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Alsace sales up in the UK following three successive years of low yields

Published:  21 October, 2016

Sales of Alsace wines to the UK have jumped according to the latest figures released by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace (CIVA) - an encouraging sign for the region which has suffered a string of small harvests in recent years.

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

Published:  21 October, 2016

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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Spanish wine industry celebrates inaugural IWC Spanish Merchant Awards

Published:  21 October, 2016

The cream of the Spanish wine industry turned out in force on Monday for the International Wine Challenge's (IWC) inaugural Spanish Wine Merchant awards, with over 200 guests attending the awards dinner in the surrounds of one of Madrid's most famous buildings, Casino de Madrid.

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On-trade update: Premium driving growth

Published:  21 October, 2016

The figures all indicate that the total on-trade Great Britain wine market is continuing to shrink, albeit at a slower pace. The total GB on-trade is made up of over 124,000 outlets, with volume sales down 2.5% and value sales down 0.5%.

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Why finding and retaining talent has never been more important - or tough

Published:  21 October, 2016

According to new research from North Highland, a global management consultancy firm, 55% of executives believe their businesses lack "the talent needed to meet growth targets".

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Acquisitions and partnerships: Alhambra, Calabria Wines and AdVini

Published:  20 October, 2016

A leading Spanish brewery, a French wine company and New South Wales winemakers have announced new partnerships and takeovers this week in the hope of extending their reach to key international markets.

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Pernod Ricard beats expectations as Jameson drives growth in the UK and US

Published:  20 October, 2016

The world's number two wines and spirits producer has performed better than expected since April, with sales of Jameson emerging as the main growth driver.

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Distell breaks contracts as it moves to direct distribution

Published:  20 October, 2016

South African alcohol producer Distell has unveiled plans to bring the distribution of all its brands in-house so that it can directly manage the sales and marketing of its UK portfolio.

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Coravin becomes corporate patron of the WSET

Published:  20 October, 2016

Wine preservation company Coravin has been inducted into the WSET's Corporate Patrons programme.

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Brexit: Prices hikes and freezes abound as stalwarts review prices

Published:  19 October, 2016

With the price of consumer favourites such as Marmite, chocolate and cheese set to rise, the drinks trade is having to make tough choices on how to cope with the devaluation of the pound.

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UK exports on the rise in H1 and H2 2016

Published:  19 October, 2016

Emphasis has been put on importers over the past week or so, as experts warn that the 'cushioning' of forward foreign currency buying ahead of the Brexit vote is about to run out.

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Antipodean wineries lead sustainable energy production with major solar farm installations

Published:  19 October, 2016

Yealands Wine Group has added 918 photovoltaic (PV) panels to its winery roof, making it the largest solar panel system in New Zealand.

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Wine from the EU could cost Brits an extra 29p per bottle

Published:  19 October, 2016

The cost of an average bottle of wine in the UK could go up by 29p as a result of Brexit, the WSTA has warned.

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Is Bordeaux bouncing back?

Published:  18 October, 2016

London will be swimming in claret tomorrow, as the Bordeaux wine trade descends on the Lindley Hall to show off its 2014 vintage, and its producers have plenty of reasons to smile after a forgettable first half of the decade

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New Zealand riding on high on record exports as annual tasting approaches

Published:  18 October, 2016

The UK New Zealand Winegrowers' Annual New Release Tasting is to showcase wineries seeking representation as exports reach NZ$1.54bn record high

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Kingsland research sheds light on influences on millennial wine purchasing habits

Published:  18 October, 2016

New WinePRO research from Kingsland Drinks has revealed more about where millennials take their cues from when shopping for wine

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Bibendum announces price hikes in response to ongoing fall in the pound

Published:  18 October, 2016

Bibendum has issued a statement saying it has had to increase prices on certain products due to the unprecedented times caused by fall in the value of the pound

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Mind the Gap: on-trade wine training hitting buffers with non-wine drinking millennials

Published:  17 October, 2016

A lack of familiarity with and interest in wine among young staff is presenting a challenge to the on-trade, said panellists at the recent Drinks Roadshow in Bristol

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Mind the gap: on-trade wine training hitting buffers with non-wine drinking millennials

Published:  17 October, 2016

A lack of familiarity with and interest in wine among young staff is presenting a challenge to the on-trade, said panellists at the recent Drinks Roadshow in Bristol

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Independent merchants feel pressure as supplier price hikes start to feed through

Published:  17 October, 2016

The Bank of England warned of inflation rising beyond 2% on 14 October adding further concern to independent wine merchants who have already been forced to pass on price increases from suppliers to customers

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