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Swedish drinks monopoly Systembolaget 'not about maximising sales'

Published:  03 December, 2014

"We're in this not for maximising sales but eliminating the harmful effects of alcohol. Is this possible? I think so." These words come from Sara Norrel, head of buying at Systembolaget, the monopoly that controls drinks sales in Sweden.

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Chinese importer Summergate bought by Australia's Woolworths Liquor Company

Published:  02 December, 2014

Woolworths Liquor Group has bought Summergate, one of the China's most influential wine importers, in a move that considerably strengthens the Australian retail drinks giant's position in the country.

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You'll need loadsamoney to enjoy St Pancras's £60 a glass Cinnamoney mulled wine

Published:  02 December, 2014

Hands up who likes mulled wine? Go on, you know you do. Throw in a  few carols, a bit of recently laid snow and there's nothing quite like those touches of spice and cinnamon on a cold winter's day.

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Wine trade needs to wake up to online sales, warns e-commerce expert

Published:  02 December, 2014

The wine trade needs to reconcile the "inexorable shift" in wine sales online and the product's overall route to market, warns wine e-commerce expert Matthew Protti. 

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London Wine Fair on look out for niche wine importers for its Esoterica fixture for independents

Published:  02 December, 2014

Small, independent or niche wine importers have the chance to book a place in the Esoterica feature at the London Wine Fair that has seen 80% of last year's exhibitors book again for the 2015 show.

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UK on-trade gears up for bumper festive season

Published:  01 December, 2014

Bars and restaurants are heralding a bumper festive season, with bookings so far 5-10% ahead of last year.

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Spanish wines fastest growing in UK bars and restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2014

Spanish wines are the fastest growing in the UK on-trade - listings are up 25% in the last year - at the expense of French wines, whose listings have fallen by 11%.

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Accolade Wines going ahead with Grant Burge purchase

Published:  01 December, 2014

Accolade Wines and Barossa's Grant Burge wines have reached agreement on the acquisition of the Grant Burge brand and business, along with its Krondorf winery.

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ProWein predicts biggest growth opportunities in the USA and Asia

Published:  01 December, 2014

Global wine trade show Prowein is forecasting stable world demand for wines in 2015 and sees North America and Asia as the largest markets for growth in the coming year.

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Pol Roger Portfolio to distribute Kilchoman whiskies

Published:  01 December, 2014

Islay distillery Kilchoman has signed a deal with the family-run Pol Roger Champagne to distribute its range of single malt whiskies.

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Guala Closures and MGJ launch screwcap closure liners with varying oxygen permeability

Published:  01 December, 2014

Guala Closures has joined forces with MGJ to develop a new range of liners for closures with different levels of oxygen permeability.

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Pernod Ricard UK shakes up senior team

Published:  01 December, 2014

Pernod Ricard has promoted Simon van Moppes to the role of group on-trade director for the global business and Chris Ellis to commercial director for wines and spirits in the UK as it re-examines its market priorities.

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Memorial service for Ridgeview's Mike Roberts

Published:  28 November, 2014

A memorial service for Mike Roberts, founder of English sparkling winery, Ridgeview,  who died earlier this month, is to be held on December 5.

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

Published:  28 November, 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, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Zuma's Noel Pusch is named Sake Sommelier of the Year

Published:  28 November, 2014

Noel Pusch of premium Japanese restaurant chain Zuma's Abu Dhabi branch has been named Sake Sommelier of the Year at an awards ceremony at London's Westbury Hotel this week.

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Wine Australia confirms Tesco's Laura Jewell as its new head of UK and Europe

Published:  27 November, 2014

Wine Australia has confirmed to Harpers.co.uk that it has appointed Tesco's Laura Jewell MW to be its new regional director for the UK and Europe.

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Raisinable wine app brings mark up transparency to restaurant consumers

Published:  27 November, 2014

Raisinable, a free wine app which compares restaurant and retail wine prices and illustrates the mark up, is launching today and will feature several restaurants in London.

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Italy's Lugana wine producers fight plans for 'devastating' fast train

Published:  27 November, 2014

Wine producers in northern Italy's Lugana region are fighting plans for a high speed rail line which would wipe out one third of their vineyard area.

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Chile and South Africa bulk wine markets face 'stormy weather'

Published:  27 November, 2014

Chile and South Africa's bulk wine suppliers are facing "stormy weather", according to experts, given there is still a lot of wine from last year's harvest.

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Rugby stars Ruan Pienaar and Robbie Diack launch South African wine

Published:  27 November, 2014
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