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Selling independence

Published:  02 August, 2021

With on-trade reopening still disrupted, Andrew Catchpole assesses the impact and opportunities for indies’ wholesale operations.

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Hallgarten expands Italian portfolio

Published:  30 June, 2021

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has expanded its Italian portfolio, introducing 16 wines from five different producers in Northern and Central Italy. 

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Flint takes on on-trade distribution of M.Chapoutier

Published:  14 June, 2021

Hatch Mansfield has appointed Flint Wines as one of its key on-trade partners of five wine ranges from Rhône producer M.Chapoutier.

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Start-up Propeller brings The Rolland Collection to the UK

Published:  08 June, 2021

Indies distribution incubator Propeller is bringing The Rolland Collection to the UK as it continues to grows its model-defying footprint. 

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Hallgarten appoints second Head Start apprentice

Published:  24 May, 2021

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has appointed its second Head Start Apprentice – Alex Parsons.

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Drinks suppliers ‘pulling out all stops’ as on-trade orders surge

Published:  14 May, 2021

UK on-trade drinks suppliers are cautiously optimistic that the surge in demand at venues able to offer outdoor service will continue as indoor trading returns.

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Independents roundtable: Creating stronger supplier relations

Published:  20 April, 2021

Looking ahead to a receding pandemic, our recent How to Forge the Best Relationship with Suppliers round table explored how suppliers and merchants can best work together to ensure that the needs of old, new and evolved channels of business can be best capitalised upon and maximised. Andrew Catchpole rounds up the key takeaways

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Jascots to step up presence outside London

Published:  06 April, 2021

Jascots Wine has, together with its new owners Freixenet Copestick, revealed plans to expands its footprint outside its London heartland.

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LWC opens doors to new £12.5m distribution site

Published:  06 April, 2021

LWC Drinks has opened the doors to a new £12.5m state-of-the-art 173,000 square foot bonded distribution centre ahead of the re-opening of the hospitality industry on 12 April.  

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Local authorities urged to support ‘forgotten businesses’

Published:  23 March, 2021

New guidance on the Additional Restrictions Grant has been announced by the government as the UK gears up to exit lockdown.

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Helping hospitality survive

Published:  18 February, 2021

If reopening doesn’t come soon, many on-trade operators face ruin unless new support measures come into play. Andrew Catchpole reports.

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Covid propels delivered drinks market into the mainstream

Published:  16 February, 2021

Lockdown is giving the on-trade and suppliers a chance to claim share of the delivered drinks market from supermarkets, according to CGA’s latest consumer research.   

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WSTA and SMEs call on Chancellor for further support in budget

Published:  21 January, 2021

Many of the UK’s best known wine and spirit SMEs have written a joint letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to cut duty while extended the hospitality’s VAT cut to provide further relief for those struggling with the pandemic.

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CGA: ‘Suppliers well placed to help operators capitalise on post-lockdown opportunities’

Published:  19 January, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered important changes in people’s attitudes to food and created a split between those seeking quality and value, but suppliers are well placed to help operators capitalise on post-lockdown sales opportunities, a new CGA survey has suggested.

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GCA calls on suppliers to say if retailers are treating them 'fairly and lawfully'

Published:  13 January, 2021

Mark White, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), has launched the annual survey with a call to wine and spirit suppliers to tell him if retailers are treating them “fairly and lawfully”. 

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Jascots slides into administration

Published:  02 December, 2020

On-trade supplier Jascots Wine Merchants has gone into administration, Harpers has learned.

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Trade bodies demand six-month support package

Published:  04 November, 2020

A group of trade bodies have written to the Chancellor to call for a six-month support package to secure the future of British pubs, hospitality and its supply chain. 

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Beale: ‘Supply chain must be eligible for cash grants’

Published:  26 October, 2020

The WSTA has urged the government to clarify that the cash grants promised as a support measure for the hospitality sector applies to the supply chain too. 

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WSTA reiterates concerns for “overlooked” supply chain

Published:  13 October, 2020

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has reiterated its concerns for businesses that supply the hospitality sector. 

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The drinks community spirit

Published:  27 August, 2020

From care packages for hospitality staff to innovative and creative lockdown collaborations, Chris Losh looks at how those in the industry have reached out to one another 

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