Subscriber login Close [x]
remember me
You are not logged in.

Morrisons Taste Test to dictate shelf display

Published:  14 March, 2013

Morrisons is four weeks into a trial that has completely remerchandised its wine department to arrange the wines on shelf according to their tasting profiles.

Read more...

Institute of Masters of Wine in emerging markets drive

Published:  14 March, 2013

Newly appointed executive director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, Penny Richards, has announced plans to develop the organisation in emerging markets.

Read more...

Tesco sticks out its neck with restaurant chain acquisition

Published:  13 March, 2013

Tesco has acquired restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million.

TextTesco has acquired restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million.

 

Tesco said the acquisition forms part of its strategy to "develop the space in some of its larger stores and create even more compelling retail destinations where customers can meet, eat and drink, as well as shop". The first Giraffe restaurant to open next to a Tesco store will be near London.

 

Kevin Grace, group commercial director at Tesco said: "We invest in businesses that add value for our customers online or offline; as we've done with Harris + Hoole, Euphorium, blinkbox, and now Giraffe. We have the opportunity to develop some of the space in our larger stores to create retail destinations that offer customers even more choice. Giraffe is hugely popular with a wide range of ages and particularly families - we think our customers will love it."

 

The first Giraffe opened in Hampstead, North London in 1998 and the group now consists of 48 sites nationwide, including franchised sites at Heathrow and other UK airports as well as one in Dubai.

 

Russel Joffe, managing director and founder at Giraffe said: "This move will allow us to introduce Giraffe to a wider audience, presents great opportunities for growth and for the team to be involved in an exciting stage in our brand's development. It will be very much business as usual at Giraffe."

 

The original founders, husband and wife team Russel and Juliette Joffe, along with Andrew Jacobs, will remain in place with Russel continuing as managing director. Risk Capital Partners and 3i have sold their combined stake of and are no longer involved in the business.

Read more...

Beer duty escalator leaves £150m 'black hole'

Published:  13 March, 2013

The Treasury is facing a £150 million 'black hole' in the Budget this year due to increases in beer tax, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Read more...

Minimum pricing in death throes

Published:  13 March, 2013

David Cameron's plan for minimum alcohol pricing are set to be axed, according to reports.

Read more...

London International Wine Fair will be "solid event" say organisers

Published:  12 March, 2013

The London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.

TextThe London International Wine Fair organisers have said they are positive that "2013 will be a solid event", despite some high profile dropouts. LIWF anticipates the fair at London's ExCeL centre will have over 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors.

 

A large number of UK agents have committed to the fair, which runs from May 20 to 22. They includepositive that 2013 will be a solid event: 10 International, Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies, Argento, Bancroft, CyT UK, Copestick Murray, DGB, Distell, Gonzalez Byass, Hatch Mansfield, J E Fells, Lanchester, Les Grands Chais de France, Myliko, Off Piste, Seckford's and Treasury Wine Estates.

 

Last week Liberty Wines joined Enotria and Bibendum in confirming that they would not be exhibiting at the fair this year.

 

"Whilst we are undeniably disappointed that some agents won't be taking part this year, we still have a broad spectrum of exhibitors signed up, including a number of the UK's best agents and importers. In addition, there will be many hundreds of smaller producers coming - many seeking UK representation for the first time - and who collectively reflect what the show has always been about, that sense of discovery," said show director Ross Carter.

 

"Come May, we will see over 10,000 buyers and key influencers descend on London's ExCeL, many of them from the independent and on-trade sectors that exhibitors are increasingly keen to court. We are working hard to ensure their attendance through a combination of providing strong content whilst assisting with travel bursaries, Oyster card incentives and voucher giveaways."

 

Jeremy Rockett, Gonzalez Byass UK marketing director said the show is what you make of it. "We pack the diary with appointments, organise exciting events on our stand, attend seminars and talks, and we keep an eye out for those opportunities that always seem to pop up from being at the show. With the new format, we're looking forward to welcoming more on trade visitors as well as our usual customers and friends," he said.

Read more...

Union warning as Diageo announces £100m restructure

Published:  12 March, 2013

Unite the union has warned Diageo that is must not make its UK and Irish workforces pay for business realignment in its...

Read more...

Mangrove to distribute Blackwell rum

Published:  12 March, 2013

Mangrove is to distribute Jamaican rum brand Blackwell. The rum was created by music entrepreneur Chris Blackwell who founded Island Records.

