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Retailers enjoy sales boost as summer finally arrives

Published:  19 July, 2013

As the country basks in what has been a fortnight of hot weather, supermarkets and wine merchants have been reaping the rewards, with increased sales across the beers, wines and spirits category.

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Tesco to launch South African wine through social media

Published:  12 July, 2013

Tesco and Enotria have teamed up to try and launch a wine that has been devised and created exclusively through social...

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Oddbins' new website to stock customers' holiday wines

Published:  12 July, 2013

Oddbins is giving customers the chance to let them know the name of a favourite wine they drank whilst on holiday as part of...

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Discounters and Waitrose lead the UK retail market

Published:  04 July, 2013

Discounters and Waitrose are continuing to enjoy the best of retail sales, according to the latest trading figures published by Nielsen.

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Meet the buyers: The Wine Society

Published:  03 July, 2013
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Tesco introduces 30 new lines to its premium spirits range

Published:  03 July, 2013

Tesco is this week adding over 30 new lines to its premium spirits range in selected stores including Kavalan, a Taiwanese whisky.

 

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Meet the buyers: Laithwaites Wine

Published:  02 July, 2013
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Enter Story Headline

Published:  01 July, 2013
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Meet the buyers: Matthew Clark

Published:  28 June, 2013
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Meet the Buyers: Booths

Published:  11 June, 2013

Northern supermarket chain Booths has traditionally built its reputation on word of mouth but, as Carol Emmas discovers, it is increasingly having to use harder commercial tactics while keeping its quality-first image

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Sainsbury's to focus on lighter-style wines

Published:  16 May, 2013

Sainsbury's plans to double the sales of its lighter-style wines by 2020 as it responds both to growing consumer demand and its obligations under the government's Responsibility Deal.

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Tesco invites suppliers to pitch for listings at next week's LIWF

Published:  14 May, 2013

Tesco's wine team will again give suppliers the chance to pitch their business for potential listings at next week's London International Wine Fair (LIWF).

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Tesco launches Co-buy wine scheme

Published:  13 May, 2013

Tesco has launched its Co-buy Collection scheme, which will see the price of a case of wine reduce as more people decide to buy it.

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Supermarket wines win big at IWC

Published:  13 May, 2013

Thirty supermarket own-brand wines have won gold medals in the International Wine Challenge.

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Waitrose appoints Direct Wines buyer Cat Lomax

Published:  29 April, 2013

Waitrose has recruited Cat Lomax from Direct Wines to join its buying team.

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Richard Siddle: why we must all hope Tesco knows what it is doing

Published:  19 April, 2013

It was somewhat ironic that the announcement of Tesco's end of year results on Wednesday should be released on the same day the news bulletins were dominated by the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

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Naked Wines looks to further growth

Published:  19 April, 2013

With operations in the UK, US and Australia, Naked Wines' Rowan Gormley and Eamon Fitzgerald look at further growth with Richard Siddle

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Majestic to list exclusive Hardys range

Published:  10 April, 2013

Accolade Wines has announced Majestic is to list its award-winning Eileen Hardy Chardonnay from later this month as part of the Hardys Signature range, which will...

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Simon Cairns appointed to head up The Co-operative's wine team

Published:  22 March, 2013

The Co-operative Group has appointed Simon Cairns as wine category trading manager.

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The Co-operative Group has appointed Simon Cairns as wine category trading manager.

 

Cairns has nine years' experience in the wine industry and was previously a buyer for Morrisons, where he was responsible for wines from Australia, New Zealand and Italy. He joined Morrisons in 2008 and previously bought wine for Young's Wholesale in Leeds, and Spar wholesaler James Hall and Sons in Preson.

 

The role of wine category trading manager is a new one at The Co-operative Group. The wine division was formerly headed up by wine development manager Paul Bastard who took voluntary redundancy after 19 years with the business last August.

 

Cairns will be tasked with ensuring the retailer provides an interesting, great value range of quality wines.

 

"I have always been focused on making wine more approachable for customers, and one of my aims is to improve our interaction with our shoppers by presenting them with easy-to-shop fixtures and clear communications.

 

"The Co-operative accounts for 60% of the UK's Fairtrade wine sales which is a fantastic achievement, and Fairtrade will stay firmly on the agenda. I also plan to focus even more on Champagne and sparkling wines, to further enhance our market-leading performances in these categories," he said.

 

Yesterday the Co-operative Group reported a 0.7% decline in like-for-like sales in its food business. Including new store openings, sales rose 1.4% to £7.44 billion in the year to January 5, but underlying profits fell by 9.5% to £288 million.

 

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Jenny Mackenzie reports from the first Morrisons Cellar wine showase

Published:  20 March, 2013

Morrisons Cellar's first wine showcase to the press was on its Taste Test theme. The venue space in Marylebone was decorated like an interiors stand at a lifestyle event, with four open-plan, "room set" layouts and the wines grouped in the Taste Test flavour profiles of Sweet, Fresh, Smooth and Intense.

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