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Analysis: stand up for responsibility

Published:  11 August, 2011

Let's take a look at how far the trade has come to date. Since the Responsibility Deal was published in March, 110 drinks companies have signed up - a pretty strong opening. Harpers examines who's feeling the benefits and what else needs to happen.

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Jamie Hutchinson calls for suppliers' charter

Published:  01 August, 2011

Independent wine merchant Jamie Hutchinson has called for a suppliers' charter to be set up for any business serious about servicing the independent sector.

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Jamie Hutchinson calls for suppliers' charter

Published:  01 August, 2011

Independent wine merchant Jamie Hutchinson has called for a suppliers' charter to be set up for any business serious about servicing the independent sector.

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Drinks firms 'don't know enough' about Responsibility Deal

Published:  28 July, 2011

Drinks companies which haven't yet signed up to the Responsibility Deal say they "did not realise the significance" or "haven't been able to find out enough about it".

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Tell us what drinks trade should do over Responsibility Deal

Published:  22 July, 2011

As the government embarks on the second stage of the Responsibility Deal, Harpers tries to find out what else the drinks trade thinks needs to be done.

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New probe into government's alcohol guidelines

Published:  20 July, 2011

A government committee is launching a new probe into the evidence base for alcohol guidelines.

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Siddle: Harpers launches Responsibility OK campaign

Published:  15 July, 2011

The news agenda has been dominated over the past fortnight by people accused of not taking responsibility for their actions. On the face of it, the trials and tribulations of Rebekah Brooks and News International may appear a million miles away from the concerns of the drinks trade, but think again.

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Drinks firms urged to comply with Responsibility Deal

Published:  15 July, 2011

Around 30 leading drinks firms have been approached by the government for failing to sign up to Responsibility Deal pledges, as pressure mounts on the trade to do more or face a crackdown.

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What is Responsibility OK?

Published:  13 July, 2011

As pressure builds from the government for the drinks industry to sign up to the Responsibility Deal to improve public health, Harpers launches a campaign to ensure the trade is taking the necessary steps to get its house in order or face legislation.

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The trade's view of Responsibility OK

Published:  13 July, 2011

The drinks industry has welcomed Harpers' Responsibility OK initiative. Read some of the comments...

 

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Laithwaites on the lookout for large stores

Published:  17 June, 2011

Laithwaites is eschewing a fast-paced store expansion in favour of finding two to four "theatrical" venues on a par with its London Borough Market store in the next five years.

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Alliance Wine ups social media activity

Published:  06 June, 2011

Alliance Wine plans to make social media an integral part of its marketing plans in 2011 and beyond.

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Top Merchants seminar on how to expand your business moves to July 13

Published:  03 June, 2011

Harpers' Top Merchants seminar on expanding your business has been moved to a new date of July 13 and will now look at all the various ways in which independents are growing their businesses from taking on new sites to offering new services such as wholesaling, direct sales and café/deli operations.

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Jenny Mackenzie: Blog review of Natural Wine Fair

Published:  03 June, 2011


There has been a lot of response lately in the trade to 'natural wine' which seems to evoke strong opinions, for and against. The Natural Wine Fair was organised by Isabelle Legeron MW with Les Caves de Pyrène, Aubert & Mascoli, Dynamic Vines, Wine Story and Yapp Brothers. Held at London's Borough Market on three days, 15th-17th May, the Sunday was for consumers, Monday and Tuesday for trade.

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Top merchants seminar on the do's and don'ts of expanding your business

Published:  05 May, 2011


The highs and lows of expanding your business by taking on more stores will be the topic of the next Top Merchants day to be held on June 8 at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.

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Whittalls Wine Merchants acquires 37 Oddbins stores

Published:  26 April, 2011

Whittalls Wine Merchants has acquired 37 Oddbins stores from the administrators safeguarding 200 jobs across the chain.

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Pimm's to launch £4.6m summer campaign

Published:  29 March, 2011

Diageo Great Britain (GB) is to launch an interactive £4.6m 'Pimm's Summer Party' campaign that will ramp up activity around key occasions such as this year's royal wedding.

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Oddbins: details of proposed CVA emerge

Published:  16 March, 2011

Oddbins proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement would see creditors get just over a fifth of what they are owed back over a 46-month period.

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Oddbins drafts in consultants over restructuring

Published:  03 March, 2011

Oddbins has drafted in restructuring consultants to discuss the future of the business.

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Drinks trade leads the way in responsible online marketing

Published:  28 February, 2011

The drinks industry is well ahead of new rules on online marketing since responsibility body the Portman Group has been strictly regulating it since 2003.

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