 

Mangrove is to distribute Jamaican rum brand Blackwell. The rum was created by music entrepreneur Chris Blackwell who founded Island Records.

 

Blackwell said: "I think Jamaica's somehow blessed as an island. And that's why I insisted my Blackwell Rum be a dark, Jamaican rum, made in Jamaica.

 

"I used to manage 63 jukeboxes in Jamaica, because it was a way of getting my records heard. A really good friend of mine was a liquor salesman, and many times we'd end up in the same little bar or club. I've always been good at picking things up, and I've learned so much about life from all my ventures. All businesses, in a way, are pretty similar. You must have a good product, know you have it, and deal with people honourably."

 

Nick Gillett, head of Mangrove said: "Mangrove's knowledgeable team and their hand-selling approach are the perfect fit to promote Blackwell Rum and we look forward to furthering their success in the UK market."

Read more...

Banrock Station launches Vote for Nature campaign

Published:  12 March, 2013

Accolade Wine is to donate £100,000 to the National Trust as part of a tie-up with the conservation charity and its Banrock Station brand.

 

Read more...

Basset judge on sherry and food matching competition

Published:  12 March, 2013

UK sommelier and hotelier Gerard Basset OBE will be joining the judging panel of The Sherry Institute of Spain's bi-annual international food and sherry matching competition.

Read more...

Morrisons bolsters wine team

Published:  08 March, 2013

Morrisons has appointed Mark Jarman as head of wine operations as it looks to set up a UK bottling operation.

Read more...

Laithwaite's triumphs at Judgment of Parsons Green with English sparkling wine

Published:  06 March, 2013

A sparkling wine grown by Laithwaite's Wine co-founder Barbara Laithwaite and her friend Cherry Thompson has picked up first prize at the Judgment of Parsons Green.

Read more...

Cobevco fills its 1.5 billionth bottle

Published:  06 March, 2013

Cobevco, the bottling arm of Quinn Glass, has passed the 1.5 billion bottles landmark after six years in operation.

Read more...

Laithwaite's renews Affordable Art Fair sponsorship

Published:  05 March, 2013

Laithwaite's Wine has renewed its sponsorship of the Affordable Art Fair in London.

Read more...

New hire as Buckingham Schenk looks to the on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2013

Buckingham Schenk has hired Sheryl Foster as national accounts manager as it looks to build sales in the on-trade.

Read more...

Geoffrey Dean gets the lowdown on the 2012 Bordeaux vintage

Published:  01 March, 2013

A recce of the Left and Right Banks in late February led this correspondent to conclude that critics and judges alike should be pleasantly surprised when they descend on Bordeaux next month for the annual en primeur tastings.

Read more...

Romanian Pinot 'surprisingly good' says Halewood

Published:  01 March, 2013

Halewood Romania has launched a "surprisingly good Pinot Noir campaign" in a bid to encourage the UK wine trade to look at the quality and value of its wine.

Read more...

Oddbins' head buyer Emma Nichols departs

Published:  01 March, 2013

Oddbins' head buyer Emma Nichols has left the business, Harpers can reveal.

Text Oddbins' head buyer Emma Nichols has left the business, Harpers can reveal.

 

Nichols started her wine career with Oddbins and returned to the company after university where she worked in the shops before moving to the buying department. She spent time working for Safeway, Vinoceros and Constellation before returning to Oddbins as head of buying when 37 branches and the Oddbins brand name were bought out of administration by European Food Brokers (EFB) in April 2011.

 

Nichols was instrumental in building a new range of wines for the chain when it was bought by EFB, and for moving its pricing model away from high-low promotions. She streamlined the range from about 900 to 400 SKUs, and kept only around 100 that had been sold by the chain before it collapsed.

 

An Oddbins spokesman said: "Emma Nichols is no longer in the business and responsibility for her buying areas has been assumed by Ana Sapungiu."

 

Read more...

Oddbins on track for profit despite £1.1m loss in first months of new company

Published:  01 March, 2013

Oddbins has insisted it is on track to make a profit within three years after it reported a £1.1 million loss in the first months of operation under new management in 2011.

Read more...

Arabella Woodrow to head up wine at Broadland Wineries

Published:  01 March, 2013


Arabella Woodrow MW is to join Broadland Wineries, the specialist bottling and packing company, as its first wine director.

Read more...