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Co-op sets up European distribution hub in radical change to supply strategy for its continental wines

Published:  26 October, 2016

The words 'agility' and 'flexibility' are used frequently by Simon Cairns. As the Co-op's beers wines and spirits trading director, he has overseen a category enjoying buoyant growth this year, with a 4.3% increase in like for like sales across the sector, according to the latest Nielsen reports.

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Hallgarten creates new regional sales director role

Published:  24 October, 2016

Luton-based suppliers Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has boosted its senior management team with the creation of a new director of regional sales role.

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Brexit: Prices hikes and freezes abound as stalwarts review prices

Published:  19 October, 2016

With the price of consumer favourites such as Marmite, chocolate and cheese set to rise, the drinks trade is having to make tough choices on how to cope with the devaluation of the pound.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  07 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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The art of on tap in casual dining

Published:  04 October, 2016

The casual dining scene is a growing sector, with plenty of opportunities for the trade to capitalise on a consumer thirst for innovative dining concepts at affordable prices.

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Matthew Clark aims for "storytelling" with portfolio expansion

Published:  30 September, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has bolstered its premium wine portfolio by taking on a number of producers from 10 different countries, all of which aim to tell a "story" to consumers.

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Dirty Dozen tasting attracts the on-trade crowd

Published:  28 September, 2016

The Dirty Dozen tasting held yesterday in London attracted sommeliers and buyers from across the trade looking for more esoteric and off the beaten track wines.

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Aldi's expanded Christmas wine and spirit ranges focus on premium and innovation

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi's Christmas wine and spirit ranges provides some great insight into where the business may go over the next 12 months including an expanded range of premium wine and spirit products.

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William Grant & Sons reports record profits

Published:  27 September, 2016

William Grant & Sons premium spirit business reported an 8.9% increase in profits after tax hitting record high of £147.4m.

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Aldi trials craft wine range in lead up to Christmas trading period

Published:  27 September, 2016

Aldi is trialling a new 'craft' wine range in 50cl stubbies in effort to attract more millennials over the Christmas trading period into the wine category.

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Langley's brand expands range with Old Tom gin

Published:  26 September, 2016

Following the successful launch of Langley's No. 8 gin three years ago, Charter Brands is launching an Old Tom gin to its range.

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Berkmann Wine Cellars teams up with Marlborough wine producer

Published:  23 September, 2016

Berkmann Wine Cellars will become the exclusive agent in the UK for New Zealand producer, Mahi Wines.

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Jascots focuses expansion on Italy and Spain ranges

Published:  22 September, 2016

Jascots Wine Merchants rolled out 47 news wines at its autumn trade held on Tuesday 20 September 2016, with a focused expansion on Italian and Spanish wines.

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Enotria&Coe to host panel discussion with female game-changers

Published:  21 September, 2016

Wholesaler and importer Enotria&Coe are hosting a panel discussion and tasting with a line-up of top women working in wine.

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Tuscany: 300 years on and it is still evolving

Published:  20 September, 2016

It has been 300 years since Cosimo III de' Medici first drew up his Bando delineating four wine producing areas in Tuscany and it was through this lens that Liberty Wines hosted the "Beyond the Bando" tasting yesterday in London.

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Spanish wine producers see opportunity in the on-trade ahead of promising harvest

Published:  19 September, 2016

At a Spanish-focused tasting hosted by Boutinot today in London, producers, many just starting harvest, are optimistic about this year's crop and the opportunity in the UK for Spanish wines.

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The Smith Report: New packaging formats are getting crafty

Published:  16 September, 2016

Wine has always been resistant to any format other than the classic 75cl bottle, but it has to start relaxing its approach to move forward

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Profile: Henry Butler, Butler's Wine Cellar

Published:  12 September, 2016

With two Brighton shops and a share in a hybrid wine bar in Hove, vino purveyor Henry Butler is the de facto wine chap about town.

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Cashing in on Alibaba's 9.9 online wine festival

Published:  12 September, 2016

Friday marked the first online wine festival that was hosted on e-commerce and trading platform Alibaba's TMall, which boasted more than 100,000 wines that went up for sale.

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Insights: Could Prosecco pricing be under pressure again this year?

Published:  12 September, 2016

Taking a look back at the Prosecco pricing bubble in 2015, ahead of this year's harvest, Harpers.co.uk investigates if it could happen again.

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