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Q&A: David Gill MW, Kingsland Drinks

Published:  02 March, 2020

With carbon emissions increasingly under scrutiny, Kingsland’s resident MW and head of specialist sales & wine development, tells Andrew Catchpole about enlightening the trade on bulk shipping and premium wines with less environmental impact

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Quintessential adds two to senior team

Published:  11 February, 2020

International spirits producer Quintessential Brands has strengthened its management team with two senior hires.

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Looking back on a decade - Part two

Published:  24 January, 2020

2010-2020 delivered incredible change on both a domestic and an international level. The Harpers team peers back at some of the key stories that continue to shape today’s trade

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Friday Read: The Wild West of cannabis law

Published:  10 January, 2020

Look at any predictions for 2020 and beyond, and odds are that you will see the word ‘cannabis’. Looking back to 2019, a few key things set the tone for the next decade. Constellation Brands led the charge for the gold rush by buying an ever-bigger stake in Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth, with other companies clambering to get a piece of what has been called the next .com bubble.

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Looking ahead: Robin Copestick, MD, Freixenet Copestick Limited

Published:  07 August, 2019

As the first half of 2019 draws to a close, Harpers asked key trade figures to highlight the current challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities

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Pernod Ricard to unveil non-alcoholic dark spirit

Published:  18 July, 2019

Pernod Ricard UK is embracing the no and low trend with a premium alcohol-free dark spirit.

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Accolade Wines launches first Echo Falls Malbec

Published:  17 July, 2019

Accolade Wines is to extend its Echo Falls range with a Malbec variant.

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Broadland delivers wine with botanical twist

Published:  28 May, 2019

Broadland Wineries unveiled the latest innovation to its portfolio at London Wine Fair (LWF) with the launch of new Three Mills products blurring the boundaries between wine, botanical mixer and long fruit fusion drink.

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Q&A: Robin Copestick, co-managing director, Freixenet Copestick

Published:  07 February, 2019

It’s hard to overstate the impact that I Heart has had on the trajectory of Robin Copetsick’s business – formerly Copestick Murray and, as of January 1, Freixenet Copestick – and where it is today.

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Google searches for Dry January up 35% on last year as Gen Z knuckles down with no and low

Published:  31 January, 2019

Low and no alcohol serves can no longer be seen as “the poor cousin at the back of the bar” a number of industry experts agreed when faced with the question of what to do about the most teetotal generation in living memory.

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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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Suppliers “operate in a climate of fear” warns FDF in Asda-Sainsbury’s probe

Published:  14 November, 2018

Suppliers effectively operate in a climate of fear as Sainsbury’s and Asda act as gatekeepers to the market”, the Food and Drinks Federation (FDF) has said in the latest round of consultations on the proposed supermarket merger. 

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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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Europe ups its craft game as new leader of NPD

Published:  06 November, 2018

Europe is reclaiming its reputation as the hub of the beer world as it overtakes the US as the biggest driver of NPD in the craft segment. Jo Gilbert looks at the re-emergence of the world’s oldest beer market.

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Pernod Ricard plugs Scotch growth back into NPD with new launch

Published:  30 August, 2018

Pernod Ricard is capitalising on encouraging growth in the Scotch category with the launch of its new Chivas XV.

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Premium spirits worth 40% more to the on-trade at Christmas

Published:  17 August, 2018

The shift to premium spirits has happened and is here to stay, opening up a multimillion pound opportunity for the UK’s bars and restaurants this festive season.

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LWF: Innovation theme spills outwards with new product launches

Published:  24 May, 2018

As an event for striking new deals and making new relationships, it is unsurprising that the London Wine Fair has become one of the major launchpads for new product development, with producers and importers using the fair as a stage on which to show off what they have been working hard on throughout the year.

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Copestick Murray pushes ahead with Superhero wine range

Published:  22 May, 2018

Copestick Murray is pushing ahead with the development of a wine range focused on linking variety and style to superhoeros, aiming at the millennial market and consumers seeking an accessible and catchy way to engage with wine.

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Accolade’s Ade McKeon bullish about UK market as new wine formats launched

Published:  13 April, 2018

At an upbeat presentation at Accolade’s Weybridge UK HQ, where the company launched its 2018 UK Wine Nation Report and unveiled new formats for its wines, general manager Adrian McKeon spoke of “enormous untapped potential in the UK market”, describing it as a “sleeping giant”.

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How low can you go?

Published:  22 January, 2018

Low- or no-alcohol products are no longer resigned to Dry January. Jo Gilbert reports on how waistband- and hangover-friendly alternatives are fast becoming one of 2018’s top trends

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