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Are you being served by AI?

Published:  23 February, 2018

Jo Gilbert tracks how artificial intelligence is emerging from the shadows, along with augmented reality, to become the ultimate interactive collaborator

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Bulk wine experiences huge growth, but vintage shortfall looms

Published:  21 February, 2018

It was once the preserve of the cheap and cheerful end of supermarket wine ranges, but the bulk wine market has seen considerable growth in the past decade, buoyed by improvements in shipping and bottling, competitive pressure on costs and margins, and increased concerns about the environmental impact of lugging heavy bottles of wine around on the back of trucks.

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Highs and lows for Oz

Published:  19 February, 2018

Depreciation at the commercial end of the market and an upswing in sales of wine priced £10 and over are presenting an opportunity for Australia in the UK as premium price points grow, while the country’s bulk growth marches steadily towards China. Jo Gilbert reports

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All dry on the Western Cape

Published:  16 February, 2018

As Cape Town’s water crisis approaches Day Zero rationing, James Lawrence assesses the impact of the drought on the wine industry

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Think Rum, Talk Rum

Published:  14 February, 2018

The opening panel at Harpers’ annual Think Rum event delved deep into the premium possibilities to grow the category. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Smarter moves: Spotlight on Vivino

Published:  07 February, 2018

Jo Gilbert caught up with Heini Zachariassen, founder of the world’s most downloaded wine app Vivino, on how it has made the leap from information-sharing platform to marketplace

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Mixing margins

Published:  06 February, 2018

Done well, a simple cocktail offer can boost sales and impress your customers, says Darren Smith

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The indie retailer where the customer is king

Published:  05 February, 2018

With a no-nonsense attitude to wine retailing and a true focus on the customers’ needs, The Vineking in Surrey is approaching 2018 with a renewed focus. Lisa Riley reports

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New Zealand’s southern stars

Published:  01 February, 2018

New Zealand’s unsullied image and premium focus is widening its quality appeal, finds Anne Krebiehl MW

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Singling out malt

Published:  29 January, 2018

Despite the premium gin and Japanese whisky assault, single malt Scotch is riding high in a market driven by exploration. Tom Bruce-Gardyne reports

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A changing winescape

Published:  26 January, 2018

New Kingsland WinePro research shared exclusively with Harpers identifies a need for innovation

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Moreno Wines: celebrating half a century

Published:  24 January, 2018

As pioneer Spanish champion Moreno Wines clocks up 50 years in the business, Andrew Catchpole caught up with Abbi and Marcel Moreno at this stalwart of the trade. 

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How low can you go?

Published:  22 January, 2018

Low- or no-alcohol products are no longer resigned to Dry January. Jo Gilbert reports on how waistband- and hangover-friendly alternatives are fast becoming one of 2018’s top trends

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Why brands are the key to cracking China

Published:  19 January, 2018

China is without doubt the next frontier for the UK wine industry, but while the potential market is huge it is a notoriously fiddly country for western brands to penetrate. Christopher Haywood reports

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Cashing in on the experience economy

Published:  17 January, 2018

New research has revealed the huge opportunities for operators willing to embrace fluid eating and drinking trends. Jo Gilbert reports

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Craft challenge

Published:  11 January, 2017

Gone are the days when all the consumer had to choose between was a can on the supermarket shelf or cask ale from the pub. This has everything to do with the craft beer movement, which – fuelled by the flexibility and creativity afforded to small brewers, an explosion of flavours in hops from the New World and the proliferation of alternative formats – has taken not just the beer but the entire drinks industry by storm in recent years.

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The new data deal

Published:  03 January, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the Data Protection Act on steroids. Failure to comply by May next year could mean huge penalties and reputational damage, says Andrew Don

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UK Agents: are you being served?

Published:  04 January, 2018

I wish to be cremated… one tenth of my ashes shall be given to my agent, as written in my contract,” quipped Groucho Marx of the breed that acts for the stars. Finding humorous quotes at the expense of agents is easy work, whether levelled at the acting or commercial world, with these designated business representatives – popularly the “10 percenters” – coming in for flack for apparently sitting back while counting their cut for little in return. 

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Urban Logistics

Published:  03 January, 2018

From parking woes to traffic jams, the challenges that accompany urban deliveries are many. Simon Jack looks at how businesses can streamline operations

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Greener Commitment

Published:  14 December, 2017

As more wine producers take steps to up their sustainability credentials, Lisa Riley asks how the rest can get themselves on to a greener path

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