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Bibendum and Matthew Clark reassure suppliers that it is ‘business as usual’

Published:  12 April, 2018

Bibendum and Matthew Clark have issued a statement to reassure customers that all contracts will be upheld, all outstanding supplier payments will be made and that scheduled retrospective discount payments will also be honoured.

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Rising from the ashes

Published:  10 April, 2018

Opportunity and hard times lie ahead for the trade following Conviviality’s collapse and breakup of its empire. Lisa Riley assesses the impact on rival wholesalers

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£10m fighting fund for Enotria and Coe

Published:  06 April, 2018

Enotria and Coe has announced that private equity owners BlueGem are to invest £10 million to support the growth of the company in the coming months.

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Looking ahead after Conviviality's fall

Published:  06 April, 2018

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Matthew Clark and Bibendum buyout pushed through

Published:  04 April, 2018

The proposed partnership deal between C&C Group and AB Inbev to save Matthew Clark and Bibendum from insolvency has been completed. 

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C&C and AB InBev to acquire Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB

Published:  04 April, 2018

Brewing company C&C in partnership with AB InBev are likely to save Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB.

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Conviviality breakup likely as £125m fundraiser fails

Published:  28 March, 2018

Conviviality Plc has failed to raise the £125 million needed to recapitalise the business following a tumultuous month which saw three profit warnings, its market value tumble, shares suspended and the departure of CEO Diana Hunter.

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Conviviality to raise £125 million to avoid collapsing

Published:  22 March, 2018

Conviviality has confirmed its likely to go out of business if its fundraising bid to raise £125 million fails.

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Shaking up the sparkling wine market

Published:  20 March, 2018

It’s long been the case that Champagne sales are a barometer of the times, with a rise or fall in fortunes reflecting the performance of the broader economy. This has held true in the UK market through various recessions and dips, and the current downturn in Champagne sales is no exception.

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Diana Hunter steps down as Conviviality CEO

Published:  19 March, 2018

 

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Bibendum adds 113 new wines

Published:  05 March, 2018

Bibendum has added 113 new wines to its portfolio ahead of its annual spring tasting next week.

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Conviviality reshuffles leadership team

Published:  15 January, 2018

Conviviality has reshuffled its leadership team following completion of key integration elements relating to  recent acquisitions.

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Saunders spreads his wings

Published:  11 January, 2018

Ex-Bibendum MD and Conviviality business development director Michael Saunders has stepped back from a full time roll at the UK drinks giant with plans to explore other avenues including consultancy to the industry.

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Trends of 2017

Published:  20 December, 2017

There has been no shortage of evolution in the drinks world over the past year, providing canny operators with plenty of openings for upping customer engagement. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Mezcal and English sparkling tipped as the top tipples for 2018

Published:  24 November, 2017

Rising popularity of premium Languedoc Rousillion, Tequila and Mezcal as well as soaring sales of English sparkling have puts these tipples at the head of the race to be named some of the top trends for 2018.

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Litmus wines to be distributed by Bibendum

Published:  19 September, 2017

Litmus Wines has teamed up with Bibendum to distribute its English wines to the on-trade.

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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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Bibendum grows Italian premium portfolio with Apulian addition

Published:  25 July, 2017

Bibendum has added a selection of wines from artisan Italian producer, Masseria Li Veli, to its portfolio of premium wines.

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Bibendum unveils 2017 wine portfolio

Published:  24 July, 2017

Bibendum has revealed its 2017 portfolio, including a flow of wines from emerging markets such as Croatio, China and Turkey.

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Profit more than doubles at Conviviality

Published:  17 July, 2017

The Conviviality steam train shows no sings of stopping if its FY17 results are anything to go by.

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Berkmann ballot puts Portugal on top

Published:  10 March, 2017

Berkmann Wine Cellars took the opportunity to take the temperature of up and coming grapes, styles and regions likely to cause a stir in 2017.

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Wine trends: Predictions 2017

Published:  13 December, 2016

White from red regions, Loire and premium US whites are going to be 2017's big winners, according to Bibendum.

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

Published:  02 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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Bibendum unveils new pricing insight tool

Published:  01 December, 2016

Bibendum has launched a new tool to provide customers with a "complete picture of the market" thus helping them to list the right products at the right price and to identify gaps in the market. 

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Revenues double at Conviviality following "transformational" year

Published:  01 November, 2016

Conviviality Plc has reported strong growth across all three of its new business units, formed following the acquisition of Matthew Clark and Bibendum PLB.

