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How did you do in our Christmas Quiz? Answers revealed...

Published:  09 January, 2015

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Up to 95% of suppliers demand retailers change the way they work with them

Published:  09 January, 2015

Up to 95% of the 200 suppliers who took part in our survey into the behaviour of major UK retailers want them to change. Here Gemma McKenna reveals what suppliers really think of the big multiples

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Tesco is worst retailer to work with say wine and spirits suppliers in Harpers poll

Published:  09 January, 2015

Tesco has been named and shamed as the worst retailer to work with in a survey of over 200 wine and spirits suppliers carried out by Harpers.co.uk. 

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Rowan Gormley tells the naked truth about Naked Wines

Published:  09 January, 2015

No one can deny Naked Wines has an innovative business model, but is it everything it claims to be? Erin Smith asks founder Rowan Gormley to reveal all

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Marks and Spencer reports flat food performance in Q3

Published:  08 January, 2015

Marks and Spencer grew food sales 17% in Christmas week, but analysts were unimpressed by its flat food performance in Q3.

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Tesco kicks off turnaround plan with asset sales and store closures

Published:  08 January, 2015

Tesco is taking radical steps to turn around its flagging business, including major cost-cutting, selling off assets, closing 43 stores and its Cheshunt headquarters and scrapping plans for 49 new ventures in a bid to fund lower prices.

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New Direct Wines chief advocates getting more personal with consumer

Published:  07 January, 2015

David Thatcher, new group chief executive of Direct Wines, says the key to success in 2015 is a continued focus on personalisation, as he prepares to take up the role later this month.

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Direct Wines' new chief David Thatcher shares his vision

Published:  07 January, 2015

David Thatcher, incoming group chief executive of Direct Wines, tells us how he is planning to build on the group's successful formula, ramp up personalisation and how Prosecco outsold Champagne 2:1 over Christmas.

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Drinks industry leaders praise outgoing Direct Wines' chief Simon McMurtrie

Published:  07 January, 2015

Drinks industry leaders have heaped praise on outgoing Direct Wines' group chief executive Simon McMurtrie, as he prepares to take up a series of roles as  chairman of different businesses.

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Major wine retailers boast mixed fortunes over Christmas

Published:  07 January, 2015

Majestic Wine saw sales creep up 1.1% over a "difficult Christmas" while Waitrose celebrated a bumper 15.4% increase in BWS sales over the same period last year.

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Independent wine merchants celebrate festive fillip

Published:  06 January, 2015

Independent wine merchants across the country are toasting a cracking December, with sales up across the board.

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March for The Independents campaign gathers momentum for national conference on March 3

Published:  06 January, 2015

Harpers new campaign to help support and put the spotlight on independent wine merchants is gathering momentum as leading independents line up to take part in a dedicated one day conference in London on March 3.

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Brits fork out 50% in tax on festive drinks shop

Published:  06 January, 2015

British consumers forked out over 50% on tax for their festive alcohol shop, as taxes have surged by 19% in the past four years.

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One third of wines in clear glass bottles are light damaged, says Wotwine

Published:  05 January, 2015

Shoppers should take care when buying wine in clear glass bottles, says Wotwine, after 35% of wines in clear glass out of the 6,000 wines it sampled in the last two years exhibited signs of damage from light.

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Sparkling wine is top performing grocery category at Christmas

Published:  05 January, 2015

Sparkling wine was the top-performing grocery category in the supermarkets for the six weeks of Christmas growing by £25.4 million on the previous year.

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Wine sales hit hardest by Scottish multibuy ban

Published:  05 January, 2015

Since Scotland introduced a ban on multi-buy alcohol deals in the off-trade in October 2011, wine sales have been hardest hit, dropping 4.6% in the year following implementation.

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Retailers need to eradicate code breaking measures warns Grocery Code Adjudicator

Published:  05 January, 2015

Major grocery retailers radically need to change the way they work with suppliers and ensure their trading practices in no way encourage members of staff to break the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

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Direct Wines appoints David Thatcher as group ceo as Simon McMurtrie steps down

Published:  05 January, 2015

Simon McMurtrie, Direct Wines group chief executive, is stepping down later this month to act as chairman for a number of businesses, with current UK managing director David Thatcher replacing him.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Doug Wood of WoodWinters

Published:  30 December, 2014

Doug Wood, owner of Scottish independent merchant WoodWinters, lets off steam about supermarkets, credit control and 'parasitic internet-only' retailers, while looking forward to lots of Christmas presents from staff.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: John McLaren

Published:  30 December, 2014

John McLaren, UK director of the Wine Institute of California, on how the UK has changed to become a fresh land of opportunity for Californian producers, how it's in a 'holding pattern' with grocers, and why he 'may scream' if he's told to 'engage with consumers' again.

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