regulate and field complaints from suppliers working with the grocery industry has revealed that she is launching a formal consultation into the practice of supermarkets accepting payments for better positioning or increased share of shelf space.

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Second quarter of growth for Tesco

Published:  23 June, 2016

Like-for-like sales are up at FTSE 100 giant Tesco, where sales grew by 0.9% for the 13 weeks to 28 May 2016.

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AmazonFresh online offer launches

Published:  15 June, 2016

AmazonFresh officially launched yesterday in the UK taking on the major multiple retailers to grab market share in the online grocery market channel.

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Tour de France partnership continues to drive growth for Concha y Toro

Published:  13 June, 2016

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur is continuing to make huge gains in the UK market thanks to its official partnership with the Tour de France.

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Tesco confirms it is selling Giraffe and Turkish operations

Published:  10 June, 2016

Tesco has confirmed it will be offloading Giraffe and the Turkish arm of its operations for an undisclosed sum.

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Tesco tipped to announce sale of Giraffe and Turkish retail arm

Published:  09 June, 2016

Tesco is expected to offload Giraffe and the Turkish arm of its operations in a move to concentrate on its core grocery business.

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Tesco boss paid £3m for returning retailer to profit

Published:  16 May, 2016

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis has been paid £4.6m in salary and bonus for turning around the fortunes of the supermarket giant.

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Tesco's turnaround: Retailer post quarterly growth

Published:  13 April, 2016

Multiple retailer Tesco posted its first quarterly sales growth in nearly three years signalling that the supermarket giant's turnaround is gathering momentum.

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Tesco trials mixed-case South African wine offer

Published:  18 March, 2016

Tesco is to trial mixed cases of wine from its finest* range in 280 stores nationwide for the first time.

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Groceries Code Adjudicator's investigation finds Tesco 'seriously breached' Code

Published:  26 January, 2016

Following an in-depth investigation Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator has told Tesco to introduce "significant changes to practices and systems after finding Britain's largest supermarket seriously breached a legally-binding Code to protect groceries suppliers."

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Insights: Autumn tastings reveal long-term strategies for multiple retailers

Published:  05 November, 2015

Angela Mount hit many of the autumn multiple retailer tastings ahead of the Christmas trading period to get in-depth insight into each retailers different long-term strategies.

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Tesco drops 300 wines from range and eliminates half price deals

Published:  29 October, 2015

Tesco finally unveiled the full extent of their new range and pricing policy at their autumn press tasting in London Tuesday.

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Tesco boss claims 'sustained improvement' but first-half profits fall by 54%

Published:  07 October, 2015

Tesco saw group operating profit before exceptional items fall by 54.6% to £354 million in the 26 weeks to August 29.

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Jago to join Berry Bros & Rudd as chief executive

Published:  12 August, 2015

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago will join Berry Bros & Rudd as chief executive in October.

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Rosie Davenport: Testing time for Tesco

Published:  31 July, 2015

It could be a long summer for suppliers waiting to hear whether they've made the grade as the extent of the Tesco's wine range cull starts to ripple through the trade.

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Analysis: The squeeze on supermarket wine aisles

Published:  20 July, 2015

As multiples battle for share, tough times lie ahead for supermarkets and suppliers and the challenges facing the sector

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Sales continue to fall at Tesco but rate of decline has slowed under new chief executive

Published:  26 June, 2015

UK sales at Tesco continued to fall in the first quarter of its new financial year - though the decline was less dramatic than during the horror show of 2014/15.

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Tesco admits to 'probable breaches' of Groceries Supply Code

Published:  08 June, 2015

Tesco has in it's recently released annual report stated that "regrettably, we have conclude that there have been a number of instances of probable breaches of the Code which fall short of the high standards we expect to uphold in our dealings with our suppliers."

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Morrisons returns to growth, and Lidl takes its highest market share

Published:  02 June, 2015

Morrison returned to growth for the first time since December 2013, the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel have shown, while Lidl rose its highest recorded market share.

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Tesco appoints former Diageo lawyer to head up legal team

Published:  29 May, 2015

Tesco has appointed Diageo's former lawyer David Berry as its first UK legal director, according to legal publication, The Lawyer.

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Consumers win as supermarket wines awarded nearly 500 medals at IWC 2015

Published:  13 May, 2015

Consumers are the real winners this year, with almost 500 medals from the 2015 International Wine Challenge being awarded to supermarkets' own-brand and exclusive wines.

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Kantar: £532m lost from supermarket revenue pool in just three months

Published:  06 May, 2015

Kantar Worldpanel released it most recent UK retail figures today showing that "a massive £532m has been taken out of the supermarket revenue pool in just three months" according to Fraser McKevitt, the head of retail and consumer insights at Kantar.

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Tesco 2015 results report a £6.4 billion loss

Published:  22 April, 2015

Tesco has reported the worst annual financial results in the retailer's 96 year history, showing a loss of £6.376bn and underlying profit before tax fall just over 70% for the year.

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Tesco confirms shake up of wine buying team

Published:  16 April, 2015

Today Tesco confirmed several changes to its wine buying team as a result of a restructure including the appointment of James Davis MW as category buying manager for wine as well as some key departures.

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Tesco to restructure wine buying team and bring in a new MW to help lead

Published:  15 April, 2015

Tesco is said to be announcing a number of changes to its wine buying team including bringing back James Davis MW from Greene King and a series of redundancies, according to a report on harpers.co.uk sister publication Off Licence News.

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Aldi overtakes Waitrose to become Britain's sixth largest supermarket

Published:  08 April, 2015

Aldi has overtaken Waitrose to become the sixth largest supermarket in Britainwith 5.3% of the market, according to Kantar Worldpanel's retail figures released today.

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Tesco faces potential multi-billion pound UK shareholder claim

Published:  24 March, 2015

Tesco is facing a potential multi-billion pound class action lawsuit in the UK by a not-for-profit organisation representing its shareholders, in relation to the profit overstatement it announced last year.

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Tesco signs property swap with joint-venture partner on 21 stores

Published:  20 March, 2015

Tesco has signed a deal to regain full ownership of 21 superstores that it owned-jointly with a property investment company.

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Supermarkets lose £400m in sales as price deflation gives further savings to consumers

Published:  10 March, 2015

Supermarkets are missing out on £400 million in sales as price deflation continues to pick up pace offering further savings to consumers, according to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

 

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Dan Jago was "never suspended" from the business says Tesco

Published:  05 March, 2015

Tesco has confirmed to Harpers.co.uk that Dan Jago, who is returning to the business on March 9, was never actually suspended from the company, but asked to "step aside".