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

Published:  26 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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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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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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Conviviality boss says Brexit won't impact future growth

Published:  20 July, 2016

The CEO of wholesale giant Convivality has said that the rapidly expanding business is well placed to avoid the sting of the Brexit beehive.

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Bibendum, PLB and Walker & Wodehouse join Bottlebooks

Published:  20 July, 2016

Bibendum and its associated wine sales companies, PLB and Walker & Wodehouse, has become the latest - and largest - importer to join Bottlebooks.

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Conviviality reveals new triple threat buying team as sales soar

Published:  18 July, 2016

Wholesale juggernaut Conviviality has revealed the structure of its new buying team following a "transformational" year buying up Matthew Clark ad Bibendum Plc.

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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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Bibendum app re-launch aiming to become the Instagram of the wine world

Published:  04 July, 2016

Bibendum is re-launching its educational wine app, Plonk, with the aim of re-creating the success of photo-led social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat.

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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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Bibendum PLB takes on Cellier des Princes

Published:  26 April, 2016

Rhone Valley based Cellier des Princes, has appointed the Bibendum PLB Group to distribute its wines across all channels in the UK.

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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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Canada joins Bibendum-PLB portfolio

Published:  18 February, 2016

Two new Canadian agencies, Stratus Vineyards and Norman Hardie, have been added to the Bibendum-PLB portfolio, representing the company's first foray into the country's wines.

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Italian producer Piccini launches sparkling wine as a competitive alternative to Prosecco

Published:  16 September, 2015

Chianti producer Piccini has launched a sparkling wine made with grapes from Prosecco territory.

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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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UK release for wine from Chilean vineyard given new lease of life after 2010 earthquake

Published:  24 August, 2015
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Spanish and French liqueurs to join Instil Drinks portfolio

Published:  20 August, 2015

Bibendum PLB's spirits division Instil Drinks is adding the Quenza and Combier liqueur ranges to its portfolio.

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Northern Lights inspire Aurora expression for Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka

Published:  12 August, 2015

Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka will launch a new expression in the UK in October.

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Bibendum PLB and Kings Place plan Ultimate Wine Options Dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger

Published:  31 July, 2015

Bibendum PLB has partnered with Kings Place to host a charity auction and dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger. The event will take place on 7 September.

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PLB on a high after bagging Hilltop Hungarian wines in off-trade deal

Published:  22 July, 2015

PLB will take on UK take-home distribution of Hungarian wines from Hilltop Neszmély on August 1. Its sister company Bibendum already handles the wines in the on-trade.

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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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Crystal head vodka launches in 50cl miniatures

Published:  26 May, 2015

The Crystal Head vodka has launched in 50cl miniature bottles, which supplier Bibendum says will open up new opportunities for a fast-growing brand.

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Bibendum PLB's new indie and wholesale arm Walker & Wodehouse on catering for the indepedent sector

Published:  08 May, 2015

Next month sees the final piece of the jigsaw slot into place for mega-supplier Bibendum PLB Group, as it launches its independent and wholesale division, Walker & Wodehouse. Arabella Mileham catches up with managing director Gareth Groves

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Bibendum PLB's new independent channel to sign up to Harpers Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  08 May, 2015

Bibendum PLB's new independent wine company, Walker & Wodehouse is set to sign up Harpers Best Practice Guidelines, shortly after its launch in June.

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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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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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New Zealand's Ara Wines moves to Bibendum PLB

Published:  18 February, 2015

Bibendum PLB has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of Marlborough's Ara Wines - formerly supplied via Negociants UK.

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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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Bibendum PLB says data insights vital to trading with multiples

Published:  11 February, 2015

Bibendum PLB says its "bird's eye view' of the UK market marks it out as a unique player in offering consumer behaviour data to customers in this increasingly tough multiple retailer environment.

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Newly formed New Zealand Craft Beer Collective comes to the UK

Published:  05 February, 2015

The New Zealand Craft Beer Collective, a group of craft brewers that formed in mid-2014, will soon be imported and distributed in the UK.

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Drinks industry leaders praise outgoing Direct Wines' chief Simon McMurtrie

Published:  07 January, 2015

Drinks industry leaders have heaped praise on outgoing Direct Wines' group chief executive Simon McMurtrie, as he prepares to take up a series of roles as  chairman of different businesses.

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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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Bibendum PLB makes 'small number' of redundancies

Published:  22 December, 2014

Bibendum PLB has restructured its buying, off-trade, marketing and technical teams in the wake of its October merger, resulting in a small number of redundancies, Harpers.co.uk has learned.

