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London Cru forced to name its wines Thunderbirds-style as wines 1, 2 and 3

Published:  01 August, 2014

London Cru, the capital's first urban winery, may have succeeded in shipping grapes from Europe to make wine in the UK, but it has had more difficulty with the bureaucrats in what it can now call them.

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WSTA conference to focus on engaging consumers

Published:  31 July, 2014

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association's annual conference will focus on the role branding, innovation and digital communications play in engaging with consumers in today's wine and spirits world.

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Wine brands say promotion forecasting site Bring A Bottle could 'misdirect consumers'

Published:  31 July, 2014

Top wine brands have accused new drinks promotions forecasting website Bring A Bottle of having the "potential to misdirect consumers".

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Alex Fisher joins board of Bibendum Wine Holdings

Published:  30 July, 2014

Bibendum Wine Holdings, the parent company of national wine and drinks supplier, Bibendum Wine, has stengthened its board  with the appointment of former Bidvest 3663 managing director, Alex Fisher, as a non-executive director.

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Jeremy Rockett leaves González Byass GB after 10 years

Published:  30 July, 2014

González Byass GB marketing director Jeremy Rockett has left the business after 10 years of service.

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Broadland Wineries joins Les Grands Chais as UK distributors of Singlz PET wine glass

Published:  30 July, 2014

Broadland Wineries has signed a deal to produce single serve PET wine glass Singlz in the UK  which it will fill with its own wines from its Norfolk base.  

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Price comparison site Bring A Bottle pinpoints cheapest times to buy major drinks brands

Published:  30 July, 2014

Customers should be buying and stockpiling lager in June and July, and Champagne at Christmas, according to new data from Bring A Bottle which pinpoints exactly when the biggest promotions start across a range of top-selling brands.

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Hallgarten Druitt boosts sales and marketing teams

Published:  29 July, 2014

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has recruited a former Mirror journalist to head up its communications team and added an extra national accounts manager.

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How a 'yes' vote from Scotland would affect alcohol taxes and logistics

Published:  29 July, 2014

Excise duty expert Alan Powell considers how Scottish independence could affect drinks firms operating both sides of the borders in terms of excise duty and logistics.

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A 'yes' vote from Scotland could cripple drinks firms with duty headaches

Published:  29 July, 2014

If Scotland splits from the rest of the UK drinks firms could face potentially crippling changes to duty which would add a significant cost and administrative burden - even causing some to go out of business.

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Naked Wines kicks off same-day delivery trial in San Francisco

Published:  29 July, 2014
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Major wine companies should not pin their futures on China, warns Krug chief

Published:  28 July, 2014

The wine world needs to let go of its obsession with China, and stop believing that the market can solve all its problems, according to Margareth Henriquez., chief executive of Krug, the top branded Champagne house.

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Oddbins to start franchise operation with 26 independent wine retailers

Published:  28 July, 2014

High street chain Oddbins is planning to kick off its franchised model by converting around 26 independent wine merchants to the company fascia.

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Amathus opens third London wine and spirits store

Published:  28 July, 2014

Amathus, well-known as a drinks supplier, importer and specialist retailer, has opened its third London store, this time in Knightsbridge.

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Conviviality Retail opens discount drinks store BB's Warehouse

Published:  28 July, 2014

Conviviality Retail, owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, is launching BB's Warehouse, a new drinks store focused on multibuy and bulk discounting. 

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  25 July, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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LVMH's wine and spirits business drags down overall performance of luxury group

Published:  25 July, 2014

Louis Vutton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) stock price is taking a hit as financial markets react to the conglomerate's half yearly results announced at close of business yesterday. This morning the stock was trading 6.12% lower, down from yesertday's close €141.25 per share to €132.75 (Bloomberg).

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Croatian billionaire Ernest Tolj shares his winemaking adventure

Published:  23 July, 2014

Croatian electrical cabling billionaire Ernest Tolj owns Saints Hills winery in Dalmatia. He tells us about Croation wine, the country's history, the potential for the wine industry and working with Michel Rolland. 

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Wine firms must be consumer-centric to win new generation of drinkers

Published:  22 July, 2014

Wine companies must have a "consumer-centric" approach to draw in and stay relevant to new generations of wine drinkers, says Rabobank.

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Big discounts expected on Champagne this Christmas

Published:  21 July, 2014

Champagne agents expect big discounts at UK supermarkets this Christmas, thanks to weak demand for the sparkling wine in its home country.

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