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Nik Darlington plays out the World Cup for real - with the world of wine

Published:  03 July, 2014

You could cut the tension with a grissino. The shoot-out was tied at 2-2, both sides' fans on tenterhooks.

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Costco set to launch new craft beer offer

Published:  01 July, 2014

Costco Wholesale UK is poised to break into the craft beer market, the £1.7bn turnover warehouse club chain has revealed.

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Tesco to host a live online summer wine taste along

Published:  01 July, 2014

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British Airways pilot and flight attendant wife team to open Salut Wines in Manchester

Published:  30 June, 2014

A British Airways pilot and his first class flight attendant wife hope their new wine merchants, Salut Wine, which opens in Manchester in August,  will help keep their feet firmly on the floor with what they claim will have the largest Enomatic machine installation in the city. 

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Major global speakers lined up for Wine Vision 2014

Published:  30 June, 2014

An international line up of major global wine players is being built up for the second Wine Vision event, being run in association with Harpers, in London between November 17 and 19.

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UK wine buyers more cautious to try new ideas than in Europe says Origin's Bernard Fontannaz

Published:  27 June, 2014

It is easier to convince retail buyers in Europe to take on new wine ideas and designs than it is in the UK, according to Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wines.

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Britain continues to drink through the World Cup despite England's exit

Published:  27 June, 2014

England may have crashed out of the World Cup but the nation is continuing to drink through it, according to the latest figures released by the Wilson Drinks Report.

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Premium bottled ale is set to be a £1bn category by 2020 as demand rises

Published:  25 June, 2014

 The premium bottled ale category is on course to be worth £1 billion by 2020 if current trends and interest in craft beers and premium ales continues, according to leading brewer Marston's.

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Felix Solis claims it can be "category captain" for Spain for multiple retailers

Published:  24 June, 2014

Felix Solis is in the position to act as "category captain" for Spain for any of the major UK retailers, according to Félix Solís Ramos, the group's export and marketing manager. 

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World Cup boosts sparkling wine sales by 25% in week one

Published:  23 June, 2014

The World Cup's first week saw off-trade sparkling wine sales up 25%, but beer and cider were the real winners with sales boosted by well over 40% thanks to the football.

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Wines Direct offers insights as well as new customers for major online wine players

Published:  20 June, 2014

Specialist online aggregator site, Wines Direct, is now able to give its users the chance to pick out the most popular wines by price, style, country or brand from the UK's leading multiple wine retail sites based on the behavior of its 130,000 unique users a month.

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Last chance to play in the Harpers World Cup Predictions game

Published:  20 June, 2014

Today's your last chance to stare in to that Brazilian crystal ball and take part in the Harpers World Cup Predictathonand win a whole load of wine along the way. Which is a lot more than the England football team will be winning this summer.

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Brewd.com hopes to attract craft beer fans to new social network and beers' sales site

Published:  20 June, 2014

Brewd.com is a new specialist website which hopes to not only promote and sell beers from the best British microbreweries, but also act as a social network for those interested in the new trend for craft beers.

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Wines over £5 account for almost half of supermarket sales

Published:  19 June, 2014

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Morrisons to cut 2,600 jobs

Published:  19 June, 2014

Morrisons is planning to cut 2,600 jobs as a result of a new management structure in stores.

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Drinks trade backs England to drive sales during World Cup

Published:  19 June, 2014

The drinks trade is eagerly anticipating tonight's England match to drive beer consumption across the on and off-trade - although one in 10 pub goers will choose wine as their match tipple.

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Independent merchants who work together can boost sales by £30k per year

Published:  17 June, 2014

Independent merchants who work together on the high street could boost their sales by up to £30,000 annually, according to a new report from American Express.

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Underage alcohol sales have fallen, but proxy purchasing is rising

Published:  17 June, 2014

Retailers have made major progress in driving down underage alcohol sales, but proxy purchasing is on the increase, according to a new report.

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Majestic boss says wine price inflation has stymied growth

Published:  17 June, 2014

Speaking to Harpers.co.uk following the group's results yesterday, Steve Lewis described the group's total sales growth of 1.4% to £278.2 million as "not where I'd want it to be", adding that the combination of poor harvests and duty increases had made for "difficult trading conditions".

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Wine trade has lucrative opportunity through mobile technology

Published:  16 June, 2014

The wine industry has historically been slow to cash in on mobile technology, but the time is right for the trade to ramp up its approach.

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