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Andrew Shaw to head up Bibendum PLB's new buying team

Published:  19 December, 2014

Andrew Shaw is to head up  Bibendum PLB's new joint buying team to work across all trading companies of the business - Bibendum, PLB and Walker and Wodehouse.

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Instil Drinks appoints new MD and brings PLB beer portfolio under its wing

Published:  16 December, 2014

Bibendum PLB's beer and niche spirits trading arm Instil Drinks Company has incorporated PLB's extensive beer range into its portfolio, including its flagship Estrella Galicia.

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Ten things you need to know about Bibendum PLB

Published:  11 November, 2014

It's been billed as one of the biggest deals of the century, but what do you need to know about the Bibendum takeover of PLB and what it means for the trade?

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The Bibendum PLB "supergroup" is all set to make beautiful music together

Published:  31 October, 2014

Supergroup. That's the word on the street this week. There's a new one in the wine trade this week. Haven't you heard? Bibendum PLB.

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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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Chief of the Week: Michael Saunders

Published:  30 October, 2014

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

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Trade reacts to the Bibendum PLB merger

Published:  30 October, 2014

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

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Bibendum acquires PLB to create 'UK's most powerful independent' drinks supplier

Published:  29 October, 2014

Bibendum, one of the UK's largest wine and spirits distributors has acquired major rival, PLB, for an undisclosed sum and is merging both businesses, as of today, October 29, into the Bibendum PLB Group, Harpers.co.uk can reveal.

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Analysis: The new Bibendum PLB supergroup

Published:  29 October, 2014

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

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Argentina and South Africa lead growth in off-trade sales in UK

Published:  11 September, 2014

Off-trade sales of Argentinian wine increased 21% while South African wine was up 14% in the last 12 months, according to a report released yesterday by Bibendum. 

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Alex Fisher joins board of Bibendum Wine Holdings

Published:  30 July, 2014

Bibendum Wine Holdings, the parent company of national wine and drinks supplier, Bibendum Wine, has stengthened its board  with the appointment of former Bidvest 3663 managing director, Alex Fisher, as a non-executive director.

  

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Memories of red thongs and "Semillons" inspire Andrew Shaw to join Team Cox

Published:  22 July, 2014

Andrew Shaw, head of buying at Bibendum Wine, is the latest wine industry stalwart to sign up to take part in the upcoming Médoc Marathon in Bordeaux to help raise money in memory of Michael Cox, the former UK head of Wines of Chile.

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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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Bibendum boosts Australian range with Rathbone Wine Group

Published:  29 May, 2014

Bibendum Wine has beefed up its Australian portfolio with the addition of three new Australian wineries  following a partnership with Rathbone Wine Group.

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Bibendum to distribute Provence's Château Léoube

Published:  24 February, 2014

Bibendum is to distribute Provence vineyard Château Léoube, the sister estate of the Daylesford organic farm business in the UK.  

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Major drinks firms back Harpers call to get producers behind Call Time on Duty campaign

Published:  13 February, 2014

Direct Wines, Matthew Clark and Bibendum are just three of the big name UK wine companies that have got behind the Harpers initiative to get as many wine producers as possible to back the Wine & Spirit Trade Association-led Call Time on Duty campaign and make the government aware how damaging its on-going alcohol duty strategy is on the UK drinks industry.

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Bibendum's Michael Saunders: "Why wine isn't enough..."

Published:  07 February, 2014

Sourcing and selling wine at Bibendum is the day job; it stands out from the competition by what it can tell its customers about their own businesses. Managing director, Michael Saunders

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Bibendum to stop its annual tasting in favour of smaller channel specific events

Published:  05 February, 2014

Bibendum has no intention of ever running again the kind of large scale annual company tasting it has become so well known for in the trade and will instead run channel specific smaller events around the country.

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Bibendum chief slams all in the trade yet to support Call Time On Duty campaign

Published:  03 February, 2014

Michael Saunders, Bibendum's managing director, has spoken out strongly against those in the trade that have yet to get behind the WSTA-led Call Time on Duty campaign.

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Bibendum sells private client business to Simon Farr's new fine wine company

Published:  02 December, 2013

Bibendum is to sell its private client business to Cru London Ltd, a new fine wine business set up by Bibendum non-executive director, Simon Farr.

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Bibendum to host workshop on creating the perfect wine list

Published:  09 September, 2013
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Bibendum's Instil Drinks Co takes on specialist spirits staff

Published:  22 July, 2013

Instil Drinks Co, the new beers and spirits business set up by Bibendum, continues to recruit senior specialilst staff to help...

