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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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Cellar Trends continues Rosolio resurrection with new deal

Published:  12 July, 2017

Branded alcohol distributor, Cellar Trends, has taken on the distribution and marketing for Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto with the hopes of launching the Rosolio category into the UK.

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New commercial manager at Hatch Mansfield

Published:  11 July, 2017

UK agent and distributor Hatch Mansfield has appointed Daniel Hart to the newly created role of commercial manager.

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Brewdog upgrades supply chain with new agreement

Published:  10 July, 2017

The ever-expanding Brewdog is looking to make its current storage and distribution arrangement more sophisticated with a new logistics agreement with XPO.

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Woodwinters talks plans for London and beyond

Published:  03 July, 2017

Despite the Brexit-induced cloud hanging over London, the draw of the city and pressure from winery partners to be represented in the capital was behind Woodwinters’ decision to open up an office in the south.

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Liberty Wines makes first foray into Sake

Published:  30 June, 2017

Liberty Wines has become the UK agent for Tosa Brewery’s Keigetsu range, marking the first time they’ve added a Sake into their portfolio.

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Woodwinters plans UK-wide reach from new London office

Published:  29 June, 2017

Scottish agency and fine wine merchants Woodwinters is heading south of the border in order to give its agencies better distribution around the UK.

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Berkmann’s Jacquie Kay passes away

Published:  26 June, 2017

It is with great sadness that Harpers has learned of the passing of Berkmann Wine Cellars long-serving sales director, Jacquie Kay.

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Spotlight on Off-Piste Wines

Published:  22 June, 2017

Off-Piste Wines is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Established by long-term business colleagues Paul Letheren and Anthony Fairbank, the company has grown from a tiny embryo to one of the most respected supermarket suppliers in the UK, with a focused business model, and a turnover of around £30 million.

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New Morrisons listing for Viñalba and Buckingham Schenk

Published:  21 June, 2017

Buckingham Schenk has added new Malbec rosé to its Viñalba wine label as the brand celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

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David Gleave MW: 20 years of Liberty Wines

Published:  14 June, 2017

The year is 1997.

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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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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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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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The LWF: A UK-focused event

Published:  18 May, 2017

Jo Gilbert looks ahead to the most important event in the trade calendar, now in its fourth year of consolidation since becoming a UK-focused fair

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Brighton Gin founder joins JF Hillebrand

Published:  18 May, 2017

Logistics provider JF Hillebrand UK has appointed a new business development manager of Porter and Laker, the company’s UK-focused fine wine division.

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Liberty Wines apprenticeship scheme returns

Published:  16 May, 2017

Liberty Wines’ apprentice scheme is once again open, offering one - or possibly two - plucky newcomers the chance to get ahead in the world of premium wine.

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Matthew Clark swells craft beer range by 100

Published:  06 April, 2017

Matthew Clark has updated its boutique beers list to reflect “booming” beer sales and the shifting allegiances of beer drinkers.

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Jascots unveils new plans for expansion

Published:  29 March, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants have officially opened a new extension at their London head office which will house the growing needs of the supplier.

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Blurring lines between on-trade beer, wine and spirits

Published:  21 March, 2017

Matthew Clark's new Emporium tasting concept delivered on its promise of providing a circus-themed extravaganza at London's Tobacco Dock on Tuesday. 

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