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Gallic Groove

Published:  02 March, 2018

French wines rank third in the UK off-trade in terms of value sales by country of origin (Nielsen, off-trade MAT to December 12, 2017), and fourth in terms of volume, with only New Zealand commanding a higher average price per bottle sold, at £8.80 versus £9.50 respectively.

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London’s first bulk wine show reflects growth of premium private label

Published:  23 February, 2018

IBWSS London opens its doors to the UK trade on 26 and 27 February against the backdrop of a market that has seen huge growth in bulk shipping and in-market bottling, along with the rise of premium private label.

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Global supply and brand building

Published:  27 September, 2017

With Europe poised to deliver a vintage shortfall, Andrew Catchpole talks to Rabobank strategist Stephen Rannekleiv about the positive effect for brand builders of a general tightening of global supply

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World’s largest gathering of Aussie Women in Wine to descend on London

Published:  29 August, 2017

Wine Australia’s Women in Wine event on 26 September will see some 57 female winemakers and winery owners on hand at Australia House in London for an event that aims to help drive perception of premium Aussie wines and bring new wines to market.

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Millennials and the power of online reviews

Published:  29 August, 2017

Online reviews can increasingly make or break a business and nowhere is this more true than with millennials and the restaurant world. 

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‘Stable’ global wine inventories likely to tighten in 2017 against backdrop of worldwide value growth

Published:  26 July, 2017

Rabobank’s Q3 Wine Report has revealed that global wine inventories are in the main “balanced to slightly tight”, while bulk wine prices for most varietals are “stable or rising”, with 2017 hail and frost damage in European vineyards likely to further impact on these continuing trends when set against a coming shortfall in this year’s northern vintage.

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Q&A: Paul Jenkins and Guillem Kerambrun

Published:  28 March, 2017

Harpers met Caprice Holdings & The Birley Group's purchasing director and its head sommelier/group wine buyer at Annabel's to discuss buying across such a diverse portfolio

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Revamp for Mouton Cadet

Published:  27 March, 2017

After 15 years of deliberation and development, Mouton Cadet has unveiled a new look to mark an upgrading of quality and repositioning of Bordeaux's most prominent volume brand

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Survey reveals rising costs top on-trade concerns but drinks offer often underplayed

Published:  24 March, 2017

Cost pressures including rising business rates, food inflation and staff costs the major challenges faced by industry according to CGA Peach's 2017 Business Leaders Survey

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Millennials: sorting the facts from the fiction

Published:  22 March, 2017

A Wine Intelligence presentation at Prowein sought to debunk much of the common notion that Millennials are a fundamentally different consumer group with a clearly cohesive mindset, with implications for those creating targeted new brands

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Trapiche unveils Argentinian coastal wines

Published:  22 March, 2017

Grupo Penaflor has opened a new frontier for Argentinian wines with the launch of its Trapiche Costa & Pampa range from Chapadmalal on the Atlantic coast.

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Why increasing duty is counterproductive to raising a new generation of educated drinkers

Published:  08 March, 2017

There seems to be little expectation in the trade that duty rises on wines and spirits will be frozen in this coming Budget, let alone cut by the 2% that the Scotch Whisky Association and WSTA have been calling for (on spirits, and wines and spirits, respectively). 

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WSET debate: Education and Training

Published:  02 March, 2017

On the eve of the Wine & Sprit Education Trust's (WSET) graduation ceremony in London's Guildhall in January (see over), Harpers brought together a cross trade group of those involved in education, training and recruitment to debate the needs of the modern trade.

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Taking Chile's Temperature

Published:  24 February, 2017

"Chile needs to simplify the message, but our diversity makes it difficult - Argentina has Malbec, meat and Mendoza to talk about, and that's it." 

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Navarra continues to push diversity as its USP

Published:  20 February, 2017

Best known for its Rosado wines, Navarra is increasingly looking to promote understanding of the breadth of styles and varieties in the region, tapping into a mix of up-and-coming producers, re-invigorated vineyards and its white wines

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Think Rum 2017: The year for rum?

Published:  20 February, 2017

Rum may not be generating quite the column inches when compared with the ongoing explosive growth of artisanal gins and it remains a minnow when compared with the volumes of vodka consumed in the UK.

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A family affair: Carson & Carnevale

Published:  14 February, 2017

Christopher Carson is still well remembered by many in the trade for his former roles as CEO of BRL Hardy Europe and as CEO of Constellation Europe.

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Billecart-Salmon invests in terroir

Published:  10 February, 2017

Ahead of its 200th anniversary next year, Champagne Billecart-Salmon has outlined ambitious plans to double its vineyard ownership in the next 10 to 20 years

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Tejo's research-based export approach sees launch of new UK campaign

Published:  08 February, 2017

Portuguese regional body Wines of Tejo ramped up its UK focus on 8 February with the official launch of a UK campaign unveiled at London's 67 Pall Mall

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Indies: Calm before the storm?

Published:  07 February, 2017

Christmas appears to have arrived on time and with good cheer for many independent merchants, with an early survey of businesses suggesting that sales were generally comfortably up on last year's festive period. 

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