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Neil Anderson's Key Trends for 2019

Published:  28 January, 2019

Kingsland Drinks’ marketing director Neil Anderson gives his view on eight trends that will impact the wine industry through the coming year

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Words to the wise

Published:  21 January, 2019

Fun fact: the Oxford Word of the Year 2018 was “toxic”. Why toxic, you ask? Every year, the eminent Oxford University institution chooses a word or expression that is judged to “reflect the ethos, mood or preoccupations of the passing year” and have “lasting potential as a term of cultural significance”.

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Will robots take my job?

Published:  04 January, 2019

As automated technology gets more affordable and efficient, it will free up businesses to place people at the heart and soul of the drinks trade – if used correctly. Jo Gilbert reports

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Diageo targets new Scotch fans with voice-activated tech

Published:  18 December, 2018

The traditional world of Scotch whisky and Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa system are due to collide this Christmas.

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Champagne Warehouse invests in new tech to make re-ordering easier

Published:  30 July, 2018

Champagne Warehouse is rolling out new software that helps wine wholesalers automate back-office functions and gives customers the opportunity to easily order online.

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Computer vision: an eye on the future

Published:  26 July, 2018

Computer vision has been used for years for facial recognition software and this this type of technology will become instrumental in decoding drinking trends, says Jo Gilbert.  

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Greek whites vie for Assyrtiko's crown

Published:  26 June, 2018

Malagousia, Vidiano, Kidonitsa, Savatiano and Moscofilero may be unfamiliar names to everyone but Greek wine adventurists.

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Power to the Punter

Published:  02 May, 2018

Technology is fast empowering the consumer when it comes to engagement, purchasing decisions, driving innovation and shaping the market, with accessible gadgets, widgets, apps and other advances changing the way wine is shipped, sold, delivered and even drunk. 

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Connecting with Generation Z

Published:  24 November, 2017

A new generation coming up behind the Millennials is presenting new challenges to the drinks trade. Andrew Catchpole reports from the Global Drinks Forum in Berlin

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The battle against frost

Published:  02 November, 2017

Frost is one of the greatest threats to wine producers. Jo Gilbert looks at the technology being developed to keep this unwanted vine visitor at bay 

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The rise of the virtual sommelier

Published:  19 September, 2017

Last month we talked about virtual reality. This month we look at augmented reality and artificial intelligence and how the big tech companies are poised to bring the sommelier into the home. Jo Gilbert reports

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Deliveroo-tionary: The partnerships changing the delivery game

Published:  26 July, 2017

Jo Gilbert argues that local link-ups such as Deliveroo’s new alcohol partnerships could change the delivery game

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Think Indie, Drink Indie returns for a second year

Published:  29 June, 2017

A truly collaborative day was had by all at the second edition of Harpers’ Think Indie, Drink Indie event, which celebrates the UK’s thriving independent sector and also puts the needs of its business community at the centre of a daylong series of events.

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