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Lizzy Rudd confirmed to stay on at helm of BBR

Published:  21 March, 2019

Berry Bros & Rudd (BBR) has confirmed that Lizzy Rudd will maintain her role as executive chairman at the family-owned St James wine merchant.


UK and non-EU workers plugging London’s hospitality recruitment gap

Published:  06 March, 2019

Workers from the UK and outside the UK are picking up the slack from the declining number of EU nationals applying to work in hospitality jobs in the UK.


Looking ahead: Miles McInnes, Jascots Wine Merchants

Published:  29 December, 2018

Once again we are catching up with the trade over the next few weeks to find out how businesses are making the most of the all-important Christmas trading period, while also looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities 2019 will bring.


Tim Atkin MW: How low can you go?

Published:  06 December, 2018

Wine critic, broadcaster, co-chair of the IWC


Bolney clinches deal with mainland China

Published:  26 July, 2018

Bolney Wine Estate has become the first English wine producer to secure distribution in mainland China.


Thinking outside the wine box on global shortages

Published:  08 June, 2018

Sourcing more cannily, focusing on quality and seeking out alternatives are just some of the outcomes that have resulted from increased supply and price pressures over the past few years. Re-evaluation was a key theme at the London Wine Fair Innovation Zone debate on May 22, as panellists discussed how best to meet changing consumer needs when global consumption patterns and global supply rarely see eye to eye.


Tim Atkin MW: Where wines really come from doesn’t matter to many

Published:  01 June, 2018

I’ve never been to the Phantom River in New Zealand’s South Island, but a quick search online shows that it rises in the Ben McLeod Range and joins the Orari River close to Peel Forest. With its echoes of nature, mystery and the gold rush, it’s a wonderful name for a Sauvignon Blanc brand. Punters clearly think so too, as Phantom River is currently selling several million bottles at £5 in Sainsbury’s.


Jerry Lockspeiser: The rise of the empowered consumer

Published:  25 May, 2018

“Business leaders can no longer assume that consumers make rational decisions about which products to buy and use. Today’s empowered customers no longer purchase products; they buy experiences. They engage with brands that deliver what they need, when they need it, regardless of the delivery mechanism or channel.


Bacardi marches 5,500 employees ‘Back to the Bar’ for grassroots on-trade initiative

Published:  09 February, 2018

Employees at spirits powerhouse Bacardi left their computers and labs yesterday and headed to their local bars as part of a global initiative to find out what’s driving engagement at the sharp end of the trade.


Jerry Lockspeiser: What wine would you drink in an igloo?

Published:  26 January, 2018

During November and December last year, a skiing inspired pop-up appeared on London’s Southbank near the Festival Hall. Close to the skate boarders and overlooking the river Thames, Jimmy’s Lodge featured an outside bar and grill, inside restaurant and three heated Private Dining Igloos (or Snow Globes) for 6-10 people.


Looking ahead: Jason Haynes, co-founder, Flint Wines

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.


Diageo boss calls for action over “scandalous” talent waste in wake of Brexit

Published:  28 November, 2017

Diageo boss Ivan Menezes has claimed that there is a “scandalous waste of talent” in the UK with 790,000 young people not in education, unemployment or training (NEET).


Q&A: Steve Fennell, Sanford Winery & Vineyards

Published:  20 July, 2015

Steve Fennell, general manager and head winemaker at Sanford Winery & Vineyards located in Santa Rita Hills, talks about the winery that helped put the region on the map in the infamous film Sideways


Enter Story Headline

Published:  15 July, 2015

Ex-News of the World journalist to head WSTA communications

Published:  15 July, 2015

A former News of the World journalist, who was acquitted of criminal charges of paying sources for information, has been appointed as the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's head of communications.


Selfridges buyer Davies to leave after nine years for new challenge

Published:  18 June, 2015

Selfridges beer, wine and spirit buyer Dawn Davies is leaving the post after nine years.


Percival Val Brown talks about his 65 years in the drinks business

Published:  10 June, 2015

Percival Brown tells Douglas Blyde about his six decades in the business, from the cellars beneath Speakers' Corner to selecting the wines for Concorde.


Simon Cairns of The Co-operative on the growing importance of convenience retailing for the company

Published:  05 June, 2015

Simon Cairns, BWS category trading manager at The Co-operative explains to Angela Mount the supermarket's strategy, its supplier relationships and how it needs to "focus totally on convenience retailing, working within 2,000- to 4,000-square-foot shop formats."


Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol reflects on 42-years in the industry

Published:  02 June, 2015

Tanqueray's master distiller, Tom Nichol, who is retiring from Diageo after a 42-year career, has been awarded a lifetime award by the Gin Guild, at its annual dinner. 


Yalumba's first non-family member MD, Nick Waterman talks about his long-term view for the business

Published:  08 May, 2015

Nick Waterman has become the first non-family member to hold the position of managing director at Yalumba in 165 years. He talks about how it feels to fill such big shoes.