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Bibendum boss slams minimum pricing plans

Published:  01 February, 2013

Michael Saunders has added his voice to the opposition to minimum unit pricing, even though it wouldn't have an immediate impact on Bibendum.

 

"Once the legislation is in place, what's to say it won't be £1 or £2 per unit in the future? I don't believe 45p will make any difference to the antisocial behaviour in town centres it's designed to address, so they'll start to raise the price," he warned.

 

"I have a slight philosophical belief that legislation isn't the way to change behaviour," he added.
Saunders pointed out that in Scotland alcohol volume sales fell at the same rate as English volume sales after the multibuy ban was introduced north of the border in October 2011. "It had absolutely no impact on consumption," he said.

 

Bibendum supports responsible drinking campaigns and Saunders said the 250ml serving was an "outrage", which also doesn't make sense from the serve point of view as the serving is too large for a glass of white wine to stay cold until the end.

 

Consultation on the 45p per unit minimum price proposed in the government's Alcohol Strategy in England and Wales closed yesterday.

 


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Bibendum takes on three new agencies

Published:  16 January, 2013

Bibendum's spirits and beer division has strengthened its brand offering with three new partnerships for 2013.

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Bibendum to launch new initiative at annual tasting

Published:  10 January, 2013

Bibendum is to help its customers tailor their ranges to suit consumer preference by launching A Matter of Taste at its trade-only annual tasting in February.

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My hopes for 2013: Bibendum's Michael Saunders on standing up for ourselves

Published:  02 January, 2013

2012 is not a year many drinks businesses will look back on fondly. The economy stalled again, the expected Olympic boost never materialised, several very good companies failed to survive and the government continues to threaten us with restrictive legislation.

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Three company directors leave Bibendum

Published:  29 November, 2012

Three company directors have left wine supplier Bibendum this week - but managing director Michael Saunders insists the move is just "streamlining the management team".

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Bibendum to showcase family wineries at artisan tasting

Published:  18 September, 2012

Bibendum is set to welcome more than 40 producers for its Artisan tasting on September 24 in London.

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Bibendum confirms sale of Argento

Published:  17 September, 2012

Bibendum Wine has confirmed it has sold the Argento Wine Company to the Argentine group, Inversora Agroindustrial Sudamerican.

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Bibendum adds Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Château La Lagune to portfolio

Published:  17 September, 2012

Bibendum Wine has announced two major additions to its French portfolio; Rhône producer Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Bordeaux third growth Château La Lagune.

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Bibendum adds Gaja's Ca'Marcanda to Italian portfolio

Published:  30 August, 2012

Bibendum has boosted its Italian portfolio with the additions of Gaja's Tuscan estate Ca'Marcanda.

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Bibendum promotes British drinks at UKTI

Published:  14 August, 2012

Bibendum is flying the flag for British drinks at the British Business Embassy as part of the Olympic & Paralympic Games international business legacy programme.

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Bibendum poaches Waitrose's Andrew Shaw as head of buying

Published:  23 July, 2012

Bibendum has appointed Waitrose's wine buying manager Andrew Shaw as its new head of buying.

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Bibendum's Richard Cochrane offers Olympic support and advice

Published:  13 July, 2012

1. Focus on key wines

Unless you are the sort of venue that is known for an extensive wine list with pages and pages of choice, think about using a short, more focused list during the games.

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Victoria Daskal: takes a first hand look at Bibendum's Olympic wine range

Published:  05 July, 2012

Security was tighter than normal for a London wine tasting, but as it was held at Lancaster House - a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace- and showcased the official selection of wines for the London Olympics I came prepared with ID.

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Bibendum grows pre-tax profits 25%, but is not complacent

Published:  19 June, 2012


Bibendum has grown profits before tax by 25% to £3.5 million for the financial year ending March 31, but the firm insists "there's no room for complacency".

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Bibendum to promote English wines and spirits

Published:  14 March, 2012

Bibendum is launching a summer campaign to promote English wines and spirits to the on-trade.

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Bibendum launches "efficiency" project

Published:  09 March, 2012

Bibendum has undertaken board changes on the back of an efficiency project that will enable the company to be more efficient and effective in meeting customers' requirements.

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Bibendum launches "efficiency" project

Published:  09 March, 2012

Bibendum has undertaken board changes on the back of an efficiency project that will enable the company to be more efficient and effective in meeting customers' requirements.

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Bibendum launches on-trade spirits training

Published:  20 February, 2012

Bibendum's on-trade training programmes will now include spirits for the first time.

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Royal Tokaji appoints Bibendum as UK agent

Published:  26 January, 2012

Royal Tokaji has appointed Bibendum as its agent for the UK market.

