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M&S job losses signal shift towards flexible working, online and food

Published:  18 August, 2020

M&S has announced it will cull 7,000 members of staff as the company shifts resources towards areas that are expanding, while decreasing resources in the home and clothing departments.

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Te Pā gains first major UK listing

Published:  13 August, 2020

Māori-run family estate te Pā has won its first major multiple listing with its Pā Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, which are bound for Tesco.

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Kylie goes vintage with Benchmark expansion

Published:  12 August, 2020

International pop star Kylie Minogue is continuing to grow her presence in the UK wine aisles with the launch of a new 2019 Côtes de Provence rosé.

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New Majestic stores spearhead post-lockdown growth plans

Published:  29 July, 2020

Majestic Wine has confirmed the opening of new stores in Henley and Beckenham later this year as part of a five-year growth strategy aimed at increasing sales by 10%. 

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Co-op reports record growth as market share soars

Published:  27 July, 2020

The Co-Op has reported record sales over the past quarter, with the fastest share growth in the grocery retail industry for the 12 weeks to 14 June (Kantar). Sales are up 29.1%, bringing their market share to 7.4% – their highest since 2001.

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Off-trade alcohol sales up 41%

Published:  21 July, 2020

Off-trade alcohol sales were up by 41% in the four weeks to 12 July 2020, according to Kantar data released today.  

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Majestic reveals new own-label strategy as it expands range

Published:  20 July, 2020

Majestic has added 14 wines to its Definition label, at the same time revealing a change in strategy towards own-label. 

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Deliveroo and Majestic tie-in expands following lockdown growth

Published:  09 July, 2020

Deliveroo and Majestic Wine have announced another major expansion to their delivery partnership, taking the number of participating stores from 83 to 137.

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Majestic re-opens across the Channel

Published:  08 July, 2020

Majestic Calais, the French arm of Majestic Wine, has reopened its doors to customers at its superstore over The Channel following the easing of travel restrictions in and out of the UK.

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Friday Read: Multiple price pressures

Published:  03 July, 2020

The following nicely captures the predominant supplier view of UK supermarkets.

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BWS sales through grocers continue to boom

Published:  23 June, 2020

Alcohol sales through grocery stores continued to boom in the past four weeks, up 43% year-on-year, as the on-trade stayed shuttered.

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Waitrose expands English portfolio in a nod to English Wine Week

Published:  18 June, 2020

Waitrose is celebrating English Wine Week (20- 28 June) by launching five new and exclusive homegrown wines. 

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M&S encourages consumers to trade up with ‘Classics’ range

Published:  11 June, 2020

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new ‘Classics’ wine range comprising key wine styles from around the world. 

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Johnston Logistics reports eight-fold hike in alcohol throughput

Published:  09 June, 2020

Bonded warehousing and logistic experts Johnston Logistics has reported an eight-fold increase in its average throughput of wine and other alcohol during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Majestic reinstates click and collect from stores

Published:  27 May, 2020

Majestic Wine is allowing customers back to its stores for the first time since lockdown, with orders now available to collect from local stores.

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Marketing spend and tone of voice labelled vital in Covid era

Published:  27 May, 2020

With the pandemic putting companies and brands under the microscope, businesses are being warned to pay close attention to how they communicate with consumers – and how vigorously they defend their market share. 

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Two out of the UK’s top five alcohol brands are wine

Published:  26 May, 2020

Wine has taken two of the top spots as the most purchased alcohol brands in the UK off-trade, with Hardys and McGuigan in second and fourth place respectively.

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Alcohol weathers Covid-19 peaks and troughs to become second highest food and drink growth category

Published:  20 May, 2020

Alcohol has weathered the storm of the coronavirus, new figures show, beating packaged foods and other beverages to see a 25% uplift in value sales since the beginning of lockdown.

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New ‘Deliveroo’ wine list accelerates Majestic partnership

Published:  19 May, 2020

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo have put the pedal to the metal to accelerate their UK partnership and cater for the lockdown generation.

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Echo Falls launches Botanicals wine range

Published:  19 May, 2020

Accolade Wines is sandwiching two trends together for its latest release: a botanically infused, low abv wine aimed at the younger generation.

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