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Weaker pound and Brits staying in the UK over Christmas gave trade welcome boost ahead of Brexit-laden 2017

Published:  13 January, 2017

Analysts have suggested that struggling sterling swaying Brits to stay in the UK over the festive season 2016 is the reason that outlets are celebrating record sales this week.

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Matthew Clark adds beer and spirits to new circus-themed annual tasting concept

Published:  13 January, 2017

Preparations for the spring trade tasting season are well underway, as is the case with Matthew Clark, which is ramping up its annual tasting by showcasing a wider proportion of its portfolio.  

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White revolution at the forefront of Heart of Spain 2017

Published:  13 January, 2017

Winemakers from Spain will continue to further the white revolution and promote varieties from new and unexpected corners of the country when the Heart of Spain 2017 tasting comes to London.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  13 January, 2017

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

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Sparkling wine sales jump 24% at Jascots

Published:  12 January, 2017

Specialist wine supplier to the on-trade, Jascots, has reported record sales in 2016 with soparklign wine sales jumping by almost a quarter.

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Borsa Vini Italiani returns to London in 2017

Published:  12 January, 2017

Owners and winemakers from 70 Italian wineries will descend on Italian tasting Borsa Vini Italiani when it returns to London next week.

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Buckingham Schenk adds Kreglinger Wine Estates to its portfolio

Published:  12 January, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is expanding its Antipodean portfolio by adding Kreglinger Wine Estates and its brands Pipers Brook and Norfolk Rise.

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Tesco and Sainsbury's join multiples in celebrating Christmas gains

Published:  12 January, 2017

A strong online performance, the successful integration of Argos into stores and a focus on scrapping multi buys has led to a better than expected Christmas for Sainsbury's.

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Burgundy en primeur: Spotlight on whites

Published:  11 January, 2017

While there has been a consensus that Burgundy's 2015 reds have much to offer buyers in this year's en primeur market, there is less agreement about the quality of the region's whites.

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UKVA and EWP urge government to crack down on "large quantities of wine" being smuggled into the UK

Published:  11 January, 2017

The UK wine industry has urged the government to crack down on excise duty tax evasion carried out via the smuggling onto the UK commercial drinks market of duty-free wine.

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New Zealand Annual Tasting coming to London following 2016 winning streak

Published:  11 January, 2017

Following on from a successful 2016 when New Zealand topped the UK growth charts, the country is now keen to develop its presence in the UK market at its the annual trade tasting in London next week.

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Major tourism centre given green-light by Burgundy's wine board

Published:  11 January, 2017

Burgundy's wine board, the BIVB, has approved its ambitious Cité des Vins de Bourgogne, a new wine tourism, culture and education centre that will be built on three sites in Beaune, Chablis and in the Mâcon.

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More "posh nosh" and alcohol sales puts Morrisons at the top of the Big Four

Published:  10 January, 2017

Morrisons found its groove this Christmas, with alcohol and expansions to its new Best range helping to achieve its strongest like for like sales in seven years. 

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Hallgarten makes five keys appointments

Published:  10 January, 2017

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has started the new year with five new appointments to its sales team.

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Alcohol one of the fastest growing categories in the multiples this Christmas

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of beers, wines and spirits saw an +5.7% uplift over the Christmas trading period, putting it behind only confectionery as the biggest driver of festive growth.

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Majestic Retail has "biggest ever Christmas" during bumper trading period

Published:  10 January, 2017

Sales of sparkling and gin helped to put a skip back into Majestic's step over the Christmas period with total group sales up 15.3% compared to the previous year.

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Rémy Cointreau acquires Domaine des Hautes Glaces

Published:  09 January, 2017

High-end wines and spirits producer Rémy Cointreau has acquired 100% of the capital of a distillery in the Alps with the aim of strengthening its position in the premium single malt market. 

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Milk vodka brand expands with distillery tour and kitchen

Published:  09 January, 2017

Consumer tourism is becoming an increasingly important revenue stream and brand builder for BWSs, as vodka producer Black Cow will attest.

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Think Rum coming to London

Published:  09 January, 2017

Harpers and its sister titles are preparing to launch Think Rum in London next week, an inaugural event which will exhibit the best of this growing spirits category.

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To tip or not to tip? The on-trade's ultimate social dilemma

Published:  06 January, 2017

The awkward subject of tipping etiquette touched the public conscious again recently after it was revealed that high profile chef Michel Roux Jr had scrapped tipping at Michellin starred Mayfair restaurant Le Gavroche, in favour of an obligatory service charge.

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