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Live news blog: Christmas trading results

Published:  09 January, 2013

 

Keep up to date with how the leading multiples, discounters and specialist retailers did over the Christmas and new year trading period with the Harpers live news blog.

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Last chance to win in Harpers end of year quiz

Published:  09 January, 2013

Do you know which movie character was fond of a White Russian? If you do then you stand a chance of winning six bottles of Cloudy Bay Pelorus and lots of other prizes in the Harpers Christmas quiz. But hurry closing date is next Tuesday.

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Do you know which movie character was fond of a White Russian? If you do then you stand a chance of winning six bottles of Cloudy Bay Pelorus and lots of other prizes in the Harpers Christmas quiz. But hurry closing date is next Tuesday.


For your chance to win one of four prizes including first prize of six bottles of Cloudy Bay Pelorus, second prize of Cune Rioja Reserva 2006, a third prize of a magnum of Lanson Black Label and a fourth prize of a bottle of Boodles gin then simply download the quiz below and send in your answers to Richard Siddle by Tuesday 15 January to be in with a chance of winning.

 

Download the quiz here: Harpers Christmas Quiz

 

Good luck!

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Majestic posts Christmas sales rise

Published:  08 January, 2013

Majestic Wine chief executive Steve Lewis has described the Christmas trading season as "challenging", despite posting a rise in sales.

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Eating out set to rise, experts predict

Published:  08 January, 2013

The foodservice sector is set to reverse last year's sales decline to grow modestly this year, according to foodservice consultancy Horizons.

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Bacardi snaps up St-Germain elderflower liqueur

Published:  08 January, 2013

Bacardi has acquired premium elderflower liqueur brand St-Germain from The Cooper Spirits Company.

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New Blanc de Blancs launched by Nyetimber

Published:  08 January, 2013

West Sussex-based English wine producer Nyetimber has released its 2007 Blanc de Blancs.

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UK Sommelier Association (North Area) rolls out fast-track course

Published:  08 January, 2013

The UK Sommelier Association (North Area), is to roll out one of the only northern-based fully accredited sommelier courses from February 2013.

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UK Sommelier Association (North) rolls out fast-track sommelier course

Published:  08 January, 2013

The UK Sommelier Association (North), is to roll out one of the only northern based fully accredited sommelier course from February 2013.

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Vinexpo gears up for 2013 wine and spirits exhibition

Published:  08 January, 2013

Vinexpo has begun its six-month countdown to its 2013 wine and spirits exhibition, which will take place in Bordeaux from June 16-20.

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Wines in the press, January 3 - 6

Published:  07 January, 2013

The Guardian

There's no better kick than ginger inspired drinks for a post-Christmas lull, says Fiona Beckett.

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Scotland Food & Drink event encourages Amazon link up

Published:  07 January, 2013

Not-for-profit organisation Scotland Food & Drink has launched an event to encourage Scottish whisky and spirits distillers to grow its sales through online retailer Amazon.

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Bancroft Wines lines up newcomers for annual tasting

Published:  07 January, 2013

Bancroft Wines is claiming to hold its "most comprehensive portfolio tasting ever" on February 5 in London.

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Call for entries to Moët UK Sommelier of the Year

Published:  07 January, 2013

The Academy of Food & Wine Service is calling for entries to the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.

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Smarter Grower Champagne launched by former KPMG accountant

Published:  07 January, 2013

Former KPMG accountant Ken Davey has launched a boutique grower Champagne business, Smarter Grower Champagne, after being made redundant from the corporate world.

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PLB signs up new Ribero del Duero producer

Published:  04 January, 2013

Premium Ribero del Duero producer Protos has secured its first UK-wide distribution agreement with PLB.

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Bargain Booze develops convenience offering

Published:  04 January, 2013

Off-licence chain Bargain Booze has revealed plans to expand its frozen food range this year after growing sales in its 600-plus stores.

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Independents see double-digit growth over festive season

Published:  04 January, 2013

Early indications suggest independent merchants' sales were healthily up on last year across the festive season, with the southern part of the country performing particuarly well.

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January trade tastings fast approaching

Published:  04 January, 2013

Two wine fairs to look ahead to this month include Wine Australia's first Independent Retailer and On-Trade tasting, and the Oregon and Washington State annual trade and press tasting, both on January 31.

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John Buck wins NZ wine industry honour

Published:  03 January, 2013

John Buck, chairman of Te Mata Estate Winery, has been awarded a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit (CMNZ), for leadership in the New Zealand wine industry.

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Festive restaurant round-up - 'value' remains a keyword

Published:  03 January, 2013

The restaurant business was polarised both over the festive season and throughout 2012, with good service and value being rewarded, according to Soren Jessen, owner of 1 Lombard Street and 1776.

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