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ProWein gets off to strong start, says fair director

Published:  24 March, 2014

Dusseldorf's international wine trade fair ProWein has got off to a strong start, with visitor numbers for day one slightly up on last year.

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?Michael Degen of Messe Düsseldorf on what makes ProWein so relevant for global wine trade

Published:  23 March, 2014

Anand Virmani talks to Michael Degen, the executive director Messe Düsseldorf, and the man responsible for ProWein about what makes it successful after 20 years.

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

Published:  21 March, 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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Hardys to be official wine sponsor of English cricket team

Published:  21 March, 2014

Australian wine brand, Hardys, is to be the official wine of the English cricket team having signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the England Cricket Board.

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Changes to packaging waste recycling costs could save wine and spirit sector £38m

Published:  21 March, 2014

The wine and spirits industry has welcomed news that the government intends to lower the costs involved in recycling packaging waste, following a huge increase in glass recycling costs, which could save the sector up to £38 million.

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UK wine industry is not on same footing as beer, cider and whisky, says Wilson Drinks Report

Published:  21 March, 2014

The UK wine industry is unlikely to receive the same kind of duty cuts awarded to the beer, cider and Scotch whisky industries in this week's Budget as most of the wine drunk in this country is imported.

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Les Grand Chais de France backs independents by signing up to Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  21 March, 2014

French wine producer, Les Grand Chais de France, is the biggest wine name to show its commitment to the independent merchant sector by signing up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines that oversee how producers and suppliers are working in the independent sector.

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Spar launches its fifth annual nationwide wine festival

Published:  20 March, 2014

Spar is to run its annual Wine Festival between March 20 and May 7 which will look to showcase its range of award-winning wines that start from just £4.

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Wine shipments from the west coast of America threatened by strikes

Published:  20 March, 2014

Wine shipments in and out of the west coast of the US could be seriously hampered by possible strike action at 29 major ports.

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Consumers prefer screwcaps, says survey

Published:  20 March, 2014

A survey of 6,000 consumers has shown that the majority prefer screwcaps over other closures because they're more convenient.

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Alcohol duty escalator scrapped in Budget

Published:  19 March, 2014

The alcohol duty escalator has been scrapped, while duty on spirits has been frozen and beer duty has been cut by 1p per pint.

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New members elected to Gran Orden de Caballeros for services to Spanish wine industry

Published:  19 March, 2014

María José López de Heredia and José Velo Rego are the latest figures to be inaugurated in to the Gran Orden de Caballeros for their services to the Spanish wine industry.

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Scrapping duty escalator will benefit wine and spirits trade by £175m

Published:  19 March, 2014

Scrapping the duty escalator and freezing spirits duty will boost the wine and spirits trade to the tune of £175 million, says the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

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Scrapping duty escalator could be bad news for suppliers warns Robin Copestick

Published:  19 March, 2014

Robin Copestick, co-founder of UK wine agency Copestick Murray, has sounded a warning shot about the Chancellor's decision to scrap the duty escalator in today's Budget and fears suppliers will be forced to take on the costs of inflationary duty increases rather than the higher costs under the escalator that were easier to pass on to consumers.

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Budget 2014 Live Updates: Trade celebrates the end of duty escalator

Published:  19 March, 2014

The trade has united to welcome Chancellor George Osborne's announcement that he is ending the duty escalator for alcohol and freezing spirits duty.

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Drinks trade nervously anticipates Budget

Published:  19 March, 2014

As time runs out before the 2014 Budget is announced later today, the drinks trade nervously shuffles its papers following a hard-fought campaign to scrap the duty escalator.

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Q&A with Nick Mantella, managing director Grupo Codorniu UK

Published:  19 March, 2014

Nick Mantella shares his views on how Cava can compete with the fast-growing Prosecco, its plans to expand its branded portfolio, and Spanish wines in the UK market.

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The Benevolent Ball raises over £40k

Published:  18 March, 2014

The UK drinks trade united last week at the Benevolent charity ball, raising over £40,000 for colleagues in need.

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Wine price comparison site to predict when low prices are coming

Published:  18 March, 2014

Wine price comparison website Bring a Bottle is aiming to make predictions on when individual products will hit their lowest prices as the next phase in its development.

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California now making the "white space" wines people want to buy says Joel Peterson

Published:  18 March, 2014

California is now making and exporting what leading US winemaker, Joel Peterson of Ravenswood  Wines, calls "white space" wines that are increasingly popular both in America in its key export markets.

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