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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Doug Wood of WoodWinters

Published:  30 December, 2014

Doug Wood, owner of Scottish independent merchant WoodWinters, lets off steam about supermarkets, credit control and 'parasitic internet-only' retailers, while looking forward to lots of Christmas presents from staff.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: John McLaren

Published:  30 December, 2014

John McLaren, UK director of the Wine Institute of California, on how the UK has changed to become a fresh land of opportunity for Californian producers, how it's in a 'holding pattern' with grocers, and why he 'may scream' if he's told to 'engage with consumers' again.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Cambridge Wine Company's Hal Wilson

Published:  26 December, 2014

Hal Wilson, managing director of independent merchant Cambridge Wine Company, gives us the low-down on opening a new wine bar, Cahors wines making a comeback and why he's watching this space with Philglas & Swiggot.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: PLB's John Osborne

Published:  26 December, 2014

John Osborne, managing director of the PLB trading division at Bibendum PLB, talks about the 'year of transformation', how retailers must adapt to the changes in how consumers shop and further supplier consolidation into next year.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Australian Vintage's Julian Dyer

Published:  26 December, 2014

Julian Dyer, general manager for UK & Europe at Australian Vintage, talks about McGuigan breaking into the Top 5 global wine brands in the UK, consolidation in the supply sector, and why he's back the WSTA's Drop the Duty campaign.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: WSTA chief Miles Beale

Published:  25 December, 2014

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association, says the industry's progress against the Responsibility Deal is something to shout about. Meanwhile he's gearing up the pre-Budget Drop the Duty campaign and planning to engage with government after 2015's General Election.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fear for 2015: Direct Wine Shipments Neal McAlindon

Published:  24 December, 2014

Neal McAlindon, director at Belfast's Direct Wine Shipments, tells Harpers.co.uk why 2014 has been another good year, despite tricky market conditions in Northern Ireland.

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2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Morrisons Mark Jarman

Published:  24 December, 2014

Mark Jarman, head of wine operations at Morrisons, relives the retailer's award-winning year and predicts further success for sherry and South American wines.

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Drinks suppliers: Last chance to rate major retailers in our survey

Published:  23 December, 2014

2014 saw the drinks supply sector rocked by news of Tesco's accounting practices, and the subsequent suspension of the supermarket's BWS chief brought the scandal closer to home. We would like to find out how suppliers rate retailers across the board. 

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Wine app Vivino celebrates 100 millionth scan

Published:  23 December, 2014

Wine app Vivino is celebrating its 100 millionth wine bottle scan from one of its 7 million subscribers.

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Harpers.co.uk's 10 most popular stories of 2014

Published:  23 December, 2014

The most popular stories on Harpers.co.uk throughout 2014 cover everything from TescoGate to Bordeaux 2013 to BrewDog and Bibendum PLB.

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Fresh inquiry into Tesco accounts as suppliers come under spotlight

Published:  22 December, 2014
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Prosecco sales rocket while still wine lags

Published:  22 December, 2014

Off-trade alcohol sales have risen 2.4% to £14 billion, with volumes up 0.8% - and Italian sparkler Prosecco has seen the most stunning increase of all, with values up 55% throughout 2014.

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Vinexpo makes changes to 2015 show

Published:  22 December, 2014

France's major wine and spirits show Vinexpo, has made changes to the 2015 exhibition to focus more on gastronomy, a bespoke meeting booking service and networking.

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Bibendum PLB makes 'small number' of redundancies

Published:  22 December, 2014

Bibendum PLB has restructured its buying, off-trade, marketing and technical teams in the wake of its October merger, resulting in a small number of redundancies, Harpers.co.uk has learned.

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Drinks industry 'vastly exceeds' target to remove 1bn units

Published:  19 December, 2014

The drinks industry has "vastly exceeded" its target to remove 1 billion units of alcohol from the UK market two years ahead of schedule, a report from the Department of Health has confirmed.

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Andrew Shaw to head up Bibendum PLB's new buying team

Published:  19 December, 2014

Andrew Shaw is to head up  Bibendum PLB's new joint buying team to work across all trading companies of the business - Bibendum, PLB and Walker and Wodehouse.

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Sparkling wine is success story of 2014, as still wine sales fall, says WSTA report

Published:  19 December, 2014

Wine sales fell 3% in the off-trade in 2014, and 2% in the on-trade - but sparkling wines are still in the ascendancy, says the latest market report from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

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Australian wine Giant Steps moves to Liberty Wines from OW Loeb

Published:  18 December, 2014

Yarra Valley's Giant Steps wine has shifted its UK distribution from OW Loeb to Liberty Wines.

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Mitchells & Butlers lists Help for Heroes wine

Published:  18 December, 2014

Bar and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butlers has listed the Help for Heroes wine brand at 300 of its venues across the country.

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