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Roux folds under Covid pressure

Published:  07 December, 2020

Plummeting footfall in central London has done for Roux at Parliament Square, with Michel Roux Jr announcing the permanent closure of the well-loved Westminster site.

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United Wine Growers launches first brand

Published:  07 December, 2020

United Wine Growers has taken the plunge with the launch of its first brand.

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Scottish food and drink wholesalers to receive £5m resilience fund

Published:  07 December, 2020

A new Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund has been established by the Scottish government to help wholesalers affected by Covid-19 restrictions to cover fixed costs for a six-month period from October 2020.

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Churchill’s launches digital first Port.Club for ‘Port curious’

Published:  07 December, 2020

Port lovers and the ‘Port curious’ are being targeted by Churchill’s Port in a new direct-to-consumer initiative, described as the first of its kind.

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Cautious optimism returns for hospitality’s businesses prospects

Published:  07 December, 2020

A new survey has revealed a rise in optimism among hospitality operators for the future of their business over the next 12 months, albeit from a very low threshhold – but representing a substantial increase from the third quarter of the year.

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The winners: Harpers Design Awards 2020

Published:  07 December, 2020

Each year the entries for Harpers Design Awards deliver much to delight, with the bar raised time and again, and so it proved once more with our 2020 judging. This year delivered many exemplary category winners, along with a host of worthy gold, silver and bronze medals.

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Joint Harpers-NZ webinar to examine myths and facts around sea-shipping emissions

Published:  07 December, 2020

With food miles increasingly under scrutiny, Harpers is partnering with New Zealand Winegrowers to host a webinar looking into misconceptions surrounding the sustainability or otherwise of transporting wines across the world’s oceans.

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Shopping boost for England falls short of 2019 figures

Published:  07 December, 2020

Lockdown fatigue has led to a boost in retail numbers as shoppers flocked back to the high street, though footfall has failed to deliver pre-pandemic levels.

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ProWein bows out of 2021

Published:  03 December, 2020

The world’s biggest wine show will not take place on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers have announced.

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‘Huge confusion’ over what Brexit means for bulk

Published:  03 December, 2020

There is mounting concern over the lack of clarity around the introduction of VI-1 forms for bulk shippers, despite the end of the transition period being just weeks away.

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Journey’s End expands UK team

Published:  03 December, 2020

Stellenbosch winery Journey’s End has expanded its UK team with two new members, plus an addition to the South African team.

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New Horizons Q&A: John Colley, Majestic Wine

Published:  03 December, 2020

The year 2020 will surely go down in history as an annus horribilis. With an end game to the coronavirus in sight however – and a vaccine looming on the 2021 horizon – Harpers is choosing to take the optimistic view that things can only get better from here. 

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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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House of Commons in retail partnership with Digby Fine English

Published:  02 December, 2020

Sussex-based sparkling wine producer Digby Fine English has been appointed as the official supplier of English sparkling wine to the House of Commons gift shops.

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Hospitality to stage second demonstration

Published:  02 December, 2020

Members of the hospitality industry will converge on Parliament Square for a second time this Monday (7 December) to urge the government to revise its policies relating to hospitality venues, both in terms of restrictions and financial support. 

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Drinks Trust unveils new mentoring scheme

Published:  02 December, 2020

The Drinks Trust has today unveiled its The Drinks Community Mentoring Programme, a key part of its recently announced The Drinks Community initiative.

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UKH calls for govt to earmark ‘Tesco hand back’ for hospitality

Published:  02 December, 2020

UK Hospitality (UKH) has called for the establishment of a Hospitality and Tourism Recovery Fund to support hospitality businesses that have not received any grant support and are at risk of closure.

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Lawmakers line up worldwide to protest China’s Oz wine tax

Published:  02 December, 2020

A group of over 200 MPs and other legislators from 19 countries have launched a campaign against China’s swingeing new tariffs on Australian wine.

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Westminster City Council extends alfresco scheme for six months

Published:  02 December, 2020

Westminster City Council has announced it has extended its alfresco dining scheme in central London, which falls under Tier 2 of the new restrictions, for another six months starting today. 

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Hatch Mansfield and 31Dover enter on-trade partnership

Published:  02 December, 2020

Hatch Mansfield and 31Dover has entered into a partnership to distribute premium family owned wine producers from around the world.  

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