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Oddbins Ayo Akintola in his own words: Majestic is 'screwing' suppliers

Published:  11 November, 2014

Oddbins managing director Ayo Akintola describes Majestic's recent demand from suppliers for financial support for its new warehouse as "one of the shabbiest business decisions" in the past couple of decades in the UK wine industry. Here, in his own words, he responds to its actions:

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Amathus opens fourth London store in Shoreditch

Published:  11 November, 2014

Drinks distributor and retailer Amathus is opening a fourth London store, this time in Shoreditch, after buying the City Beverage Company business.

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Bordeaux's fine wine market ripe for recovery, says Liv-ex chief

Published:  11 November, 2014

Four years of falling prices have brought the Bordeaux market to its "lowest ebb since the early 1970s", meaning now is a good time to enter the market.

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London's property market 'brutal' for expanding wine independents

Published:  10 November, 2014

London's independent wine merchants and restaurateurs say finding new locations is "extremely challenging", given intense competition from established operators.

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Lidl best value supermarket for wine, says new app

Published:  10 November, 2014

Lidl is the UK's best supermarket for wine when it comes to value - according to an 18-month study tasting over 4,000 wines carried out by the Wotwine app.

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Christmas Report: why wine has reasons to be merry

Published:  10 November, 2014

It's that time again. With more than a third of wine sales coming through in the 12 weeks of Christmas, the trade is nervously checking the weather forecast and gauging the mood among consumers as shoppers prepare to fill their stockings, writes Gemma McKenna.

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Major wine brands see double digit growth, says Mintel

Published:  07 November, 2014

Hardys, Lindeman's, Kumala and Casillero del Diablo have all posted double-digit value growth in a flat market, according to the latest wine report from Mintel.

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Wine value growth to slow in next five years, says Mintel

Published:  07 November, 2014

Wine's value growth, up to now bolstered by duty and price increases, is likely to slow in the next five years as consumer concerns over costs, alcohol and sugar content grow.

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French wine should be more ambitious in UK

Published:  07 November, 2014

French wine needs to be a "bit more ambitious" in the UK, according to a host of leading figures at last month's France Summit.

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Chiefs of the week: Harpers Rising Stars for Wine Vision

Published:  07 November, 2014

We don't just have one Chief of the Week for you this time round, but eight. Yes the eight stand out winners who we have selected to receive the Harpers Rising Stars Grant to attend this month's Wine Vision conference in London.

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

Published:  07 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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Enotria's Troy Christensen on what next for supplier and retailer relations after TescoGate

Published:  07 November, 2014

Troy Christensen, chief executive of Enotria, tells Gemma McKenna what's going on at the supplier, the state of distributor retailer relations in light of TescoGate, and what we can expect next.

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Harpers recruits Rising Stars to attend Wine Vision 2014

Published:  07 November, 2014

Harpers is giving emerging talent in the global wine industry the chance to attend this month's Wine Vision event in London. Here are the winners of our Rising Stars Grants that will be attending this year's conference

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Jay Z buys Armand de Brignac Champagne

Published:  06 November, 2014

Jay Z has bought Champagne brand Armand de Brignac, after making the brand owner an offer they "couldn't refuse".

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Morrisons sales slump but supermarket sees 'progress'

Published:  06 November, 2014

Morrisons' saw a sharp drop off in sales in the last three months, but insisted it had "made progress" on its strategy, and needed more time to see the results.

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California's winemakers gear up for worsening drought in 2015

Published:  06 November, 2014

Recent rainfall in California has done little to improve the ongoing drought, as winemakers gear up for worsening conditions into 2015.

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Treasury loses Jon Rosenthal to Concha y Toro

Published:  05 November, 2014

Concha y Toro UK has hired Jon Rosenthal from Treasury Wine Estates to take on the newly-created role of sales director.

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Michel Rolland and Tesco's Laura Jewell sign up for Wine Vision

Published:  05 November, 2014

World leading wine consultant, Michel Rollland, and Tesco's Laura Jewell MW are the two latest big names to sign up to the Wine Vision event taking place in London later this month.

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Marks & Spencer 'specialist positioning' enhances growth in food business

Published:  05 November, 2014

Marks and Spencer's food business is continuing to "outperform" the market, with sales growth up 3.6% or 1% on a like-for-like basis.

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Five independent merchants win Wines of Chile promotion

Published:  05 November, 2014

Five independent wine merchants from across the country have won a buying trip to Chile for their "innovative and quirky" promotions around Chilean wine.

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