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South African wine under the microscope

Published:  08 August, 2014

South Africa may be known for its value-for-money wine, but the country is vying for a spot in more premium territory, as Gemma McKenna and Erin Smith find out

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High street wine retailers take a fresh look at franchising

Published:  08 August, 2014

As Oddbins announces plans to open up 200 franchise stores, Gemma McKenna looks at franchising in the wine trade and, as the economy recovers, asks whether taking on a business that already has the wow factor could be the way forward

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Harpers new consumer report reveals key wine trends in the UK on-trade

Published:  08 August, 2014

In the second of our exclusive consumer reports, Harpers turns the spotlight on drinking trends in the UK on-trade and finds out what the average Brit thinks of the wine in their glass and what attracts them, or not, to ordering wine when out and out about compared to other drinks

 

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Euromonitor: "UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014"

Published:  10 July, 2014

It's good news for the wine and spirits trade as the UK is set to be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014, according to Euromonitor's mid-year global economy update, which should boost consumer spending.

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Harpers Low-Alcohol Wine Report: Subscribers download here

Published:  09 July, 2014

Try as it might, the UK wine trade has yet to crack the low-alcohol wine category, according to a new Harpers report published today.

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Retailers and suppliers yet to crack low-alcohol wine, says Harpers report

Published:  09 July, 2014

Try as it might, the UK wine trade has yet to crack the low-alcohol wine category, according to a new Harpers report published today.

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Are classic Italian wines making a comeback?

Published:  08 July, 2014

Many believe that classic Italian styles are poised for a major comeback, but could they be obscuring the depth and breadth of Italian wine?

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Independents put their foot down and demand more from major suppliers

Published:  04 July, 2014

Serious about working with leading independent wine merchants? Then this is a must read for you. Members of Harpers Independent Wine Crew set out what it is they like and don't like from the major wine distributors. Richard Siddle and Erin Smith report

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How retailers are using consumers to drive their brand image and strategy

Published:  04 July, 2014

The new, all-singing, all-dancing London Wine Fair was an apt setting for Harpers debate on how companies can harness consumer power to drive their businesses forward.

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The Smith report: the rise of Scotch as an alternative to fine wine investors

Published:  04 July, 2014

According to a new report by Rabobank released in June, Scotch whisky is currently going through a boom. But Scotch producers could learn a thing or two from the wine trade in that regulating the peaks and troughs of supply and demand is necessary to increase value over the long term. So could Scotch whisky now rival fine wine as an alternative investment?

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Why wine clubs need up their game to fully engage with their members

Published:  04 July, 2014

Hannah Saunders, international and UK business development director for contract publishing company, Cedar Communications, assesses the merits of the retailer wine clubs and finds many could take lessons from other sectors on how to fully engage and interact with their customers and members.

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Wines Direct offers insights as well as new customers for major online wine players

Published:  20 June, 2014

Specialist online aggregator site, Wines Direct, is now able to give its users the chance to pick out the most popular wines by price, style, country or brand from the UK's leading multiple wine retail sites based on the behavior of its 130,000 unique users a month.

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Les Grands Chais looks to UK growth through focus on quality

Published:  02 June, 2014

Considering Les Grands Chais de France is responsible for 20% of French wine exports to the UK it remains largely under the radar in the UK wine trade. Harpers.co.uk caught up with Tim North, head of its UK division, to find out about its export strategy and plans to grow distribution across all channels.

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Logistics case studies

Published:  30 May, 2014

Case studies from Tesco, Matthew Clark, Enotria, Berry Bros & Rudd, Liberty Wines, Laithwaite's Wine and Jascots Wine Merchants

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How to choose the right logistics partner to suit your business

Published:  30 May, 2014

Simon Jack looks at the critical steps businesses should take when choosing the right logistics partner

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The Smith Report: The draw of private equity firm investing in wine

Published:  30 May, 2014

Robert Nicholson, principal at International Wine Associates exlpains the draw for private equity firms to invest in wine

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Retailers look at supply chain management in order to cut costs and squeeze profits

Published:  30 May, 2014

Has there ever been more pressure on all levels of the supply chain to cut costs and squeeze profits? Harpers.co.uk looks at what options drinks companies have to make the necessary cuts but still remain competitive as the trade looks harder at cost-saving efficiencies.

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Celebrities and brands: do star endorsements and link-ups really work?

Published:  05 May, 2014

News that David Beckham is to put his name to a new whisky is just the latest in a series of celebrity drink endorsements. But, Richard Foster asks, do such link-ups guarantee good sales?

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UK leads shift to bulk wine buying

Published:  02 May, 2014

More than 40% of wine in the UK is now packed domestically and this could rise to as much as 60%. Gemma McKenna takes a look at the bulk wine market

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Using sensory marketing to boost wine sales

Published:  02 May, 2014

Does your brand taste better to Tchaikovsky or Tinie Tempah? In a log cabin or in a grassy meadow? Bernadette John examines how big drinks brands are using sensory marketing to increase sales and loyalty among consumers

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