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Think Gin debate: What's next for gin?

Published:  11 May, 2021

Our Think Gin opening debate assessed which gins are flash in the pan and which are here for the long haul. James Lawrence tuned in.

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Glass half empty

Published:  12 May, 2021

Restrictions may be lifting but there’s still a long way to go to return the on-trade to health, as Andrew Catchpole reports.

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Changing face of global wine supply

Published:  11 May, 2021

The OIV’s recent annual report painted a picture of shifting global supply, with consumption falling to its lowest ebb since 2002 and vineyard surface area nudging back towards Europe as China’s plantings slow.

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Grape changes at Asda

Published:  10 May, 2021

Asda’s decision to re-organise its wine aisle by variety rather than region is based on widely established  research which shows consumers consider grape first when choosing a bottle of wine. But will it lead to more adventurous buying? Jo Gilbert shops around for the answers.

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Gin: Identity politics

Published:  06 May, 2021

A roster of ‘gin’ liqueurs, low-quality variants and no and low copycats have drawn the ire of some this year with calls to better ring fence the category. Are these outliers artificially accelerating gin fatigue or is this all part of the category’s natural evolution? Jo Gilbert weighs in.

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Bulk wine navigates rough waters

Published:  04 May, 2021

How have Covid-19 and Brexit affected the bulk wine business? Lucy Britner talks to producers around the world about the benefits of bulk and the challenges the past 12 months have brought

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A female force for change

Published:  29 April, 2021

International Women’s Day on 8 March shone a bright light on the women blazing a trail across the wine industry into leadership and decision-making roles. But how much have things actually shifted? Jo Gilbert reports.

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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. 

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Staffing For Success

Published:  22 April, 2021

For the second of our Building Back webinars in collaboration with Trade Hospitality App, Andrew Catchpole invited on-trade leaders to examine the growing issue of attracting and retaining talent.

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Italy’s big hitters up their game

Published:  21 April, 2021

David Kermode charts the rise of Italy’s collectable high end, as investment eclipses its Burgundy and Bordeaux cousins.

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California: Challenging French supremacy

Published:  15 April, 2021

The smartly boxed and sleekly designed sample bottles distributed ahead of the recent California Wine Institute’s Essential California at Home series of tastings were eye-catching in other ways too.

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Tech & innovation: Seismic shifts

Published:  14 April, 2021

We’re on the cusp of a new and advanced tech-fuelled era for hospitality as the on-trade begins to reopen, says Jo Gilbert.

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Spirits vs Wine: Rolling with the times

Published:  12 April, 2021

Definitive figures from Kantar show just how much shopping habits changed in 2020, with spirits overtaking wine in baskets for the first time and online reaching hitherto unmatched heights, as Jo Gilbert discovers.

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Open for business

Published:  08 April, 2021

As the on-trade reopens there will still be many challenges to meet, but there is optimism down the road. Andrew Catchpole reports. 

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From reopening to new openings

Published:  07 April, 2021

A flurry of new venue openings is proof that green shoots are finally appearing for the on-trade, as Jo Gilbert reports.

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Perfect match for Jascots

Published:  06 April, 2021

When the pandemic overwhelmed long-standing merchant Jascots, Freixenet Copestick spotted an opportunity to create the ideal symbiotic relationship. Lisa Riley reports.

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Ethical winemaking in South America: A new world

Published:  01 April, 2021

James Lawrence looks at the South American wineries championing biodiversity and giving back to the vineyards.

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Low and no: How far will it go?

Published:  01 April, 2021

Consumer demand for no and low alcohol products and ready-to-drink is on the rise both globally and in the UK. But how long will this growth continue? Jo Gilbert looks ahead.

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South America: Cross-party collaboration

Published:  02 April, 2021

James Lawrence looks at the partnership between Chile and Argentina, and how the wine communities are tackling climate change

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Organic Argentina

Published:  31 March, 2021

The Andean foothills provide ideal conditions for low-intervention viticulture, allowing organic winemaking to flourish

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