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Talking team QB

Published:  13 August, 2020

Insight and innovation are threaded through Quintessential Brands’ DNA. Andrew Catchpole catches up with James Lousada and Neil Anderson to find out more

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Kingsland offshoot to focus on ‘amazing opportunities’ for innovation

Published:  06 August, 2020

The levels of innovation witnessed so far in the spirits world are only a beginning, according to Becky Davies, who is heading up the new Kingsland Drinks’ spirits subsidiary that was unveiled earlier this week.

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AI proving ‘most exciting catalyser’ of wine innovation

Published:  18 June, 2020

The advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) software is by far the most exciting catalyser of innovation in the wine industry, according to speakers at an Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) webinar held yesterday (17 June).

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In spitting distance of Covid-19

Published:  15 June, 2020

At the onset of the ongoing global pandemic, traditional on-trade channels saw sales fall to zero overnight. But what about the wider drinks trade and the interactions within it? Jo Gilbert asks if it's time to reassess tried – and maybe tired – formulas?

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"Hammer blow" to on-trade from Covid-19, report predicts

Published:  03 June, 2020

Drinking occasions have "been dealt a hammer blow” a new report into the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on consumer markets has concluded. 

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NPD: All systems… pause

Published:  18 May, 2020

The global pandemic and changing consumer behaviour that accompanies it have presented myriad challenges when it comes to NPD, as Lisa Riley reports

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Twiddling your furloughed thumbs? Take our 2020 Innovations Survey…

Published:  17 April, 2020

Ahead of Harpers annual Innovations Report we're once again inviting you to single out the most impressive and business-enhancing innovations from across the drinks trade via a quick online survey.

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Innovations Survey: have your say on change before, during and beyond the crisis

Published:  14 April, 2020

Ahead of Harpers annual Innovations Report we're once again inviting you to single out the most impressive and business-enhancing innovations from across the drinks trade via a quick online survey.

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Ask A Somm: Maxim Kassir, 108 Brasserie, Marylebone

Published:  12 December, 2019

As well as working as a sommelier at the 108 Brasserie in The Marylebone Hotel, London, Maxim Kassir also oversees wine innovation for the site and its parent group The Doyle Collection. Here he shares his thoughts on low and no alcohol wine and how the on-trade can be more sustainable.

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Technology: the inside track

Published:  31 July, 2019

Temperature-control technology is helping wines to arrive at their destinations with their quality – and reputations – intact, as Jo Gilbert reports.

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Think Gin debate: Innovation vs Integrity

Published:  15 July, 2019

Gin is at a crossroads and needs to tread carefully to retain its authentic credentials. Andrew Catchpole listens in on the debate at Harpers Think Gin event. 

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The end of sex, drugs…and alcohol?

Published:  23 April, 2019

The brains behind synthetic alternative Alcosynth say they’re five years from hitting the market and revolutionising the alcohol industry. Is this really the future, asks Jo Gilbert?

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Jerry Lockspieser: Is it time to change the rules about wine?

Published:  18 April, 2019

Many years ago after visiting Vignoble de La Jasse, one of our excellent organic suppliers in the Rhone Valley, the owner Daniel Combe and I went for a coffee in his favourite roadside café. As we sat sipping our drinks, first one then a second large wine transporter went roaring past.

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Thinking holistically

Published:  03 April, 2019

Quality juice alone falls short of selling the whole wine experience. Andrew Catchpole tunes into the neuroscience behind good design

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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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Thirsty Work

Published:  19 December, 2018

There’s been no shortage of innovation in wines and spirits over the past year.

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Guy Woodward: Who’s gonna make wine woke?

Published:  06 November, 2018

Columnists are meant to have opinions. They’re meant to have answers. But there is one aspect of wine that I am at a loss to fathom. And that is the location of wine’s cool. Where is it? Who’s got it? Because no matter how you try to spin it, wine is simply not hip. It is not sick. And it is most certainly not, my homies, woke.

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Trade must embrace consumer trends to capitalise on summer growth

Published:  15 October, 2018

Kingsland Drinks has called for the trade to do more to tap into the modest value growth in sales witnessed over the summer, with innovation and new formats key to winning over new drinkers in the wine category.

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Gaucho is a casualty of shifting social mores, say analysts

Published:  16 August, 2018

Healthy eating trends could be contributing to the demise of the casual dining sector as we know it, new research has boldly stated, while calling on the alcohol sector to be a force for change.

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