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Stoking Sicily's Fire

Published:  13 September, 2018

Sicily’s ever more accomplished yet very individual wines are gaining ground. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Brexit survey: Who's afraid of the big bad B word?

Published:  12 September, 2018

In the lead-up to next month’s scheduled EU summit, Jo Gilbert sets out to discover what the trade really thinks of Brexit, how it has impacted business so far and what is yet to come

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Chile: Pushing boundaries and twisting tradition

Published:  10 September, 2018

As emerging players in Chile are shaking up the status quo, pushing its premium offer and reinvigorating the wine scene, Alistair Cooper asks if the UK is on board

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Top 50 Wholesalers

Published:  06 September, 2018

Introducing our 2018 ranking of the drinks wholesale businesses that are doing the most to influence, improve and drive forward the supply of quality wines, beers and spirits in the UK

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The rise of "source anywhere" wines

Published:  06 September, 2018

With the spiral of financial pressures currently bearing down on the trade, it’s no surprise that some companies are becoming more creative when it comes to sourcing grapes.

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As prominent restaurant chains continue to hit the wall, Andrew Catchpole looks at the impact on smaller operators

Published:  05 September, 2018

With the upmarket, wine-focused Argentinian Gaucho Group and its offshoot Cau under administration, and the on-trade landscape littered with recent casualties including Prezzo, Carluccio’s, Jamie’s Italian and Byron Burger (to name just a few), it’s looking tough out there in the restaurant world.

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Green logistics

Published:  03 September, 2018

As Kermit the Frog famously noted in song, it’s not easy being green. For the wine trade the sentiment translates into the problem of how to be environmentally friendly in a business that involves moving vast quantities of product around the globe. In the UK off-trade, where the New World has the upper hand, for example, around 60% of all the wine consumed comes from the deep-sea shipping sources of Australia, the US, Chile, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand.

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Wine refills’ sustainability hits the spot

Published:  30 August, 2018

Borough Wines is backing refillable technology for its green credentials as well as its contribution to quality. Lisa Riley reports on a system that’s gaining new ground

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Repositioning South Africa

Published:  28 August, 2018

Celebrated by critics but crippled by drought and low returns, South Africa rarely has an easy ride. 

Few in the trade could have missed the ongoing challenges facing South Africa’s wine producers as the worst drought in 100 years continues to afflict the Cape. With the 2018 crop predicted to be down by 15% after two years of water shortage that almost saw Cape Town meet “day zero” and turn off its domestic supply, the harvest has been described by Bibendum’s South Africa buyer, Paul Meihuizen, as “the most challenging I have ever known”.

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Smart packaging: wine gets clever

Published:  21 August, 2018

With so much attention to detail going into what’s inside the bottle, marketing and packaging innovation can sometimes be seen as an afterthought in the wine industry. But as new and more inventive technologies appear on the horizon, companies are now showing that smart packaging can be a vital tool in the ongoing battle of engaging consumers and decoding shopping habits. 

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Range rationalisation: Surviving the squeeze

Published:  17 August, 2018

Angela Mount investigates how distributors and producers are shaping up to meet buyer demands as routes to market narrow. 

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Lure of the East

Published:  14 August, 2018

Countries such as Greece, Turkey, Hungary and Romania are no longer considered off-piste when it comes  to winemaking. Justin Keay looks at what’s on offer

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Georgia: The cradle of wine

Published:  09 August, 2018

With a winemaking culture stretching back multiple millennia, Georgia claims to be the birthplace of wine.

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A smarter way to sell

Published:  06 August, 2018

Jo Gilbert connects with the businesses aiming to bring the convenience, value and focus of online shopping to bricks-and-mortar stores

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Facing up to climate change

Published:  02 August, 2018

The Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit gave compelling reasons for the drinks trade to take a lead on tackling global warming, as Andrew Catchpole reports.

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Re-emerging regions

Published:  01 August, 2018

Some of the most enjoyable games of the football World Cup so far have been match-ups featuring lesser-known nations – countries that you know play good football but are not up there with the likes of Brazil, Spain and Germany in the pantheon of soccer greatness.

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Malbec rising

Published:  31 July, 2018

Far from suffering from its mass appeal, Argentina’s flagship grape is heading for the next level. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Cottoning on to Cava

Published:  30 July, 2018

For Cava connoisseurs, Prosecco and Champagne can’t compete when it comes to quality and value for money. Jo Gilbert looks at how businesses are converting

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Computer vision: an eye on the future

Published:  26 July, 2018

Computer vision has been used for years for facial recognition softare and this this type of technology will become instrumental in decoding drinking trends, says Jo Gilbert.  

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Vodka: return of the king

Published:  23 July, 2018

Vodka may have been eclipsed in recent years by the gin boom. But Britain’s bartenders are rediscovering its charms. 

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