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The Drinks Trust launches industry survey

Published:  08 February, 2024

The Drinks Trust has launched its annual industry survey to better understand the needs of the hospitality workforce.

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Acquisition drive spells success for Virgin

Published:  22 January, 2024

Virgin Wines has announced a positive trading update for the six months to 29 December, with year-on-year revenue growth and significant increase in profitability part of the online wine retailers’ H1 2024 performance as it redoubled efforts to pick up new subscribers.

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Insights: Read the finings print

Published:  17 November, 2023

Many consumers believe all wine is vegan, but it actually takes a great deal of effort to keep animal products out. James Bayley reports.

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Virgin Wines revenue down by £10m

Published:  25 October, 2023

Virgin Wines, one of the UK’s largest direct-to-consumer online wine retailers, has today (25 October) revealed its audited Annual Results for the period ended 30 June 2023 (FY23), are ‘in line with expectations’.

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Virgin recovers from end of year blip

Published:  17 July, 2023

Virgin Wines, one of the UK’s largest direct-to-consumer online wine retailers, has reported an end of year performance “in line with expectations”, following a “disappointing” downturn resulting from short term challenges at the end of 2022.

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Virgin Wines announces 'disappointing' profitability performance

Published:  12 January, 2023

Virgin Wines, one of the UK’s largest direct-to-consumer online wine retailers, has published its trading update for the six months ended 31 December 2022.

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Not so merry and bright

Published:  27 October, 2022

Three-word slogans have bombarded the UK under the current government, from ‘Get Brexit Done’, to ‘Hands, Face, Space’ and, most recently, ‘Get Britain Moving’, which sounds more like an ad for a laxative than a treatment for the country’s overall ills. But now we’re getting ‘Winter of Disconnect’, courtesy of the press, which is summing up both how a majority of consumers feel not only about the three-hour blackouts that the National Grid is warning of over the coming season, but also how they feel about the government’s
approach to the economy.

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Virgin achieves carbon neutral

Published:  06 October, 2022

Online retailer Virgin Wines has reached a new milestone in its sustainability journey, by announced that they have officially been certified carbon neutral.

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Virgin Wines announces year-end trading update

Published:  29 July, 2022

Online wine retailer Virgin Wines has maintained much of its lockdown growth thanks to a loyal customer base and subscription model.

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Virgin Wines announce 51% sales increase for its vegan range

Published:  25 July, 2022

Sales of vegan wine have more than doubled for Virgin Wines in the last two years, rising by 51%.

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Innovation Report: The glass debate

Published:  10 May, 2022

Is glass creating a bottleneck in the drive to greater sustainability and can we change consumer perception of it as a strong indicator of quality? Andrew Catchpole reports back from Harpers’ recent Sustainability of Glass webinar.

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Sustainability report: build back better

Published:  05 May, 2022

On 17 March, P&O Ferries terminated the contracts of thousands of long-standing UK employees, rehiring staff on lower wages. The move, which has been fiercely condemned by a variety of stakeholders, was a sad reminder that corporate ethics can still take a back seat to the worship of Mammon, even in a progressive age.

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Trade finds no easy solution in glass sustainability debate

Published:  21 April, 2022

For the near future, at least, the glass wine bottle is here to stay, albeit with a re-evaluation of how it is used, with consumer perception being a major hurdle to change.

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Harpers Sustainability Webinar: The Future of Glass

Published:  13 April, 2022

With sustainability firmly back at the top of the agenda for trade and consumers alike, Harpers is partnering with North South Wines to host a panel debate on the future of the glass bottle.

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Virgin Wines introduce The Benevolent Range charitable wine collection

Published:  08 April, 2022

Virgin Wines have teamed up with several winemakers to create three new wines; a South Australian Cabernet Blend, a Chilean Pinot Grigio and a Carménère, also from Chile.

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Virgin Wines subscription sales grows 23% in H1 2022

Published:  15 March, 2022

Virgin Wines, one of the UK’s largest direct to consumer online wine retailers, announced its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2021.

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Ecommerce to remain key driver as US online alcohol sales hit $6.1 billion

Published:  04 February, 2022

Ecommerce is becoming a major force in global retail, with online sales of BWS achieving a total value of $6.1 billion in the US market last year.

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Virgin Wines enters partnership with Moonpig

Published:  20 September, 2021

Virgin Wines has entered a partnership with Moonpig, the greeting card and gifting website, to offer 32 products, including exclusive wines direct to consumers.

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Bouncing Back Q&A: Jay Wright, Virgin Wines

Published:  12 August, 2021

It’s been a one-of-a-kind 18 months for the trade. Here, as we begin to push into the second half of the second year of the pandemic, Harpers catches up with businesses to find out how they’re focusing on recovering from the shock, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

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Virgin Wines raises turnover and revenue expectations

Published:  10 May, 2021

Virgin Wine has announced that it anticipates revenue and profitability for FY21 to be ahead of its previous expectations, with turnover for the year expected to be no less than £73m and an improvement in EBITDA margin.

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