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Matthew Clark aims for "storytelling" with portfolio expansion

Published:  30 September, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has bolstered its premium wine portfolio by taking on a number of producers from 10 different countries, all of which aim to tell a "story" to consumers.

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First female takes title at Diageo World Class Bartender competition

Published:  30 September, 2016

France's Jennifer Le Nechet has become the first female bartender to be crowned the world's best bartender at the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final 2016.

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Top ten future cocktail trends

Published:  30 September, 2016

Cocktail culture is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon, with forecasts showing that by 2020, there will be 400 million new consumers drinking luxury spirits (Future Labs Luxury Report 2015).

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

Published:  30 September, 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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Chapel Down H1 sales grow over a quarter to hit £4m

Published:  29 September, 2016

England's leading winery has seen its sales grow by 26% over the past year to over £4 million - growth which company expects to continue.

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Martin Willams' M Restaurants to crowdfund group expansion

Published:  29 September, 2016

M Restaurant group is looking to add a third site called M SOCIAL as well as expand the use of the some of the current space at the M Threadneedle site and plans to finance the expansion by raising £1.5m on the Seedrs crowd-funding platform.

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Sainsbury's sales dip further as it battles it out with discounters

Published:  29 September, 2016

Sainsbury's second quarter results show that the ongoing price wars are taking a toll on the retailer as like - for - like sales dipped a further 1.1%.

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Shareholders approve "biggest takeover in UK history"

Published:  29 September, 2016

The pending deal to merge mega brewers AB InBev and AB Miller has been given the green light by each company's shareholders.

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Tequila leaders Jose Cuervo files for IPO

Published:  29 September, 2016

The world's largest tequila producer, which has been family owned and run by direct descendants of the actual Jose Cuervo since the 18th century, is filing for an initial public offering.

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10th annual Cognac auction raises record amount for charity

Published:  29 September, 2016

The 10th edition of charity auction of high-end cognacs raised a record amount for Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil, an organisation which has helped underprivileged young people and vulnerable families for 150 years.

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COPY: The Drinks Wholesaler: A little of what they like

Published:  28 September, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 

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Unprecedented weather has had "major impact" on Champagne economy

Published:  28 September, 2016

Frost, mildew and scalding weather in 2016 has had a "major impact" on Champagne, accounting for as much as 80% crop losses in one area before the harvest even began.

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Dirty Dozen tasting attracts the on-trade crowd

Published:  28 September, 2016

The Dirty Dozen tasting held yesterday in London attracted sommeliers and buyers from across the trade looking for more esoteric and off the beaten track wines.

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Aldi launches first English sparkler

Published:  28 September, 2016

In response to increasing consumer demand for home-grown fizz, Aldi is launching its first English sparkling wine.

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Wines from Rioja's 10X10 returns for second year

Published:  28 September, 2016

Wines from Rioja is once again preparing to unveil its 10x10 line-up of some of the region's most outstanding wines.

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Isla Negra partners with English Heritage

Published:  27 September, 2016

Concha y Toro's Isla Negra brand has partnered with English Heritage to offer two-for-one entry into all the sites the organisation looks after.

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Aldi's expanded Christmas wine and spirit ranges focus on premium and innovation

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi's Christmas wine and spirit ranges provides some great insight into where the business may go over the next 12 months including an expanded range of premium wine and spirit products.

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William Grant & Sons reports record profits

Published:  27 September, 2016

William Grant & Sons premium spirit business reported an 8.9% increase in profits after tax hitting record high of £147.4m.

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Aldi trials craft wine range in lead up to Christmas trading period

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi is trialling a new 'craft' wine range in 50cl stubbies in effort to attract more millennials over the Christmas trading period into the wine category.

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WSET cites USA and China as having greatest potential for growth in wine and spirits education

Published:  26 September, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust's chief executive Ian Harris has told Harpers that the USA represents "a massive opportunity for growth" and will be the next big focus for the educational trust

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