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Majestic appoints director of subscriptions

Published:  19 January, 2021

Majestic Wine has appointed Mark Capon to the newly created role of director of subscriptions. 

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NZW reports strong UK off-trade performance

Published:  19 January, 2021

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) has reported a 23% leap in off-trade value sales of New Zealand wine in the UK. 

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CGA: ‘Suppliers well placed to help operators capitalise on post-lockdown opportunities’

Published:  19 January, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered important changes in people’s attitudes to food and created a split between those seeking quality and value, but suppliers are well placed to help operators capitalise on post-lockdown sales opportunities, a new CGA survey has suggested.

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SA wine exports to the UK leap 23%

Published:  18 January, 2021

South African wine exports to the UK, its leading export market, surged last year with both value and volume sales up.  

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UKH: ‘GDP figures highlight importance of hospitality’

Published:  18 January, 2021

GDP figures for November, released last Friday, have highlighted the impact of hospitality on the UK’s economy and made the case for the sector to be “at the heart of reopening plans”, UK Hospitality (UKH) has said.     

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Hospitality and foodservice revenues forecasted to drop £30bn in 2021

Published:  13 January, 2021

Revenues across the hospitality and foodservice industry have been forecasted to take a £30bn hit this year, with Covid restrictions likely to play out well into 2021. 

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Majestic top rated retailer at Best Places to Work awards

Published:  13 January, 2021

Majestic Wine has been recognised with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, as one the Best Places to Work in 2020. 

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Parliamentary hospitality debate shows cross-party sector support

Published:  12 January, 2021

The debate on whether to create a minister for hospitality in the UK government showed cross-party support for the struggling sector, with an overwhelmingly positive response from all corners.

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CGA: ‘Staff engagement crucial over lockdown’

Published:  11 January, 2021

Businesses need to stay close to their teams during Britain’s lockdown to make sure staff are engaged and motivated when venues reopen, according to CGA’s latest Business Confidence Survey. 

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Minister of hospitality petition exceeds 200,000 signatures ahead of parliamentary debate today

Published:  11 January, 2021

The ‘Seat at the Table’ petition, which is calling for Boris Johnson to appoint a hospitality minister, has received over 200,000 signatures.

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New Horizons Q&A: Louise Gordon, Heckfield Place

Published:  07 January, 2021

With an end game in sight with the vaccine in 2021, we speak to members of the trade about their forecasts and plans for a better year.

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Takeaway alcohol banned in latest lockdown

Published:  05 January, 2021

Bars, pubs and restaurants have been banned from selling takeaway alcohol under England’s latest lockdown rules announced by Boris Johnson last night. 

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BWS supermarket sales surge 25%

Published:  05 January, 2021

Supermarket sales of beer, wines and spirits (BWS) surged 25% to £4.9m in the 12 weeks to 27 December – an increase of £972m compared to the same period last year, according to Kantar data released today.

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Scotland to enter national lockdown

Published:  04 January, 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that restrictions similar to the lockdown of March last year will be implemented in Scotland from midnight tonight (4 January), meaning bars, restaurants and pubs across the country will be forced to close.

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Nicholls awarded OBE

Published:  04 January, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) CEO Kate Nicholls has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours list for her services to the hospitality sector.  

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New Horizons Q&A: Nik Darlington, Graft Wine Company

Published:  15 December, 2020

With an end game to the coronavirus in sight sometime in 2021 as vaccine rollouts begin and up-to-the-wire Brexit uncertainties playing out an extraordinarily tough year, Harpers has been canvassing drinks businesses to discover their predictions for the new year.

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UK 2020 Timeline

Published:  15 December, 2020

From the first indications that a novel coronavirus brewing in the east had reared its ugly head in the west, 2020 fast played out as the year when Covid-19 turned the trade upside down. On-trade restrictions and closures, pivoting of businesses, innovation in every shape and form, plus the super-charging of ecommerce and an amazing collective response by individuals, companies and trade bodies alike all became the ‘new norm’. As a year most of us wish to see the back of stumbles to a close, the Harpers team rounds up some of the most significant events of 2020.

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Hancock confirms London to enter Tier 3

Published:  14 December, 2020

Matt Hancock has confirmed that London will move into Tier 3 Covid restrictions from Wednesday, alongside parts of Essex and Hertfordshire.  

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Second highest result ever for Hospices de Beaune auction

Published:  14 December, 2020

The 160th Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction, held one month later than expected due to Covid concerns, reached its second-best result ever of €13,4m (£12,2m), excluding the buyer’s premium. 

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Jascots snapped up by Freixenet Copestick

Published:  14 December, 2020

Freixenet Copestick has announce that it has purchased the assets and business of Jascots Wine Merchants from the administrators. 

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