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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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Conviviality on track to open 20 more stores by April

Published:  05 February, 2015

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is planning to open a further 20 stores by April, and is targeting the south west for expansion.

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Diageo appoints new digital and e-commerce general manager

Published:  05 February, 2015

Marco Preda has been appointed to the newly created role of general manager, digital and e-commerce, Europe at Diageo.

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Glenrothes releases a 1968 edition to its Extraordinary Cask Collection

Published:  05 February, 2015

Berry Bros & Rudd has unearthed another rare single cask it is releasing to become the third editon in its Extradordinary Cask Collection series.

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Grocery Adjudicator launches Tesco investigation

Published:  05 February, 2015

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has launched an investigation into Tesco over evidence that it delayed supplier payments and demanded fees for better positioning on shelf.

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12 ways indies can work better with suppliers says Les Grands Chais de France

Published:  05 February, 2015

A growing list of major wine suppliers and producers are now seriously looking to work closer and more effectively with independent wine merchants. Here Tim North, UK director for Les Grands Chais de France, one of the largest French wine producers with estates in all the main wine growing regions, offers his advice to merchants on how to buy and then market and sell their wines. Les Grands Chais de France is one of the partner suppliers behind the March for the Independents campaign.

 

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Felix Solis UK toasts sales rise of 28% in first year as standalone firm

Published:  04 February, 2015

The UK arm of Spanish wine company Felix Solis is toasting a cracking first year as a standalone company as its sales have soared 28% in the last 12 months.

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Great Western Wine reports strong 2014 sales helped by surge in Christmas trading

Published:  04 February, 2015

Great Western Wine has reported strong 2014 sales up 14% on the previous year with a particularly strong Christmas trading period where it increased sales by 25% year-on-year.

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Conviviality Retail acquires 37 stores from GT News in £6m deal

Published:  04 February, 2015

Conviviality Retail, owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, has acquired 37 stores owned by GT News in a deal worth £6 million.

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Kent vineyard Chapel Down signs deal on new land

Published:  04 February, 2015

Kent winery Chapel Down is looking to bump up production and has signed deals to double the land it holds under lease to 130 hectares.

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LVMH profits up, despite poor wine and spirits performance in 2014

Published:  04 February, 2015

Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton reported €30.6 billion in revenue for its full year financial results for 2014, which was up 6% over 2013, with revenue increases in all business groups except the wine and spirits arm of the company.

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10 tips for merchants to improve buying and selling skills for March for the Independents

Published:  04 February, 2015

As part of Harpers ongoing March for the Independents campaign Angela Mount, former head wine buyer for Somerfield and now retail and management consultant for the wine trade, offers her Top 10 tips on how she thinks independent wine merchants can improve their buying and selling skills.

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Supermarkets on course for low growth as food deflation hits

Published:  04 February, 2015

Supermarkets are set to see continued low levels of growth as food deflation hits record lows, says a joint report from the BRC and Nielsen. 

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Yalumba CEO Robert Hill-Smith steps down after 30 years

Published:  04 February, 2015

Australia's oldest family winery Yalumba is to lose its chief executive of 30 years - Robert Hill-Smith - who is stepping down from the role to chair the board of directors.

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The Benevolent offers magic, music and dancing at its March Ball

Published:  03 February, 2015

The Benevolent is encouraging the drinks trade to reward well performing staff with a night out at the industry charity's ball at London's Dorchester hotel on March 12.

 

 

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Encirc Beverages appoints new general manager John Hawkins

Published:  03 February, 2015

Contract bottling firm Encirc Beverages has appointed John Hawkins as its new general manager to oversee operations and develop customer relations at its Elton plant in Cheshire.

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