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Shifting retail landscape likely to benefit independents, Wilson says

Published:  05 March, 2015

Shifts expected in the off-trade over the next 12 months are likely to create a "huge opportunity" for independent merchants, according to Tim Wilson of the Wilson Drinks Report.

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TescoGate: Retailer urges staff to report misconduct as it launches new code of conduct

Published:  02 March, 2015

Tesco has launched a new code of conduct for staff, according to Harpers' sister title The Grocer.

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TescoGate: Dan Jago to return to retailer following investigation

Published:  26 February, 2015

Dan Jago, who was suspended from his role as Tesco's director of wine, spirits and beer at the height of the fallout from the £263 million shortfall in the retailer's profits, is being reinstated and will return to the retailer in a new role on March 9.

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Ex-Tesco director David Potts named as new Morrisons chief executive

Published:  25 February, 2015

Morrisons has named former Tesco director, David Potts, as its new chief executive following weeks of speculation of who would succeed Dalton Phillips who announced he was stepping down in January.

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Waitrose named UK's favourite supermarket by Which?

Published:  19 February, 2015

Waitrose has returned to the top spot of the Which? annual supermarkets survey - narrowly ahead of last year's winner, discounter Aldi.

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Tesco names John Allan as new chairman

Published:  18 February, 2015

Dixons Carphone deputy chairman John Allan has been appointed to lead Tesco's board of directors as Richard Broadbent departs.

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Tesco and rest of the supermarket industry returning to growth, says Kantar

Published:  10 February, 2015

After 13 reported months of decline Tesco has posted 0.3% growth and the supermarket industry as a whole appears to be improving with growth accelerating to 1.1%.

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Richard Siddle: why Tesco's product cull will impact everyone in the trade

Published:  06 February, 2015

Here are a few questions for you? Do you work with any of the major supermarkets? If so do you ever take a close look at what is happening in any other aisle of the store other than wine and spirits?  I mean do you assess how a particular category like confectionery, health and beauty or crisps and snacks is merchandised?  How many suppliers in that fixture that retailer works with? What sort of promotions they are running? If you don't then you need to.

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Tesco calls on wine suppliers for added payments as Grocery Code Adjudicator starts inquiry

Published:  06 February, 2015

In the last 24 hours Tesco has issued two separate requests for wine suppliers to pay effectively the same additional payment for increased sales volumes they have received for their products following its recent product cull.

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Aldi set to open another 70 stores this year in the UK

Published:  05 February, 2015

Aldi plans to open 70 more stores across the UK and hire 150 store managers, 300 assistant managers and 4,500 store staff in 2015.

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Grocery Adjudicator launches Tesco investigation

Published:  05 February, 2015

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has launched an investigation into Tesco over evidence that it delayed supplier payments and demanded fees for better positioning on shelf.

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Wine agency suppliers to be hardest hit in Tesco range cull

Published:  02 February, 2015

Tesco's pledge to cut ranges by 30% as part of a massive overhaul of its entire product base will hit wine and spirits suppliers, especially those on the agency side, and is likely to be followed by the other major supermarket chains, industry experts have warned.

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Power to fine supermarkets for Groceries Code breaches edges closer

Published:  29 January, 2015

The power to fine supermarkets up to 1% of their turnover for breaching the Groceries Code have edged a step closer after being laid in Parliament.

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Groceries Code Adjudicator hamstrung in efforts to fine supermarkets

Published:  20 January, 2015

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has admitted she is hamstrung in her efforts to reprimand retailers as the government has not yet finalised her powers to hand out fines.

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Tesco turns to advertising and management gurus to help rebuild brand's reputation

Published:  15 January, 2015

Tesco is bringing in organisation transformation firm Blue Rubicon and the advertising agency that Sir John Hegarty helped found, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), to work with the company's leadership team in an effort to help turn the struggling retailer around.

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Waitrose bucks grocery trend for store closures with 14 new openings for 2015

Published:  14 January, 2015

Waitrose is bucking the trend of store closures and job losses in the grocery sector by opening 14 new outlets in 2015, with more in the pipeline for 2016.

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Big four grocers face 'unprecedented' competition, says Kantar

Published:  13 January, 2015

Christmas sales figures are neck-in-neck across the grocery market, according to Kantar's latest data, which shows the retailers are the closest they have ever been since the market research firm began keeping records 20 years ago.

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Festive figures: Grocers celebrate small victories despite minimal growth

Published:  13 January, 2015

Despite "modest growth" of 0.6% across the grocery market during the festive period, Kantar Worldpanel says this gives cause to celebrate - representing the biggest boost across the sector since August 2014.  

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Tesco's credit rating downgraded to 'junk' status

Published:  12 January, 2015

Global credit rating agency Moody's has further downgraded Tesco long-term credit rating from Baa3 to Ba1, which is considered "junk" grade for investments that are considered 'high risk'.

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Richard Siddle: all eyes on Tesco to take lead in retailer supplier relations

Published:  12 January, 2015

When over 200 businesses are moved to fill in an in-depth, 20 question survey online in the week before Christmas you know you have hit a nerve.

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Up to 95% of suppliers demand retailers change the way they work with them

Published:  09 January, 2015

Up to 95% of the 200 suppliers who took part in our survey into the behaviour of major UK retailers want them to change. Here Gemma McKenna reveals what suppliers really think of the big multiples

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Tesco is worst retailer to work with say wine and spirits suppliers in Harpers poll

Published:  09 January, 2015

Tesco has been named and shamed as the worst retailer to work with in a survey of over 200 wine and spirits suppliers carried out by Harpers.co.uk. 

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Accolade Wines releases alcohol-free Echo Falls drink

Published:  08 January, 2015

Accolade Wines-owned Californian brand Echo Falls has released a tea-infused alcohol-free sparkling drink made from fermented grapes. 

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Tesco kicks off turnaround plan with asset sales and store closures

Published:  08 January, 2015

Tesco is taking radical steps to turn around its flagging business, including major cost-cutting, selling off assets, closing 43 stores and its Cheshunt headquarters and scrapping plans for 49 new ventures in a bid to fund lower prices.

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Retailers need to eradicate code breaking measures warns Grocery Code Adjudicator

Published:  05 January, 2015

Major grocery retailers radically need to change the way they work with suppliers and ensure their trading practices in no way encourage members of staff to break the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

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Drinks suppliers: Last chance to rate major retailers in our survey

Published:  23 December, 2014

2014 saw the drinks supply sector rocked by news of Tesco's accounting practices, and the subsequent suspension of the supermarket's BWS chief brought the scandal closer to home. We would like to find out how suppliers rate retailers across the board. 

