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Quintessential Brands ramps up its marketing division

Published:  15 January, 2015

Quintessential Brands is growing its marketing division with the addition of Nick Williamson, Claire O'Grady, Sam Chandler and new roles for Sinead O'Frighil and Kate Harrison.

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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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London coffee and wine bar operator Notes set for expansion

Published:  15 January, 2015

London coffee and wine bar operator Notes is to opening three outlets in 2015, and plans to continue expanding at a rate of two to three sites per year from 2016.

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Pub and restaurant groups grow Christmas trading 2.8%

Published:  15 January, 2015

Pub and restaurant groups across the country enjoyed a festive trading boost of 2.8% on the same period last year, with those inside London putting in a stronger performance.

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Spain's Vidrala completes Encirc purchase

Published:  14 January, 2015

Spanish bottle manufacturer Vidrala has completed its acquisition of fellow glass manufacturer, filler and logistics firm Encirc.

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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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France needs to do better at selling itself hears French Wines Discovery tasting

Published:  14 January, 2015

France needs to better communicate its enviable attributes, according to a Harpers trade debate held at this week's French Wines Discoveries fair in London.

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Bacardi confirms new leadership team

Published:  14 January, 2015

Bacardi, the largest privately held family-owned spirits company in the world, has confirmed interim chief executive Mike Dolan will fill the role permanently and appointed Dmitry Ivanov to chief marketing officer.

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Tattooed bartenders are stars of new Giffard liqueurs and spirits campaign

Published:  14 January, 2015

Eleven tattooed  bartenders have been chosen to take part in a new campaign to help raise awareness of the Giffard range of liqueurs and spirits.

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Sparkling wine Luc Belaire gets glow-in-the-dark label

Published:  14 January, 2015

Sovereign Brands is launching a limited edition sparkling rosé wine under its Luc Belaire label which will have a glow-in-the-dark label activated via a power button.

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints Bob Spooner chief supply officer

Published:  14 January, 2015

Treasury's chief executive has appointed a former Premier Foods colleague to the role of chief supply officer at the wine firm's Australian headquarters.

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Carluccio's takes on Neil Wickers as new chief executive for national Italian restaurant group

Published:  13 January, 2015

Neil Wickers is to take over as chief executive of Carluccios's the 105-strong Italian restaurant group with sites across the UK.

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London on-trade groups see festive sales uplift

Published:  13 January, 2015

Restaurant group D&D London and Davy's Wine Merchants have seen solid uplifts in performance over the Christmas trading period.

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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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Greenall's Gin signs £3m horseracing sponsorship deal

Published:  13 January, 2015

Greenall's Gin has invested £3 million in a three-year sponsorship deal plus marketing with horseracing's Jockey Club, which will see the brand take top billing at Cheltenham and the Grand National.

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Harpers Awards 2015 are open for entry!

Published:  13 January, 2015

 The entry process for the Harpers Awards 2015 is well and truly underway with the opportunity for businesses and individuals from across the UK on and off-trades to receive recognition for their hard work and achievements.

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Morrisons pulls plug on CEO Dalton Philips amid disappointing Xmas sales

Published:  13 January, 2015

Morrisons saw like-for-like sales fall 3.1% in the six weeks to January 4 - making it the worst supermarket performer over Christmas  - as the board pulled the plug on embattled chief executive Dalton Philips.

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Treasury Wine Estate's Dan Townsend becomes Benevolent chairman

Published:  12 January, 2015

Dan Townsend, UK chief of Treasury Wine Estates, will take over from Porter & Laker boss Chris Porter as new chairman of the Benevolent.

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Buckingham Schenk promotes Craig Durham to MD

Published:  12 January, 2015

Wine supplier Buckingham Schenk has promoted Craig Durham from sales director to managing director as current chief Jon Pepper MW prepares for his move to Enotria.

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