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UK’s 50 Best Indies 2021: 11-20

Published:  09 September, 2021

Welcome to the release of our fourth tranche of our 50 Best Indies list, from 11-20, also featuring all of those that have made it into the ranking from 21-50.


UK’s 50 Best Indies 2021: 21-30

Published:  08 September, 2021

Welcome to the release of our third tranche of our 50 Best Indies list, from 21-30, also featuring all of those that have made it into the ranking from 31-50.


UK’s 50 Best Indies 2021: 31-50

Published:  07 September, 2021

Welcome to the release of our second tranche of our 50 Best Indies list, from 31-40, also featuring all of those that have made it into the 31-50 ranking so far.


Register for our 50 Best Indies Top 10 live countdown

Published:  02 September, 2021

Harpers UK’s 50 Best Indies 2021 results are primed to be revealed throughout this coming week, with the final, live Top 10 countdown taking place on Friday 10 September from 11am.


Natural wine experts launch wine school

Published:  04 August, 2021

Provisions, the north London natural wine experts and cheese specialist, is launching its own wine school.


Berry Bros & Rudd to build largest private client facility in Europe

Published:  02 August, 2021

London-based fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd is drastically expanding its capabilities for private clients with plans to build a new state-of-the-art warehouse which can hold up to 14 million bottles.


Selling independence

Published:  02 August, 2021

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


Cambridge Wine launches inaugural Veni Vidi Bibi charity event

Published:  14 July, 2021

Cambridge Wine Merchants is organising a charity wine dinner in Cambridge at the beginning of September, loosely based on La Paulée, held annually in Burgundy and others places around the world.


Wines of Portugal promo boosts independent sales

Published:  08 July, 2021

Wines of Portugal is reportting sales uplift of +286% in volume and +300% in value at participating retailers that were specially selected for June’s month-long promotion.


North South Wines secures ‘AA Grade’

Published:  07 July, 2021

North South Wines has been awarded an ‘AA Grade’  the highest rating possible for an announced audit – after it was assessed against the BRCGS Global Standard for Agents and Brokers.


Jeroboams reveals new on-trade hires

Published:  01 July, 2021

Jeroboams Group has expanded its wholesale arm [Jeroboams Trade] with two new hires as part of its strategy to build this side of the business.


Alliance appoints two new board members

Published:  09 June, 2021

Alliance Wine has added two new members to its board of directors, effective immediately.


Backing a (indie) winning wine

Published:  02 June, 2021

The countries and regions most tipped by UK merchants to be the year’s hot new thing. Andrew Catchpole reports.


Inverarity Morton enters retail with Bonnie & Wild bottle shop

Published:  13 May, 2021

Leading Scottish independent drink distributor Inverarity Morton has announced it will launch its first retail venture as part of the ambitious new Bonnie & Wild Food Hall due to open in Edinburgh next month.


Lay & Wheeler records ‘best year’ in a decade

Published:  11 May, 2021

Lay & Wheeler has announced its best year in over a decade, reporting a 57% value sales increase for the year ending 29 March 2021. 


Indies: Shaken, not stirred

Published:  26 April, 2021

The pandemic has been a “wake-up call” for the industry, a panel of leading merchants told audience members told Jo Gilbert at our Think Insights retailing sector briefing, as businesses face stock and other challenges to meet soaring spirits sales. 


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


Indie supply disruptor Propeller ramps up distribution with SA’s Ross Sleet

Published:  15 April, 2021

Indies distribution incubator Propeller has teamed up exclusively with the Ross Sleet founded South African négociant Rascallion as it grows its model-defying footprint in the UK market.


Latimer appoints ex-somm Caroline Brangé to head up sales

Published:  14 April, 2021

Latimer Vintners has appointed ex-sommelier Caroline Brangé to head up its on and off-trade sales, working closely with London’s hospitality establishments as they prepare to re-open their doors.


Expanded indie-focused campaign follows rise in Georgia imports

Published:  07 April, 2021

Georgia’s national promotional body has teased a number of new initiatives in the UK market after 2020 showed a marked increase in the number of importers, wholesalers and retailers working with Georgian wines.