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Gastro pubs: The challenges and joys of getting a pub wine list right

Published:  17 September, 2019

With the vast majority of pubs in the UK part of a chain where buying decisions on everything from beer and wine to crisps and peanuts are sanctioned by the chain’s owners, it can be very hard for wine merchants and importers to get an in, especially on the ground rather than in a boardroom setting.

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UK’s 50 Best Indies 2019

Published:  09 September, 2019

Welcome to the UK’s 50 Best Indies 2019, celebrating and elevating those at the top of their game

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Reaching the last mile

Published:  17 October, 2018

Fulfilling those “last mile” orders is expensive – especially for small businesses, but there are innovations that could help businesses better reach their local customer base.

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Oxford, Cambridge and Hennings ramp up joint buying initiative with first own label release

Published:  10 September, 2018

What do The Oxford Wine Company, Cambridge Wine Merchants and Hennings Wine have in common?

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Madeira: Bringing it all back home with Archie McDiarmid

Published:  20 August, 2018

Barbeito Madeira through their UK importer, Raymond Reynolds, run the hugely successful #MadeiraDay competition in December each year, bringing together independent retailers from all over the UK in celebration of this outstanding fortified wine. Luvians won the 2017 edition and after being presented with our certificate at the Big Fortified Tasting earlier this year, I got the chance to fly out to the island (this Portuguese colony lies some 280 miles off the coast of Africa) to get a personal perspective on how this bewitching wine is made.

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Sign up for SITT - the only trade tastings tailored purely for independent merchants

Published:  25 July, 2018

As the autumn buying window fast approaches Harpers is once again running it’s popular independent merchant-focused Specialist Importers Trade Tastings (SITT) in London and Leeds this September, and we look forward to welcoming all indie buyers at these events.

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IWC UK Merchant Awards returns

Published:  11 May, 2018

The IWC UK Merchant Awards is back for another year, with limited time remaining to sign up.

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