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Robert Kukla announces UK office

Published:  20 July, 2017

German freight forwarders Robert Kukla has officially opened a UK subsidiary focused on beverage logistics.

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Tesco launches Copestick Murray collaboration

Published:  20 July, 2017

Tesco is launching historic Hungarian wine Talisman Bull’s Blood into the UK market via a partnership with distributor Copestick Murray.

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Pickering’s Gin and Edinburgh Festival Fringe toast 70 years with limited edition

Published:  20 July, 2017

Craft distiller Pickering's Gin has teamed up with Edinburgh Festival Fringe to celebrate their joint 70th anniversaries with a limited edition bottle of its Bombay spirit.

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Castro’s rum heads to London

Published:  19 July, 2017

London-based agency Spirit Cartel has been taken on to distribute Isla del Tesoro rum, which for 50 years was made for controversial Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro’s personal consumption.

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Friarwood adds new Italian producers

Published:  19 July, 2017


Fine wine merchant Friarwood is bolstering its portfolio of Italian wines with two new additions. 

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Value Australian exports to the UK decline while growth in China soars

Published:  19 July, 2017

A new report from Wine Australia shows that the value of Australian wine exports grew by $201 million (10%) in 2016–17 to $2.31 billion, underpinned by strong export growth to China and the US.

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Champagne Warehouse sets up dedicated on-trade and indies arm

Published:  18 July, 2017

Champagne Warehouse has launched a dedicated arm to push the on-trade, wholesales and indies side of the business.

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Stock Spirits acquires 25% stake in Quintessential Brands Irish whiskey division

Published:  18 July, 2017

London-listed Stock Spirits Group has signed a deal to buy a 25% stake in the Irish whiskey division of Quintessential Brands Group for up to €18.3m (£16m) in cash.

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The Midcounties Co-operative ramps up focus on regional wine

Published:  18 July, 2017

A trio of English wine producers has secured listings with The Midcounties Co-operative Food as the retailer ramps up its regional products and staff training.

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Through the virtual looking glass with Nicolas Feuillatte

Published:  17 July, 2017

Popping on a pair of virtual reality eye-goggles isn’t what I’m used to doing before a vertical tasting.

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King of cork Americo Amorim dies at the age of 82

Published:  17 July, 2017

America Amorim, whose family founded the Amorim natural cork empire, died on Thursday from unknown causes.

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Profit more than doubles at Conviviality

Published:  17 July, 2017

The Conviviality steam train shows no sings of stopping if its FY17 results are anything to go by.

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Wines from Rioja targets millenials at UK festivals

Published:  17 July, 2017

Wines from Rioja has extended its festival reach with the launch of a new Rioja Terrace at two major UK festivals this summer – Citadel and Wilderness.

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Porn Star Martini gets poured into bottles

Published:  14 July, 2017

The creater of Porn Star Martini – mixologist Douglas Ankrah, has launched a bottled format of the popular cocktail.

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Burgundy report: Good weather bodes well for 2017 following 2016 shortages

Published:  14 July, 2017

By Jason Haynes, Burgundy Specialist at Flint Wines 

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Inver House Distillers promotes Martin Leonard to managing director

Published:  13 July, 2017

Inver House Distillers, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings, has appointed its current operations manager, Martin Leonard, to managing director.

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The week that was

Published:  13 July, 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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Spanish blue wine Skyfall outlines its premium ambitions

Published:  13 July, 2017

The brains behind Skyfall, the newest face of the blue wine craze to be launched in the UK, are hoping that their product will soon be drank in the nation’s swanky bars as a premium tipple.

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English wine sales boom at Jascots

Published:  13 July, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants has reported a 171% volume hike in its English wine sales.

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Aldi launches premium positioned value sake

Published:  13 July, 2017

Aldi has launched a traditional sake in a bid to tap the trend for Japanese food and culture in the UK.

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