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NZW reports strong UK off-trade performance

Published:  19 January, 2021

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) has reported a 23% leap in off-trade value sales of New Zealand wine in the UK. 

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BWS supermarket sales surge 25%

Published:  05 January, 2021

Supermarket sales of beer, wines and spirits (BWS) surged 25% to £4.9m in the 12 weeks to 27 December – an increase of £972m compared to the same period last year, according to Kantar data released today.

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Reimagining the high street shop for drinks retailing

Published:  13 November, 2020

A renewed focused on shop-front retail has led to a rash of new openings, from Manchester to Birmingham and Surrey, writes Jo Gilbert.

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Christmas to bring scant cheer for trade under tougher restrictions

Published:  14 October, 2020

The UK drinks trade will have little to toast this Christmas trading period if restrictions on socialising become more onerous, with a fall in off-trade sales compounded by a further dramatic down-turn in the on-trade.

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Aldi to open 100 new stores as part of £1.3bn investment

Published:  28 September, 2020

Aldi has pledged to invest a record £1.3bn over the next two years with new and upgraded stores, distribution centres and “further innovations” planned across the business.

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50 Best Indies 2020

Published:  11 September, 2020

Padstow’s Bin Two has romped home for a second year running with top placing in our 50 Best Indies 2020 list.

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50 Best Indies 2020 countdown is on

Published:  07 September, 2020

Join us as the annual Harpers 50 Best Indies awards are announced throughout this week (7 to 11 September), culminating in a live webinar with the top 10 on Friday as the final results are announced. 

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Pernod Ricard UK appoints wine portfolio director

Published:  01 September, 2020

Pernod Ricard UK (PRUK) has appointed Lucy Bearman to the newly created position of wine portfolio director. 

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Mark Roberts, Lanchester Wines: Back to Business Q&A

Published:  26 August, 2020

As the trade measures up to extraordinary times and looks ahead beyond summer, leading operators take stock of doing business in the new normal.

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Supermarket BWS sales stay strong

Published:  19 August, 2020

Sales of beer, wine and spirits (BWS) through supermarkets increased 20% in the past four weeks, while total grocery sales slowed down.  

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Brits almost halve alcohol intake during lockdown

Published:  29 July, 2020

Brits consumed 1.3 billion litres of alcohol during the UK’s lockdown period, almost half the 2 billion litres recorded during the same period last year, according to new data from Nielsen Scantrack and CGA.

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Friday Read: Multiple price pressures

Published:  03 July, 2020

The following nicely captures the predominant supplier view of UK supermarkets.

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Waitrose expands English portfolio in a nod to English Wine Week

Published:  18 June, 2020

Waitrose is celebrating English Wine Week (20- 28 June) by launching five new and exclusive homegrown wines. 

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Volume uplift in US off-trade offsets on-trade sales drop

Published:  16 June, 2020

US wine volume sales look set to be flat in 2020 with the Covid-19 led surge in off-trade sales balancing out the drop in on-trade sales, according to new Wine Intelligence research.  

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Raab says ‘review’ to be completed within “coming weeks”

Published:  15 June, 2020

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said the government expects the next Covid-19 review, including if the 2 metre social distancing rule will be reduced, to be completed “within the coming weeks”. 

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Sunak confirms “urgent comprehensive review” of 2 metre rule

Published:  15 June, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed PM Boris Johnson has ordered a “comprehensive review” on the 2 metre social distancing rule.

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Alcohol sales knocked by lockdown

Published:  08 June, 2020

Despite the marked shift from on-trade to home drinking, lockdown could still leave a sobering £7bn hole in total UK alcohol sales, as Andrew Catchpole reports.

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Fears of Brits binge drinking through lockdown unfounded, says Portman Group

Published:  05 June, 2020

The majority of Brits are drinking the same or less compared to before lockdown, with a large majority remaining within the UK chief medical officers’ (CMO) low risk guidelines (14 units per week), according to new research released today by the Portman Group.  

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Alcohol sales knocked back until 2022

Published:  04 June, 2020

Despite the shift from on-trade to home drinking, lockdown could still leave a sobering £7bn hole in UK alcohol sales this year. 

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Living with lockdown - Jeroboams

Published:  06 May, 2020

Hugh Sturges, MD at Jeroboams, gives Lisa Riley a glimpse of the realities of coping with lockdown

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