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Waverley collapse leaves drinks trade short £40.5 million

Published:  12 November, 2012

Drinks distributor WaverleyTBS collapsed owing £64.6 million to unsecured creditors, with trade creditors facing losses of £40.5 million.

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PLB boosts retail sales team

Published:  09 November, 2012

PLB has added four new staff to its sales team to better support its new structure, which sees the business split into five categories to cater for each segment of the market.

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Inverarity Morton acquires spirits supplier LA Wholesale

Published:  31 October, 2012

Scottish drinks distributor Inverarity Morton has acquired Glasgow-based spirits supplier, LA Wholesale for an undisclosed sum.

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John Hattersley Wines - Derbyshire

Published:  24 October, 2012

John Hattersley established his wine business seven years ago after spending 20 years in the restaurant business.

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  15 October, 2012

Can Grupo Codorníu convince you it's got what it takes to be your ideal match?

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Best Practice Guidelines: supplier profiles

Published:  15 October, 2012

A year on from the introduction of the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines, we hear from some of the signed up suppliers...

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WaverleyTBS collapse shocks the trade

Published:  05 October, 2012

The sudden collapse of WaverleyTBS into administration earlier this week has sent shock waves across the industry and left an estimated £10 million owing to creditors.

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WaverleyTBS faces uncertain future

Published:  02 October, 2012

On-trade drinks distributor WaverleyTBS is understood to be poised on the brink of administration.

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Stratford's Wine Agencies goes into administration

Published:  21 September, 2012

Stratford's Wine Agencies has entered administration, citing financial struggles caused by increasingly small margins and growing cash demands.

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Cliff Roberson retires from Buckingham Schenk

Published:  08 August, 2012

Cliff Roberson is stepping down as chairman of Buckingham Schenk, the agency he founded almost 40 years ago.

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Mount Gay in Cowes Week link-up

Published:  06 August, 2012

Following several years of sponsorship, Mount Gay Rum will once again be the official regatta rum at this year's Aberdeen...

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First Drinks Market Report: part two, the off-trade

Published:  19 July, 2012

In the second instalment of the First Drinks Market Report, Harpers gets to grips with the off-trade channel and explores...

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WaverleyTBS plans for growth in wine

Published:  16 July, 2012

As WaverleyTBS strengthens its management team with a new chief executive and sales and marketing director, the group plans for growth in its wine business.

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Speed dating with the suppliers

Published:  10 July, 2012

Could Stevens Garnier be your perfect match? In the hotseat is managing director Matt Douglas to answer a quick-fire round of questions and answers.

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First Drinks adds Reyka

Published:  06 July, 2012

As the popularity of premium Vodka shows no signs of abating, First Drinks has expanded its portfolio to add William Grant & Sons-owned premium Icelandic vodka Reyka (rrp£25) to sit alongside Green Mark and ?ubr?wka.

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De Bortoli is latest big name to join Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independents

Published:  03 July, 2012

De Bortoli Wines is the latest major supplier to sign up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines for independent wine merchants designed to bring greater channel transparency to the wine industry's fastest growing retail sector.

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First Drinks overhauls ?ubrówka vodka

Published:  03 July, 2012

First Drinks has unveiled a brand new positioning and marketing campaign for ?ubrówka vodka.

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Maxxium UK to distribute of Cooley Irish whiskey brands

Published:  27 June, 2012

Maxxium UK is to take over from Eaux de Vie to distribute Cooley Distillery's Irish whiskey brands.

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Bibendum grows pre-tax profits 25%, but is not complacent

Published:  19 June, 2012


Bibendum has grown profits before tax by 25% to £3.5 million for the financial year ending March 31, but the firm insists "there's no room for complacency".

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First Drinks adds Reyka to portfolio

Published:  08 June, 2012

First Drinks has added William Grant & Sons-owned premium Icelandic vodka Reyka to its portfolio.

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