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Harpers Awards 2014: still time to enter

Published:  14 February, 2014

The Harpers Awards is a opportunity to be recognised as a key merchant, retailer and UK on-trade establishment in the trade. Be rewarded for all the hard work you and your team do. With a host of categories across the industry and the on- and off-trade, here's how you can get involved.

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Essential Drinks poaches sales director from First Drinks

Published:  13 February, 2014

Essential Drinks, part of the Quintessential Brands Group, has appointed Nick Reed to the newly-created role of sales director to focus on driving off-trade growth.

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Q&A with Rupert Berkmann of Berkmann Wine Cellars

Published:  13 February, 2014

Rupert Berkmann, managing director of Berkmann Wine Cellars, joined the family company 10 years ago. At the company's 50th anniversary tasting he talks to Anne Krebiehl about the firm and his vision.

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Major drinks firms back Harpers call to get producers behind Call Time on Duty campaign

Published:  13 February, 2014

Direct Wines, Matthew Clark and Bibendum are just three of the big name UK wine companies that have got behind the Harpers initiative to get as many wine producers as possible to back the Wine & Spirit Trade Association-led Call Time on Duty campaign and make the government aware how damaging its on-going alcohol duty strategy is on the UK drinks industry.

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McWilliam's switches from PLB to Kingsland Wines & Spirits

Published:  12 February, 2014

Australian winery McWilliam's has moved its UK business from PLB to Kingsland Wines & Spirits.

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Free Run Wines to boost its French portfolio

Published:  12 February, 2014

Free Run Wines is planning a boost its French portfolio and develop intellectual property to add value to the business.

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Strong GBP and harvest means UK wine buyers will seek quality over price this year

Published:  11 February, 2014
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Q&A with Laurie Davis, wine controller at Matthew Clark

Published:  11 February, 2014

Laurie Davis, wine controller at on-trade supplier Matthew Clark, tells Gemma McKenna how the company is strengthening its wine reputation and growing sales.

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Matthew Clark boosts wine reputation and sales

Published:  11 February, 2014

Matthew Clark is growing its wine business as more on-trade customers seek it out for a broader range of wines.

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Enotria's annual tasting to be biggest yet

Published:  11 February, 2014
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Chileans reassure trade over new rules on adding water to wines

Published:  10 February, 2014
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Industry experts lined up to offer advice in specialist workshops at Wine Buyers Forum

Published:  07 February, 2014

Those attending the first Wine Buyers Forum taking place in Windsor next month will be able to take part in a wide ranging series of trade workshops as well as organise meetings with key suppliers over the two day event.

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Bodegas Muriel to target independents with its Rioja wines through Moreno Wines

Published:  07 February, 2014

Spanish producer, Bodegas Muriel, is looking to strengthen its distibution in the independent sector after signing an exclusive agreement with Moreno Wines having already built up good distribution in the multiple off-trade through Off Piste Wines. 

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Brazilian wines are all set for mainstream distribution across the UK ahead of the World Cup

Published:  07 February, 2014

Wines of Brasil is looking to galvanise support for its wines in the UK on the back of this summer's World Cup with new marketing and promotional campaigns.

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Harpers Report: The best route to market for buyers and sellers of wine

Published:  07 February, 2014

There have never been more choices available to producers and buyers alike on how to distribute and source wines in the UK market. Harpers has produced a new Routes to Market report to help you find the best solution for your business. It is available free of charge to Harpers subscribers through the Insights section of Harpers.co.uk or, for non-subscribers, it can be purchased from our shop (see right hand tab) for £99 plus VAT.

Eavesdrop on an average conversation in the UK wine trade and terms such as agent, importer, broker, distributor and wholesaler are often at the heart of the debate. Listen more carefully to what is being said and issues such as carriage charges, shipping costs, supply chain times, credit terms, and bonded and unbonded stock will be being discussed.

Now we all might have our own understanding of what these terms and references actually mean, but the speed at which the industry develops and changes the ways in which wines are now sourced, bought and distributed means the terms being used do not always reflect the reality.

To unravel the current supply chain, Harpers has dedicated its next exclusive subscriber market report to the issue.

Routes to Market: Buyers and Sellers sets out the different routes to market available for buyers and sellers of wine. The report is relevant to anyone involved in either the production, buying or the distribution of wine in the UK.

It is available free of charge to Harpers subscribers through the Insights section of Harpers.co.uk or, for non-subscribers, it can be purchased for £99 plus VAT.

In it you will find:

The benefits of working through different channels

How to work with producers to create bespoke own-label brands

The importance of the bulk market

How similar businesses in the same area of the market are forming buying groups, to buy collectively to share costs and maximise efficiencies.

How many companies in the UK are looking to simplify the supply chain.

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PLB takes its wines on the road to independents

Published:  07 February, 2014

Harpers has teamed up with national wine distributor PLB to run a special debate on the growth and opportunity in online retailing as part of its series of regional roadshows that is taking its wines to the independent trade in March.

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Bibendum's Michael Saunders: "Why wine isn't enough..."

Published:  07 February, 2014

Sourcing and selling wine at Bibendum is the day job; it stands out from the competition by what it can tell its customers about their own businesses. Managing director, Michael Saunders

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New single serve wine glasses prepare to ramp up UK distribution

Published:  06 February, 2014
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Bibendum to stop its annual tasting in favour of smaller channel specific events

Published:  05 February, 2014

Bibendum has no intention of ever running again the kind of large scale annual company tasting it has become so well known for in the trade and will instead run channel specific smaller events around the country.

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Copestick Murray latches on to World Cup fever with launch of Brazilian Moscato

Published:  04 February, 2014

Copestick Murray hopes to tap in to World Cup fever early with the launch of a new sparkling Moscato sourced direct from Brazil which is the latest brand in the award winning I Heart wine portfolio.

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