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Championing emerging regions

Published:  05 September, 2017

What will be the wine regions to look out for in 2018? Justin Keay takes a look at the main contenders

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Channel crossing: A look at omnichannel retailing

Published:  05 September, 2017

Simon Jack looks at how retailers are keeping up with the demands of omnichannel fulfilment both in store and online

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Wine list innovation

Published:  04 September, 2017

Being presented with a lengthy country-ranged wine tome can be intimidating for any punter which is why the best and most engaging drinks offers have moved far beyond a static listing.

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Millennials and the power of online reviews

Published:  29 August, 2017

Online reviews can increasingly make or break a business and nowhere is this more true than with millennials and the restaurant world. 

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Virtually vertical

Published:  23 August, 2017

Jo Gilbert looks at the marketing tool the big wine and Champagne houses are all latching on to

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Delivering a pipe dream

Published:  21 August, 2017

If brand-building is rooted in USPs, then the Fair Spirits label has impressive credentials. But converting these into sustainable momentum in a crowded spirits world can be quite a challenge, as Andrew Catchpole discovers. 

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Design Wars

Published:  17 August, 2017

As the battle for shelf standout continues apace, Lisa Riley quizzes the experts on what matters most

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Cork Fights Back

Published:  15 August, 2017

Once the only choice when it came to stoppers for wine bottles, cork has suffered at the hands of synthetic rivals for years. But now there are signs of a comeback, says Lisa Riley

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Digital packaging: how smart is your bottle?

Published:  15 August, 2017

The impact of digitisation is so powerful that most marketers and brand designers are only just grasping the need for a more holistic approach, writes James Harmer of Touch design and innovation agency

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Co-operating with consumers

Published:  14 August, 2017

Hot on the heels of its membership scheme launch, the Co-op’s Simon Cairns talks to Angela Mount about an initiative involving customers in new product development

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How a French wine scandal could scupper the rise of bulk

Published:  10 August, 2017

The news of the investigation into bulk wine negociant Raphael Michel has shaken the French and UK trades this week. Will this scandal affect bulk’s chances of emerging from bottled wine’s shadow? Jo Gilbert reports

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Harpers Design Awards 2017: Meet the winners

Published:  08 August, 2017

Once again, Harpers pulled together a leading panel of judges to decide which of the past year’s designs have what it takes to propel their brands to the top. Jo Gilbert reports

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Innovation: Moving on up

Published:  07 August, 2017

Jo Gilbert asks if wine will ever have its Brewdog moment

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Whisky Galore

Published:  07 August, 2017

First the bad news – on March 8, Chancellor Philip Hammond hit UK spirits with a near 4% hike in duty pushing the tax on the average bottle of Scotch to an eye-watering 79%. Having scrapped the duty escalator in 2014, followed by a cut the year after and then a freeze, this unexpected blow from “Spreadsheet Phil” provoked fury among distillers. “It is staggering that the Prime Minister stood up in Scotland on Friday [March 3] and said that Scotch whisky is ‘a truly great Scottish and British industry’ … and just five days later the Chancellor hammers this industry at home,” thundered Charles Ireland, managing director of Diageo GB.

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Italian trends

Published:  01 August, 2017

Italian exhibition company Bellavita undertook some extensive research into Italian wine in the UK market to coincide with its recent London Expo. Here it shares those insights exclusively with Harpers

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The cava conundrum

Published:  27 July, 2017

Spain’s famous fizz needs some imaginative thinking to return its sparkle, argues James Lawrence

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Deliveroo-tionary: The partnerships changing the delivery game

Published:  26 July, 2017

Jo Gilbert argues that local link-ups such as Deliveroo’s new alcohol partnerships could change the delivery game

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Harpers on tour: Champagne buyers trip 2017

Published:  25 July, 2017

Four wine buyers descended on Champagne last month and with their expertise ranging from a Michelin-starred restaurant to independent merchants to drinks distributors, the insight and expectations of Champagne were unique to each buyer. Starting with a trip to Épernay via Montagne de Reims and then south to the Aube, the visits were just as varied as the buyers. Jane Parkinson reports

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Is recruitment breaking the camel's back?

Published:  24 July, 2017

With EU workers’ rights hanging by a thread, Jo Gilbert asks could a “Brexodus” break the UK’s hospitality sector?

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On the tourist trail

Published:  17 July, 2017

Inviting consumers into the vineyard has proven a great marketing tactic for many wineries. Lisa Riley finds many pros and few cons in making an investment in wine tourism

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