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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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Fresh inquiry into Tesco accounts as suppliers come under spotlight

Published:  22 December, 2014
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Prosecco sales rocket while still wine lags

Published:  22 December, 2014

Off-trade alcohol sales have risen 2.4% to £14 billion, with volumes up 0.8% - and Italian sparkler Prosecco has seen the most stunning increase of all, with values up 55% throughout 2014.

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Tesco accused of 'blunderbuss' approach in scrapping supplier fees

Published:  18 December, 2014

Tesco's move to scrap supplier fees and instead focus on getting the lowest prices upfront has been greeted with scepticism by leading consultants who describe is as "old-fashioned" and taking a "blunderbuss approach".

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Price wars saved UK shoppers £182m in last three months, says Kantar

Published:  17 December, 2014

While the grocery market has returned to very slight growth, real grocery deflation, which has seen prices fall by 0.7% versus last year, equates to savings of £182 million for consumers in the last three months, according to Kantar. 

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Tesco in bid to scrap controversial supplier fees

Published:  15 December, 2014

Tesco is planning on scrapping its complex system of supplier fees in a move that could shake up the grocery sector.

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Prosecco dominates festive fizz sales at major retailers

Published:  11 December, 2014

Sales of Prosecco are fizzing across the major retailers in the run-up to Christmas, with Tesco predicting one in three bottles of sparkling wine sold this year will be the Italian favourite.

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Tesco credit rating in further jeopardy following profit warning

Published:  10 December, 2014

Moody's Investor Services, an international credit rating agency, says Tesco's profit warning "will further increase negative pressure on Tesco's current rating" and that Tesco would remain under review for another possible downgrade.

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Tesco shares plummet as retailer warns on profits

Published:  09 December, 2014

Tesco has issued a warning flagging full-year trading profit will not exceed £1.4 billion - 20% lower than analysts' expectations.

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COPY: The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  05 December, 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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Tesco makes changes to senior management team

Published:  02 December, 2014

Tesco has shaken up its management team with chief executive Dave Lewis taking a hands-on role leading the day-to-day running of the UK supermarkets.

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M&S own brand wines wipe the floor at first round of International Wine Competition 2015

Published:  02 December, 2014

Marks and Spencer's own brand wines cleared the decks at the first phase of the International Wine Challenge 2015, taking home 69 medals and outpacing nearest rival Tesco by 37 medals. 

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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  28 November, 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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TescoGate: Three suspended bosses reported to have left Tesco with more to follow

Published:  28 November, 2014

Kevin Grace, group commercial director, Carl Rogberg, UK finance director, and John Scouler, UK food commercial director, three of the executives that were suspended from Tesco following its accounting crisis have left the company, according to a Financial Times report. Other suspended executives, including head of beers, wines and spirits, Dan Jago,could be dismissed next week, according to media reports.

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Wine Australia confirms Tesco's Laura Jewell as its new head of UK and Europe

Published:  27 November, 2014

Wine Australia has confirmed to Harpers.co.uk that it has appointed Tesco's Laura Jewell MW to be its new regional director for the UK and Europe.

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TescoGate latest: UK shareholders poised to sue over "reckless" accounting errors

Published:  26 November, 2014

A UK law firm is preparing legal action on behalf of Tesco shareholders that will allege directors and senior managers "knew or were reckless" over the retailer's "untrue of misleading" accounts, which overstated profits by £263 million.

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Supermarket and supplier relations at a "crossroads" warns Pernod Ricard UK chief

Published:  24 November, 2014

Relationships between major supermakets and their suppliers are now at a "crossroads" according to Denis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, and we should expect tighter regulations to bring more control over the sector.

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UK grocery market declines for first time in 20 years, says Kantar WorldPanel

Published:  20 November, 2014

The ongoing price wars in the British grocery market have led sales to decline by 0.2% - the first decrease since market research firm Kantar World Panel began keeping records. 

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  14 November, 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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Tesco bolsters wine team as it looks to improve quality and customer focus

Published:  12 November, 2014

Tesco has boosted its wine team with the addition of an assistant buyer and quality manager.

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Oddbins chief slams Majestic's supplier demands as 'morally repugnant'

Published:  11 November, 2014

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola has ended 25 years of cordial relations with rival retailer Majestic in a hard-hitting comment for Harpers.co.uk in which he accuses the firm of "morally repugnant" and "shabby" behaviour after it called on suppliers to fund a new warehouse.

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TescoGate Analysis: Tesco woes go from bad to worse

Published:  11 November, 2014

The cat is still well and truly among the pigeons at Tesco. Following its £263 million profits overstatement, suspension of head wine honcho Dan Jago, along with seven other senior executives, and the current investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, every little has not helped.

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TescoGate: UK investors could join US shareholders and fire legal action against senior chiefs

Published:  10 November, 2014

Tesco UK and European investors could join US shareholders in taking legal action against the beleaguered retail chain in the wake of its £263 million overstatement of profits.

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Lidl best value supermarket for wine, says new app

Published:  10 November, 2014

Lidl is the UK's best supermarket for wine when it comes to value - according to an 18-month study tasting over 4,000 wines carried out by the Wotwine app.

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TescoGate will be major test for Groceries Code warns government chief

Published:  07 November, 2014

The head of the government's business select committee has written to the Groceries Code Adjudicator about how Tesco practices may have infringed the "spirit" of the Code and what action is being taken.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 November, 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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Enotria's Troy Christensen on what next for supplier and retailer relations after TescoGate

Published:  07 November, 2014

Troy Christensen, chief executive of Enotria, tells Gemma McKenna what's going on at the supplier, the state of distributor retailer relations in light of TescoGate, and what we can expect next.

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TescoGate: Vince Cable voices concern over retailer's supplier relations

Published:  06 November, 2014

Business secretary Vince Cable has written to the Groceries Code Adjudicator over concerns about Tesco's relationships with its suppliers.

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Michel Rolland and Tesco's Laura Jewell sign up for Wine Vision

Published:  05 November, 2014

World leading wine consultant, Michel Rollland, and Tesco's Laura Jewell MW are the two latest big names to sign up to the Wine Vision event taking place in London later this month.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  31 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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TescoGate: Tesco and Serious Fraud Office confirm criminal investigation

Published:  29 October, 2014

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

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Tesco lists beer created by army veterans to support Help for Heroes

Published:  28 October, 2014

Tesco has listed a Help for Heroes beer, created by injured veterans with the help of brewer and pub operator Marstons, to help raise funds for wounded servicemen.

