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WSTA membership climbs as it releases Brexit checklist

Published:  10 December, 2020

A record number of wine and spirit businesses have joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) this year following a recruitment drive bolstered by concerns over Covid and Brexit.


Brexit: Independence Day?

Published:  09 December, 2020

With the end of the Brexit transition now hurtling down the track, many indies may not be aware of quite how much post-1 January changes could affect their businesses, as Andrew Catchpole reports.


Economics of on-trade supply have “hit a brick wall”

Published:  10 July, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has stripped bare the precarious economic situation of the on-trade and its supply-side, with a correction in the market necessary to improve profitability.


Suppliers seek clarity over support

Published:  07 May, 2020

Key suppliers to the shuttered on-trade have called on the government to help them survive Covid-19, pointing both to clarification on reopening measures and greater financial support.


Living with lockdown – Bibendum

Published:  28 April, 2020

Michael Saunders, Bibendum CEO and chairman of The Drinks Trust and WSTA, dives deep into the challenges thrown up by the current crisis. Andrew Catchpole reports


Big changes as The Benevolent becomes The Drinks Trust

Published:  13 March, 2020

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has rebranded as The Drinks Trust, it was announced at its annual fundraising ball at the Natural History Museum in London last night.


Saunders pinpoints 2020 as ‘revolutionary’ for The Benevolent

Published:  14 January, 2020

The Benevolent has revealed that there are “significant” plans in place to evolve the drinks industry charity in 2020.


Spotlight on 2020: Michael Saunders, Bibendum Wine

Published:  04 December, 2019

As we prepare for the new decade, Harpers will be taking the month of December to look back over 2019 and ahead to what the coming year will bring – hopefully full of revived optimism for both politics and the trade.


Looking ahead: Michael Saunders, CEO, Bibendum PLB

Published:  12 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


Back to business

Published:  16 January, 2019

Bibendum PLB is reasserting itself as a major premium player on the UK wine scene. Andrew Catchpole meets chief executive Michael Saunders to discover what’s in store


New Benevolent chair Michael Saunders calls for ‘more regular donations’

Published:  14 January, 2019

Michael Saunders, chief executive officer of Bibendum PLB and new head of The Benevolent, has called on ‘more regular donations’ from members of the industry.


Trade remains fearful of no deal Brexit

Published:  15 November, 2018

Following Wednesday’s marathon Cabinet debate on Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal, the Prime Minister was reported to drink a glass of wine before stepping out from 10 Downing Street to address the media.


Three familiar faces become The Benevolent trustees

Published:  23 July, 2018

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent has appointed three new trustees including Bibendum PLB chief executive Michael Saunders who is due to become the next chairman. 


Michael Saunders returns to Bibendum as chief executive

Published:  14 May, 2018

C&C Group has announced former head of Bibendum, Michael Saunders, has re-joined the business as chief executive.


Saunders spreads his wings

Published:  11 January, 2018

Ex-Bibendum MD and Conviviality business development director Michael Saunders has stepped back from a full time roll at the UK drinks giant with plans to explore other avenues including consultancy to the industry.