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The IWSC, in partnership with Green Wine Future, announces new Green Wine Initiative accolade

Published:  20 May, 2022

The IWSC’s Green Wine Initiative award, in partnership with Green Wine Future, has been created to recognise the growth of considerate winemaking practices and highlight the impressive work being carried out by producers across the world to improve their sustainability credentials. 


Scottish Wholesale Associations joins new Zero Emission Truck Taskforce

Published:  13 May, 2022

Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has been invited to join Scotland’s new Zero Emission Truck Taskforce to recognise its ongoing work with members as part of its ‘Decarbonisation of the Wholesale Industry’ project.

The Taskforce comprises industry leaders from the road haulage, logistics, manufacturing, energy and finance sectors who will partner to identify and co-design creative and practical solutions to maximising opportunities. It will also tackle any hurdles about technology, charging infrastructure, costs, finance, and operator engagement in the transition to zero-emission trucks.

The new collaboration will set out the steps required to enable a swift transition to new technologies, identify where further development is needed, and explore new business models.


Hardys launch wine in a can in three different varietals

Published:  12 May, 2022

Hardys, the UK’s number one wine brand, is set to unveil a new canned format in June. New Hardys Cans will launch in three popular wine varietals – Rosé, Chardonnay and Shiraz - across all channels.


Innovation Report: The glass debate

Published:  10 May, 2022

Is glass creating a bottleneck in the drive to greater sustainability and can we change consumer perception of it as a strong indicator of quality? Andrew Catchpole reports back from Harpers’ recent Sustainability of Glass webinar.


Friday read: Pancho Campo on the wine world and climate change

Published:  06 May, 2022

Ahead of the virtual Green Wine Future 2022 conference this May, Andrew Catchpole invited organiser Pancho Campo to explain how he became a driving force for climate action and why the globe’s environmental problems are also very much those of the wine trade.


Lanchester Group invests £20m in new self-powered bottling facility

Published:  06 May, 2022

Development of the UK’s newest wine bottling facility is well underway in County Durham, constructed with sustainability front of mind.


Sustainability report: build back better

Published:  05 May, 2022

On 17 March, P&O Ferries terminated the contracts of thousands of long-standing UK employees, rehiring staff on lower wages. The move, which has been fiercely condemned by a variety of stakeholders, was a sad reminder that corporate ethics can still take a back seat to the worship of Mammon, even in a progressive age.


The indies on a net-zero mission

Published:  04 May, 2022

Sonya Hook catches up with two indie wine merchants committed to doing greener business that have reinforced their ethical stance by signing up to Harpers’ Sustainability Charter.


Headline Heroes: The beauty of bulk

Published:  29 April, 2022

If you still think that ‘bulk wine’ is in some way a negative phrase, then you are in danger of being seriously behind the curve. Shipping in volume for in-market bottling has many benefits, ranging from the environmental and economic to the underpinning of dynamic innovation. And, with technology improving all the time, there are many who now believe the quality preservation of bulk-to-bott le can exceed that of many wineries’ own bottling lines.


Why the trade must step up to sustainability

Published:  27 April, 2022

Sustainability isn’t an optional extra for the wine trade. It’s a moral choice in that we can’t expect the next generation to pick up our tab. I had a friend at university who regularly used to come out to drink with us at the student union with just a single pound coin in his pocket. (Those were the days when one pound was enough to buy a pint of beer at discounted student prices). So he’d go and buy his pint and then rely on the rest of us to fund his drinking for the rest of the evening. He was always apologetic, and there was always an excuse. But I don’t think I can remember him ever paying his way.


Trade finds no easy solution in glass sustainability debate

Published:  21 April, 2022

For the near future, at least, the glass wine bottle is here to stay, albeit with a re-evaluation of how it is used, with consumer perception being a major hurdle to change.


Green Wine Future puts sustainability to the fore

Published:  14 April, 2022

With just over a month to go until Green Wine Future 2022, organisers are promising to deliver “the largest and most innovative virtual wine conference ever” from 23-26 May.


Footprint releases drinks sustainability report

Published:  07 April, 2022

Today, the 2022 Footprint Drinks Industry ESG Trends Report has been launched to help businesses develop a proactive sustainability strategy.


Alto Adige’s first female winemaker, Elena Walch, joins Armit’s portfolio

Published:  08 March, 2022

Italian icon Elena Walch is the latest producer to join UK importer and distributor Armit Wines. 


Climate change a ‘strong threat’ for six out of 10 wineries

Published:  23 February, 2022

Sustainability is to form a “real pillar” of this year’s ProWein, with the challenge of matching economic sustainability with environmental goals acknowledged as a key issue for producers and trade alike.


Sustainability: New wave transporter

Published:  16 February, 2022

Jo Gilbert talks to the founder of Port O’Bristol’s wine-by-sailboat eco shipping concept, which is taking sustainability to the high seas.


Soapbox: Why sustainability makes perfect business sense

Published:  10 February, 2022

Mariella Menato, strategy director at drinks design specialist Denomination, talks about the rise of sustainability as a key consumer requirement, and why today, more than ever, it is vital for business success, as well as safeguarding our planet.


Prosecco Consortium ramps up sustainable initiatives

Published:  07 February, 2022

The Prosecco DOC Consortium has announced a series of ongoing and new projects to address key sustainability issues, in addition to a renewed focus on terroir zoning and encouraging biodiversity.


Green Wine Future launches podcast series

Published:  03 February, 2022

The organisers of environmental conference initiative Green Wine Future 2022 have launched a new podcast tackling “the most important sustainability and climate crisis response issues in the wine industry.”


World’s largest distillery earns B Corp Certification

Published:  27 January, 2022

Maker’s Mark has become the largest distillery in the world and the first in Kentucky’s famed Bourbon Country to achieve the distinction of becoming B Corp certified.