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Retail expert says Big Four should 'cosy up' to discounters

Published:  27 October, 2014

A leading retail expert has said Britain's Big Four need to ditch larger stores and "cosy up" to discounters by locating convenience outlets next door.

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Can supermarkets handle Britain's changing shopping habits?

Published:  27 October, 2014

Professor Heiner Evanschitzky of Aston Business School asks whether the supermarkets handle Britain's changing shopping habits.

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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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TescoGate: Credit rating downgraded in fear of shareholder litigation

Published:  24 October, 2014

Moody's Credit Agency further downgraded Tesco short and long-term credit in response to company's announcement yesterday that it had overstated profits by £263m. Tesco's ratings will remain on review for further downgrades due to concerns over the potential financial impact for shareholder litigation.

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TescoGate: suppliers should complain to Groceries Code adjudicator

Published:  24 October, 2014

A leading wine trade lawyer has called on suppliers who feel they have been badly treated by Tesco or any other supermarket, to complain to the Groceries Supply Code adjudicator.

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TescoGate: what suppliers can do if unfairly treated by Tesco or any other majors

Published:  24 October, 2014

Suppliers who feel aggrieved at their treatment at the hands of any major retailer can take action now by complaining to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice adjudicator, writes wine trade lawyer Andrew Park.

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TescoGate: Angela Mount identifies the impact on BWS of retailer's lack of strategy

Published:  23 October, 2014

Ex-Somerfield wine buyer Angela Mount questions how Tesco's BWS department will function in the longer term as pressure to make trading plans for next year builds.

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Angela Mount: What's the impact on BWS of Tesco's missing strategy?

Published:  23 October, 2014

Ex-Somerfield head of wine Angela Mount questions the impact on BWS of the lack of a long-term strategy at Tesco, as the retailer struggles to manage the consequences of its financial scandal. 

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TescoGate Live: What the national business press said of Tesco's 92% profits fall

Published:  23 October, 2014

The national media's business press has been busy this morning analysing Tesco's half-year 92% drop in pre-tax profits and even larger accounting black hole and looking at ways it can get itself out of the mire and back to leading the UK grocery retail market.

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TescoGate Live: Analysts take to Twitter in reaction to Tesco's profits black hole

Published:  23 October, 2014

Following Tesco's announcement this morning that profits had been over estimated by £263m resulting in 92% drop to £112m, analysts have taken to Twitter to share their reactions.

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TescoGate results video: Chief executive Dave Lewis in his own words

Published:  23 October, 2014

Tesco's chief executive is looking to "re-energise" the company following the "body blow" of its financial scandal, but has so far revealed scant detail of his plans.

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TescoGate Live: Serious Fraud Squad watching profits black hole inquiry with "interest"

Published:  23 October, 2014

The Serious Fraud Squad has said today it is "following developments at Tesco with interest" on the back of news that the profits black hole at the UK's biggest supermarket is higher than first thought.

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TescoGate Live: Profits blackhole worse than feared as pre-tax profits fall 92%

Published:  23 October, 2014

The sales crisis at Tesco is even worse than first feared with a 92% drop in pre-tax profits for the last six months, an even larger profits black hole than first announced and a blunt admission from new chief executive, Dave Lewis, that it has its work cut out to win back the trust of its customers.  

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TescoGate: Retailers will take greater care of suppliers now "genie" is out of bottle

Published:  22 October, 2014

The TescoGate accounting crisis means retailers will take greater care in their dealings with suppliers, now the "genie is out of the bottle", experts have told Harpers.co.uk.

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Tesco's woes continue with further drop in sales as Waitrose hits record market share

Published:  22 October, 2014

Tesco continues to lose market share to its grocery rivals at both ends of the retail spectrum, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel which reveals that Waitrose achieved its record performance for the last 12 weeks of trading.

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TescoGate will rock trust and confidence in all grocery multiples warn retail analysts

Published:  20 October, 2014

Leading City and retail analysts fear consumers will be "horrified" by the fall-out from  the Tesco accounting scandal which could have a knock-on effect on consumer confidence of not only the UK's biggest supermarket but across all major grocery retailers.

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TescoGate will lead to 'seismic change' in retailer/supplier relations, says Angela Mount

Published:  17 October, 2014

Ex-Somerfield head wine buyer Angela Mount says the Tesco accounting scandal has lifted the lid on how retailers treat suppliers and given suppliers the "strength to speak out".

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TescoGate will see end to "dodgy practices" and a reformed grocery sector, predict analysts

Published:  17 October, 2014

The grocery retail sector will never be the same again in the wake of the TescoGate accounting scandal now the lid has been lifted over supermarket and supplier relations.

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

Published:  17 October, 2014

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

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Angela Mount: TescoGate - lifting the lid on supplier/retailer relations

Published:  17 October, 2014

Angela Mount, ex-Somerfield buyer, gives her view on what is happening at Tesco and other major retailers as a result of the financial scandal and director suspensions.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  17 October, 2014

In a week where the wine trade was rocked by the suspension of Tesco's wine boss Dan Jago, much of the focus has been on the supermarket. In case you missed any of the headlines on harpers.co.uk, check out our review of the top online and financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion pieces.

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TescoGate: Supermarket is rudderless and 'fighting fires' in wake of suspensions

Published:  17 October, 2014

The suspension of Dan Jago, head of wine, and seven other directors at Tesco has left the retailer rudderless and "fighting fires" as it heads into Christmas and the busiest trading period of the year.

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TescoGate analysis: What next for suppliers and grocery multiples

Published:  15 October, 2014

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

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TescoGate latest: Suppliers reel from Jago suspension

Published:  15 October, 2014

Tesco wine suppliers are reeling and calling for steps to be taken to bring confidence back to the supply base following the news that global BWS director Dan Jago has been suspended.

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Tesco's Dan Jago suspended as investigation into £250m profit overstatement continues

Published:  14 October, 2014

Dan Jago, Tesco's global head of wine, beer and spirits, has been suspended along with two other directors as the investigation into the £250 million accounting blackhole at the retailer continues.

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Dan Jago proves that customers really do come first

Published:  09 October, 2014

For all those skeptics out there who don't think retailers engage with their customers, we've got heartening news. They do. Pat on the back goes to Tesco drinks supremo Dan Jago for the following Twitter exchange.

