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Minimum pricing still on agenda with Public Health England

Published:  27 October, 2014

Minimum pricing could be back on the UK government's agenda sooner than expected, as Public Health England vows to keep pushing for the measure in the next 18 months.

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Burgundy's School of Wine & Spirits Business enrolment rises 30%

Published:  27 October, 2014

Burgundy School of Business's recently launched School of Wine & Spirits Business (SWBS) saw the number of students rise by 30% to nearly 140 students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Broadland Wineries imports first old world wine in bottle - Prosecco Filipetti

Published:  27 October, 2014

Broadland Wineries is bringing its first sparkling wine and first old world product to the UK in the form of Prosecco Filipetti.

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Berry Bros releases Exceptional Cask Collection going back 50 years

Published:  27 October, 2014

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits is releasing a series of exclusive bottlings of whisky and rum that have been matured for 50 years as part of its new Exceptional Casks Collection.

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Chief of the Week: Anne Burchett, managing director, Sopexa UK

Published:  24 October, 2014

As we have put such a focus on French wines this week with the France Summit it is only fitting that our Chief of the Week is none other than Anne Burchett, managing director of Sopexa UK, who won the Harpers Special Achievement Award at our French Wine Awards.

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Daniel Lambert signs up to Best Practice Guidelines and calls for more action

Published:  24 October, 2014

Daniel Lambert Wines is the latest company to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines which looks to help suppliers and independent wine merchants work closer together.

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

Published:  24 October, 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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Treasury Wine Estate's to drive premium wines in the convenience sector

Published:  24 October, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates will continue to focus on the opportunity and potential for premiumising wines in the convenience sector through the festive trading period and into 2015.

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Strong UK delegation of senior executives to appear at global Wine Vision conference

Published:  24 October, 2014

Robin Copestick of Copestick Murray, Troy Christensen of Enotria and Simon McMurtrie of Direct Wines are part of a strong UK line up of major executives that have signed up as key speakers at next month's global Wine Vision conference.

 

 

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TescoGate: Credit rating downgraded in fear of shareholder litigation

Published:  24 October, 2014

Moody's Credit Agency further downgraded Tesco short and long-term credit in response to company's announcement yesterday that it had overstated profits by £263m. Tesco's ratings will remain on review for further downgrades due to concerns over the potential financial impact for shareholder litigation.

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Waitrose predicts healthy future for South American and lighter style wines and spirits

Published:  24 October, 2014

South American wines and more left field grape varieties like an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or a Spanish Albarino are going to become far more trendy in the months ahead, according to the new Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2014.

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TescoGate: suppliers should complain to Groceries Code adjudicator

Published:  24 October, 2014

A leading wine trade lawyer has called on suppliers who feel they have been badly treated by Tesco or any other supermarket, to complain to the Groceries Supply Code adjudicator.

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TescoGate: Angela Mount identifies the impact on BWS of retailer's lack of strategy

Published:  23 October, 2014

Ex-Somerfield wine buyer Angela Mount questions how Tesco's BWS department will function in the longer term as pressure to make trading plans for next year builds.

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TescoGate Live: What the national business press said of Tesco's 92% profits fall

Published:  23 October, 2014

The national media's business press has been busy this morning analysing Tesco's half-year 92% drop in pre-tax profits and even larger accounting black hole and looking at ways it can get itself out of the mire and back to leading the UK grocery retail market.

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TescoGate Live: Analysts take to Twitter in reaction to Tesco's profits black hole

Published:  23 October, 2014

Following Tesco's announcement this morning that profits had been over estimated by £263m resulting in 92% drop to £112m, analysts have taken to Twitter to share their reactions.

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Master sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen flag French wine potential in on-trade

Published:  23 October, 2014

Top sommeliers Gerard Basset and Kathrine Larsen say the on-trade needs to trust staff, not be afraid to have a French wine as the house offering, and tell compelling stories in order to boost sales in the category. 

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TescoGate results video: Chief executive Dave Lewis in his own words

Published:  23 October, 2014

Tesco's chief executive is looking to "re-energise" the company following the "body blow" of its financial scandal, but has so far revealed scant detail of his plans.

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Australia's McWilliam's Wines buys back Gallo shares

Published:  23 October, 2014

Australia's McWilliam's Wines Group has returned to 100% family ownership after buying the remaining shares owned by E&J Gallo.

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TescoGate Live: Serious Fraud Squad watching profits black hole inquiry with "interest"

Published:  23 October, 2014

The Serious Fraud Squad has said today it is "following developments at Tesco with interest" on the back of news that the profits black hole at the UK's biggest supermarket is higher than first thought.

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Pernod Ricard returns to growth in Q1 despite wine sales decline

Published:  23 October, 2014

Pernod Ricard returns to growth in Q1 with organic sales increasing 2% and sales totalling €2,037 million despite the company's Priority Premium Wines category posting a 3% decline in net sales.

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