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LWF 2016: Updated Live Blog

Published:  03 May, 2016

As the annual London Wine Fair returns to London's Olympia, Harpers.co.uk catches up with leading figures in the industry for a quick snapshot of the UK wine and spirit trade. 

Stay tuned as we keep you posted throughout the day on our live blog, as well as following us on Twitter on @HarpersWine using the #LWF2016 hashtag.

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LWF: Esoterica - A fair within a fair

Published:  03 May, 2016

The upper floor of the Kensington Olympia is buzzing this morning.

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Think Indie: Drink Indie, 50 Best Indies Awards

Published:  03 May, 2016

July 12 sees the launch of Harpers' new independent merchants initiative Think Indie, Drink Indie, along with our 50 Best Indies Awards.

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Hendrick's "Cucumber Couriers" campaign pushes into the on-trade

Published:  02 May, 2016

Premium drinks brand Hendrick's is reminding bartenders how to order up 'the perfect serve' with an on-trade engagement campaign.

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Conviviality to acquire Bibendum PLB for £60m

Published:  01 May, 2016

Conviviality Plc has announced its subsidiary Conviviality Brands Limited has conditionally agreed to acquire Bibendum PLB for an 'enterprise value' of £60 million.

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JP Chenet expands into the on-trade with draught partnership

Published:  29 April, 2016

French winemaker JP Chenet is moving into the dispense on-trade market in partnership with Vimto Out Of Home.

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Zonin takes 'Jefferson's Dream' Virginian Italian varieties on tour

Published:  29 April, 2016

Italian winemaking group Zonin Family Estates has taken a novel approach to promoting its Barboursville Vineyards wines from Virginia with a country-hopping series of sommelier blind tasting challenges comparing Italian varietals grown in the US and Italy.

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Tourism and identity "vital" to independents says Isle of Arran

Published:  29 April, 2016

Independent whisky producers Isle of Arran Distillers is preparing to build a new site in response to increasing visitors numbers to the their Lochranza distillery.

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LWF 2016: Highlights of next week events at this year's fair

Published:  29 April, 2016

As one of the biggest dates in the UK industry's calendar, expectations are high for the London Wine Fair at Kensington Olympia next week. Harpers.co.uk gives you gets the lowdown on this year's main event London Wine Fair 2016

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LWF 2016: Technology savvy fair prepares for its 36th outing

Published:  29 April, 2016

The 36th London Wine Fair is touting itself as the most technologically advanced wine event in the world.

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Kleine Zalze marks 20 years with investment in the future

Published:  29 April, 2016

One of South Africa's major players is marking 20 years in the business with investment in a vineyard analysis programme and new grape varietals.

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Revealed: The ten countries drinking two thirds of the world's wine

Published:  28 April, 2016

Italy, France and Spain continue to dominate in terms of production, but who is drinking the most wine?

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Online retailer eBay launches wine specific site in the US

Published:  28 April, 2016

Online retailer and bidding platform eBay has launched a wine specific site in the US called eBay Wine.

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Kingsland Drinks unveils "sparkle-up" carbonation line

Published:  28 April, 2016

Kingsland Drinks has unveiled its new carbonation line - a first for a bottler in the UK.

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Birmingham Rum Festival to drive growth of "party" spirit

Published:  28 April, 2016

Birmingham's first full-scale festival of rum is coming to the city this summer.

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Leah de Felice Renton prepares to take the stage for Skin Côntact LIVE

Published:  28 April, 2016

Leah de Felice Renton tells who her muscial heroes are and her one muscial regret.

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Jascots Wine Merchants rolls out Sunday delivery services

Published:  27 April, 2016

Jascots Wine Merchants, specialist supplier to the on-trade and independent merchants, is rolling out seven day delivery services for its London customers. It is the first company to offer Sunday delivery services which it will be providing through its own delivery vans.

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Seesaw effect in Tequila sales as customers trade-up on quality

Published:  27 April, 2016

"Unfairly maligned" Tequila is making a comeback with customers taking a less-but-better approach when it comes to selecting the Mexican tipple.

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Number of new distilleries in the UK jumps 50% in 2015

Published:  27 April, 2016

Forty-nine new distilleries came online in 2015 according to Nicholas Cook of the Gin Guild, which was based on HRMC's most recent data.

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Armit Wines wins rights to grower champagne agency

Published:  27 April, 2016

Armit Wines has become the exclusive UK agent for Champagne Geoffroy, hoping to capitalise on boosted sales of growers' champagne.

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