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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Virgin Wines announces stock market flotation

Published:  16 February, 2021

Virgin Wines has announced plans for a stock market flotation.


Harpers teams with Wines Direct to exclusively reveal Consumer Awards 2019

Published:  05 August, 2019

Harpers has teamed up with Wines Direct to exclusively reveal the winners of Wines Direct Consumer Awards 2019 (indies and large merchants) alongside new insight into shopping behaviours drawn from the responses of more than 1,700 consumers