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The cost of Brexit to suppliers and retailers

Published:  04 November, 2016

Suppliers are under intense pressure to increase prices following sterling's dramatic fall. But the costs are not falling evenly.


Provence Part 2: Oaked, whites and reds coming to the fore

Published:  01 November, 2016

In Part 1 of our Provence two-parter, we looked at how Provence is evolving its 'pink summer quaffing' reputation.


Provence Part 1: Beyond summer rosé

Published:  31 October, 2016

It used to be that when you opened that bottle of Cotes de Provence rosé that you bought back from the south of France, the phrase "Caveat Emptor" would run through your head.


Bordeaux 2016: the yin-yang vintage

Published:  27 October, 2016

Fortuitous rain and an Indian summer deliver promising vintage for Bordeaux


Co-op sets up European distribution hub in radical change to supply strategy for its continental wines

Published:  26 October, 2016

The words 'agility' and 'flexibility' are used frequently by Simon Cairns. As the Co-op's beers wines and spirits trading director, he has overseen a category enjoying buoyant growth this year, with a 4.3% increase in like for like sales across the sector, according to the latest Nielsen reports.


Why finding and retaining talent has never been more important - or tough

Published:  21 October, 2016

According to new research from North Highland, a global management consultancy firm, 55% of executives believe their businesses lack "the talent needed to meet growth targets".


The future of fortified

Published:  19 October, 2016

Fortified wines may have been gaining traction in the UK, according to sommeliers and the on-trade, and they certainly fit well into the premium message, but export volume and value numbers have been mixed.


Kingsland research sheds light on influences on millennial wine purchasing habits

Published:  18 October, 2016

New WinePRO research from Kingsland Drinks has revealed more about where millennials take their cues from when shopping for wine


Independent merchants feel pressure as supplier price hikes start to feed through

Published:  17 October, 2016

The Bank of England warned of inflation rising beyond 2% on 14 October adding further concern to independent wine merchants who have already been forced to pass on price increases from suppliers to customers


What's in store for wine sales this Christmas?

Published:  17 October, 2016

Having worked in wine retail at the sharp end, I well remember the run up to Christmas Eve - and in some detail.


Analysis: What next for 'Brand Britain'?

Published:  14 October, 2016

Along with the monarchy, Aston Martin, the British sense of humour - and some would say, Downton Abbey - our drinks industry has helped to put Britain on the map and strengthen its image around the world.


France bouncing back from New World competition

Published:  11 October, 2016

As wine consumers have got more savvy, better informed and far more international in their choices - aided by a UK marketplace with arms open to wines from across the globe - France has seen its reputation and fortunes change.


Building a brand

Published:  10 October, 2016

At a Harpers' round table event in June 2016, Morrisons' wine buyer Andrew Ingham challenged suppliers to work more collaboratively with buyers on new product development.


WSTA speaks out on how to tackle Brexit

Published:  07 October, 2016

In a stark contrast to last year's theme of celebrating success, last month's WSTA conference unsurprisingly took on a somewhat different tone.


LCW: Prepare to be dazzled

Published:  06 October, 2016

As London Cocktail Week takes the city by storm, we took a look at what spirit brands are doing to capitalise on this year's hottest trends in the on-trade.


WSTA Part 2: How technology and innovation may shape the future

Published:  03 October, 2016

Besides helping brands reach a boarder base of consumers and create a dialogue with them, social media is also helping to drive what many on the panel at September's WSTA conference see as the way forward for brands - collaboration.


WSTA Part 1: How technology and innovation may shape the future

Published:  30 September, 2016

Innovation and technology, as we all know, has drastically changed business, primarily changing the ways we connect with our consumers and understand their needs. The pressure has never been higher on business leaders to innovate continuously and to do so quickly.


COPY: The Drinks Wholesaler: A little of what they like

Published:  28 September, 2016

Welcome to our autumn issue of Drinks Wholesaler, which is packed with the usual medley of analysis, insights, viewpoints and features, plus original research into the wine market, commissioned and shared by Crown Cellars, appearing for the first time here. 


Insights: White wine renaissance

Published:  28 September, 2016

Sales of premium whites are on the up, but restaurants still see red when it comes to higher-end sales.


Insights: The Age of Craft Beer

Published:  26 September, 2016

'Craft beer' is enjoying a golden age, with new breweries springing up across the UK - and there's still plenty of territory left to explore.