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Matthew Clark appoints new wine buyer

Published:  24 September, 2014

On-trade wine supplier Matthew Clark has appointed Judith Nicholson as assistant wine buyer to help expand the group's wine portfolio.

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French bulk market 'tense' in face of Languedoc shortages

Published:  23 September, 2014

The French bulk wine market is starting to look "very tense", according to one top broker, following major shortages in the Languedoc region.

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Cru Bourgeois selects 267 chateaux from 2012 vintage

Published:  23 September, 2014

The Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has chosen 267 chateaux to represent the region's best wines from the 2012 vintage - bringing numbers to their highest level in the five years since the selection was relaunched.

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Kingsland ramps up its South Africa wine listings with Brand Phoenix deal

Published:  23 September, 2014

Kingsland has signed a deal to distribute Brand Phoenix's First Cape and Distell ranges throughout the impulse, convenience and wholesale markets.

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Tesco fast tracks new finance chief to help with fall out from profit crisis

Published:  23 September, 2014

Tesco has pushed the start date forward of its new chief financial officer Alan Stewart to October 1 instead of December 1 after the fallout of yesterday's misstatement of profits.

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Diageo's Smirnoff vodka launches £15m campaign

Published:  23 September, 2014

Smirnoff vodka has launched a £15 million marketing campaign - including TV advertising - in order to grow the category and make it more accessible.

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Salentein hopes to win over independents with new premium Argentinian wine range

Published:  23 September, 2014

Salentein, the Argentinian wine producer, is to release a new premium range of wines to the UK including it icon wine, Gran Vu Blend, which it hopes to gain distribution across the on-trade and independent sectors.

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Bolivian wine trade to head to ProWein 2015

Published:  22 September, 2014

Bolivia, newcomer to the wine trade, is making its presence felt internationally by taking a stand at next year's ProWein show in Dusseldorf.

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The Harrow's Roger Jones follows Heston Blumenthal by taking his restaurant offer overseas

Published:  22 September, 2014

Heston Blumenthal is not the only British Michelin-starred chef to be taking his restaurant overseas in the new year as Rojer Jones is set to travel to South Africa to embark on a restaurant tour with his award-winning The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

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KWV relaunches UK distribution strategy by switching from Myliko Wines to Bottle Green

Published:  22 September, 2014

KWV, the South African wine giant, is to switch its UK distribution from Myliko Wines to Bottle Green as it looks to reposition itself in the UK with a targeted multiple and independent retail strategy.

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Low alcohol wines dogged by lack of awareness and poor quality perceptions

Published:  22 September, 2014

France and the USA are the most attractive markets for lower alcohol wines, although others show great potential, says a new report from Wine Intelligence.

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Tesco announces £250m overstatement of profits

Published:  22 September, 2014

Tesco overstated its profits for the first six months up to August 23, 2014 by an estimated £250 million, according to a statement released by the company this morning.

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Scotch whisky exports plummet 11% in first half of 2014

Published:  22 September, 2014

Scotch whisky exports have fallen 11% to £1.77 billion in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period last year, with the finger being pointed at "economic headwinds and uncertainty".

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RumFest aims to break rum tasting world record

Published:  22 September, 2014

RumFest in London is aiming to break the record for the world's biggest ever rum tasting with over 700 people tasting a selection of six rums on October 9.

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English winery Chapel Down smashes crowdfunding records

Published:  22 September, 2014

Kent sparkling winery Chapel Down has smashed crowdfunding records by raising £2.9 million through 1,100 investors in just 10 days.

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Independents and suppliers come together for Harpers Best Practice debate

Published:  19 September, 2014

Leading independent wine merchants are suppliers are to come together next month to take part in an open Harpers debate to look further at ways in which they can work closer and more effectively together.

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New York merchant named Best Independent in the World in Jancis Robinson competition

Published:  19 September, 2014

wNew York independent wine merchant, Chambers Street Wines, has been named the Best Independent Retailer in the World in a competition run by Jancis Robinson MW.

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

Published:  19 September, 2014

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

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Wine and spirits industry welcomes "stability" of Scottish "No" vote for independence

Published:  19 September, 2014

Parts of the UK wine and spirits industry have welcomed the "stability" the news this morning that Scotland has rejected independence to remain part of the United Kingdom.

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Wines of Beautiful South to return in 2016 as South Africa switches focus to Cape Wine

Published:  19 September, 2014

The combined Chile, Argentina and South Africa Wines of the Beautiful South tasting will not take place next year as South Africa switches its attention to Cape Wine. But Chile and Argentina will continue to work together with a joint South American tasting sometime in London in 2015.

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