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Conviviality signs two-year supply agreement with Palmer & Harvey

Published:  28 October, 2016

Leading independent wholesaler Convivality Plc is entering into a two-way supply deal with Palmer and Harvey McLane Limited (P&H), supplying beers, wines and spirits in exchange for tobacco.

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Does the new Costa coffee hybrid proposition pose a threat to bars and pubs?

Published:  28 October, 2016

In October 2016, Costa became the latest major UK coffee chain to offer its customers two hits instead of one: caffeine and alcohol all under one roof. 

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  28 October, 2016

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

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New Kent vineyard celebrates first harvest

Published:  27 October, 2016

Another English vineyard is officially open for business, having completed their first harvest and opened their winery.

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World wine production 2016 one of the poorest in 20 years

Published:  27 October, 2016

The amount of wine being produced worldwide has dropped to one of the lowest in 20 years according to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

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Morrisons launches new Chilean brand Head Honcho

Published:  27 October, 2016

Following the recent launch of the innovative Argentinian Club Asado, Morrisons' South American buying team have introduced a new, wholly-owned Chilean brand, Head Honcho. 

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UK lags on wine affordability, survey shows

Published:  26 October, 2016

The UK ranks just 24th among the most affordable countries in which to buy wine, according to a survey released today.

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No Malbec and rule-breaking makes a song and dance at Wines of Argentina tasting

Published:  26 October, 2016
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WSET to open first international office in Hong Kong

Published:  26 October, 2016

The leading education body for wines and spirits in the UK has announced plans to open a second administrative base in Hong Kong in order to meet growing demand from greater China.

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Co-op sets up European distribution hub in radical change to supply strategy for its continental wines

Published:  26 October, 2016

The words 'agility' and 'flexibility' are used frequently by Simon Cairns. As the Co-op's beers wines and spirits trading director, he has overseen a category enjoying buoyant growth this year, with a 4.3% increase in like for like sales across the sector, according to the latest Nielsen reports.

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Work to build £9m UK sake brewery gets underway

Published:  25 October, 2016

Building is now underway at what is believed to be the UK's first sake brewery having appointed a local contractor to carry out construction work.

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First wine, now spirits set to take a hit with rise in inflation and duty to slap a further £60m on consumers

Published:  25 October, 2016

The price of a bottle of wine and spirits is facing a major hike if duty rises in line with inflation, industry experts have warned.

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The Epicurean launches in London this weekend

Published:  24 October, 2016

The team behind the London Wine Fair is gearing up to launch its first consumer event.

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Hallgarten creates new regional sales director role

Published:  24 October, 2016

Luton-based suppliers Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has boosted its senior management team with the creation of a new director of regional sales role.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Does wine need its Uber?

Published:  24 October, 2016

The wine trade is not renowned for disruptive business models. We haven't yet had our Uber, Airbnb or iTunes. Nor do we have much of a history of radical innovation.

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Q&A: Rosie Finn, Neudorf Vineyards

Published:  21 October, 2016

New Zealand's Family of Twelve is still coming to terms with the loss of one of its founding members and first chairman, Richard Riddiford, who passed away recently.

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Alsace sales up in the UK following three successive years of low yields

Published:  21 October, 2016

Sales of Alsace wines to the UK have jumped according to the latest figures released by the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d'Alsace (CIVA) - an encouraging sign for the region which has suffered a string of small harvests in recent years.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  21 October, 2016

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

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Spanish wine industry celebrates inaugural IWC Spanish Merchant Awards

Published:  21 October, 2016

The cream of the Spanish wine industry turned out in force on Monday for the International Wine Challenge's (IWC) inaugural Spanish Wine Merchant awards, with over 200 guests attending the awards dinner in the surrounds of one of Madrid's most famous buildings, Casino de Madrid.

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On-trade update: Premium driving growth

Published:  21 October, 2016

The figures all indicate that the total on-trade Great Britain wine market is continuing to shrink, albeit at a slower pace. The total GB on-trade is made up of over 124,000 outlets, with volume sales down 2.5% and value sales down 0.5%.

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