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Co-op look to UK bottling to safeguard consumer availability

Published:  11 March, 2016

"We want to be the best at Convenience," is the stated aim of the Co-operative BWS team. With the convenience sector showing market growth, the Co-operative is launching a new initiative to implement clustered ranging plans across its portfolio of over 4000 stores, and aims for "excellence in execution" on product availability.

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Good news for Morrisons as group returns to profit

Published:  10 March, 2016

Big-four multiple retailer Morrisons bounced back into profit last year, according to figures released by the group today.

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Morrisons rings the changes

Published:  10 March, 2016

Morrisons' wine team is bucking the trend, with a revitalised range, rising sales and a collaborative approach to suppliers delivering awards and customer spend

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Asda continues slump as Tesco steadies in contracting market

Published:  08 March, 2016

The ongoing contraction in the UK's supermarket continued through February, according to the latest data from Nielsen, with sales down 0.8% by volume and 1.1% by value.

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Q&A: Jay Wright, chief executive, Virgin Wines

Published:  08 March, 2016

Virgin Wines cashed in on the recent Christmas trading period and saw sales soar by 12%, attracting 30,000 new online customers in the process. The man at the helm talks to Erin Smith about what it takes to be a success online

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Global redesign for Jim Beam as UK sales thrive

Published:  01 March, 2016

Iconic US bourbon Jim Beam is to launch a global packaging redesign later this year.

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German Pinots thriving ahead of 2016 promotional drive

Published:  29 February, 2016

Wines of Germany is planning a major promotional push on Pinot wines this year, as data from Neilsen confirms huge UK growth over the past year.

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Berry Bros & Rudd in promotional drive for Virginia Wines

Published:  26 February, 2016

Berry Bros & Rudd customers who buy a six-bottle mixed case of Virginia wines may win a four-night trip to the wineries of Virginia, as part of a promotion with Virginia Wine which will run throughout March.

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Food pairing drives booming UK sales for Provence rosé

Published:  26 February, 2016

Sales of Provence rosé wines rose dramatically in the UK last year, up 37% by volume year on year and 11% by value, according to figures from regional marketing body, the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence.

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Great Western hails success of "spur of the moment" pop-up tasting

Published:  25 February, 2016

Bath-based national wine merchant Great Western Wines has successfully launched its first consumer-focused pop-up tasting.

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Chivas Regal unveils £2,000 ultra-premium expression

Published:  25 February, 2016

Pernod Ricard's premium whisky brand Chivas Regal has launched a new ultra-prestige expression aimed at the luxury market.

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GlenDronach releases limited edition 1968 sherry-aged single malt

Published:  24 February, 2016

Aberdeenshire distillery GlenDronach has announced its oldest release yet, a 1968 single cask in a limited edition of just 301 bottles.

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Justerini & Brooks trade tasting announced

Published:  22 February, 2016

Fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks is to hold its annual portfolio tasting on Wednesday, February 24.

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Think Gin award nominations revealed

Published:  19 February, 2016

The shortlists have been announced for the second annual Think Gin awards, which will be held in London on March 1.

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Harpers offers independents all-expenses-paid trip to Rioja

Published:  15 February, 2016

Harpers is partnering with Wines from Rioja to offer independent retailers the chance of an all-expenses-paid trip to some of the most respected and innovative bodegas in the beautiful Rioja region.    

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Analysis: Conviviality brings Matthew Clark business into the fold

Published:  12 February, 2016

The impact of Conviviality's acquisition of Matthew Clark is just beginning to be felt as it renegotiates with suppliers

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Amazon goes old-tech with sommelier phoneline

Published:  11 February, 2016

Online retail giant Amazon is trialing what it is describing as a sommelier service for its customers in Japan.

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Daffy's gin secures major national listing with Waitrose

Published:  10 February, 2016

Award-winning Scottish small-batch gin, Daffy's has won a national listing in Waitrose.

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Insights: Independents best poised to gain if value can be returned to wine category

Published:  08 February, 2016

With supermarkets retrenching, independents stand to gain if value can be returned to the wine category

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Profile: Ayo Akintola, the MD of Oddbins, looks at the future of wine retailing

Published:  08 February, 2016

UK's quirkiest retailer, Oddbins, has made a remarkable recovery in the past five years. Erin Smith talks with managing director Ayo Akintola about taking risks and what's ahead

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