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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  05 February, 2013

Can PLB convince you it's got what it takes to be your ideal match? Simon Brook, head of PLB's specialist division, explains why he's committed to the independent sector.

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Take 5 With Weingut Bischel's Christian Runkel

Published:  05 February, 2013

Harpers hears from Weingut Bischel's Christian Runkel, who will be exhibiting at SITT Spring 2013.

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  18 January, 2013

Ehrmanns is committed to serving the needs of the independent sector and could be just the supplier you're looking for. Find out in this quickfire Q&A round with Mark Motley, director of Ehrmanns Independent Selection.

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Revamp your offering for 2013

Published:  16 January, 2013

Think your offering needs a new lease of life for the new year? SITT Spring 2013 promises independent on and off-trade buyers "wines with wow factor" from a stellar line-up of hand-picked exhibitors.

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Indies experience healthy Christmas trading boost

Published:  16 January, 2013

Independent merchants in the southern half of the country have reported market-beating double-digit growth across the festive season.

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Indie comment: there's no better job out there

Published:  16 January, 2013

Simon Evans from The Naked Grape in Alresford, Hampshire, tells Harpers why being an independent wine merchant is the perfect job for him.

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Take 5 With Pol Roger's Hubert de Billy

Published:  16 January, 2013

Harpers hears from Hubert de Billy, sales manager for France at Champagne Pol Roger, who will be exhibiting at SITT Spring 2013.

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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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