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The endless benefits of bulk

Published:  22 August, 2022

Levi’s and Lego; Marc Jacobs and Snoopy; Gucci and a TikTok trainspotter. These are just some of the unlikely collaborations between brands we’ve seen in recent years. The world of retail is a volatile market, made more uncertain by Covid and near-deserted high streets, but one trend is keeping things alive and has engaged the younger generation in particular – cross-brand products.

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North South Wines adds Champagne Mandois to its portfolio

Published:  18 August, 2022

One of Champagne’s largest organic vineyard owners, Champagne Mandois, has joined North South Wines and will be available through Independent Wine Merchants and the On-Trade.

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Canned Wine Co. partners with National Gallery

Published:  10 August, 2022

The growing trend of unlikely brand crossovers has made its way into the drinks trade with Canned Wine Co. X National Gallery.

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Amathus Drinks announces several new agencies ahead of Autumn tasting

Published:  09 August, 2022

Importer, wholesaler and distributor Amathus Drinks will showcase six new agencies during its September portfolio tasting, to be held at the Central London Royal Society of Chemistry on Piccadilly.

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Brighton & Hove Pride to welcome Squealing Pig as official sponsor

Published:  03 August, 2022

Global wine brand Squealing Pig has been unveiled as the official wine sponsor of Brighton & Hove Pride this year.

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Looking ahead: Caroline Thompson-Hill, Accolade Wines

Published:  29 July, 2022

With the first half of 2022 already history, Harpers asked key trade figures to highlight the current challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities. 

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Laithwaites leans into recycled glass

Published:  27 July, 2022

Online retailer Laithwaites has expanded its first recycled glass range following better-than-expected initial sales.

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Tiwari House joins the Bancroft Portfolio

Published:  27 July, 2022

UK-based wine distributor Bancroft Wines has added Tiwari House to its Hungarian portfolio. 

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Penfolds releases its first-ever Bordeaux/Oz blend

Published:  21 July, 2022

Australian wine brand Penfolds has released its first-ever Bordeaux/Australian blend - and the first French wine to be included in its annual collection release.

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Bibendum’s Bordeaux Collection grows as new chateaux join the fold

Published:  20 July, 2022

Bibendum, the premium wine specialist, announced that new estates will join its Bordeaux Collection.

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Personality and value from winning indie wholesaler Lea & Sandeman

Published:  18 July, 2022

In last month’s edition of Harpers, we unveiled our annual Top 50 Drinks Wholesalers. In 10th place on that list was Lea & Sandeman, the independent wine merchant with a penchant for grower-led, artisanal wines from around the world.

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Culling carbon - how to face the challeneges of Net Zero

Published:  06 July, 2022

Harpers drew together a panel at LWF to discuss Meeting the Challenges of the Net Zero Journey, which delivered compelling insights into the demanding but critical journey ahead.

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Bibendum and The Drinks Trust partner up to develop wine skills

Published:  06 July, 2022

Bibendum and The Drinks Trust have partnered to offer free wine training as part of a joint initiative to train and educate the next generation of drink industry professionals.

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Spier Wine Farm joins the Freixenet Copestick Portfolio

Published:  06 July, 2022

One of South Africa’s oldest and most awarded wineries, Spier Wine Farm, is joining the Freixenet Copestick growing portfolio from July 2022. One of the biggest South African brands to join them, their highly-acclaimed wines will be distributed across the Freixenet Copestick group of companies, including through Jascots and Slurp. 

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Paper bottle makes its way to Laithwaites

Published:  04 July, 2022

Online wine merchant Laithwaites has launched its first wine packaged in a paper bottle – continuing a packaging trend which is rapidly gathering speed.

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North South embraces Argentina via Santa Rita Estates

Published:  01 July, 2022

North South Wines is launching two new wine ranges into the UK from the Santa Rita Estate stable.

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Vodka's wild ride

Published:  29 June, 2022

The corporate world is very fond of quoting an old adage: “Commerce hates noise.” Yet vodka brands cannot hide from the upheaval caused by Ukraine, rising inflation and post-pandemic behavioural shifts. With the political, economic, and social environment in a state of realignment, spirit brands have been presented with a unique set of opportunities, and threats, in 2022.

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Freixenet Copestick bolsters its Argentine portfolio

Published:  29 June, 2022

Leading distributor Freixenet Copestick has welcomed a new agency into its portfolio: Bodega Navarro Correas.

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Scotland’s oldest wine merchant opens new shop

Published:  27 June, 2022

Scotland’s oldest wine merchant, which counted Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, and King George IV among its customers, has been reinvigorated with new premises in Edinburgh’s New Town.

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Pernod Ricard’s ‘Responsib'All Day’ returns for tenth addition

Published:  22 June, 2022

Pernod Ricard has partnered with local communities in London and Scotland for the tenth edition of its Responsib’All Day – an initiative set up with the aim of helping to protect and restore biodiversity around the UK.

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