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Drinks firms hit voluntary labelling target

Published:  06 November, 2014

UK drinks companies have delivered on a voluntary pledge to improve health labelling on alcohol products on shelf by making sure 80% of products carry extra information.

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TescoGate: Vince Cable voices concern over retailer's supplier relations

Published:  06 November, 2014

Business secretary Vince Cable has written to the Groceries Code Adjudicator over concerns about Tesco's relationships with its suppliers.

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Morrisons sales slump but supermarket sees 'progress'

Published:  06 November, 2014

Morrisons' saw a sharp drop off in sales in the last three months, but insisted it had "made progress" on its strategy, and needed more time to see the results.

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Michel Rolland and Tesco's Laura Jewell sign up for Wine Vision

Published:  05 November, 2014

World leading wine consultant, Michel Rollland, and Tesco's Laura Jewell MW are the two latest big names to sign up to the Wine Vision event taking place in London later this month.

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Marks & Spencer 'specialist positioning' enhances growth in food business

Published:  05 November, 2014

Marks and Spencer's food business is continuing to "outperform" the market, with sales growth up 3.6% or 1% on a like-for-like basis.

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Naked Wines urges suppliers angered by Majestic's funding request to switch supply to them

Published:  04 November, 2014

Naked Wines is offering any Majestic supplier angered at being asked to pay an extra 4p on every bottle sold to help fund its new warehouse, to switch supply to itself where it will promise the price agreed will be the price paid.

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Virgin Wines teams up with Hardys with an exclusive range

Published:  04 November, 2014

Online retailer Virgin Wines has teamed up with Accolade Wines' Australian brand Hardys to create a new range especially for Virgin's customers.

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Virgin Wines wants to be Interflora of wine gifting

Published:  03 November, 2014

Online wine retailer Virgin Wines is looking to "own" the wine gifts market with its new gifting service which includes options from £20 to £150.

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Lidl shows the way forward in how to sell wine says Robert Joseph at DWCC

Published:  03 November, 2014

Both multiple and specialist retailers could learn a lot from "the balls" that Lidl and other discounters are now using to market and sell wine, according to wine commentator and consultant Robert Joseph.

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Wine drinkers want "dinner party one liners" not education says Justin Howard-Sneyd at DWCC

Published:  01 November, 2014

The majority of wine consumers are not looking to be educated about wine, but are interested in little nuggets of information or a "dinner party one liner" about the wines they have bought, according to Laithwaite's global wine consultant Justin Howard-Sneyd MW.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  31 October, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Majestic asks suppliers to 'support' new warehouse with discounts

Published:  30 October, 2014

Majestic has asked some of its suppliers to contribute a 4p per bottle retrospective payment to help fund its new warehouse in Hemel Hempstead, Harpers understands.

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TescoGate: Tesco and Serious Fraud Office confirm criminal investigation

Published:  29 October, 2014

The Serious Fraud Office has launched a criminal investigation into Tesco's accounting irregularities after the retailer confimed it had mis-stated profits by £263 million.

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Tia Maria liqueur teams up with beauty brand Babyliss

Published:  28 October, 2014

Tia Maria has teamed up with beauty brand Babyliss as part of its multi-million pound campaign to boost brand awareness.

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Smaller wineries now selling more than half of wine direct to consumer

Published:  28 October, 2014

Smaller Australian, South African and New Zealand wineries are now selling more than half of their wines direct to consumer.

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Tesco lists beer created by army veterans to support Help for Heroes

Published:  28 October, 2014

Tesco has listed a Help for Heroes beer, created by injured veterans with the help of brewer and pub operator Marstons, to help raise funds for wounded servicemen.

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Chile's Casillero del Diablo enters UK's Top 10 wine brands for first time

Published:  28 October, 2014

Chilean wine giant Concha y Toro's Casillero del Diablo has entered the UK's Top 10 wine brand for the first time as sales have grown 35% year on year.

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Retail expert says Big Four should 'cosy up' to discounters

Published:  27 October, 2014

A leading retail expert has said Britain's Big Four need to ditch larger stores and "cosy up" to discounters by locating convenience outlets next door.

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Can supermarkets handle Britain's changing shopping habits?

Published:  27 October, 2014

Professor Heiner Evanschitzky of Aston Business School asks whether the supermarkets handle Britain's changing shopping habits.

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Waitrose extends Wincanton's wine storage and distribution contract

Published:  27 October, 2014

Wincanton has secured a contract extension with Waitrose for its wine and spirits storage and distribution - taking the partnership to over 20 years.

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