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SMEs owed £22,000 on average in late payments

Published:  13 December, 2023

Following a review of business payments and cash flow, the government has found that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were owed on average £22,000 in late payments in 2022.


Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: Nik Darlington, Graft Wine

Published:  11 December, 2023

Following another eventful year for the drinks trade, Nik Darlington, marketing director at specialist importer Graft Wine, reflects on the highs and lows of 2023, plus hopes and plans for the year ahead, in our annual Q&A series.


Flying the flag for German wine

Published:  04 October, 2022

In 2021, the German wine culture garnered newfound global attention after it was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Committee of Experts at UNESCO cited German wine culture as welcoming and vibrant, an adaptable tradition “firmly anchored in German society”, while highlighting its positive social and cultural aspects. In Germany, as elsewhere, wine culture has determined the rhythm of life of people in winegrowing regions for centuries. This gave rise to numerous customs, seasonal festivals and a vocabulary
of its own, as well as familiar phrases such as “pouring pure wine”, which means to tell the truth.


SITT date change announced after Queen’s passing

Published:  12 September, 2022

SITT, the Specialist Importers’ Trade Tasting event, has confirmed a new date for its Manchester edition.


Graft Wine Company launches efficient tasting for Covid-era

Published:  20 September, 2021

Specialist importer the Graft Wine Company is marking a return to in-person portfolio tastings this month with an efficient tasting titled The Hundred.


Graft bolsters Australia and South African portfolios as it gears up for digital tasting

Published:  24 August, 2020

Graft Wine, last year’s merger of Red Squirrel and The Knotted Vine, is gearing up for a bumper month of activity in September, with two Southern Hemisphere additions joining the company as it takes its autumn tasting online.


Economics of on-trade supply have “hit a brick wall”

Published:  10 July, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has stripped bare the precarious economic situation of the on-trade and its supply-side, with a correction in the market necessary to improve profitability.


News round up: All the world’s a (virtual) stage

Published:  24 April, 2020

As the pandemic continues to run it's grim course, news of new initiatives, charitable acts, mutual support and sharing continue to pour into Harpers' inbox, with the trade excelling itself when it come to showing an imaginative and caring face. Here are just some of those many acts and events that have caught our eye this week.


Red Squirrel and The Knotted Vine to merge

Published:  08 July, 2019

Specialist importers Red Squirrel and The Knotted Vine have announced they are merging to form a completely new importer and distributor supplying the UK’s restaurant and independent trade.