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Boutique boost for Hayward Bros New World portfolio

Published:  05 January, 2018

London-based importer Hayward Bros is capitalising on a trend for artisanal New World wines with the addition to its portfolio of several smaller scale wineries this January.


UK Agents: are you being served?

Published:  04 January, 2018

I wish to be cremated… one tenth of my ashes shall be given to my agent, as written in my contract,” quipped Groucho Marx of the breed that acts for the stars. Finding humorous quotes at the expense of agents is easy work, whether levelled at the acting or commercial world, with these designated business representatives – popularly the “10 percenters” – coming in for flack for apparently sitting back while counting their cut for little in return. 


Liberty Wines bolsters NZ with Marlborough addition

Published:  04 January, 2018

Liberty Wines is bolstering its already strong New Zealand collection in order to keep in step with the continued popularity of Marlborough sauvignon blanc.


Schaafsma says major Oz distribution deal makes Broadland "relevant" for the future

Published:  11 December, 2017

Broadland Wineries is aiming to become a one-stop shop for antipodean wines thanks to a new major distribution deal which will see them partner with Australia’s biggest bulk wine supplier.


Global shortfall to deliver “unprecedented” impact, says Kingsland

Published:  07 December, 2017

“The dynamics of the current market are unprecedented,” Kevin Wilson, Kingsland’s buying controller for South America and South Africa, has told Harpers, with reference to the OIV-estimated 10% global vintage shortfall in 2017. 


Crown Cellars push to highlight spirits portfolio with Thinking Drinkers

Published:  22 November, 2017

In response to what it describes as “massive changes” in the market, Carlsberg’s wine division Crown Cellars has teamed up with the Thinking Drinkers to bring its premium spirits portfolio to greater prominence alongside its wines with the launch of Spirits.


Hallgarten banks on the Burgundy stars of tomorrow

Published:  14 November, 2017

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has overhauled its Burgundy list to put a greater focus on rising stars and lesser-known appellations.


Copestick Murray swoops in on Slurp

Published:  03 November, 2017

Copestick Murray, the drinks distributor and producer, has acquired a 40% stake in The Slurp Wine Company.


Flint Wines to balance 2016 shortages with older Burgundy vintage

Published:  18 October, 2017

Burgundy specialists in the UK are having to re-think their en primeur formats this year after 2016’s weather woes meant that allocation in certain appellations are ‘tiny’.

CellarVino director of sales Ishwinder Binning with director of Connoisseur Estates Andrew Steel

Connoisseur Estates partners with CellarVino for first joint tasting

Published:  09 October, 2017

Specialist importer Connoisseur Estates has joined forces with long-term collaborator CellarVino to host their inaugural portfolio tasting together. 


Enotria&Coe receives “major investment” amid re-structure

Published:  02 October, 2017

Leading supplier Enotria & Coe has revealed it has undergone a major financial re-structure to allow more of its capital to be fed into its business operations and eliminate debt.


Broadland launches low-calorie, lighter-alcohol range

Published:  12 September, 2017

Broadland Wineries is tapping the move towards healthier drinking with a new range of single serve wines.


Bibendum to launch 100 Old World wines

Published:  05 September, 2017

Bibendum is gearing up to introduce 100 new European wines at its autumn tasting.


Meet the Buyers: Purchasing power

Published:  05 September, 2017

James Lawrence catches up with buyers from some of the UK’s leading agent-importers


Jascots launches 35 new wines for autumn tasting

Published:  04 September, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants is to unveil 15 new producers and 35 new wines to its portfolio at its autumn tasting later this month.


Broadland to drive international reach with US-based facility in pipeline

Published:  24 August, 2017

UK-based Broadland Wineries has revealed that it has plans to build a bottling plant in the States, to further grow the expanding international side of its business in tandem with its domestic operation.


Looking ahead: Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria and Coe

Published:  23 August, 2017

With the autumn tasting season soon upon us, as the trade prepares for the run up to the all-important Christmas trading period, Harpers continues its web series asking leading voices in the trade what trends and challenges they’re expecting to face in the latter half of 2017.


Lanchester hits sweet spot with confectionery acquisition

Published:  16 August, 2017

Lanchester Wines is continuing to diversify its offering and expanding its gifting business with the buyout of a high-end chocolate maker.


Looking ahead: Andrew Bewes, MD at Hallgarten

Published:  14 August, 2017

The autumn tasting season will be upon us before we know it, as the trade prepares for the run up to the all-important Christmas trading period.


Looking ahead to the Christmas run-up: Craig Durham, MD, Buckingham Schenk

Published:  09 August, 2017

The autumn tasting season will be upon us before we know it, as merchants and wholesalers prepare for the all important Christmas trading period.