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Smaller format bag-in-box wines lead revival in category

Published:  09 October, 2014

Bag-in-box is due a revival, with smaller formats leading the way, according to figures from Nielsen which show the 2.25 litre box has grown 8.7% by volume in the past year.

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Consumers will expect robots and 3D printing to be the norm hear grocery bosses

Published:  09 October, 2014

Today's disruptive technologies will be expected by consumers tomorrow, delegates at 2014 IGD Convention told.

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Harpers Special Report: multiple and supplier relations uncovered

Published:  08 October, 2014

Tesco has taken a bit of a battering in recent months, with profits slipping and then the little matter of the £250 million profit overstatement.  But although Tesco is in the spotlight, there are issues for all of the major retailers right now, as the discounters go from strength to strength and the Big Four's choke hold on the market weakens. Harpers.co.uk spoke to some of the wine trade's key suppliers and ex-buyers to find out their views.

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Wine suppliers can't complain about tough supermarket deals

Published:  08 October, 2014

A host of leading Tesco wine suppliers have said they are not surprised by the supermarket's £250 million accounting black hole - but say suppliers must "push back" harder against buyer demands.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 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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Ex-Tesco wine technical head Andy Gale joins Concha y Toro

Published:  01 October, 2014

Concha y Toro UK has appointed Tesco's former technical manager for wine, Andy Gale, to head up its new business and technical development.

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Sainsbury's to switch to a mid-low pricing strategy as sales continue to fall

Published:  01 October, 2014

Sainsbury's is to start comparing and benchmarking its pricing levels against Asda rather than Tesco as it looks to switch to a new mid-low pricing strategy following a fall in sales for the third quarter in a row.

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Tesco moves five of Finest wine range to 1.5 litre bag-in-box

Published:  30 September, 2014

Tesco has moved five of its most popular bottled wines from its Finest range into 1.5 litre bag-in-box, after seeing growth in the format. 

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Tesco debt and credit ratings in question following accounting crisis

Published:  30 September, 2014

Tesco's senior unsecured long-term debt rating and its short-term credit rating was placed "on review for a downgrade" by credit rating agency Moody's Investor Service following the announcement that it had overstated its profits for the first six months by an estimated £250 million.

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Tesco fast tracks new finance chief to help with fall out from profit crisis

Published:  23 September, 2014

Tesco has pushed the start date forward of its new chief financial officer Alan Stewart to October 1 instead of December 1 after the fallout of yesterday's misstatement of profits.

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Tesco announces £250m overstatement of profits

Published:  22 September, 2014

Tesco overstated its profits for the first six months up to August 23, 2014 by an estimated £250 million, according to a statement released by the company this morning.

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Tesco expands Dan Jago's global wine role to include beer and spirits

Published:  11 September, 2014

Tesco's UK and group wine director Dan Jago is to increase his responsibilities with the addition of the beer and spirits portfolio.

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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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Tesco to launch 'wine words' tasting at upcoming Wine Fairs

Published:  01 September, 2014

Following the success of last week's 'wine word-cloud' tasting held on 27 August, which focused on 100 wines from its Finest range, Tesco announced it will roll out similar tastings at its upcoming Wine Fairs.

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Tesco's shares tumble after second profit warning

Published:  29 August, 2014

Tesco's stock tumbled 8.0% in early trading today as the company issued a second profit warning this year and announced it would be cutting its dividend by 75%.

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Tesco cuts prices on top wines ahead of Christmas rush

Published:  26 August, 2014

Tesco is cutting prices on a range of top wines as it starts clearing warehouse stock ahead of the Christmas rush.

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Tesco invites consumers to come up with wine descriptions

Published:  05 August, 2014

Tesco is inviting its consumers to join in a wine tasting to help come up with more customer friendly and impartial wine descriptors.

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Craft cider boom sees Brits spend extra £10m on pricy ciders

Published:  31 July, 2014

Sales of the priciest ciders on the market have grown by £10 million in the past year, as British drinkers seek out more expensive artisanal versions of the drink.

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Aldi on verge of overtaking Waitrose as sales jump a further 32%

Published:  30 July, 2014

 

The seemingly never-ending rise of the discounters continues with news today that Aldi is on the verge of overtaking Waitrose with nearly 5% share of the UK grocery retail market.

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New "Tesco tax" to raise money for small businesses could be counter productive warns ACS

Published:  28 July, 2014

Moves by local councils to introduce a so-called "Tesco tax" on major supermarkets to raise money to be re-invested in high street areas could set a dangerous precedent warns the Association of Convenience Stores.

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Tesco to replace chief executive, Philip Clarke, with outsider from Unilever

Published:  21 July, 2014

 

 

For the first time in decades Tesco is to be led by a chief executive that has been brought in from outside the company following the announcement that Philip Clarke is to step down in October.

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Tesco ramps up Finest range in response to consumers

Published:  17 July, 2014

Tesco customers' calls for increased variety in its Finest wine range were answered this week as the supermarket added seven new wines - including a Riesling from Slovenia. 

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M&S named Supermarket of the Year by International Wine Challenge for second year running

Published:  17 July, 2014

Marks & Spencer has claimed the International Wine Challenge Supermarket of the Year award for the second year running.

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Tesco Wine Fairs set to attact 15,000 visitors to shows this autumn

Published:  11 July, 2014

Tesco Wine Fairs are set to return this coming autumn at five locations throughout the UK, including a switch to Earls Court in London to cope with the expected increase in visitors.

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Tesco tries out wine tastings for customers at home

Published:  08 July, 2014
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How retailers are using consumers to drive their brand image and strategy

Published:  04 July, 2014

The new, all-singing, all-dancing London Wine Fair was an apt setting for Harpers debate on how companies can harness consumer power to drive their businesses forward.

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Tesco to host a live online summer wine taste along

Published:  01 July, 2014
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Wine must connect emotionally with consumers hears Harpers debate

Published:  02 June, 2014

Making an emotional connection with consumers, and creating personalised, shareable and useful content is vital to selling wine, heard Harpers debate at London Wine Fair.

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London Wine Fair opens with Harpers debate on consumer power

Published:  02 June, 2014

How companies can successfully harness consumer power as the central point of their business strategy will be the theme of this morning's Harpers debate on the opening day of the London Wine Fair.

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Tesco's Laura Jewell hits out at suppliers that fail to understand how multiples operate

Published:  30 May, 2014

Laura Jewell MW, head of Tesco's wine development team, has hit out at suppliers that fail to understand the needs of major retailers.

