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Sainsbury's profits drop due to 'once-in-a-generation' shifts in retail sector

Published:  12 November, 2014

Sainsbury's half-yearly results show the company's underlying profits dropped 6.3% to £375 million, the worst performance in over a decade for the company.

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ProWein launches new Asia show in Singapore from 2016 to support its Chinese exhibition

Published:  11 November, 2014

 

ProWein is to hold a new exhibition in Singapore in April 2016 to support its already established ProWine China event in Shanghai.

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China's Singles Day online spend surpasses $2 billion in first hour

Published:  11 November, 2014

China's Singles Day is the world's largest online shopping day of the year and today it smashed online spending records yet again hitting more than $2 billion spent online in the first hour.

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Oddbins Ayo Akintola in his own words: Majestic is 'screwing' suppliers

Published:  11 November, 2014

Oddbins managing director Ayo Akintola describes Majestic's recent demand from suppliers for financial support for its new warehouse as "one of the shabbiest business decisions" in the past couple of decades in the UK wine industry. Here, in his own words, he responds to its actions:

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Oddbins chief slams Majestic's supplier demands as 'morally repugnant'

Published:  11 November, 2014

Oddbins boss Ayo Akintola has ended 25 years of cordial relations with rival retailer Majestic in a hard-hitting comment for Harpers.co.uk in which he accuses the firm of "morally repugnant" and "shabby" behaviour after it called on suppliers to fund a new warehouse.

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Amathus opens fourth London store in Shoreditch

Published:  11 November, 2014

Drinks distributor and retailer Amathus is opening a fourth London store, this time in Shoreditch, after buying the City Beverage Company business.

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Bordeaux's fine wine market ripe for recovery, says Liv-ex chief

Published:  11 November, 2014

Four years of falling prices have brought the Bordeaux market to its "lowest ebb since the early 1970s", meaning now is a good time to enter the market.

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Ten things you need to know about Bibendum PLB

Published:  11 November, 2014

It's been billed as one of the biggest deals of the century, but what do you need to know about the Bibendum takeover of PLB and what it means for the trade?

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TescoGate: UK investors could join US shareholders and fire legal action against senior chiefs

Published:  10 November, 2014

Tesco UK and European investors could join US shareholders in taking legal action against the beleaguered retail chain in the wake of its £263 million overstatement of profits.

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Going out to the pub is top leisure activity says Carlsberg study

Published:  10 November, 2014

Going to the pub is still the number one leisure activity, according to the findings of a consumer poll of some 1,800 people.

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Treasury Wine Estates 'extremely difficult' decision to close Ryecroft winery

Published:  10 November, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates has made the "extremely difficult" decision to close its Ryecroft winery in McLaren Vale in South Australia.

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Les Dauphins looks to raise money for BBC Children in Need

Published:  10 November, 2014

Les Dauphins, the French wine brand, is linking up with the BBC Good Food Show to help raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal at this weekend's event.

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London's property market 'brutal' for expanding wine independents

Published:  10 November, 2014

London's independent wine merchants and restaurateurs say finding new locations is "extremely challenging", given intense competition from established operators.

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Diageo's bet on Don Julio Tequila applauded by analysts

Published:  10 November, 2014

Last week Diageo announced it agreed to acquire Don Julio Tequila in exchange for its Bushmills Irish whiskey brand with Jose Cuervo in a move that has been widely applauded by analysts.

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Lidl best value supermarket for wine, says new app

Published:  10 November, 2014

Lidl is the UK's best supermarket for wine when it comes to value - according to an 18-month study tasting over 4,000 wines carried out by the Wotwine app.

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Major wine brands see double digit growth, says Mintel

Published:  07 November, 2014

Hardys, Lindeman's, Kumala and Casillero del Diablo have all posted double-digit value growth in a flat market, according to the latest wine report from Mintel.

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TescoGate will be major test for Groceries Code warns government chief

Published:  07 November, 2014

The head of the government's business select committee has written to the Groceries Code Adjudicator about how Tesco practices may have infringed the "spirit" of the Code and what action is being taken.

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Wine value growth to slow in next five years, says Mintel

Published:  07 November, 2014

Wine's value growth, up to now bolstered by duty and price increases, is likely to slow in the next five years as consumer concerns over costs, alcohol and sugar content grow.

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French wine should be more ambitious in UK

Published:  07 November, 2014

French wine needs to be a "bit more ambitious" in the UK, according to a host of leading figures at last month's France Summit.

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

Published:  07 November, 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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