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Looking back on 2012 for the wine trade: part 3

Published:  20 December, 2012

In the third and final part of our 2012 review, we look at what the main generic bodies have been doing throughout the year - many have implemented changes away from their usual marketing plans; good news in the form of Harpers new awards recognising industry talent and the launch of the London 2013 business show on wine. We also consider a few high-profile departures during the year and look at how wine firms are changing how they operate to cope with declining volumes and squeezed margins.

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Wines from Rioja names Retailer of the Year

Published:  18 December, 2012

Wines from Rioja has announced the winners of its Retailer of the Year Competition 2012 as Cambridge Wine Merchants, with the Longship, Orkney, as runner-up.

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Consumer budgeting has knock-on effect on indies

Published:  11 December, 2012

The independent sector must up its game if it's to reverse the current trend for shopping "little and often" in convenience outlets, according to research released by Accolade Wines.

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  30 November, 2012

Hoping to woo some new indie customers is Patriarche Wine Agencies with a quick-fire Q&A round.

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Indie comment: too much power among too few distributors

Published:  29 November, 2012

Paul Tutton, owner of Waterloo Wine in Borough, London, gets on his soapbox about the increasing power of distributors and breweries on the specialist market.

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Domaines Paul Mas opens UK office

Published:  07 November, 2012

Languedoc producer Domaines Paul Mas has appointed Elin Mann to run its first ever dedicated sales and marketing office based in London.

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  15 October, 2012

Can Grupo Codorníu convince you it's got what it takes to be your ideal match?

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Indie comment: Meirion Williams on a high street renaissance

Published:  03 October, 2012

At a recent barbecue (yes, we did manage to sneak one in this summer), someone asked what I did for a living. I replied that I sold wine for an independent, family-run business, established some 40 years ago.

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CIVB launches in-store tasting initiative for independents

Published:  28 September, 2012

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has launched A Taste For Bordeaux, a new in-store consumer tasting initiative for wine merchants.

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WWA makes indie-friendly changes to pricing and service

Published:  25 September, 2012

World Wine Agencies has launched a new logistics model to allow independents to purchase at the "best possible" ex-cellar prices and in lower quantities to help keep stock holding to a minimum.

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Charles Taylor Wines to hold first northern portfolio tasting

Published:  19 September, 2012

Charles Taylor Wines is to hold its first stand-alone portfolio tasting in the north of England, in a bid to capitalise on the region's "unrealised potential ".

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Wines of Sicily Tasting

Published:  07 September, 2012

Sicilian wines are a great match with the independent sector, but if you don't know your Nero d'Avola from your Nerello Mascalese then head to the Wines of Sicily tasting to find out more.

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Indie research: local shopkeepers are Britain's hardest workers

Published:  07 September, 2012

Sixty per cent of independent shopkeepers work more than 50 hours in an average week, while just 7% work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to new findings from the Association of Convenience Stores.

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The Big Question - indies speak out

Published:  07 September, 2012

In the first of our new series the Big Question we give independent wine merchants the chance to speak out about topics that matter to them and their business.

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Additions to SITT Autumn

Published:  06 September, 2012

Independent on and off-trade buyers on the lookout for wines seeking UK distribution or something new to revive their ranges should head to SITT Autumn on September 24.

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Indies should band together and stand out

Published:  02 August, 2012

Independent wine merchants are being urged to raise their profile with consumers and differentiate themselves from the price promotion tactics of the major multiples.

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New health and safety guide for small businesses

Published:  02 August, 2012

A bid to force small businesses to pay for their own health and safety inspections is being criticised by the Forum of Private Business, which has published a Health and Safety Guide to help negotiate the minefield of regulations.

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Comment: Kathryn Glass champions indie merchants

Published:  02 August, 2012

Consumers, bamboozled with an endless succession of promotions and a lack of real knowledge, can find it difficult to judge value and quality.

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Could you be the Rioja Retailer of the Year?

Published:  02 August, 2012

There's still time for independent merchants to enter the Wines from Rioja Retailer of the Year Competition.

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New faces at SITT Autumn

Published:  02 August, 2012

A host of boutique importers, agencies and wineries dedicated to serving the independent sector have signed up to SITT Autumn.

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