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Saying yes to no and low

Published:  30 August, 2019

Looking back to December, there was one major trend analysts were backing to have the most influence on the mix of sales and consumer behaviour in 2019.

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Saving graces

Published:  29 August, 2019

As businesses large and small focus on long-term sustainability goals, Lucy Britner goes back to basics to find out what practical measures producers are taking to ensure their socio-economic and environmental longevity

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Cape promise

Published:  27 August, 2019

Tim Atkin MW distils three decades worth of South African knowledge into his ten top trends

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Australia: On-trade viewpoints

Published:  21 August, 2019

Lucy Britner asked leading on-trade figures what turns them on about Australian wines – and how they ensure those wines work on their list. Here are their replies. 

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Serving up sustainability

Published:  21 August, 2019

Sustainability encompasses myriad aspects of business and production. These range from the big-ticket environmental and carbon-emission concerns – seeking to mitigate and adapt in the face of now-rapid climate change – to the socio-economic, whereby workers and employees are offered a fairer deal, including aspects of pay, work conditions, education and advancement.

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On-trade secrets: Top tips for buying for the on-trade

Published:  21 August, 2019

What are the secrets to buying wine for the on-trade? Does it differ from buying for other sectors? And what are the current trends that buyers are embracing?

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Trading places: Swapping the UK trade for winemaking

Published:  21 August, 2019

“I think it’s inevitable if you’re in the wine trade that you think you can make wine better than anybody else,” says solicitor turned wine importer turned winemaker Robin Baum. “So I thought I’d give it a go.”

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Hybrid indies: Opportunities and pitfalls

Published:  21 August, 2019

The rise in independent merchants looking at the hybrid model and offering a drink-in option to complement traditional off-trade sales has seen the landscape change in recent years.

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The return of the wets

Published:  19 August, 2019

Investor interest is returning to the high street, particularly when it comes to wet-led venues, where optimism is on the rise.

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Upselling wine to the promiscuous drinker

Published:  14 August, 2019

Wine continues to struggle in the on-trade where promiscuous consumers are seeking out “new and different”. How the category can overcome these pressures was the topic of a CGA presentation at the first in a new series of breakfast briefings held by the WSTA. Jo Gilbert reports

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All change in McLaren Vale

Published:  13 August, 2019

As one of the most dynamic Australian regions, McLaren Vale is helping redraw expectations of wine from Down Under. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Sustainability: a transatlantic conversation with California Wines

Published:  13 August, 2019

Harpers and California Wine Institute hosted an insightful and far-reaching seminar at London’s Design Museum, delivering the core message that the wine world is well-placed to better engage consumers in supporting the true costs of advancing sustainability. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Australia: Dishing the dirt

Published:  07 August, 2019

Despite declining overall UK market share, Australia’s renewed dynamism is making headway in premium channels. James Lawrence reports

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Boris Johnson - What does the trade think about the new MP?

Published:  07 August, 2019

Everyone has an opinion on Boris Johnson. But what does the wine and spirits industry think about the new PM and the direction in which he is taking Brexit? Lisa Riley finds out

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The rise of ultra-prestige Champagne

Published:  05 August, 2019

Champagne houses are separating out prestige cuvées from the struggling lower end. James Lawrence reports

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Harpers teams with Wines Direct to exclusively reveal Consumer Awards 2019

Published:  05 August, 2019

Harpers has teamed up with Wines Direct to exclusively reveal the winners of Wines Direct Consumer Awards 2019 (indies and large merchants) alongside new insight into shopping behaviours drawn from the responses of more than 1,700 consumers

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The UK’s favourite wine supermarket

Published:  05 August, 2019

Working together with Wines Direct, Harpers brings you the results of a huge survey into Britain’s wine-buying habits. Lisa Riley reports

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Technology: the inside track

Published:  31 July, 2019

Temperature-control technology is helping wines to arrive at their destinations with their quality – and reputations – intact, as Jo Gilbert reports.

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Cracking Co-ops

Published:  29 July, 2019

Europe’s leading co-ops are now professionally run, quality focused enterprises that have much to offer the UK trade. Chris Wilson reports

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An eye on Ireland

Published:  26 July, 2019

Looking on from the UK, James Lawrence reports on the sobering effects of alcohol legislation reform on the Emerald Isle

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