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Insights: Retailers look back on the Christmas trading period

Published:  12 January, 2016

On the back of the Christmas and new year trading period, Harpers asks suppliers and merchants how Christmas was for them and what they expect looking ahead.

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Analysis: Trade optimism lifts following festive trading

Published:  08 January, 2016

Consumer confidence is generally on the up and early indications suggest that Christmas delivered a welcome boost to the trade.

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Successful Christmas launch for Bar 44 online retail service

Published:  07 January, 2016

Bar 44, the Welsh tapas bar and restaurant group, has successfully launched an online store to complement its existing customer offer.

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Justerini & Brooks signs exclusive deal with Château Unang

Published:  07 January, 2016

Fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has been appointed the new, sole agents for boutique Rhône winery Château Unang.

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Strong festive sales at Majestic vindicate Gormley strategy

Published:  07 January, 2016

Sales at Majestic Wine plc were up 12.2%, according to trading figures from the group released today.

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English and Welsh wine sales bring Xmas cheer at Waitrose

Published:  06 January, 2016

Sales of English and Welsh wines at Waitrose were up 8.5% year on year in the six weeks to January 2, the upscale multiple retailer has reported.

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Berry Bros predicts millennial flight to Old World quality

Published:  06 January, 2016

The millennial generation's quest for authenticity and the experience of discovery will lead it back to the classic wine regions this year, Berry Bros & Rudd has claimed in its New Year predictions.

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Analysis: A critical part of Aldi's startegy for success - supplier relationships

Published:  05 January, 2016

Ahead of this month's profile piece in an exclusive interview with Harpers, Mike James, wine buying director of Aldi UK, talks with Angela Mount about his buying strategy and what he looks for in potential partners that has helped him succeed.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Ted Sandbach, Oxford Wine Company

Published:  31 December, 2015

Ted Sandbach, managing director and owner of the Oxford Wine Company, looks back at an exciting 2015 with opening of another Wine Cafe and figures are up with his wholesale business.  He is looking forward to enjoying the Great Escape over the Christmas break, but looking to 2016 Sandbach sees more consolidation ahead for the industry.

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ALERT: Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme in Force from 1 January 2016

Published:  24 December, 2015

From the 1 January 2016 HMRC will introduce the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) to tackle alcohol fraud. Cindy Dorrington of Bivonas Law asseses the implication for the trade. 

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Ayo Akintola, Oddbins

Published:  23 December, 2015

Ayo Akintola, the managing director of Oddbins saw 2015 as a challenging, but satisfactory year.  The 'manic' response of retailers to threat of discounters moving into the UK has been a challenge in 2015.  But Akintola is looking forward to 2016 as he sees the opportunity to work with interesting suppliers as a 'once in a generation' opportunity.

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Christmas shoppers turn to drink as grocery sales fall

Published:  21 December, 2015

Pre-Christmas shopping on alcohol is up this year, while spend on other groceries has decreased, according to the latest figures from data analysts IRI.

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Losses mount at Berry Bros & Rudd

Published:  21 December, 2015

Berry Bros & Rudd, wine merchants to the royal family, reported pre-tax losses of £11.4 million last year.

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Australia Day Tastings revealed for London, Dublin and Edinburgh

Published:  17 December, 2015

Wine Australia has announced the dates of its Australia Day Tastings for 2016.

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De Bortoli to launch two new terroir-focused wine ranges

Published:  17 December, 2015

Australian winemaker De Bortoli is to launch two new wine ranges into the UK in January.

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£6.4 billion Christmas spending spree could rescue dismal year for multiples

Published:  16 December, 2015

Over £6.4 billion will be spent spent at the UK's leading supermarkets in the two weeks to Christmas, according to global information and insights giant Nielsen.

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Armit releases highly anticipated 2014 Domaine Leflaive en primeur

Published:  16 December, 2015

Fine wine merchant Armit Wines has announced the en primeur release of the 2014 vintage from highy regarded Burgundy winemaker Domaine Leflaive.

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New wine service launches with ban on baffling wine language

Published:  14 December, 2015

Taste4, a new online wine service, has banned the ten least understood wine words from its marketing, following an extensive consumer survey.

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English wines toast record Christmas sales at Waitrose

Published:  11 December, 2015

Sales of English wines have rocketed this Christmas, Waitrose has revealed.

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Christmas wine sales will peak on Monday, Laithwaite's predicts

Published:  10 December, 2015

Wine sales for Christmas - and for the year - will peak on Monday, December 14, according to sales data from online retailer Laithwaite's Wine.

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