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Q&A: Justine McGovern and Damien Jackman, directors, California Wine Institute UK & Ireland

Published:  21 July, 2019

Ahead of a joint Harpers-California Wine Institute session on sustainability (details below), Andrew Catchpole catches up with the team fronting the Golden State’s wines

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Think Gin Debate: Innovation vs Integrity

Published:  19 June, 2019

As flavoured gins continue to drive rapid growth and innovation in the category, concern grows over how to ‘future proof’ the spirit and prevent it becoming a victim of its own success.

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Harpers’ Industry Briefing: Upping the stakes

Published:  13 June, 2019

At Harpers’ Industry Briefing at London Wine Fair, Andrew Catchpole invited leading trade figures to assess how best to build value and margin back into the wine category. Here are the highlights from a sometimes impassioned and insightful dicussion. 

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Meet the Dragons at Think France

Published:  08 March, 2019

A Dragons’ Den-style session will decide on the best opportunities for French Wines at Harpers forthcoming at Think France event on 26 March at Glazier’s Hall in London.

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Think Whisky 2018: Wising up to whisky

Published:  08 October, 2018


Despite being the second biggest spirits category in the UK, accounting for 21% of sales (Nielsen/CGA, year to June 2018), big opportunities exist for whisk(e)y if it can grow engagement with women and younger adults, who currently shy away from the category.

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Harpers launches new Think Whisky event

Published:  20 August, 2018

Harpers and sister title Drinks Retailing News are joining forces to add a new event to the popular ‘Think’ spirits series.

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Guy Woodward: Are sommeliers followers or leaders?

Published:  11 June, 2018

It had been a long day. The panel discussion, as they are wont to do, had dragged on. The moderators, as they are even more wont to do, had dominated. And, at the back of the room, having negotiated a full day of the London Wine Fair, and sat quietly through an hour-long debate (Wine & Dine: How chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers build their wine lists), Ben Drury was mad as hell. And he wasn’t going to take it any more.

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Innovation essential if wine to curb falling consumer base

Published:  23 May, 2018

The last major innovation in the wine category was the screwcap – first introduced a couple of decades ago - and the category is going to have to seriously pick up the pace if it is to stay relevant to today’s consumer.

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Harpers at LWF: English Fizz, Driving NPD and The Future of the Agency Model

Published:  15 May, 2018

Harpers will be again be taking the stage at this year’s reinvigorated London Wine Fair with a mix of briefings and tasting, tying in with exciting new features including the Innovation Zone and Drinks Britannia, where the results of our English Wine Stars Awards will be revealed.

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Hayman’s Gin launches debate on protecting gin authenticity

Published:  11 May, 2018

Hayman’s Gin is launching an inaugural debate on how to protect the spirit.

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Harpers Debate: Chasing the premium position

Published:  19 June, 2017

Harpers’ industry briefing at the London Wine Fair on Chasing the Premium sparked a healthy debate involving both panel and audience, as all involved explored ways in which the trade could collectively build more margin and value back into the supply chain.

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