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More "posh nosh" and alcohol sales puts Morrisons at the top of the Big Four

Published:  10 January, 2017

Morrisons found its groove this Christmas, with alcohol and expansions to its new Best range helping to achieve its strongest like for like sales in seven years. 

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Hallgarten makes five keys appointments

Published:  10 January, 2017

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has started the new year with five new appointments to its sales team.

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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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Majestic Retail has "biggest ever Christmas" during bumper trading period

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of sparkling and gin helped to put a skip back into Majestic's step over the Christmas period with total group sales up 15.3% compared to the previous year.

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Rémy Cointreau acquires Domaine des Hautes Glaces

Published:  09 January, 2017

High-end wines and spirits producer Rémy Cointreau has acquired 100% of the capital of a distillery in the Alps with the aim of strengthening its position in the premium single malt market. 

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Milk vodka brand expands with distillery tour and kitchen

Published:  09 January, 2017

Consumer tourism is becoming an increasingly important revenue stream and brand builder for BWSs, as vodka producer Black Cow will attest.

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Think Rum coming to London

Published:  09 January, 2017

Harpers and its sister titles are preparing to launch Think Rum in London next week, an inaugural event which will exhibit the best of this growing spirits category.

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

Published:  06 January, 2017

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

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First rum festival to launch in Manchester

Published:  06 January, 2017

Manchester is to host its first city-wide rum festival, run by event curator and drinks consultant, Dave Marsland, also known as the Drinks Enthusiast.

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Burgundy en primeur 2015: What to expect from reds

Published:  06 January, 2017

The consensus is that 2015's red vintage will make an impression as Burgundy en premeur tastings prepare to get underway next week, with many wineries benefitting from picking early and mitigating the effects of a hot summer.

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

Published:  06 January, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Halewood planning to build whisky distillery in Wales

Published:  05 January, 2017

Liverpool-based distributor Halewood International has submitted plans to build a distillery in North Wales.

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ADT 2017 promises focus on premiumisation and innovation

Published:  05 January, 2017

Premiumisation is the key trend being flagged at the annual Australia Day Tasting, later this month, with innovations such as diversifying grape varietals and sparkling reds also likely to prove talking points.

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Champagne leaves Prosecco in the dust as the New Year wine of choice

Published:  05 January, 2017

The unfailing success of Prosecco encountered a roadblock on New Years Eve as UK consumers ditched Italian fizz in favour of Champagne.

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Cocktail group reports record festive trading

Published:  05 January, 2017

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

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Man reviews 366 drams in 366 days to build a mammoth beginner's guide to whisky

Published:  04 January, 2017

A North Yorkshire father-of-three is nearing the end of a year-long whisky-tasting marathon in order to educate whisky beginners and raise money for charity.

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Viña Caliterra receives first carboNZero certification in Chile

Published:  04 January, 2017

Viña Caliterra has become the first winery in Chile to gain a sustainability certificate for their efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

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Looking back on 2016 and ahead to 2017: David Gleave MW, Liberty Wines

Published:  04 January, 2017

David Gleave MW predicts what he thinks will be the biggest trends of 2017, and talks about his plans to broaden his horizons by giving Try January - the initiative to encourage people to try something new in the month of Jan - a go. 

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Wines from New Zealand and Argentina named the biggest winners of 2016

Published:  03 January, 2017

Brits' love of New World wine accelerated in 2016, with New Zealand and Argentina showing the biggest sales growth in the 12 months to November 2016.

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English fizz beats Champagne to become official Boat Race partner

Published:  03 January, 2017

Leading English winery Chapel Down has become an official partner of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, replacing Champagne Bollinger.

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