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Liberty buoyant but cautions market will remain tough in 2018

Published:  17 January, 2018

A slowing economy, with falling on-trade sales, smaller lists and people drinking less is the predicted outlook for 2018, according to Liberty Wines managing director David Gleave MW.

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International expansion for Cult Wines on the back of record results

Published:  17 January, 2018

Cult Wines, investment manager in fine and rare wine, has reported a 67% surge in annual revenues to £33.9m.

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Cognac exports reach record volumes in 2017

Published:  17 January, 2018

Exports are on the rise for Cognac.

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UK distillery number doubles in five years

Published:  17 January, 2018

The number of UK distilleries in the UK has doubled in the past five years, boosted by the gin boom.

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Australia to take on Canada in the WTO

Published:  17 January, 2018

Australia has launched a dispute settlement action against Canada’s “discriminatory measures” affecting Australian wine at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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North South Wines appoints Kim Wilson as its first MD

Published:  16 January, 2018

North South Wines has appointed its commercial director Kim Wilson to MD with immediate effect.  

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War over planting rights erupts in Champagne

Published:  16 January, 2018

A war over planting rights is being waged in France, where Champagne growers want to severely limit new plantings of vines by rival growers in areas surrounding Champagne’s production zone.

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The Benevolent reveals mental health campaign

Published:  16 January, 2018

The Benevolent has launched a mental health awareness campaign to encourage the trade to create a ‘stigma-free’ environment within the workplace.

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French grapefruit aperitif goes up against Aperol and Campari

Published:  16 January, 2018

UK spirits distributor Mangrove has announced the addition of French aperitif Pampelle to its portfolio – marking the liqueur’s worldwide launch.

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Rioja directs coffers on global promotional spend and single village clarity for 2018

Published:  16 January, 2018

The Rioja Control Board is continuing to invest heavily in its marketing activity in 12 key countries, including the UK.

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Buckingham Schenk appoints new technical manager

Published:  16 January, 2018

Buckingham Schenk has appointed former Conviviality employee Emily Brighton to the role of technical manager.

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Restructure announced as O.W. Loeb relocated to MARC HQ

Published:  16 January, 2018

Following speculation on the status of O.W. Loeb, owner Marlon Abela’s restaurant group has issued a statement regarding changes at the wine merchant, including a relocation to the head offices of the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation (MARC) in Mayfair.

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Broadland and Paul Schaafsma part ways after just four months

Published:  15 January, 2018

Broadland Wineries has announced the departure of CEO Paul Schaafsma.

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New online retail platform for BWS launches

Published:  15 January, 2018

A new online retail platform offering customized wine, beer and spirits selection boxes has been launched.

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Tesco renews WSET partnership

Published:  15 January, 2018

Tesco has renewed its position as Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Gold Corporate Patron as part of its strategy to put education at the forefront.

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Cognac XO age classification increases to 10 years

Published:  15 January, 2018

The Cognac industry has increased its XO age classification from the current six to 10 years.

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Conviviality reshuffles leadership team

Published:  15 January, 2018

Conviviality has reshuffled its leadership team following completion of key integration elements relating to  recent acquisitions.

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Babich among new additions to Berkmann’s Antipodean range

Published:  12 January, 2018

Leading New Zealand winery Babich has joined the Berkmann Wine Cellars portfolio, along with the Unico Zelo and Harvest labels and Woodlands winery from Australian.

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The week that was

Published:  12 January, 2018

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, here’s our Friday round up of the top online news, analysis, opinion pieces, interviews and features.

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Saunders spreads his wings

Published:  11 January, 2018

Ex-Bibendum MD and Conviviality business development director Michael Saunders has stepped back from a full time roll at the UK drinks giant with plans to explore other avenues including consultancy to the industry.

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