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Trade reacts to the Bibendum PLB merger

Published:  30 October, 2014

Rival suppliers and potential customers of the new Bibendum PLB group have been unsurprised by the news of the merger, given tough market conditions, with most saying further consolidation in the supply chain is on the cards.

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Majestic asks suppliers to 'support' new warehouse with discounts

Published:  30 October, 2014

Majestic has asked some of its suppliers to contribute a 4p per bottle retrospective payment to help fund its new warehouse in Hemel Hempstead, Harpers understands.

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Bibendum acquires PLB to create 'UK's most powerful independent' drinks supplier

Published:  29 October, 2014

Bibendum, one of the UK's largest wine and spirits distributors has acquired major rival, PLB, for an undisclosed sum and is merging both businesses, as of today, October 29, into the Bibendum PLB Group, Harpers.co.uk can reveal.

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Analysis: The new Bibendum PLB supergroup

Published:  29 October, 2014

Bibendum's acquisition of UK drinks rival PLB and the merger of both businesses has created a supergroup, complete with five divisions, catering to the on and off-trades, independents, specialist beer and spirits and events sectors.

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Tia Maria liqueur teams up with beauty brand Babyliss

Published:  28 October, 2014

Tia Maria has teamed up with beauty brand Babyliss as part of its multi-million pound campaign to boost brand awareness.

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Chile's Casillero del Diablo enters UK's Top 10 wine brands for first time

Published:  28 October, 2014

Chilean wine giant Concha y Toro's Casillero del Diablo has entered the UK's Top 10 wine brand for the first time as sales have grown 35% year on year.

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Minimum pricing still on agenda with Public Health England

Published:  27 October, 2014

Minimum pricing could be back on the UK government's agenda sooner than expected, as Public Health England vows to keep pushing for the measure in the next 18 months.

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Broadland Wineries imports first old world wine in bottle - Prosecco Filipetti

Published:  27 October, 2014

Broadland Wineries is bringing its first sparkling wine and first old world product to the UK in the form of Prosecco Filipetti.

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Alistair Morrell on how to grow a wine business in the UK

Published:  24 October, 2014

Where do you go if you want to grow a wine business in the UK?

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Daniel Lambert signs up to Best Practice Guidelines and calls for more action

Published:  24 October, 2014

Daniel Lambert Wines is the latest company to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines which looks to help suppliers and independent wine merchants work closer together.

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The Week That Was: Tescogate and other top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  24 October, 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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Treasury Wine Estate's to drive premium wines in the convenience sector

Published:  24 October, 2014

Treasury Wine Estates will continue to focus on the opportunity and potential for premiumising wines in the convenience sector through the festive trading period and into 2015.

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Strong UK delegation of senior executives to appear at global Wine Vision conference

Published:  24 October, 2014

Robin Copestick of Copestick Murray, Troy Christensen of Enotria and Simon McMurtrie of Direct Wines are part of a strong UK line up of major executives that have signed up as key speakers at next month's global Wine Vision conference.

 

 

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TescoGate: Credit rating downgraded in fear of shareholder litigation

Published:  24 October, 2014

Moody's Credit Agency further downgraded Tesco short and long-term credit in response to company's announcement yesterday that it had overstated profits by £263m. Tesco's ratings will remain on review for further downgrades due to concerns over the potential financial impact for shareholder litigation.

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Waitrose predicts healthy future for South American and lighter style wines and spirits

Published:  24 October, 2014

South American wines and more left field grape varieties like an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or a Spanish Albarino are going to become far more trendy in the months ahead, according to the new Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2014.

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TescoGate: suppliers should complain to Groceries Code adjudicator

Published:  24 October, 2014

A leading wine trade lawyer has called on suppliers who feel they have been badly treated by Tesco or any other supermarket, to complain to the Groceries Supply Code adjudicator.

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TescoGate Live: What the national business press said of Tesco's 92% profits fall

Published:  23 October, 2014

The national media's business press has been busy this morning analysing Tesco's half-year 92% drop in pre-tax profits and even larger accounting black hole and looking at ways it can get itself out of the mire and back to leading the UK grocery retail market.

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Australia's McWilliam's Wines buys back Gallo shares

Published:  23 October, 2014

Australia's McWilliam's Wines Group has returned to 100% family ownership after buying the remaining shares owned by E&J Gallo.

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TescoGate Live: Serious Fraud Squad watching profits black hole inquiry with "interest"

Published:  23 October, 2014

The Serious Fraud Squad has said today it is "following developments at Tesco with interest" on the back of news that the profits black hole at the UK's biggest supermarket is higher than first thought.

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TescoGate Live: Profits blackhole worse than feared as pre-tax profits fall 92%

Published:  23 October, 2014

The sales crisis at Tesco is even worse than first feared with a 92% drop in pre-tax profits for the last six months, an even larger profits black hole than first announced and a blunt admission from new chief executive, Dave Lewis, that it has its work cut out to win back the trust of its customers.  

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