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Q&A: BiBoViNo's Frantz Roesch on why BIB wine is going upmarket

Published:  10 February, 2015

Frantz Roesch, founder of French bag-in-box retail concept BiBoViNo, reveals his plans for UK expansion, high profile backers and why it will focus on old world wines only.

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Tesco and rest of the supermarket industry returning to growth, says Kantar

Published:  10 February, 2015

After 13 reported months of decline Tesco has posted 0.3% growth and the supermarket industry as a whole appears to be improving with growth accelerating to 1.1%.

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Cambridge Wine's Hal Wilson urges independents to lobby their MP for duty cut

Published:  10 February, 2015

Following yesterday's call by Harpers to independent wine merchants to play their part in the industry wide campaign to convince the Chancellor to issue a duty cut on wine and spirits in his March Budget, leading independent Hal Wilson of Cambridge Wine Merchants today explains why he has personally lobbied his local MP, the Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert, and urges other merchants to do the same.

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Drinks producers and retailers 'get personal' for Valentine's Day

Published:  09 February, 2015

Wine and spirits retailers and producers are looking to cash in on love this Valentine's Day with a host of personalised and quirky products alongside the more straightforward deals.  

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Chris Dee takes helm at Booths after 20 years with northern retailer

Published:  06 February, 2015

Chris Dee, who started his career at Booths as a wine and spirits director, has been promoted to the new position of chief executive officer after 20 years with the company.

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Supermarkets special report: Why less is more

Published:  06 February, 2015

As the UK's major multiples look to pare back their wine and spirit ranges in order to boost performance and compete with discounters, Gemma McKenna asks what this new direction will mean for the rest of the trade

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Tesco calls on wine suppliers for added payments as Grocery Code Adjudicator starts inquiry

Published:  06 February, 2015

In the last 24 hours Tesco has issued two separate requests for wine suppliers to pay effectively the same additional payment for increased sales volumes they have received for their products following its recent product cull.

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Wine merchants can have their say and take part in March for Independents survey

Published:  06 February, 2015

There is still time for independent wine merchants to have their say and share their views on how they see the sector, the opportunities and challenges they face, which wine and spirits categories are selling the most and what they would like to see more from their suppliers, by taking part in Harpers exclusive online poll.

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Conviviality on track to open 20 more stores by April

Published:  05 February, 2015

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail is planning to open a further 20 stores by April, and is targeting the south west for expansion.

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Q&A: Conviviality's Diana Hunter on acquisitions and expanding ranges

Published:  05 February, 2015

The ink has barely dried on Conviviality's latest acquisition deal - to take on 37 stores across Yorkshire and the East Midlands - and chief executive Diana Hunter already has plans in place for further expansion.

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Grocery Adjudicator launches Tesco investigation

Published:  05 February, 2015

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has launched an investigation into Tesco over evidence that it delayed supplier payments and demanded fees for better positioning on shelf.

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Felix Solis UK toasts sales rise of 28% in first year as standalone firm

Published:  04 February, 2015

The UK arm of Spanish wine company Felix Solis is toasting a cracking first year as a standalone company as its sales have soared 28% in the last 12 months.

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Conviviality Retail acquires 37 stores from GT News in £6m deal

Published:  04 February, 2015

Conviviality Retail, owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, has acquired 37 stores owned by GT News in a deal worth £6 million.

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Supermarkets on course for low growth as food deflation hits

Published:  04 February, 2015

Supermarkets are set to see continued low levels of growth as food deflation hits record lows, says a joint report from the BRC and Nielsen. 

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Middle and upper classes flock to Aldi and Lidl for drinks bargains

Published:  03 February, 2015

The British notion of class is no longer holding back shoppers from snapping up drinks bargains at discounters Aldi and Lidl.

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Wine agency suppliers to be hardest hit in Tesco range cull

Published:  02 February, 2015

Tesco's pledge to cut ranges by 30% as part of a massive overhaul of its entire product base will hit wine and spirits suppliers, especially those on the agency side, and is likely to be followed by the other major supermarket chains, industry experts have warned.

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Vinopolis set to close at the end of 2015

Published:  02 February, 2015

Vinopolis, the wine tour and tasting experience near London Bridge, has said it will close its doors at the end of the year with the loss of 180 jobs. 

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Merchants get chance to get on top of their business at March for Independents conference

Published:  30 January, 2015

 

The latest regulatory and expert advice on issues as wide as duty deferement,  online selling, recycling and wine fraud will be on hand for those attending Harpers dedicated independent wine merchants conference on March 3.

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IWC claims retailers can raise millions of pounds in extra sales by using medal stickers

Published:  30 January, 2015

Using award winning wine stickers on bottles can boost total wine sales by up to 15% in retail outlets, equating to millions of pounds in extra sales, according to research released today by the International Wine Challenge.

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Power to fine supermarkets for Groceries Code breaches edges closer

Published:  29 January, 2015

The power to fine supermarkets up to 1% of their turnover for breaching the Groceries Code have edged a step closer after being laid in Parliament.

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