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Last chance to register for Bibendum annual tasting

Published:  23 January, 2012

Bibendum is calling for last chance to register for its annual tasting 'Just Add... Bibendum: Ingredients for Success in 2012'.

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Bibendum to launch 23 wineries at annual tasting

Published:  16 January, 2012

Bibendum is launching 23 new wineries from eight different countries at its 'Just Add' annual tasting, in a bid to focus more on premium wines for 2012.

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Bibendum appoints new management board

Published:  28 September, 2011

Bibendum Wine has appointed new management board that includes; Fiona Cochran marketing director, Bob Smyllie operations director and Kirstie Papworth supply director.

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Bibendum launches on-trade training academies

Published:  16 September, 2011

Bibendum has extended its on-trade training programme to include bespoke academies for larger customers ? combining wine education with business training.

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Bibendum to hold late night trade tasting

Published:  02 September, 2011

Bibendum is to host its first late night 9pm to 1am tasting to suit sommeliers and retailers who work in establishments with late opening hours.

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Bibendum moves warehousing to Tradeteam

Published:  14 June, 2011

Bibendum has moved its warehousing and distribution contract from London City Bond to Tradeteam.

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Chilcas Estate rejoins Bibendum portfolio

Published:  10 March, 2011

Chilcas Estate has rejoined the Bibendum portfolio following a relaunch of the brand by owners VIA.

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Bibendum picks up Chateau de Saint Cosme agency

Published:  03 March, 2011

Rhone producer Chateau de Saint Cosme has signed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Bibendum.

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Bibendum launches Market Insights division

Published:  25 January, 2011

Bibendum has launched a new Market Insights division that aims to work closely with customers to deliver greater profits for the its category.

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Wikio rates Bibendum wine blog as 'most influential'

Published:  24 January, 2011

Bibendum's Bibendum Times website has been named as the UK most influential wine blog by Wikio in its January 2011 rankings.

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Bibendum launches The Wondering Wine Company

Published:  13 December, 2010

Bibendum has launched an outside wine service called The Wondering Wine Company that aims to revolutionise how wine is served at UK sporting, food and cultural events.

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Michael Mondavi wines go on sale through Bibendum

Published:  18 November, 2010
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Third pub for ex-Bibendum chief

Published:  01 November, 2010
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Bibendum's profits surge 11%

Published:  19 August, 2010

UK wine distributor Bibendum is "cautiously optimistic" after announcing gross profits have risen 11% on last year to £20.8 million, following strong cost controls.

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Bibendum to distribute India's Grover Vineyards

Published:  09 June, 2010

Bibendum has joined forces with India's premier wine producer, Grover Vineyards to distribute its wines on an exclusive basis in the UK.

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Bibendum takes on cult Aussie beer

Published:  12 May, 2010

Coopers ale, the Australian beer which has a cult following in the UK, has joined the Bibendum portfolio.

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Bibendum picks up Roux

Published:  04 August, 2009

Bibendum has bolstered its Burgundy portfolio with the addition of St-Aubin-based firm, Domaine Roux Père et Fils.

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Bibendum in Banfi coup

Published:  09 June, 2009

UK fine wine merchant Bibendum has signed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Italian giants Castello Banfi.

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Tastings - Liberty, Bibendum and Washington/Oregon

Published:  09 February, 2009

Liberty Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting, London, 20 January 2009

My main focus at this tasting was on Liberty's diverse range of Italian wines. I thought Donnafugata's wines showed well, particularly the Sherazade 2007 (£7.07 ex VAT), a 50/50 blend of Nero d'Avola and Shiraz. There were hints of tarriness on nose, but the palate was all bright sour cherry and violet fruit, with fresh acidity and mineral notes. Given its light body and juicy acidity, this would make a great match for fresh spring flavours, such as new-season lamb.

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BOISSET JOINS BIBENDUM TO OPEN UK OFFICE

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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LION NATHAN JOIN FORCES WITH BIBENDUM TO OPEN UK OFFICE

Published:  23 July, 2008

By David Williams

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BIBENDUM'S BRAND BORDEAUX

Published:  23 July, 2008
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IWIF INVESTS IN BIBENDUM

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Tim Atkin MW

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ARGENTINIAN BRAND BOOST BY BIBENDUM

Published:  23 July, 2008
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BIBENDUM TASTING

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Matthew Clark and Bibendum refute take-over rumours

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis

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Jelly Bean job gives Bibendum Wine Relief

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine wisdom and wits

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Bibendum's brave New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

Even more eclectic range with a tasting to match

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