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Q&A: Damian Clarke of Freixenet's UK says his past work with FMCGs is helping to build stronger brands in wine trade

Published:  14 April, 2015

After a career spanning many leading grocery brands, Freixenet's UK boss Damian Clarke explains how his classic FMCG training is paying dividends in sparkling wine in the UK.

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Interview: Why Paul Symington is set on ensuring a healthy future for Port wine

Published:  10 April, 2015

If the Port industry shares the same ambition and drive for its future as producer Paul Symington, then that future is healthy indeed

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Riecine: Bringing a touch of Englishness to the Tuscan hills

Published:  10 April, 2015

The English have long beaten a path to the rolling hills of Tuscany for their holidays. Twenty-four years ago winemaker Sean O'Callaghan did just that - but he never left and has been making wines at Riecine winery ever since

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Chief of the Week: Martin Perez Cambet, Casarena Winery

Published:  10 April, 2015

Working on this side of the fence you sometimes wander who is actually reading all (or any) of the news and copy that we diligently write every day - and where in the world they are if they do.

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Richard Siddle: "I'd like to raise a glass to you all..."

Published:  10 April, 2015

When I joined Harpers eight years ago I have to admit I was very much an outsider joining the world of wine and spirits.

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Harpers Awards 2015 shortlist announced

Published:  10 April, 2015

Today sees the announcement of the runners and riders for the independent merchant and main industry categories in the 2015 Harpers Awards. But who will come out on top on the night?

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London Wine Fair 2015: Why LWF 2015 will the most diverse show in its history

Published:  10 April, 2015

After last year's make-or-break return to central London, London Wine Fair organisers Ross Carter and Will Broadfoot talk about what they claim is going to make London Wine Fair 2015 the most diverse show in its 35-year history.

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Drinks industry is well placed to benefit from new Google and Twitter deal

Published:  02 April, 2015

Drinks retailers, wholesalers and producers who try to hush-up negative comments from customers online are putting their businesses at a major disadvantage, according to a leading social media expert.

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Health body urges Premier League to look beyond booze brands for sponsors

Published:  30 March, 2015

The Alcohol Health Alliance is today calling on the Premier League to follow the lead of sporting organisations in France and look outside the alcohol industry for future high profile sponsorship deals.

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Concha y Toro's new research centre set to benefit wine industry throughout Chile

Published:  26 March, 2015

Concha y Toro hopes its new multi million pound research and innovation centre it has built in the heart of Chile's wine growing country will help the whole Chilean wine industry better understand what is possible from the country's wine producers.

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Dedicated Wines looks to kick back against range cuts with new Les Incroyables wine range

Published:  23 March, 2015

Dedicated Wines is kicking back against wine range cutbacks in the major multiples by launching a new wine range, Les Incroyables, that it hopes will bring genuine interest to consumers and offer something different at a time of new product stagnation.

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How Jascot's Alastair Pyatt "persuaded" the Chancellor to freeze wine duty

Published:  23 March, 2015

So here's us all thinking it was the gallant combined efforts of a cross industry high profile campaign that convinced the Chancellor, George Osborne, to freeze the duty on wine in last week's Budget. Well think again.

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Ridgeview to double production of its award winning English wine by 2020

Published:  23 March, 2015

Ridgeview, the award winning English winery, plans to double its production in the next five years as as an ambitious project of planting over 80 hectares of extra vines take effect.

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Tom and Ed Martin head to Suffolk to open their first pub outside London

Published:  20 March, 2015

Tom and Ed Martin, who have been building up an impressive range of pubs across London as part of their privately-owned ETM Group, are now set to venture outside the capital and head to Lavenham in Suffolk to open their first rural pub, The Six Bells.

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Invivo half way to NZ$2m crowdfunding target after only one day of trading

Published:  20 March, 2015

New Zealand winery, Invivo Wines, raised over half its NZ$2 million target in a matter of hours after its crowdfunding campaign was opened for business yesterday.

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Budget Latest: WSTA's Miles Beale says Chancellor has given drinks industry "perfect result"

Published:  19 March, 2015

Miles Beale, chief executive, of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has described the Chancellor's decision to freeze wine duty and cut spirits by 2% as "just about the perfect result" it could have hoped from its Drop the Duty campaign.

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ProWein 2015: Huge potential to build super brands around the world says Concha y Toro

Published:  19 March, 2015

Building strong brands in the key £8 to £10 price sector has become increasingly the key battleground for the truly global wine producers operating in the main markets around the world, according to Thomas Domeyko, Concha y Toro's export director for Europe, USA and Africa.

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ProWein 2015: Australia needs to promote its stories and personalities says Laura Jewell

Published:  18 March, 2015

Australia needs to continue to concentrate on promoting the stories behind its wines and the personalities of the winemakers who make them if it is to make the most of its diverse range of wines, according to Laura Jewell MW who has just taken on her role as head of Wine Australia in the UK and Europe.

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Prowein 2015: Bibendum PLB uses fair to showcase new multi-channel strategy

Published:  18 March, 2015

The recently combined Bibendum PLB company was able to showcase its new business strategy to the international wine industry at this week's Prowein with 120 of its producers taking part in the show.

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Prowein 2015: Improved technology is helping South Africa make "best wines ever", says Accolade's Bruce Jack

Published:  17 March, 2015

Advances in technology, including the use of satellite and GPS tracking data, are helping winemakers in South Africa make the best wines of their generation, according to Bruce Jack, head winemaker for Accolade Wines.

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