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Virgin Wines ramps up focus on home wine tastings as sales rocket

Published:  21 October, 2014

Virgin Wines is turning the spotlight onto home wine tasting parties by adding new recruits and rebranding from Fabulous Wines to Wines at Mine after seeing sales grow 54% in the past year.

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Matthew Clark sees British drinks soar in popularity

Published:  21 October, 2014

On-trade drinks supplier Matthew Clark has seen sales of English wines soar by 53% in the past year, with home-grown beers and spirits following suit.

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Leading lights of UK wine trade gather for today's Harpers France Summit

Published:  21 October, 2014

Leading figures from all channels of the wine trade will be today taking part in the second Harpers France Summit to look at ways in which retailers, restaurants, distributors and importers can make the most of French wine in the UK.

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H2Vin boosts fine wine focus with two new recruits

Published:  20 October, 2014

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Moody's predicts continued shrinking profit margins for UK's big four grocers

Published:  20 October, 2014

Moody's, one of the biggest international credit rating agency, predicts that Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, and Morrisons will see continued to see dwindling profit margins over the next 12 to 18 months.

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Wine experts in war of words over fine wine as worthwhile investment

Published:  20 October, 2014

Wine experts are at loggerheads over whether it's worth investing in fine wine or not.

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Over 200 wineries head for Amsterdam's expanded World Bulk Wine Exhibition

Published:  20 October, 2014

Up to 200 wineries will be heading to Amsterdam next month for the sixth annual World Bulk Wine Exhibition.

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Encirc's glass division - the former Quinn Glass - up for sale

Published:  20 October, 2014

Quinn Glass, the €400 million glass division under the now renamed Encirc umbrella, is up for sale by the group of lenders which owns its parent company Aventas.  

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TescoGate will rock trust and confidence in all grocery multiples warn retail analysts

Published:  20 October, 2014

Leading City and retail analysts fear consumers will be "horrified" by the fall-out from  the Tesco accounting scandal which could have a knock-on effect on consumer confidence of not only the UK's biggest supermarket but across all major grocery retailers.

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TescoGate will lead to 'seismic change' in retailer/supplier relations, says Angela Mount

Published:  17 October, 2014

Ex-Somerfield head wine buyer Angela Mount says the Tesco accounting scandal has lifted the lid on how retailers treat suppliers and given suppliers the "strength to speak out".

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Argentina's government has played a key role in its UK success says ambassador

Published:  17 October, 2014

The Argentinian government has played a key role in the success of Argentine wine in the UK, according to its UK ambassador, Alicia Castro.

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TescoGate will see end to "dodgy practices" and a reformed grocery sector, predict analysts

Published:  17 October, 2014

The grocery retail sector will never be the same again in the wake of the TescoGate accounting scandal now the lid has been lifted over supermarket and supplier relations.

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TescoGate Special Report: how will retailers and suppliers work together in the future

Published:  17 October, 2014

Leading analysts and trade experts are divided over whether the Tesco accounting scandal will have ramifications for the wider trade. Some say there will be "no change whatsoever" in the retail landscape, while others say the change will be "seismic".

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  17 October, 2014

In a week where the wine trade was rocked by the suspension of Tesco's wine boss Dan Jago, much of the focus has been on the supermarket. In case you missed any of the headlines on harpers.co.uk, check out our review of the top online and financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion pieces.

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TescoGate: Supermarket is rudderless and 'fighting fires' in wake of suspensions

Published:  17 October, 2014

The suspension of Dan Jago, head of wine, and seven other directors at Tesco has left the retailer rudderless and "fighting fires" as it heads into Christmas and the busiest trading period of the year.

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Lock Stock's Guy Ritchie links up with David Beckham to make Haig whisky TV advert

Published:  17 October, 2014

Guy Ritchie, the UK film director behind Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director and the recent Sherlock Holmes film series, has linked up with David Beckham to make the first TV advert for his new Haig Club whisky.

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Carlsberg ramps ups executive team with on and off-trade sales directors

Published:  17 October, 2014

Carlsberg UK has ramped up its executive team with the appointment of two new sales director roles to manage the brewery's on-trade and off-trade operations, freeing up James Lousada to concentrate fully on his role as chief executive.

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Leading suppliers take the initiative to promote Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  16 October, 2014

 

Leading suppliers to the independent merchant sector are working with Harpers to promote the steps they are taking to improve their level of service and offer to independent retailers across the country.

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US and European wine regions step up campaign to protect online wine names

Published:  16 October, 2014

American winemakers were joined by their counterparts from Champagne at a conference on deregulating internet domain names in an effort to boost awareness of how weaker controls would negatively impact the wine business.

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RumFest attracts industry's biggest names to London's two day event

Published:  16 October, 2014

 

Last weekend's RumFest event in London saw rum fans from across the UK join some of the industry's biggest names in a two day celebration of all things rum.

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