 

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Tesco's Laura Jewell MW on what she wants from wine suppliers

Published:  30 May, 2014

In the first of a series of buyer-to-buyer interviews, Angela Mount talks to Laura Jewell MW about her role as Tesco's wine category product development manager and what she is looking for from her suppliers

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Published:  29 May, 2014
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Tesco to share consumer insights at the Harpers Debate at London Wine Fair

Published:  16 May, 2014

Tesco is to share some of its consumer insights and how it actively works with its customers to generate feedback, debate and help drive its wine and spirits strategy at the Harpers debate at the London Wine Fair.

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IWC 2014: Supermarket own brand wines take 8 of 13 Great Value Trophies

Published:  14 May, 2014

Supermarket own brand wines have taken home eight out of 13 trophies for great value wines at the International Wine Challenge 2014.

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Bottle Green poaches national account manager from Australian Vintage

Published:  06 May, 2014

Wine importer and distributor Bottle Green as appointed Russell Smith to senior national account manager, with responsibility for two national off-trade customers.

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Supermarket moves to sell wines by glass not a "slam dunk"

Published:  02 May, 2014

Moving more into hospitality with wine by the glass sales and casual dining is not a "slam dunk" route to success for the supermarkets.

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Tesco's credit rating downgraded to 'negative' by Standard & Poor

Published:  30 April, 2014

The UK's largest retailer Tesco has had its credit rating downgraded by Standard & Poor following a "greater than anticipated" decline in like-for-like sales and lower profitability.

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Blue Nun Rivaner Riesling launches in Tesco Express

Published:  28 April, 2014

Germany's well-known Blue Nun Rivaner Riesling wine has grown its UK supermarket distribution with a Tesco Express listing at around 1,000 stores.

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

Published:  25 April, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Tesco offers online shoppers hundreds of pounds a year in savings

Published:  22 April, 2014

Tesco has ramped up the stakes in grocery online retailing by offering potentially hundreds of pounds a year in savings to customers looking to get their shopping delivered to their homes.

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Tesco ups casual dining focus as profits slide

Published:  16 April, 2014

Tesco is boosting its store refurbishment programme by opening 100 new Giraffe, Decks and Harris + Hoole outlets in the next year

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Q&A with Origin Wine founder Bernard Fontannaz, who talks quality control and looking outside South Africa

Published:  13 March, 2014

Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wine on quality control, expanding its portfolio to include Old World wines and Fairtrade.

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Wines of Argentina to target millennials through music festivals in 2014

Published:  30 January, 2014
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Christmas boost for 2013 sales across on and off-trades

Published:  10 January, 2014

Despite the weather, most operators in the on- and off-trade had a great December. Gemma McKenna reports

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Rolling update: Major retailers report mixed Xmas results, but wines still perform well

Published:  09 January, 2014
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Rolling update: wine retailers celebrate festive Prosecco sales boom

Published:  03 January, 2014
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Consumers not convinced by premium New World sparkling wine says Tesco's Jewell

Published:  06 December, 2013

The market for New World sparkling wine in the UK is likely to remain stagnant for the foreseeable future, according to Tesco wine buyer Laura Jewell MW.

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Wine Vision Live News Blog: Tesco's Dan Jago vision of being a world class wine business

Published:  19 November, 2013

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If you want to be world class in your field then you have to be constantly looking to try different things and ensure what you are doing is based on what your customers are telling you was the key conclusion of Tesco's head of wine Dan Jago to today's global wine conference Wine Vision.

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Fetzer launches new Californian wine blends in to UK with Tesco

Published:  18 November, 2013

Concha y Toro's Fetzer winery in Mendocino, California has launched a red and a white blend into Tesco. The red blend is called Crimson and the white is called Quartz.

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Retailers use social media to make more consumer friendly wines

Published:  13 November, 2013

Retailers are increasingly turning to social media to help create new wines they hope will prove popular with consumers.

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Tristan Rogers on why Tesco needs to look more at working collaboratively

Published:  14 October, 2013

Tesco recently reported an unprecedented fall in like-for-like sales across all 10 of its international businesses.  The obvious question is 'why?' - but when you are dealing with a beast as big as Tesco, there are no easy answers.

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Independents back Oz Clarke's exposure of supermarket half-price wine deals

Published:  10 October, 2013

Wine critic Oz Clarke has been applauded today by many in the trade for putting the spotlight on half-price wine deals in the major supermarkets on this week's edition of the BBC TV consumer affairs programme Watchdog.

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Published:  10 October, 2013
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Tesco signs three-year business plan with Accolade Wines

Published:  04 October, 2013

Tesco has signed a three-year business plan with Accolade Wines, according to the producers of the number-one UK wine brand, Hardys.

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Tesco's Harris & Hoole coffee chain withdraws bid to get an alcohol licence

Published:  12 September, 2013

Harris & Hoole, the London and South East coffee chain which is 49% owned by Tesco, has withdrawn a controversial application to serve wine and beer in its Twickenham outlet.

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Richard Siddle: why we should all take notice of what Tesco is up to in Watford

Published:  01 September, 2013

If you wanted to go somewhere to see the future of shopping in the UK then a trip to Watford would not be very high on your list. But ier this week a mini army of analysts, retail consultants and journalists all headed to see what Tesco's so called destination store of the future was all about.

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Tesco unveils "transformed" BWS aisle at new concept stores

Published:  13 August, 2013

Tesco has unveiled what it is a calling a "completely transformed" beers, wines and spirits aisle which is part of its new concept stores which opened this week in Watford, Coventry and Purley designed to become retail destinations for its customers.

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Tesco offers mobile users improved service for online wine

Published:  12 August, 2013

Tesco has upgraded the mobile facility for its Wine by the Case online retail site to keep up with demand from customers to buy wine via their smartphones.

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Heatwave is more of a boost to supermarkets than London 2012

Published:  01 August, 2013

The heatwave throughout most of July proved nearly twice as successful for the UK's major grocery multiples than last year's London 2012 Olympic Games, according to the latest sales figures released by Nielsen.

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July heatwave is more successful for supermarkets than Olympics

Published:  31 July, 2013

The heatwave throughout most of July proved to nearly twice as successful for the UK's major grocery multiples than last year's London 2012 Olympic Games, according to the latest sales figures released by Nielsen.

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Tesco exclusive for Jamie Oliver wine range

Published:  29 July, 2013

Tesco has teamed up with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to be the exclusive retailer for three wines from the Jamie's Italian restaurant group.

