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Why a cut in duty is fair to consumers and business says SWA's David Frost

Published:  10 February, 2015

In my time as a diplomat, I spent a lot of time promoting Scotch whisky overseas. When I first got to know the industry,  I found it very surprising to learn Scotch Whisky was Britain's biggest food and drink sector and indeed represented nearly a quarter of all Britain's food and drink exports.

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Red Squirrel Wines behind new trade initiative to promote Bulgarian wines

Published:  10 February, 2015

Independent wine merchant, Red Squirrel Wines, is behind a new initiative to put the spotlight on wines from Bulgaria with four days of events in March including a trade tasting at the Bulgarian Embassy on March 18.

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WSTA meets Treasury to call for 2% alcohol duty cut

Published:  10 February, 2015

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is today meeting with the Treasury to present its 2015 Budget submission calling for a 2% cut in wine and spirits duty.

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Cambridge Wine's Hal Wilson urges independents to lobby their MP for duty cut

Published:  10 February, 2015

Following yesterday's call by Harpers to independent wine merchants to play their part in the industry wide campaign to convince the Chancellor to issue a duty cut on wine and spirits in his March Budget, leading independent Hal Wilson of Cambridge Wine Merchants today explains why he has personally lobbied his local MP, the Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert, and urges other merchants to do the same.

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Drinks producers and retailers 'get personal' for Valentine's Day

Published:  09 February, 2015

Wine and spirits retailers and producers are looking to cash in on love this Valentine's Day with a host of personalised and quirky products alongside the more straightforward deals.  

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US 'most attractive' market for premium wine producers, says Rabobank

Published:  09 February, 2015

The United States is the "most attractive major market" for producers targeting premium wine sales, says the latest report from Rabobank.

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Action Week 2: Call to indies to lobby local MP and media for a Drop in Duty

Published:  09 February, 2015

Harpers is today calling on independent wine merchants across the UK to lobby both their MP and local media to back the Drop the Duty campaign and help raise the profile of their business on this key business issue.

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California's bumper 2014 harvest means overstock on bulk wine, broker warns

Published:  09 February, 2015

California produced a "shed-load" of wine - 4 million tonnes - in the chronic drought conditions of 2014, which will lead to an inventory surplus, a top bulk broker has warned.

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Portugal's wine community Adegga ramps up digital marketing services for producers

Published:  09 February, 2015

Portuguese online wine community Adegga is boosting its digital services by offering producers a shared wine marketing and sales platform. 

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Chris Dee takes helm at Booths after 20 years with northern retailer

Published:  06 February, 2015

Chris Dee, who started his career at Booths as a wine and spirits director, has been promoted to the new position of chief executive officer after 20 years with the company.

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10 Top Tips for suppliers on how to work better with independent wine merchants

Published:  06 February, 2015

Tim Carlisle, consultant and formerly of wine merchant businesses, Slurp and SH Jones, offers 10 Tips to suppliers on how they could work more effectively with independent wine merchants as part of Harpers' ongoing March for the Independents campaign.

 

 

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UK's first Sake brewery and visitor centre to open in Cambridgeshire

Published:  06 February, 2015

Dojima, a Japanese brewery based in Osaka, which was founded over 600 years ago has established a company in the UK and plans to start producing premium sake on U.K soil this year.

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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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Scotch Whisky Association goes to Westminster asking government to support trade and drop duty

Published:  06 February, 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association argued this week at Westminster that as a £5 billion industry and a vital part of the UK economy the government should implement measures that support the sector and cut duty by 2%

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US wine shipments threatened as ports gridlock ahead of possible shutdown

Published:  06 February, 2015

US ports are currently facing gridlock traffic as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association which represents shipping lines has failed to reach an agreement in contract negations with an impending shut down only days away.

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Guy Woodward: Why the UK trade needs to turn its back on overpriced Bordeaux

Published:  06 February, 2015

I saw a headline the other day that grabbed my attention. "Hopes rise for Bordeaux prices in 2015". Ah, I thought, that's good - they're coming down at last.

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Wine merchants can have their say and take part in March for Independents survey

Published:  06 February, 2015

There is still time for independent wine merchants to have their say and share their views on how they see the sector, the opportunities and challenges they face, which wine and spirits categories are selling the most and what they would like to see more from their suppliers, by taking part in Harpers exclusive online poll.

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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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Portman Group hits back against 'misleading' calls for alcohol advertising ban

Published:  05 February, 2015

The Portman Group has branded research from Alcohol Concern which calls for restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship "weak and misleading".

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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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