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Mitchells & Butlers launches its most ambitious apprenticeship scheme

Published:  11 March, 2015

Mitchells & Butlers is backing the National Apprenticeship Week by launching a new scheme that it hopes will help it find its managers of the future.

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Maxxium promotes Mark Riley from head of off-trade to group's managing director

Published:  10 March, 2015

Spirit distributor Maxxium UK has named Mark Riley as its new managing director, who will take up the role next month.

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Supermarkets lose £400m in sales as price deflation gives further savings to consumers

Published:  10 March, 2015

Supermarkets are missing out on £400 million in sales as price deflation continues to pick up pace offering further savings to consumers, according to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

 

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Villa Maria launches lighter alcohol wine range

Published:  10 March, 2015

New Zealand winery Villa Maria is set to launch a lower abv wine range into the UK off-trade.

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Best of British: we celebrate Top Merchants around the country

Published:  10 March, 2015

In part two of our Best of British feature, Harpers takes a look at three more independent wine merchants to keep your eyes on.

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Smith & Wollensky hires Boisdale's Nathan Evans to spearhead its London launch

Published:  09 March, 2015

Nathan Evans has been recruited from the Boisdale Group to help oversee the launch of the famous US steakhouse chain, Smith & Wollensky in to the UK

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Spain and Argentina are the two big winners in the UK on-trade says new report

Published:  09 March, 2015

Spain and Argentina were the two big winners in the UK on-trade last year, according to the latest Wine On-Premise report from Wine Business Solutions.

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Leading Labour MP calls on Chancellor to cut "shocking" duty levels in Budget

Published:  09 March, 2015

Leading front bench MP Sadiq Khan has followed up a Harpers request to lobby the Chancellor for a 2% cut in alcohol duty for wine and spirits and back the Wine & Spirit Trade Association-led Drop the Duty campaign.  

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2015 London Wine Fair will be the "most diverse" ever promises show organisers

Published:  09 March, 2015

This year's London Wine Fair will be the most diverse in its 35 year history, according to show director Ross Carter.

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ProWein Preview: The Brits are coming!

Published:  09 March, 2015

Downtown Düsseldorf will be the place to be this March as ProWein opens its doors to hordes of international buyers - with the Brits increasingly first in the queue. Here is what you can expect for arguably the largest drinks tradeshow in the world.

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María José Sevilla, Wines from Spain, on what we can expect next in the UK

Published:  09 March, 2015

Consumer knowledge of Spanish wines has grown exponentially in the UK in recent years. María José Sevilla, director of Wines From Spain, talks to Harpers about what's next.

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Country analysis: Californian wines hit the jackpot in the UK

Published:  08 March, 2015

It seems California wines have struck gold in the UK in recent years, as the value of US wine exports has exponentially grown within the global wine market, despite volumes staying relatively stable, writes Erin Smith

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High dining in the "Walkie Talkie's" Sky Garden

Published:  06 March, 2015

Rhubarb, the south-west London-based caterer-turned-restaurateur has three venues atop the £200-million 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the "Walkie-Talkie" for its distinctive top-heavy shape. Together, the Sky Pod Bar, Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill are intended to form a "gourmet, garden oasis". And so they do, writes Douglas Blyde.

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Pernod Ricard's Denis O'Flynn urges senior industry figures to sign up and back WSTA

Published:  06 March, 2015

More senior businesses and figures in the UK wine and spirits industry need to get behind the work of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association to try and protects its future growth, according to Denis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, and the trade body's new chairman.

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Bordeaux's last chance to transform "out of touch" en primeur system says Tim Atkin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Leading UK wine critic and Harpers columnist, Tim Atkin MW, has fired a warning shot across the bows of Bordeaux and warned its producers and chateaux that they need to listen to the international critricism of its en primeur system and make serious changes or risk looking "ridiculous" in the eyes of the wine world.

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Chiefs of the Week: the UK's independent wine merchants

Published:  06 March, 2015

For over the last month Harpers has been celebrating and putting the spotlight on the work independent wine merchants do and the growing importance they have on the drinks industry as part of our March for the Independents campaign.

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Indies must set the agenda with suppliers to be better buyers hears Harpers conference

Published:  06 March, 2015

It does not matter how good you are at tasting wine, if there is one skill every independent merchant must master it is the power to get the most out of the suppliers you choose to supply your wine.

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Martin Williams: Ex-Gaucho boss on theatre of dining at his new 'M Restaurants'

Published:  06 March, 2015

Martin Williams caused a stir in the restaurant world when he announced he was leaving his top job at Gaucho Grill to go it alone in a 300-seat destination dining venue in central London. But he could not be happier following the opening of his new venture "M".

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UK vs France: the differences in marketing regulation of alcoholic drinks

Published:  06 March, 2015

If we think drinks legislation is inhibitive in the UK we only need look across the Channel to cheer ourselves. We asked Dr Tom Farrell and Dr Benoît Lecat which system is more fit for purpose in the 21st century.

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Mitchells & Butlers: what on-trade buyers are looking for from their suppliers

Published:  06 March, 2015

Former Somerfield wine buyer and restaurant consultant Angela Mount asks Henry Boyes, wine procurement manager for Mitchells & Butlers, what suppliers need to do to satisfy the largest on-trade group in the UK.

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