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What does the future hold for independents?

Published:  22 May, 2013

We reveal the results of phase two of Harpers' Indies Uncovered project ? the most comprehensive survey of independent merchants to date.

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How do you buy your wine?

Published:  17 May, 2013

When it comes to developing a wine range, there are an increasing number of different ways to source wine.

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Wine Vision 2013: One world, one vision

Published:  17 May, 2013

The world's most influential wine figures are to come together at Wine Vision in London later this year to help shape the future of the global wine industry. Here's how you can get involved

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Lower-alcohol wine: Time to look on the light side?

Published:  19 April, 2013

Whether consumers are buying low-alcohol wine to reduce their alcohol or calorie intake, or to cut down...

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It's time to start liking Facebook

Published:  19 April, 2013

A Facebook fan is a more profitable consumer, so it's clearly time to take advantage, says Bernadette John

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Closures: Wine and prejudice

Published:  05 April, 2013

Which closure should seal a wine bottle is still a hotly debated issue as the latest innovations come to light, as Catherine Quinn reports

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Country reports: South Africa

Published:  15 March, 2013

To purchase the full report, priced £99 (ex-VAT), go to the Harpers Shop. This could well be South Africa's year, so say its proponents and supporters in the UK trade. As do high-profile writers ranging from Tim Atkin MW to Neal Martin, both of whom have singled the country out as being the most exciting New World producer today - and they are not alone. There is a groundswell of opinion that South Africa's time has come, so long as it can now capitalise wisely on the many positive currently in its favour.

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Everybody wants to rule the world

Published:  15 March, 2013

British wine companies are increasingly looking to capitalise on the UK's reputation around the world to explore new commercial opportunities outside these shores, as Lucy Britner investigates

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Published:  07 March, 2013

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Published:  07 March, 2013

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Published:  07 March, 2013

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Retention of Title: Part one

Published:  01 March, 2013

In the first of a series of articles, wine law specialist Andrew Park looks at wine trade-specific problems that arise when enforcing retention of title claims, and how suppliers can maximise their chances of success.

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Pinning your hopes on social media

Published:  01 March, 2013

Pinterest is not just a place to store pretty pictures ? it can have real commercial value for your business

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Regions vs brands: What's right for France?

Published:  01 March, 2013

With regions as well known as those in France, is there any point in marketing by brand instead of region? Laura Heywood...

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ProWein 2013: Why it's the place to be

Published:  01 March, 2013

ProWein is going from strength to strength with sell-out exhibition space, high customer satisfaction and new...

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Andrew Catchpole: review of this week's SITT tastings in London and Manchester

Published:  28 February, 2013

The buzz at the Spring 2013 round of Specialist Importers Trade Tastings (SITT) in London and Manchester confirmed the trade's appetite for more focused events, reflecting the ever-increasing popularity of tailored tastings aimed at the independent sector of the market.

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What can suppliers learn from the demise of Thierry's?

Published:  01 February, 2013

Thierry's was one of several wine businesses to fall foul of the tough economic climate last year. Elinor Zuke takes a look at what went wrong for the wine agency and how suppliers can learn from its collapse

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Mayday, Mayday... company in distress

Published:  18 January, 2013

For many, 2012 was a year to forget, with a series of high-profile company failures causing knock-on effects across the trade. But can you spot the warning signs when a potential supplier or customer is in financial difficulty? Specialist corporate lawyer Paul Taylor explains how

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Country reports: Italy

Published:  18 January, 2013

How many consumers have really embraced Italian diversity? And for those that haven't, is it because they find it too complex or....

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Country reports: Spain

Published:  30 November, 2012

Spain has been reaching out to export markets, such as the UK, with an increasingly "can-do" attitude...

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