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Harpers Global Design Awards 2015: The Results

Published:  11 September, 2015

The competition to stand out not just on-shelf but also on-screen means there is intense pressure on wine producers, suppliers and, most of all, the creative and design agencies behind the labels to really up their game. Here are the results from the first worldwide Harpers Design Awards where we invited entries from around the world, attracting designs from the US, Australia and across Europe.

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Analysis: Amazon's one-hour delivery put to the test

Published:  11 September, 2015

The speed at which wine, spirits and beers can be delivered to homes is changing with services such as Amazon Prime Now. But does it deliver?

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Analysis: The power of building an online community

Published:  11 September, 2015

As Tesco's online Wine Community closes its virtual doors the trade weighs in on how important digital engagement in the wine world has become.

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IRI launches service to give drinks companies insight into whether digital media campaigns work

Published:  04 September, 2015

Retail intelligence company IRI has launched a new service which it claims will help drinks marketers understand the impact of digital media activity on their brands' sales in shops.

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Analysis: Can English sparkling wine ever go mainstream?

Published:  17 August, 2015

James Lawrence examines the future prospects for English fizz.

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Insights: New wine preservation systems are helping to drive more wines by the glass

Published:  12 August, 2015

A growing demand for increasingly high-tech wine-preservation systems has given businesses an impressive array to choose from and is helping to drive more wines by the glass in various channels.

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Analysis: UK warehousing shortage may make outsourcing logistics more attractive

Published:  11 August, 2015

With the UK currently hit by a warehousing shortage, some drinks companies are outsourcing to better suit their needs.

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Insights: The rise of Spanish white wines in the on-trade

Published:  11 August, 2015

Spanish white wines are emerging from the shadow of the reds with a number of varieties and styles that are making headway in the UK on-trade.

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Insight: Pernod Ricard's new chief Alexandre Ricard outlines his strategy for greatness

Published:  10 August, 2015

Pernod Ricard's new chief Alexandre Ricard wants to conquer the world with conviviality. But are the two things compatible?

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Analysis: The summer of gin

Published:  10 August, 2015

It's official: gin has gone global. No longer confined to English back bars, now the rest of the world wants a slice of the action.

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Analysis: The Vindependents is an agency for independents, run by independents

Published:  07 August, 2015

Tired of dealing with big importers, a group of indies have launched a new agency to up profits and share business philosophies called The Vindependents.

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Analysis: Emerging regions making headway in the UK

Published:  07 August, 2015

Consumers are increasingly demanding unique wine experiences, creating an opportunity for lesser-known regions to grow in the UK market. Discover some of them ahead of next month's Emerging Regions Tasting.

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Analysis: What you need to do to win in gin

Published:  06 August, 2015

Craft gin is hot. But what should craft distillers be doing to maximise their chances of success?

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Insights: The increasing commonality of prestige Champagne

Published:  29 July, 2015

James Lawrence examines the increasing commonality of the de luxe and vintage Champagne segment.

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Alcohol consumption among under-18s at a record low in 2014, UK government statistics show

Published:  23 July, 2015

New government statistics show that the number of 11- to 15-year-olds drinking alcohol has fallen to a record low.

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Analysis: Anna Greenhous asks why competitions are boosting sake's image

Published:  21 July, 2015

Sake's popularity is growing apace. Anna Greenhous take a look at how understanding of the category is changing with the help of international competitions

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Insights: Groceries Code Adjudicator urges trade to be more vocal despite a 'climate of fear'

Published:  21 July, 2015

Suppliers and retailer relations were under the spotlight at the Groceries Code Adjudicator's recent annual conference and the industry is being urged to be more vocal despite 'a climate of fear and an aspect of futility'.

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Analysis: The squeeze on supermarket wine aisles

Published:  20 July, 2015

As multiples battle for share, tough times lie ahead for supermarkets and suppliers and the challenges facing the sector

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Insights: California proves to be a golden opportunity for the on-trade and independents

Published:  20 July, 2015

Sales of premium California wines have been picking up speed in the UK and many producers in the Golden State are looking to the UK as an export market full of opportunities.

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Analysis: HMRC's crackdown on alcohol's black market

Published:  17 July, 2015

Tackling duty evasion and illicit activity within the drinks trade was a key message in last week's Budget, but what does it mean for the trade?

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