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Discover why Canada is the new cool kid in town

Published:  25 February, 2021

With cooler climate wines and off-piste finds high on the agenda of many quality-focused buyers, Harpers is teaming up with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom to host a webinar exploring the exciting potential of Canadian wines in the UK market.

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Portman Group: ‘Seltzers aren’t understood by consumers’

Published:  25 February, 2021

The Portman Group has launched guidance on the growing hard seltzers category following research which showed that just 7% of consumers had heard of the drinks. 

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Trade calls Victoria Prentis out over VI-1 statement

Published:  25 February, 2021

An infuriated wine trade has today delivered an ‘unprecedented’ collective letter to Victoria Prentis MP, calling for the scrapping of VI-1 forms when the easement provision ends on 1 July.

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Black Chalk and Wine GB recreate social media push

Published:  25 February, 2021

Jacob Leadley, CEO and winemaker of Black Chalk, and Wine GB have announced plans for this year’s Easter weekend initiative to support the English wine industry.  

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Westminster brings back alfresco scheme

Published:  25 February, 2021

Westminster City Council has announced that it will reintroduce last summer’s alfresco scheme to help the hospitality sector.

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Hospitality leaders show long-term optimism

Published:  25 February, 2021

Hospitality leaders are optimistic about the long-term future of the sector and its role in the UK’s economic recovery, with many businesses seeking to grow rather than shrink, the latest CGA Business Leaders' Survey has revealed.

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Long Read: Night-time economy is being left behind, say operators

Published:  25 February, 2021

The whole of the on-trade has been gravely impacted by the closures associated with Covid. However, the night-time economy, which looks set to fully reopen in July – two months after other indoor hospitality venues – continues to suffer the worst of the impact, with operators calling for more clarity on their future.

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Excise duties hike latest blow to SA wine industry

Published:  24 February, 2021

The South African government has announced it will increase the excise duties on alcohol by 8%.

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Accolade snaps up Heuzenroeder from Yalumba

Published:  24 February, 2021

Accolade Wines has appointed Teresa Heuzenroeder as its new senior winemaker and manager for its Tintara facility. 

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Last chance to sign up for AWMB tasting

Published:  24 February, 2021

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) is gearing up to hold a virtual trade tasting in cooperation with the Austrian Embassy London and the Austrian Trade Commission in London. 

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Wine most popular online drinks purchase

Published:  24 February, 2021

Wine has been pinpointed as the most popular e-commerce purchase during the Covid pandemic.

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“Bitter disappointment” over Scotland’s recovery roadmap

Published:  24 February, 2021

The plan for a tentative reopening of Scotland’s economy including shops, bars and restaurants has been met with criticism by hospitality businesses who say an end of April start date will be too late for many.

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Villa Maria launches first organic range

Published:  24 February, 2021

Villa Maria has unveiled its first organic range as part of its commitment to converting 100% of its company vineyards to be organically managed by 2030. 

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Wine GB gears up for first wine tourism conference

Published:  24 February, 2021

Wine GB is gearing up to stage its wine tourism conference next week, the first event from the trade body to focus solely on this part of the UK wine industry. 

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Last call for SITT Digital Day

Published:  23 February, 2021

Independent buyers across the on- and off-trade have got just one day left to wait for the Specialist Importers Trade Tastings (SITT) virtual event.  

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Delayed on-trade reopening redoubles calls for support

Published:  23 February, 2021

The government’s roadmap for re-opening has brought little cheer for hospitality, with already financially-stricken restaurants, bars and pubs languishing towards the back of the queue.

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Lay & Wheeler to build new warehouse and head office

Published:  23 February, 2021

Lay & Wheeler has revealed it is gearing up to build a new head office and warehouse.

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Sharpham to double output as part of expansion plans

Published:  23 February, 2021

Sharpham Wine has announced plans to increase its output from 60,000 bottles to 120,000 per year.

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Provence rosé exports to UK soar

Published:  23 February, 2021

Exports of Vins de Provence rosé wines to the UK soared 51% in both volume and value from 2019 to 2020, according to the latest official figures from French Customs and the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP)

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Accolade backs Scotland’s DRS

Published:  22 February, 2021

Accolade Wines has announced its support for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) as a founding partner. 

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