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Waitrose introduces 100 new lines to bolster premium position

Published:  12 October, 2018

“Functional booze is not our game. We need to tell a story,” says Pierpaolo Petrassi, head of buying, beers, wines and spirits at Waitrose.

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Premium spirits worth 40% more to the on-trade at Christmas

Published:  17 August, 2018

The shift to premium spirits has happened and is here to stay, opening up a multimillion pound opportunity for the UK’s bars and restaurants this festive season.

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No Christmas cheer for restaurant and pub groups

Published:  19 January, 2018

Restaurant and pub groups across the UK recorded a marginal decline in sales during the festive season, with drink-led businesses claiming the best of the festive trade.

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Bier Huis signs exclusive distribution deal for Clover Gin

Published:  10 January, 2018

Bier Huis, the Ossett-based specialist beer, cider and spirits shop, has added Clover Gin from Belgium to its wholesale section as a UK exclusive.

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Majestic reports strong Christmas sales

Published:  09 January, 2018

Majestic Wine saw bumper trading over the Christmas period with group sales increasing by 3.2% compared to last year.

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Gin sales boom with 45% growth at Christmas

Published:  04 January, 2018

Gin was the runaway success of the last minute Christmas booze run, with shoppers buying a huge 45% more in the week before the big day than 2016.

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Looking ahead: David Gleave MW, managing director, Liberty Wines

Published:  19 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Enough of the Millennials, what about us?

Published:  18 December, 2017

It is with us at last. The wonderful Christmas and New Year period when wine drinkers empty their wallets and flash their contactless cards with gay abandon. Filling their cars, kitchens and cellars with bottles, these treasured consumers keep our businesses afloat, at least for a few more months.

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Looking ahead: Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria and Coe

Published:  18 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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The WSTA guide – what you need to know and what you need to question about the forthcoming budget

Published:  15 November, 2017

Budget speak explained by the WSTA

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Virgin Wines adds boozy crackers and baubles to Christmas menu

Published:  31 October, 2017

Virgin Wines has taken Christmas gifting to a new level beyond the advent calendar with the launch of Prosecco, wine and gin Christmas Crackers and Boozy Baubles.

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Trade prepares for premium push on Christmas wines

Published:  30 October, 2017

For most in the drinks world Christmas trade – the eight weeks or so leading up to the nation’s fuzzy wake-up call on January 1 – is a crucial period in the annual sales calendar.

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How consumer on-trade spend could top 2016 this Christmas

Published:  13 October, 2017

Forecasters are predicting that bars and pubs could be set to exceed last year's Christmas takings, despite continued “shaky” consumer confidence post-Brexit.

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Looking ahead: James Hocking, director of wine, The Vineyard Cellars

Published:  30 August, 2017

With the autumn tasting season soon upon us, as the trade prepares for the run up to the all-important Christmas trading period, Harpers is running a web series asking leading voices in the trade what trends and challenges they’re expecting to face in the latter half of 2017.

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Looking ahead to the Xmas run up: Richard Cochrane, MD, Felix Solis UK

Published:  21 August, 2017

With the autumn tasting season soon upon us, as the trade prepares for the run up to the all-important Christmas trading period, Harpers is running a web series asking leading voices in the trade what trends and challenges they’re expecting to face in the latter half of 2017.

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Pernod aims to grow "massive" uplift in Christmas spirits with two premium focused campaigns

Published:  17 August, 2017

Pernod Ricard kicked off its Christmas briefing strategy this morning with a reminder of why Christmas is the most important period in the trade’s calendar.

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Aldi trials craft wine range in lead up to Christmas trading period

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi is trialling a new 'craft' wine range in 50cl stubbies in effort to attract more millennials over the Christmas trading period into the wine category.

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Take a trip down memory lane with Harper's Quizmas Quiz

Published:  05 December, 2014

It has been a long and emotional 2014. Can you recall the rollercoaster ride of drinks trade happenings?

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Christmas Report: Gin is a must-have festive tonic

Published:  05 December, 2014

Once the preserve of the stockbroker set, recent years have seen gin reach a much younger and more fashionable audience. Helen Arnold assesses whether gin can stay on its upward journey

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Christmas Report: Champagne still a staple at any Christmas table

Published:  05 December, 2014

When it comes to celebrating in the Champagne category it pays to have a story, to be different and to stand out from the competition.

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