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Back to School: Felix Solis UK MD Richard Cochrane

Published:  29 August, 2014

Felix Solis UK managing director Richard Cochrane says the end and restart of the 3 for £10 mechanic was a landmark for the UK wine trade, and reckons further consolidation is on the cards. 

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Back to school: Liberty Wines MD David Gleave MW

Published:  28 August, 2014

David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, focuses on Europe's upcoming 'difficult' harvest and taking on new agencies for his back to school report.  

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Back to School: Brand Phoenix's Greg Wilkins

Published:  28 August, 2014

As summer draws to a close, we asked some key figures in the trade to round up events in the wine trade for the year to date, and outline their company's plans for the rest of the year. Greg Wilkins, managing director of Brand Phoenix reckons Chinese austerity has had a major impact on the wine trade, and picks fruit-flavoured wines as the next big thing.

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Craft beers direct to your office thanks to Deskbeers service

Published:  22 August, 2014

The saying going there is no such thing as a new original business idea, which is probably why there is an equally popular phrase - the greatest form of flattery is imitation. Well here's a business idea that could very easily be adapted to the wine and spirits world. Deskbeers.

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Young alcohol abusers not helped by counselling says new research

Published:  22 August, 2014

Counselling young people with drinking problems has limited results, according to new academic research.

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New "affordable" steak and lobster chain to launch in Southend

Published:  22 August, 2014

Bourgee is a new chain of so-called affordable "luxury steak and lobster restaurants" which is opening the first of its new outlets in Southend in September.

 

 

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Pay increases on the rise as the economy improves says XpertHR

Published:  22 August, 2014

There are signs that an improving economy are finally being seen in pay packets and salary increases across the country, according to new research from pay specialists, XpertHR.

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Bulk wine growth sees extra demand for World Bulk Wine exhibition

Published:  22 August, 2014

The rise in popularity and importance of bulk wine in the global wine market is reflected in the World Bulk Wine Exhibition having to expand to cope with demand from exhibitors.

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Final, final call for Harpers Global Design award entries

Published:  21 August, 2014

OK it's nearly time to put down those pens, stop writing and hand your forms in to the teacher. Yes, tomorrow marks the closing date for entries to Harpers Global Design awards which hope to reward and highlight the best drinks labels and bottles on sale around the world.

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Farr Vintners buys Magnum Fine Wines

Published:  20 August, 2014

Farr Vintners has bought Magnum Fine Wines for an undisclosed sum as owner Alan Rayne has retired from the wine trade.

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'Normal' vintage kicks off in Spain as government moves to curb last year's excess

Published:  19 August, 2014

The first grapes of the 2014 crop are being harvested in Spain, with winemakers predicting a "normal" sized vintage of between 42 and 45 million hectolitres.

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Alliance Wine adds Celler del Roure to wine list

Published:  18 August, 2014

Alliance Wine has boosted its Spanish portfolio with the addition of boutique Valencian producer Celler del Roure.

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Bottle Green's on-trade arm toasts busiest month to date

Published:  18 August, 2014

Bottle Green Wines' sales have risen 15% year-on-year to July, as the company took the biggest ever number of orders from the on-trade to date.

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Most wine industry's challenges are no different to other sectors, says economist Mike Veseth

Published:  15 August, 2014

Mike Veseth, the celebrated US wine economist and blogger, has dismissed the idea that the dynamics of the wine industry are different to the challenges faced by other business sectors.

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One more day to register for Benevolent Fantasy Football League

Published:  15 August, 2014

The countdown to the start of the new English Premier League season is well and truly on. Which means there is only a day left to get your thinking caps on and enter the new Benevolent Fantasy Football League, have some fun, compete against friends (and soon to be foes) and raise some money for the drinks charity along the way.

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Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist, on the global issues facing the wine industry

Published:  15 August, 2014

Mike Veseth is a specialist in globalisation who blogs as The Wine Economist. He is also professor emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma near Seattle. After reviewing his books Wine Wars and Extreme Wine for Harpers.co.uk  Jerry Lockspeiser talks to him about what he sees as the key global business issues facing the wine industry.

 

 

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Entries for Harpers Global Design Awards extended to August 22

Published:  14 August, 2014

The deadline to enter this  year's Harpers Global Design Awards has been extended by a week and now closes on August 22.

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Echo Falls links up with British fashion designer for new limited edition range

Published:  14 August, 2014

Accolade Wines has introduced two new limited edition bottle designs for its leading Echo Falls wine brand that have been created by top British fashion designer, Holly Fulton.

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'Tired' 3-litre bag-in-box wines in long term decline

Published:  14 August, 2014

Three-litre bag in box wines are in long term decline - they plummeted 14.6% in the last year - with consumers being put off by high prices.

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Single serve wine glass Intrepid Fox taken over by angel investor

Published:  14 August, 2014

Single-serve tulip wine glass Intrepid Fox, brought to market by entrepreneur James Nash after appearing on Dragon's Den, is being relaunched after the company was bought out.

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