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Angela Mount: supermarket buyers can be forced to renege on supplier deals in hard times

Published:  08 October, 2014

Former Somerfield head wine buyer Angela Mount has said buyers can be forced into going back on supplier deals and bringing money forward when supermarkets face difficult financial situations.

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Harpers Special Report: multiple and supplier relations uncovered

Published:  08 October, 2014

Tesco has taken a bit of a battering in recent months, with profits slipping and then the little matter of the £250 million profit overstatement.  But although Tesco is in the spotlight, there are issues for all of the major retailers right now, as the discounters go from strength to strength and the Big Four's choke hold on the market weakens. Harpers.co.uk spoke to some of the wine trade's key suppliers and ex-buyers to find out their views.

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Wine suppliers can't complain about tough supermarket deals

Published:  08 October, 2014

A host of leading Tesco wine suppliers have said they are not surprised by the supermarket's £250 million accounting black hole - but say suppliers must "push back" harder against buyer demands.

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Proximo Spirits introduces TINCUP American whiskey in to the UK

Published:  07 October, 2014

 

Proximo Spirits UK is this week launching TINCUP, an 84% proof American whiskey, which is a tribute to the gold rush miners who drank their whiskey out of tin cups.

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Barwell & Jones doubles wineries in its portfolio

Published:  07 October, 2014

Wine agency Barwell & Jones is adding 10 wineries to its portfolio after sustaining 30% growth in the last two years.

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McLaren Vale perfect for Mediterranean grape varieties, says winemaker

Published:  07 October, 2014

Winemakers at McLaren Vale's Hedonist say the region is perfect for growing Mediterranean grape varieties, after adding a Tempranillo and Sangiovese to its range.

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Top merchants and suppliers gather in London to debate ways they can work better together

Published:  07 October, 2014

How wine suppliers can work better and more efficiently with independent retailers will be the subject of a key Harpers debate being held this morning in London between leading figures on both sides.

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Mark Dally on driving wine across Fuller's 400 pubs and hotels

Published:  06 October, 2014

Think of Fuller's and you think of beer. The west London-based group owns nearly 400 pubs and hotels, and the guest beer and take-home market has made its London Pride one of the most popular ale brands in the UK, writes Nigel Huddleston.

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Bacardi Brown-Forman to distribute Patron tequila in 'critical' UK market

Published:  06 October, 2014

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands has taken over distribution of Patrón tequilas and liqueurs in the UK after the Mexican brand's seven-year deal with Cellar Trends came to an end.

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Gordon Ramsay to open Heddon Street Kitchen off London's Regent Street

Published:  06 October, 2014

Heddon Street Kitchen is to be the latest London opening from the ever expanding Gordon Ramsay Group taking its portfolio of restaurants to 13.

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Hallgarten launches Wine Heroes campaign for independent merchants

Published:  06 October, 2014

Hallgarten Driuitt & Novum has launched Wine Heroes - a campaign tailored to independent wine merchants offering winemaker visits, bespoke POS materials and discounted pricing to help engage consumers.

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Analysis: how effective has the Crus Bourgeois classification been?

Published:  06 October, 2014

Last week the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois arrived in London for the fifth annual review of the wines deemed worthy to use the Cru Bourgeois seal of approval. Five years into the new incarnation of the classification Heather Dougherty reviews its successes and challenges - and looks at its prospects for the future.

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Hallgarten launches Wine Heroes campaign for independents

Published:  06 October, 2014

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has launched Wine Heroes - a campaign tailored to independent wine merchants offering winemaker visits, bespoke POS materials and discounted pricing to help engage consumers.

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Codorníu Raventós appoints senior Percy Fox exec to head UK business

Published:  03 October, 2014

John Hearn, global commercial director for Diageo's wine arm Percy Fox, is to become the new managing director of Codorníu Raventós in the UK.

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2014: The Results

Published:  03 October, 2014

The competition to stand out not just on-shelf but also on-screen means there is intense pressure on wine producers, suppliers and, most of all, the creative and design agencies behind the labels to really up their game. Here are the results from the first worldwide Harpers Design Awards where we invited entries from around the world, attracting designs from the US, Australia and across Europe.

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Lidl: what makes it so successful?

Published:  03 October, 2014

The new "Lidl Surprises" tagline is the latest UK brand-positioning success story from the hard discounter. Gemma McKenna looks at how its buying strategies are now expanding its wine offer

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Harpers Design Awards picks out winners from all over the world

Published:  02 October, 2014

The first Harpers Global Design Awards to recognise excellence in wine and spirits label and bottle design saw 62 medals awarded, including 17 gold medals for designs the judges felt were showing the way for the rest of the industry.

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English wine Digby's signs deals with Coe Vintners and British Bottle Company

Published:  02 October, 2014

Digby Fine English wine has signed distribution deals with Coe Vintners across the UK, and the recently-formed British Bottle Company for international export. 

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Will Constellation Brands continue its winning streak?

Published:  02 October, 2014

Constellation Brands is set to release its second quarter financials today, and with over 51.9% share-price growth over the past year, the question on everyone's mind is can it continue?

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Disaronno liqueur releases Versace-designed bottle

Published:  02 October, 2014

Amaretto liqueur Disaronno has partnered with fashion house Versace to create a designer look for its bottle.

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