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Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl take market share from Big Four

Published:  28 July, 2013

The Big Four supermarkets are under increasing pressure from both the hard discounters, Aldi and Lidl, and from mainstream rival Waitrose.

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Tesco to launch South African wine through social media

Published:  12 July, 2013

Tesco and Enotria have teamed up to try and launch a wine that has been devised and created exclusively through social...

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Hoxton Gin secures Tesco listings

Published:  12 July, 2013

Hoxton Gin has announced it has secured listings in 103 Tesco stores nationwide.

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Tesco introduces 30 new lines to its premium spirits range

Published:  03 July, 2013

Tesco is this week adding over 30 new lines to its premium spirits range in selected stores including Kavalan, a Taiwanese whisky.

 

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Tesco invites suppliers to pitch for listings at next week's LIWF

Published:  14 May, 2013

Tesco's wine team will again give suppliers the chance to pitch their business for potential listings at next week's London International Wine Fair (LIWF).

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Tesco launches Co-buy wine scheme

Published:  13 May, 2013

Tesco has launched its Co-buy Collection scheme, which will see the price of a case of wine reduce as more people decide to buy it.

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Supermarket wines win big at IWC

Published:  13 May, 2013

Thirty supermarket own-brand wines have won gold medals in the International Wine Challenge.

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Richard Siddle: why we must all hope Tesco knows what it is doing

Published:  19 April, 2013

It was somewhat ironic that the announcement of Tesco's end of year results on Wednesday should be released on the same day the news bulletins were dominated by the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

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Tesco sticks out its neck with restaurant chain acquisition

Published:  13 March, 2013

Tesco has acquired restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million.

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Tesco said the acquisition forms part of its strategy to "develop the space in some of its larger stores and create even more compelling retail destinations where customers can meet, eat and drink, as well as shop". The first Giraffe restaurant to open next to a Tesco store will be near London.

 

Kevin Grace, group commercial director at Tesco said: "We invest in businesses that add value for our customers online or offline; as we've done with Harris + Hoole, Euphorium, blinkbox, and now Giraffe. We have the opportunity to develop some of the space in our larger stores to create retail destinations that offer customers even more choice. Giraffe is hugely popular with a wide range of ages and particularly families - we think our customers will love it."

 

The first Giraffe opened in Hampstead, North London in 1998 and the group now consists of 48 sites nationwide, including franchised sites at Heathrow and other UK airports as well as one in Dubai.

 

Russel Joffe, managing director and founder at Giraffe said: "This move will allow us to introduce Giraffe to a wider audience, presents great opportunities for growth and for the team to be involved in an exciting stage in our brand's development. It will be very much business as usual at Giraffe."

 

The original founders, husband and wife team Russel and Juliette Joffe, along with Andrew Jacobs, will remain in place with Russel continuing as managing director. Risk Capital Partners and 3i have sold their combined stake of and are no longer involved in the business.

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Tesco makes raft of UK wine appointments

Published:  12 March, 2013

Tesco has bolstered its UK wine team following the recent news that Dan Jago and some of his colleagues will take on a more global role. TextTesco has bolstered its UK wine team following the recent news that Dan Jago and some of his colleagues will take on a more global role.

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Lucy Clements leaves Cornerstone for Tesco role

Published:  08 March, 2013

Cornerstone director of winemaking Lucy Clements is leaving the US importer to take on a role at Tesco.

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Tesco Everyday Value alcohol range not in breach of code, Portman Group rules

Published:  10 January, 2013

The Portman Group has ruled that Tesco's budget alcohol lines do not breach responsibility rules after a consumer complained that its Everyday Value branding encouraged immoderate consumption.

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Tesco's US problems have 'no financial impact' on Copestick Murray

Published:  11 December, 2012

One UK wine importer with strong ties to Tesco's US arm Fresh & Easy has moved to reassure its customers that its UK business is unaffected by the supermarket's difficulties stateside.

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Tesco lists Midori in run-up to Christmas

Published:  31 October, 2012

Cellar Trends-distributed liqueur brand Midori is to be listed in 446 Tesco stores in the run-up to Christmas, on the back of growth in the take-home cocktail market.

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Tesco wine revamp ups the ante on exclusive labels

Published:  23 October, 2012

Tesco is radically shaking up its wine range by introducing 300 new wines, and upping the ante on exclusive label brands.

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Tesco Wine Magazine offers interactive features

Published:  31 August, 2012

Tesco Wine Magazine has launched its first cover-to-cover augmented-reality magazine, in a bid to offer its customers new ways to "discover" more about wine.

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Tesco overhauls wine team

Published:  09 August, 2012

Tesco has poached Bibendum's sales director Emma Biggs as part of a shake-up of its wine team.

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Tesco trials virtual store for holidaymakers at Gatwick Airport

Published:  07 August, 2012

Tesco has unveiled what it thinks could be the "future of shopping" with its first virtual store at Gatwick Airport's North Terminal.

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Tesco lists first wine after Dragons' Den initiative at LIWF

Published:  17 July, 2012

Tesco has commended innovation as it lists its first wine on the back of its Dragons' Den-style initiative at London International Wine Fair.

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New wine category manager for Tesco

Published:  16 July, 2012

Tesco's new wine category manager Alain Guilpain has come on board following a stint as trading director for non-food in the Czech and Slovak republics.

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Tesco shakes up wine buying team

Published:  15 June, 2012

Tesco has made changes to its wine buying team following the departure of category buying manager Claire Lorains.

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Tesco fills all LIWF meeting slots with suppliers

Published:  04 May, 2012

Tesco has closed the registration site for meetings with its BWS buyers at the London International Wine Fair following high levels of demand.

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Tesco to take LIWF stand so wine trade can pitch ideas

Published:  26 April, 2012

Tesco is taking a stand at the London International Wine Fair for the first time to allow the trade to pitch its wines and share its ideas in a 'Dragons Den' style environment.

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Meet the buyers: Tesco

Published:  23 March, 2012
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Tesco's fine wine sales grow

Published:  14 March, 2012

Tesco's fine wine revamp has paid off - the retailer has seen sales jump 50% in the past year.

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Tesco lighter wine sales up

Published:  02 February, 2012

Customers' growing concerns about the effects of alcohol on health boosted lighter wine sales at Tesco by 100,000 bottles last year.

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Tesco to engage with consumer via online wine community

Published:  20 December, 2011

Tesco is ramping up its consumer engagement outside of the supermarket aisles, with the launch of an online wine community.

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Tesco introduces lighterweight Champagne bottle

Published:  05 December, 2011

 

Tesco has launched the first lighterweight Champagne bottles to its range, as part of its drive towards sustainability.

