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Industry welcomes lower underage drinking figures

Published:  26 July, 2013

The drinks industry has largely welcomed the latest round of official figures that show a continued downward trend in the numbers of young people drinking in the UK.

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Hayward Brothers and WWA to offer wider range

Published:  25 July, 2013

Hayward Brothers hopes its recent acquisition of fellow independent merchant distributor World Wine Agencies will help widen its collective reach among independent retailers and provide them with a greater selection of wines.

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Bibendum's Instil Drinks Co takes on specialist spirits staff

Published:  22 July, 2013

Instil Drinks Co, the new beers and spirits business set up by Bibendum, continues to recruit senior specialilst staff to help...

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Free thinking with Liberty Wines

Published:  19 July, 2013

Look behind the scenes at Liberty Wines and it's easy to see why it was named IWC On-trade Supplier of the Year this week. Richard Siddle looks at its award-winning offer

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The Wine Society leads the way in IWC 2013

Published:  19 July, 2013

The Wine Society was named overall Merchant of the Year at this week's International Wine Challenge Awards ceremony, which also saw Marks & Spencer named Supermarket of the Year for the fourth time since the Merchant Awards started in 1990.

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Discovery Taste: Uruguay

Published:  18 July, 2013

Whisper it, but Uruguay is quietly developing a wine reputation worthy of wider listings in the UK. David Furer picks out 10 wineries you might want to discover for yourself.

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Postal charges: how to cut your costs

Published:  12 July, 2013

In April 2012 Royal Mail raised a few eyebrows by increasing its postal charges by 30%. Royal Mail said it was necessary to keep the organisation afloat...

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Q&A with Andrew Bewes, managing director, Hallgarten Druitt

Published:  05 June, 2013

Richard Siddle talks to the Hallgarten chief about its recent senior management shake-up and what it means for the future of the business

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Kingsland Wines & Spirits scoops environmental accolade

Published:  05 June, 2013

Kingsland Wines & Spirits has won two accolades at the Salford Business Awards 2013.

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Getting down to business at London 2013

Published:  17 May, 2013

London 2013 takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on September 24 and offers a completely new way of buying and sourcing wine. Here's how it all works...

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Naked Wines looks to further growth

Published:  19 April, 2013

With operations in the UK, US and Australia, Naked Wines' Rowan Gormley and Eamon Fitzgerald look at further growth with Richard Siddle

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Barwell & Jones: Keeping things pure and simple

Published:  05 April, 2013

With the traditional agency model under threat, Barwell & Jones is expanding its wine-only portfolio, as Laura Heywood reports

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Q&A: Jamie Walker, commercial director, EWG

Published:  05 April, 2013

Laura Heywood meets the distributor's commercial director to hear about the company's plans for the future

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Spirits distributor Marblehead announces new appointments

Published:  20 March, 2013

Spirits distributor Marblehead has promoted Emma Wykes to the newly created role of commercial director.

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  12 March, 2013

Hoping to court some new indie customers is Liberty Wines with a quick-fire Q&A round.

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New hire at Percy Fox as Diageo looks to build on-trade wine sales

Published:  22 February, 2013

Diageo has appointed Matt Bream as category development manager of its Percy Fox & Co wine business.

 

Diageo has appointed Matt Bream as category development manager of its Percy Fox & Co wine business.

 

Bream will work to identify opportunities and barriers that shoppers face when purchasing wine in all channels with an aim of adding value into the category.

 

He joins from Greene King, where he completed his 13-year stint with a role in category marketing, and will report into Percy Fox head of customer marketing Jonathan Owen.

 

"We are delighted to welcome Matt on board. He has a wealth of experience in the alcohol industry and specifically within the on-trade market, which will be fundamental to drive our plans for the category.

 

"Volume growth within the wine category remains static with most value growth the result of price inflation.

 

"We have spent the last 12-18 months re-assessing the market and the challenges that it faces. With Matt's help we aim to use shopper and market research to drive category growth into all channels, by working directly with our customers on a number of bespoke initiatives," Owen said.

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Q&A: Andrew Bewes, managing director of Hallgarten Druitt

Published:  15 February, 2013

Richard Siddle talks to the Hallgarten chief about its recent senior management shake-up and what it means for the future of the business

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  05 February, 2013

Can PLB convince you it's got what it takes to be your ideal match? Simon Brook, head of PLB's specialist division, explains why he's committed to the independent sector.

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Sales up as PLB sets sight on indies and on-trade

Published:  04 February, 2013

Wine importer PLB Group has reported a double-digit rise in sales after increasing its distribution and selling a greater range of products to existing customers.

Wine importer PLB Group has reported a double-digit rise in sales after increasing its distribution and selling a greater range of products to existing customers.

 

Sales were up from £121.9m to £141.7m in the year to 31 August 2012, according to results filed at Companies House. Pre-tax profits fell by 20.8% from £605,672 to £479,751 after administrative expenses rose from £7.5 million to £8.1 million.

 

"The growth has been achieved despite a relatively flag market and has been due to increasing the distribution of its products and building on the range and sales of products to existing customers," finance director Simon Fredericks said.

 

Attracting and retaining major branded wine suppilers would continue to be a focus for the company as it looks to develop sales in the convenience and on trade sectors, he added.

 

Last week PLB announced five appointments to its specialist division, which is focused on the independent and UK on-trades sectors.

 

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What can suppliers learn from the demise of Thierry's?

Published:  01 February, 2013

Thierry's was one of several wine businesses to fall foul of the tough economic climate last year. Elinor Zuke takes a look at what went wrong for the wine agency and how suppliers can learn from its collapse

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