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Vindependents poised to add spirits and beers to its portfolio

Published:  02 June, 2017

Vindependents, the drinks agency for independents run by independents, is going from strength to strength but the buying group is far from resting on its laurels.

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Harpers to helm Bellavita retail debate

Published:  01 June, 2017

Harpers is heading to Bellavita this month, where we will be chairing a panel discussion on ways to penetrate the UK off-trade.

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Bodega Argento’s Silvia Corti on going organic

Published:  01 June, 2017

Over her 13 years with Mendoza producer Bodega Argento, winemaker Silvia Corti has seen a number of major changes take place.

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Hush Heath launches sparkling apple wine

Published:  01 June, 2017

Kent producer Hush Heath is mixing up its offering through the launch of two new apple sparkling drinks made in the traditional method.

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Distell revives Angostura distribution deal

Published:  01 June, 2017

Distell, Africa’s leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders and RTDs has announced it is reviving its distribution partnership in the UK with Angostura, world’s largest producer of aromatic bitters.

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‘Canpaign’ for Southern Comfort

Published:  31 May, 2017

Hi-Spirits has turned the spotlight on Southern Comfort with a light-hearted ‘Canpaign’ push designed to provide consumers with a break from the General Election.

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Coates & Seely awarded top gong at UK Wine Awards

Published:  31 May, 2017

The winners of the first UK Wine Awards was announced today with Coates & Seely taking the top gong.

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BrewDog UK sales jump 97%

Published:  31 May, 2017

Craft beer darling BrewDog has revealed turnover of £72 million in 2016.

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Twisted Halo looks to raise £450,000 on Seedrs

Published:  31 May, 2017

Alcoholic coconut water brand Twisted Halo has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise £450,000 in return for 14% equity.

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Aldi extends craft Festival Beer range

Published:  30 May, 2017

Discount supremo Aldi is bringing back its festival beer range for a second year with some notable additions.

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Coates & Seely signs deal as Goodwood’s English fizz supplier

Published:  30 May, 2017

Coates & Seely has signed a deal as the exclusive English sparkling wine partner of Goodwood Racecourse. 

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Sales of Lidl’s own label Pimm’s alternative soar

Published:  30 May, 2017

Lidl has reported a surge in sales of its own label Pimm’s alternative boosted by the sunny weather prior to the bank holiday weekend.

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Movers and Shakers: Conviviality, Justerini & Brooks, Douglas Laing

Published:  26 May, 2017

A number of key appointments and distribution agreement have been percolating through the trade this week.

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Ex-Sopexa UK & Ireland boss Anne Burchett launches new marketing venture

Published:  26 May, 2017

Anne Burchett, a well know figure in the UK wine trade and former managing director of Sopexa UK and Ireland, has launched herself back into the trade with the founding of Burchett Wine & Food Marketing.

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The week that was: LWF edition

Published:  26 May, 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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Mallorca's Wine Boom

Published:  26 May, 2017

A boom in wine in Mallorca has led the island’s producers to seek new export destinations including Britain. A new wave of multi-million euro investments in new vineyards and spectacular contemporary wineries, largely from outside investors, means there is a whole new generation of wine coming onto the market on the Mediterranean Island.

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Champagne Jayne victorious against Champagne authority

Published:  26 May, 2017

Wine writer and educator Jayne Powell has won a protracted five-year legal battle to use the moniker “Champagne Jayne” as her official trademark.

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LWF’s Ross Carter: The exit interview

Published:  25 May, 2017

Three days of the London Wine Fair (LWF) is quickly drifting into a blur of meetings, conversations, debates and of course, tastings of some truly fabulous wines.

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Araex online ambition boosted by top gold medal haul

Published:  25 May, 2017

Spanish wine group Araex Grands has consolidated its position as a leading provider of quality wines with four Grand Golds and 12 Gold medals at the annual Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

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Sales almost double at Conviviality

Published:  25 May, 2017
Conviviality, the owner of Bargain Booze, has seen sales nearly double in the past year to pass the £1.5bn mark. 
  
The independent alcohol wholesaler and distributor, which agreed a £60m deal to acquire wine, spirit and beer distributor Bibendum in May last year, said sales were up from £841m to £1.56bn in a trading statement released this morning (52 w/e to 30 April, 2017).


Net debt was £99 million – “comfortably below” Conviviality’s target, it said, adding the positive results were in line with the board’s expectations.
    

The integration of Bibendum, together with wine wholesaler Matthew Clark which it bought in 2015, was “progressing well”, said chief executive, Diana Hunter.  


"Our focus will continue to be on improving the business and ensuring that benefits are realised from our greater scale, as we drive efficiencies for the group and greater service for our customers.”

Conviviality, which re-organised its activities into three business units during the year – Direct, Retail and Trading, reported growth for each, with sales up 6.4%, 6.1% and 1% respectively. 

"We have come to the end of an unprecedented year of change and I am pleased to report a strong trading performance for the group and for each of its business units,” said Hunter.

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