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Tesco's wine fairs attract 20% more customers

Published:  18 November, 2011

Tesco attracted more than 10,000 consumers - up 20% on last year - to its five wine fairs this autumn, which boosted spending by 18%.

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Villa Maria and Errazuriz 'Get Wine Wise' in Tesco car parks

Published:  19 September, 2011

Villa Maria and Errazuriz wines are to join the 'Get Wine Wise' roadshow sampling campiagn in Tesco car parks, to help drive up value.

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Pernod Ricard to trial Absolut iPad displays in Tesco stores

Published:  16 August, 2011

Pernod Ricard owned brand Absolut, is to trial in-store iPad displays in selected Tesco stores to encourage purchase of its vodka brand.

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Tesco's Wine by the Case website exceeds expectations

Published:  14 July, 2011

Tesco's Wine by the Case website, which this Easter increased its fine wine range from 200 to 300 wines, is "exceeding expectations", according to manager Nick Juby.

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Tesco to change wine aisle layout

Published:  06 July, 2011

Tesco is changing its wine aisle layout to give savvy shoppers more information, while offering less confident customers extra guidance using tag-lines "great wine chosen by Tesco" and "best sellers".

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Free Run launches new Champagne with Tesco.com

Published:  21 June, 2011

Free Run Wines is launching a new Champange with Tesco's online wine arm.

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Tesco's Dan Jago leads line-up for Harpers Debate at LIWF

Published:  06 May, 2011

Dan Jago at Tesco, Chris Mason at First Drinks and Simon Thomas at Pernod Ricard are three of the leading figures from across the drinks industry who will look at the main challenges facing the industry as part of the Harpers Debate at the London International Wine Fair on May 18.

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Tesco's wine team to focus on product type

Published:  05 April, 2011

Tesco is changing the focus of its wine buying and development teams to look at product type rather than country of origin, and has recruited two new buyers.

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Tesco takes on first English wine for Finest range

Published:  25 March, 2011

Denbies Wine Estate, in Surrey has released its English White 2011, which is the first English wine to be produced exclusively for the Tesco Finest range.

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Tesco listing up for grabs in new drinks innovation competition

Published:  11 February, 2011

 

Tesco's drinks chief Dan Jago says the supermarket giant is happy to "put our money where our mouth is" by backing a Harpers Wine & Spirit initiative to find the best new drinks idea in the country.

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Tesco introduces resealable caps for sparkling wine

Published:  13 October, 2010
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Tesco looks to double Finest wine sales by extending range to 100 lines

Published:  02 July, 2010

   Tesco is to extend its Finest wine range to 100 lines from 74 by the end of the year as it looks to celebrate 10 years of a brand now worth £1.1 billion across all grocery categtories by doubling Finest wine sales this year.

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Sir Terry Leahy quits Tesco

Published:  08 June, 2010

Tesco's chief executive, Sir Terry Leahy has made a surprise announcement to step down from his position in 2011.

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Sainsbury's and Tesco at odds over minimum pricing

Published:  24 May, 2010

Two of the UK's biggest retailers have revealed opposing views on the controversial subject of minimum pricing for alcohol.

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Tesco backs call for end of below cost alcohol sales

Published:  21 May, 2010

Supermarket giant Tesco has become the first major UK retailer to support the new coalition government's commitment to ban the sale of alcohol below cost.

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Tesco offers fine wines online

Published:  12 May, 2010

Tesco has started to sell a selection of rare, unusual and fine wines from around the world as part of a new online offering.

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Waitrose recruits new drinks chief from Tesco

Published:  20 April, 2010

Pierpaolo Petrassi MW has left Tesco to head up the BWS department at Waitrose.

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Tesco and Morrisons licences reviewed

Published:  04 March, 2010

Tesco and Morrisons face licence reviews in Scotland after a publican accused them of breaching the law with "irresponsible drinks promotions".

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Tesco goes lightweight

Published:  13 January, 2010

Tesco is rolling out the lightest glass wine bottle available in the UK on its own-label ranges.

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Tesco launches iPhone wine App

Published:  21 December, 2009

Tesco has launched an iPhone visual search application that allows customers to take a picture of a wine label and check whether it is stocked by Tesco Wine by the Case with an option to buy.

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My Taste: Tesco

Published:  04 November, 2009

Editor Richard Siddle assesses the Tesco autumn tasting.

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Marlborough Sauvignon for £3.92

Published:  26 October, 2009

Tesco has launched a promotion offering Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for £3.92 a bottle.

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Tesco announces next day wine delivery

Published:  07 September, 2009

Tesco customers can now receive next day delivery of Tesco Wine by the Case.

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Tesco announce next-day wine delivery

Published:  07 September, 2009

Tesco customers can now receive next-day delivery of Tesco Wine by the Case.

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Tesco targets stay at home wine drinkers

Published:  11 May, 2009

Supermarket giant Tesco is planning to bolster its wine sales in a £150 million revamp of its customer Clubcard.

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Tesco has poor Christmas

Published:  14 January, 2009

Tesco has reported its worst Christmas sales performance since the last recesssion, as the discounters continue to make gains in the UK market.

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Tesco accused over cut price drink offers

Published:  06 January, 2009

Tesco is reported to be facing two official investigations over the way it has been running recent discounted drink offers.

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Tesco accused over cut price drink offers

Published:  06 January, 2009

Tesco is reported to be facing two official investigations over the way it has been running recent discounted drink offers.

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Tesco turns the screw

Published:  24 November, 2008

I hear Tesco's turn has come again to turn the screw on their wine suppliers: improved terms have allegedly been required and deadlines set for compliance.

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New look La Gioiosa extends Tesco distribution deal

Published:  31 October, 2008

Italian wine brand La Gioiosa is strengthening its position in the sparkling wine category with the launch of new premium packaging for its Prosecco Spumante Brut and extended distribution in Tesco to 650 stores.
Source: D&D Wines International

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Tesco launches budget wine range

Published:  23 October, 2008

Tesco has unveiled a range of budget wines, packaged in one-litre Tetra Paks and priced at £2.89.

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Tesco launches "credit crunch" ale range

Published:  13 October, 2008

Tesco is launching a range of "credit crunch" ales, in a bid to cash in on the rising demand for ale and plug the gap left by falling lager sales.

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Tesco trials in-store virtual wine system

Published:  01 October, 2008

Tesco is planning to introduce a virtual wine technology system in its stores to help customers choose their purchases.

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