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Chinese importer Summergate bought by Australia's Woolworths Liquor Company

Published:  02 December, 2014

Woolworths Liquor Group has bought Summergate, one of the China's most influential wine importers, in a move that considerably strengthens the Australian retail drinks giant's position in the country.

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Scotch Whisky Association confirms Pernod chief Pierre Pringuet as new chairman

Published:  02 December, 2014

Pernod Ricard's chief executive Pierre Pringuet is the new chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association.

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London Wine Fair on look out for niche wine importers for its Esoterica fixture for independents

Published:  02 December, 2014

Small, independent or niche wine importers have the chance to book a place in the Esoterica feature at the London Wine Fair that has seen 80% of last year's exhibitors book again for the 2015 show.

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Pol Roger Portfolio to distribute Kilchoman whiskies

Published:  01 December, 2014

Islay distillery Kilchoman has signed a deal with the family-run Pol Roger Champagne to distribute its range of single malt whiskies.

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Pernod Ricard UK shakes up senior team

Published:  01 December, 2014

Pernod Ricard has promoted Simon van Moppes to the role of group on-trade director for the global business and Chris Ellis to commercial director for wines and spirits in the UK as it re-examines its market priorities.

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UK retailers need to target seven different types of shopper, says Kantar study

Published:  28 November, 2014

The changing face of  UK retailing is driven by the way consumers now behave and has created seven types of shopper, according to new research revealed today by Kantar Insights, the retail insights company.

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US Black Friday shopping extravaganza takes off in the UK

Published:  28 November, 2014

Despite figures from Kantar indicating that the UK has not yet fully embraced the US shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday, this morning major retail websites like Tesco Direct have crashed due to the demand in online traffic, and there have been reports of fights breaking out amongst shoppers in stores around the country. Black Friday it appears has arrived in the UK.

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David Gleave, Liberty Wines, and his key wine trends for Christmas

Published:  26 November, 2014

We believe Old World wines will continue to perform well this Christmas as people look to spend a little bit more and trade up to premium examples of known varieties. Alpha Zeta's Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio 'Terrapieno' from the Veneto is a good example of this.

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TescoGate latest: UK shareholders poised to sue over "reckless" accounting errors

Published:  26 November, 2014

A UK law firm is preparing legal action on behalf of Tesco shareholders that will allege directors and senior managers "knew or were reckless" over the retailer's "untrue of misleading" accounts, which overstated profits by £263 million.

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Supermarket and supplier relations at a "crossroads" warns Pernod Ricard UK chief

Published:  24 November, 2014

Relationships between major supermakets and their suppliers are now at a "crossroads" according to Denis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, and we should expect tighter regulations to bring more control over the sector.

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Buckingham Schenk MD Jon Pepper joins Enotria

Published:  24 November, 2014

Jon Pepper MW, managing director at Buckingham Schenk, is leaving the firm to become buying and retail director at Enotria.

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Reh Kendermann boss Nik Schritz to step down

Published:  24 November, 2014

Nikolaus Schritz has decided to "quit while ahead", leaving Black Tower brand owner Reh Kendermann at the end of the year with sales up over 20%.

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The Week That Was: Wine Vision recap, top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 November, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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France Summit video: UK trade figures on how to get the most out of French wine

Published:  20 November, 2014

The chance to understand the France wine category better, hear the views of leading UK buyers, distributors and retailers and meet like-minded people in the trade were some of the key reasons given by visitors  who attended last month's Harpers France Summit.

 

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Kingsland signs deals with Australia's Limestone Coast Winery

Published:  19 November, 2014

Kingsland is the new exclusive supplier for Australia's Limestone Coast Winery's premium bulk wines in the UK on and off-trade.

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Wine designs fail if don't stand for something, Stranger & Stranger's Kevin Shaw tells Wine Vision

Published:  19 November, 2014

The secret to good brand design is for it to stand for something which is where wine often falls down as they just all "blur" into each other, according to Kevin Shaw, founder of design agency Stranger & Stranger.

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I Heart wine has chance to become a global wine brand Robin Copestick tells Wine Vision

Published:  19 November, 2014

The "I Heart" wine brand has the potential to become a true global wine brand that could be sold in any country in the world, according to Robin Copestick of brand owner, Copestick Murray.

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Consumers are now "risk averse" Future Foundation tells Wine Vision

Published:  18 November, 2014

                                          

Technology and changing society has made consumers increasingly "risk averse" and more conscious of their behaviour which has direct implications for the wine industry, according to Barry Clark of the Future Foundation.

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Simon McMurtrie opens Wine Vision with clarion call to industry

Published:  18 November, 2014

Simon McMurtrie, chief executive of Direct Wines, opened Wine Vision 2014 with a clarion call to the global wine industry to do all it can to get people to not only spend more on wine, but to buy a wider selection of wines.

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Wine Vision Live News Blog: Wine has to talk more to young consumers says Wine Riot chief

Published:  18 November, 2014

The wine trade is missing out on marketing to women, with many brands pushing "condescending" butterfly or cupcake messages, says Tyler Balliet, founder of Wine Riot in the US.

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