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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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Northern Ireland's James Nicholson Wine on acquisition trail

Published:  27 January, 2015

Northern Ireland's James Nicholson Wine is on the lookout for a mainland UK acquisition.

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So what does wine trade band Skin Côntact's Anne McHale know about music?

Published:  27 January, 2015

We've heard from some of the band members from the wine industry's very own rock band, Skin Côntact, that has come together for Comic Relief, but now let's get to know the singers - and backing singer Anne McHale MW of Berry Bros & Rudd to be exact.

 

 

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Harpers Awards 2015 promises to roll out red carpet for best in UK wine and spirits

Published:  26 January, 2015

Awards season is well and truly amongst us with seemingly not a day going by without a red carpet being rolled out for the great, good and glamorous. Harpers is giving you the chance to shine in your own industry with this year's entry process for the Harpers Awards well and truly under way.

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Bag-in-box only wine retailer to ramp up international expansion

Published:  26 January, 2015

High end bag-in-box wine retailer BiBoViNo, which currently operates 10 stores, is planning to open up to 100 stores internationally.

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Cambridge Wine's Hal Wilson leads the way and gets local MP to back Drop the Duty campaign

Published:  26 January, 2015

Leading independent wine merchant, Hal Wilson of Cambridge Wine Merchants, has shown the way forward by persuading his local MP to stand up for a drop in wine and spirits duty in March's Budget by writing to Chancellor, George Osborne calling for a change.

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Top British importers and merchants unite to call for better prices from Bordeaux

Published:  23 January, 2015

Some of the biggest wine importers, distributors, brokers and retailers in the country, including Majestic, Berry Bros & Rudd and Farr Vintners, have written to Bordeaux producers to demand changes in pricing of wines being offered to the UK.

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Naked Wines toasts soaring 2014 sales

Published:  21 January, 2015

Online wine specialist Naked Wines has seen its festive wine sales soar 40% on 2013, and says it sold 13 million bottles altogether in 2014.

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UK's wine recession to end in 2015, says Vinexpo

Published:  20 January, 2015

UK wine consumption has fallen 10.5% per capita since the recession hit in 2008, but Vinexpo says the worst is over and wind drinking will start to edge up over the next five years.

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Groceries Code Adjudicator hamstrung in efforts to fine supermarkets

Published:  20 January, 2015

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has admitted she is hamstrung in her efforts to reprimand retailers as the government has not yet finalised her powers to hand out fines.

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