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Tim Atkin MW: What Rowan Gormley could learn from Tony Laithwaite

Published:  09 April, 2019

Wine critic, broadcaster, co-chair of the IWC

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Sainsbury’s Asda merger “unlikely” to impact consumer choice as supermarkets offer to unload 150 stores

Published:  25 March, 2019

The tie-up between Britain’s second and third largest supermarkets will have no detrimental impact on the diverse and “quick to adapt” supermarket sector, it has been suggested.

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Q&A: Xenia Irwin MW, Waitrose Cellar

Published:  07 March, 2019

Xenia Irwin MW, wine buyer at Waitrose Cellar is in revelatory mood as she shares her passion for her job – and some childhood memories. 

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South America pips Italy into second place for UK drinkers

Published:  21 February, 2019

There has been a shift at the top of the UK’s hotly contested wine rankings, with the combined sales of South American heavyweights Chile and Argentina overtaking Italy, the UK’s second most quaffed region, in terms of value.

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Concha y Toro UK rings in bumper Christmas as supermarkets break sales records

Published:  21 January, 2019

Temperatures were unseasonably mild over Christmas, and from the latest results, it looks like things were unexpectedly cosy for UK retail.

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German, Brazilian, and English wine top Majestic’s list of tipples to watch in 2019

Published:  18 December, 2018

Wines from Germany, Brazil, and at home in the UK are being tipped as some of the breakthrough trends to open the door to success for the trade in 2019.

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Q&A: Robert Cooke, beers, wines & spirits director, Tesco

Published:  15 November, 2018

Buoyed by October’s encouraging interim results, Tesco is heading into the festive season with a hand in the on-trade for the first time, thanks to its merger with cash-and-carry group Booker. Jo Gilbert speaks to BWS director Robert Cooke about what the deal means for alcoholic drinks sales at the UK’s biggest grocer

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Suppliers “operate in a climate of fear” warns FDF in Asda-Sainsbury’s probe

Published:  14 November, 2018

Suppliers effectively operate in a climate of fear as Sainsbury’s and Asda act as gatekeepers to the market”, the Food and Drinks Federation (FDF) has said in the latest round of consultations on the proposed supermarket merger. 

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Tesco boxes out low and no alcohol for the first time at autumn tasting

Published:  17 October, 2018

Tesco shone a spotlight on its growing list of low and no alcohol options at its tasting yesterday, giving further credence to moderation trends.

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LWF: Private label wine grows market share to 40%

Published:  23 May, 2019

Private label wine continues to encroach on the market share of branded wine, it has been revealed - while private label for the entire grocery sector has already eclipsed branded FMCG products.

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Shift from shop to showroom is vital for the future of retail, says Majestic CEO

Published:  27 March, 2019

The chief executive of the newly rebranded Naked Wines has defended the decision to trim down its 200-store estate while shifting investment focus to the online side of the business.

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Waitrose introduces 100 new lines to bolster premium position

Published:  12 October, 2018

“Functional booze is not our game. We need to tell a story,” says Pierpaolo Petrassi, head of buying, beers, wines and spirits at Waitrose.

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Co-op focuses on everyday value and increasing Fairtrade

Published:  05 October, 2018

The Co- op’s most visible point of difference has always been Fairtrade and its autumn tasting on 4 October showed that the buyers have convinced further suppliers to convert to Fairtrade for several key wines.

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UK one of the most “mature” markets for alcohol online, despite accounting for less than 10% of sales

Published:  05 September, 2018

The UK is at the forefront of selling wine online thanks to well-established specialist wine retailers such as Majestic and The Wine Society, new research has revealed.

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Range rationalisation: Surviving the squeeze

Published:  17 August, 2018

Angela Mount investigates how distributors and producers are shaping up to meet buyer demands as routes to market narrow. 

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A smarter way to sell

Published:  06 August, 2018

Jo Gilbert connects with the businesses aiming to bring the convenience, value and focus of online shopping to bricks-and-mortar stores

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Royal Wedding and hot weather boost online BWS sales

Published:  03 August, 2018

Online sales of beer, wines and spirits were up 27.3% YoY in March 2018, new data has revealed.

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An extra £500m investment in product and service innovation could put Waitrose ahead of the game

Published:  03 July, 2018

Store closures and profit warnings have become death knells for retailers on struggling high streets, and there was concern last week when Waitrose announced it is shutting five of its 353 stores.

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E-commerce to represent 7.2% of FMCG retail by 2020

Published:  22 June, 2018

Retailers are being urged to adapt their strategies around the “evolution of channels” in light of research which showed that in 2017, 76% of fast-moving consumer goods’ (FMCG) value growth came from channels outside traditional supermarkets.

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Provence rosé faces supply slump

Published:  11 May, 2018

The sweltering bank holiday temperatures, higher than average winter sales and poor French harvests could mean a “potential draught” for rosé wines from Provence, according to Majestic.

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