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Majestic boss Steve Lewis on record sales figures

Published:  19 June, 2012

Majestic Wine has just announced pre-tax profit gains of 14.5% - Gemma McKenna catches up with chief executive Steve Lewis to find out the nitty gritty behind the figures.

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Waitrose sees record sales for English Wines

Published:  07 June, 2012

UK wine trebled sales and outperformed all other countries in May, for retailer Waitrose.

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Sainsbury's announces regional winners of Great British Beer Hunt

Published:  31 May, 2012

Sainsbury's has announced the regional winners of its 2012 Great British Beer Hunt.

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Andrew Shaw: Why Waitrose got involved in WineStars

Published:  30 May, 2012

We were really excited to be part of the WineStars event. An innovative concept, it enabled us to see the brightest and best of the wine world, and shone a light into corners that we may not have looked into ourselves. With the opportunity to screen and shortlist entries in advance, it was very positive for us.

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Oddbins hunts for Britain's best amateur wine taster

Published:  30 May, 2012

Independent wine merchant Oddbins has launched The Palate, a competition to find the country's best amateur wine taster.

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Majestic mobile website launch sees increase in traffic

Published:  28 May, 2012

Majestic's recently launched mobile commerce site has seen a 60% increase in store page views during its first two weeks.

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Harpers Awards 2012 winners

Published:  23 May, 2012

Bibendum, Majestic, Sainsbury's, The Sampler, Tanner's, Jose Pizarro and Pollen Street Social were some of the big name winners at last night's inaugural Harpers Awards.

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BRICs to surge by 80% in red wine in next five years

Published:  22 May, 2012

BRIC markets will grow their red wine sales by 80% in the next five years - according to Euromonitor's Spiros Malandrakis.

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France tops International Wine Challenge leaderboard

Published:  22 May, 2012

The top three gold medal-winning nations in the 2012 International Wine Challenge are reigning champions France with 120, Australia with 69 and Portugal with 55.

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France tops the leaderboard at the IWC

Published:  22 May, 2012

The top three gold medal-winning nations in the 2012 International Wine Challenge are reigning champions France with 120, Australia with 69 and Portugal with 55.

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Co-op to segment wines 'more fiercely' by demographics

Published:  20 May, 2012

The Co-operative is planning to segment its wines "more fiercely" by store demographics, adding more brands to the mix throughout and keeping quirkier wines for its premium shops.

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Full list of Harpers Awards finalists revealed

Published:  18 May, 2012


The full list of finalists for next week's inaugural Harpers Awards can now be revealed.

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Indies buy wine direct to benefit from euro exchange rate

Published:  16 May, 2012

Independent retailers are seizing the opportunity to buy wines direct in order to boost their margins thanks to sterling's four-year high against the euro.

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Wine Stars finalists announced

Published:  16 May, 2012

An initiative giving wineries the chance to compete in a competition to secure a five-minute pitch with the UK's leading buyers has attracted almost 200 entries.

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Joe Wadsack: my take on Marks & Spencer's new East Mediterranean wine range

Published:  14 May, 2012


Lemonia, the most family-friendly, plate-smashy, authentic Greek restaurant in all of London was the venue for Marks & Spencer's latest press tasting on Friday.

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First Drinks launches £2 million Green Mark vodka campaign

Published:  14 May, 2012

First Drinks has launched a £2 million marketing programme for the Russian vodka Green Mark, which joined its portfolio earlier this year.

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Sainsbury's own label wine range performing strongly

Published:  09 May, 2012

Sainsbury's own-label wine range has grown by 13% in the last year, with its Taste the Difference leading the field, up 34%.

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Harpers Awards finalists revealed

Published:  04 May, 2012

The runners and riders for the inaugural Harpers Awards include leading players from the national and independent on and off-trade sectors, as well as major wine and spirits suppliers and distributors.

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Indie merchants shortlisted for awards

Published:  02 May, 2012

Independent merchants from across the country are in the running to win a series of accolades at the inaugural Harpers Awards, taking place at London's Honourable Artillery Company on May 22.

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Drinks trade makes the Rich List

Published:  30 April, 2012

The drinks trade secured around a dozen spots in the Sunday Times' Rich List 2012, published yesterday.

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