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Making the right moves

Published:  20 August, 2013

Choosing the right logistics company is a vital decision. Get it right and you can improve efficiency, cut costs and, most importantly, serve your customers better. Get it wrong and products may not be available when they should be, and you could end up working in an atmosphere of mistrust with your contractor.

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The biggest and best alcohol brands of 2013

Published:  20 August, 2013

So what were the best-performing wine and spirits brands over the past year? Here Erin Smith presents the movers and shakers in wine and spirits taken from The Grocer's Britain's 100 Biggest Alcohol Brands 2013

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It's time to take duty fraud seriously

Published:  20 August, 2013

Trade estimates put the level of losses due to wine duty fraud as high as £300 million a year, but how much is really being done within the industry to tackle a problem that is spiralling out of control? asks Carol Emmas

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The JWT Austerity Index

Published:  16 August, 2013

Austerity Index: How consumers are spending their money and coping in these times of austerity

A measure of how the UK is feeling and dealing with austerity. Quarter 2 2013 Results

The JWT Austerity Index is a composite measure created using five key consumer metrics. We use five metrics because we believe austerity has many facets which cannot be adequately captured in just one question. The metrics we track are as follows: Consumers select a score out of ten on each metric. In each question, a high score indicates an impact of greater severity. We created an index for each of the five component metrics by dividing those scoring themselves in the negative range (6-10) by those scoring themselves in the positive range (1-5), and then multiplying the result by 100. The Austerity Index is an average score calculated across all five of our austerity metrics. We polled 600 UK consumers in June 2013 using JWT's proprietary SONAR panel. The Austerity Index is a quarterly survey - our next edition will be released October 2013.

  1. Standard of Living
  2. Surviving or Thriving?
  3. Restricting Spending
  4. Difficulty Saving
  5. Six Month Outlook

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Retention of Title: Part two

Published:  25 July, 2013

In the second of a series of articles, wine law specialist Andrew Park looks further at the problems that can arise when enforcing Retention of Title (ROT) claims for wine supplied, and how suppliers can maximise their chances of success

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Qubit: Beers Wines and Spirits Online Benchmark Report

Published:  19 July, 2013

This Qubit benchmark looks at the onsite effectiveness of some of the UK's most popular alcohol retailers' websites. It uses industry best practice criteria to analyse the performance of each site against set customer user journeys.

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Introducing the Harpers France Summit 2013

Published:  18 July, 2013

Harpers' first dedicated French wine day is to be held in London on October 22. Here we present a run down...

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Buying Guide: Supplementary channels

Published:  17 July, 2013

In our last Buying Guide we looked at the three primary channels for sourcing wine in the UK: wholesalers, agents and buying direct. In this follow-up article, Matt Walls looks at the supplementary channels that can help you build the strongest range possible

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CGA Mixed Drinks Report 2013

Published:  17 July, 2013

In this comprehensive report on-trade research specialists, CGA, outline its predictions for the mixed drinks and cocktails categories in UK's bars, clubs and pubs.

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Is your back label right for China?

Published:  17 July, 2013

Getting the back label is right for your wine in any market you are trading in, but in China it is vital. Not only do you need to understand what it is that Chinese consumers are looking for and expect to see on a wine label, but you will have to comply with complex Chinese labelling regulations.

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CGA Future Forecasting On-trade Report

Published:  17 July, 2013

On-trade research specialists, CGA, outlines in this preview report its latest market forecasts, recalculated to integrate the most up to date economic and market data, to deliver projected market size and sector sales figures for the UK on-trade to 2018.

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The UK through Spanish eyes

Published:  15 July, 2013

Spain-based wine writer Diego Bonnel talks to Spanish wine producers about what they see as the opportunities and challenges of working in the UK market

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Postal charges: how to cut your costs

Published:  12 July, 2013

In April 2012 Royal Mail raised a few eyebrows by increasing its postal charges by 30%. Royal Mail said it was necessary to keep the organisation afloat...

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California's big crop fails to lower prices

Published:  11 July, 2013

Despite the vineyards of the Golden State experiencing their biggest ever harvests last year, grape pricing continues to climb, as Anya Robson reports

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The rise of social agencies

Published:  09 July, 2013

In this competitive drinks market, those who want to win the social media game are increasingly talking to agencies, says Bernadette Costello

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Demystifying French wine regions

Published:  28 June, 2013

With UK consumers drinking increasingly higher-quality French wines, it seems trading up is alive and well...

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Vinexpo 2013: Around the world in five days

Published:  28 June, 2013

With nearly 50,000 visitors from 135 countries, Vinexpo was the centre of the wine and spirits world last week...

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LIWF: ExCeL's last stand

Published:  07 June, 2013

London International Wine Fair says goodbye to ExCeL before transforming itself into the London Wine Fair at Olympia in 2014...

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Spain's rich pickings

Published:  06 June, 2013

Tightening global supply and upward pressure on prices could benefit Spain's diverse offering in 2013, says Andrew Catchpole

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Packaging: You can look but you can't touch

Published:  04 June, 2013

Packaging is on the verge of entering the digital age, which could have a big impact on how wine and spirits brands are sold and marketed to consumers

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