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Waitrose profits hit by investment and deflation

Published:  12 March, 2015

Waitrose saw operating profits fall 23.4%, on the back of increased investment in operations and amid a deflationary market.

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Shifting retail landscape likely to benefit independents, Wilson says

Published:  05 March, 2015

Shifts expected in the off-trade over the next 12 months are likely to create a "huge opportunity" for independent merchants, according to Tim Wilson of the Wilson Drinks Report.

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Brazil wine sales quadruple on back of strong multiple support

Published:  26 February, 2015

Brazilian wine sales in the UK have more than quadrupled over the last year following strong support from multiple retailers.

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Waitrose named UK's favourite supermarket by Which?

Published:  19 February, 2015

Waitrose has returned to the top spot of the Which? annual supermarkets survey - narrowly ahead of last year's winner, discounter Aldi.

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Drinks producers and retailers 'get personal' for Valentine's Day

Published:  09 February, 2015

Wine and spirits retailers and producers are looking to cash in on love this Valentine's Day with a host of personalised and quirky products alongside the more straightforward deals.  

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Waitrose bucks grocery trend for store closures with 14 new openings for 2015

Published:  14 January, 2015

Waitrose is bucking the trend of store closures and job losses in the grocery sector by opening 14 new outlets in 2015, with more in the pipeline for 2016.

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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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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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Prosecco sales rocket while still wine lags

Published:  22 December, 2014

Off-trade alcohol sales have risen 2.4% to £14 billion, with volumes up 0.8% - and Italian sparkler Prosecco has seen the most stunning increase of all, with values up 55% throughout 2014.

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Prosecco dominates festive fizz sales at major retailers

Published:  11 December, 2014

Sales of Prosecco are fizzing across the major retailers in the run-up to Christmas, with Tesco predicting one in three bottles of sparkling wine sold this year will be the Italian favourite.

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UK grocery market declines for first time in 20 years, says Kantar WorldPanel

Published:  20 November, 2014

The ongoing price wars in the British grocery market have led sales to decline by 0.2% - the first decrease since market research firm Kantar World Panel began keeping records. 

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Lidl best value supermarket for wine, says new app

Published:  10 November, 2014

Lidl is the UK's best supermarket for wine when it comes to value - according to an 18-month study tasting over 4,000 wines carried out by the Wotwine app.

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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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Aperol celebrates success as sales rocket 800% at Waitrose

Published:  31 October, 2014

Italian aperitif brand Aperol is gaining a strong foothold in the UK market, as sales of the drink shot up 800% at Waitrose in the last year.

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Austria claims new sparkling wine standards rival Champagne

Published:  29 October, 2014

Austria has introduced new quality standards for its sparkling wines, which it claims puts it on a par with Champagne and Franciacorta.

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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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Waitrose predicts healthy future for South American and lighter style wines and spirits

Published:  24 October, 2014

South American wines and more left field grape varieties like an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or a Spanish Albarino are going to become far more trendy in the months ahead, according to the new Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2014.

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Tesco's woes continue with further drop in sales as Waitrose hits record market share

Published:  22 October, 2014

Tesco continues to lose market share to its grocery rivals at both ends of the retail spectrum, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel which reveals that Waitrose achieved its record performance for the last 12 weeks of trading.

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Waitrose to make beers, wines and spirits 'destination' departments

Published:  08 October, 2014

Waitrose is making its drinks department more of a destination by upping the ante on its in-store dining plans - with plans to ramp up grazing options by adding steak bars and by serving fresh beer.

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Morrisons' and Waitrose's profits slide as Ocado sales jump

Published:  12 September, 2014

Morrisons and Waitrose are the most recent losers of the fierce supermarket price wars that have erupted across the UK in the last year. WM Morrison reported just over a 30% decline in half-yearly profits on Thursday, while Waitrose which had remained relatively unscathed by the competition, reported a 9.4% drop in profits for its half yearly results.

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