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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  10 October, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news, financial news for the drinks trade, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Retail corner: It was another heavy news week on the retail front. Harpers was helping to lead the discussion when it came to the independent and supplier sectors. The Harpers Best Practice Guidelines debate was hosted this week, which brought the sectors together to further discuss how to work together.

Angela Mount: supermarket buyers can be forced to renege on supplier deals in hard times

Independents and suppliers question big players that have not signed Harpers Best Practice Guidelines

Transparency and honesty key to good independent supplier relations says Harpers debate

Harpers Special Report: multiple and supplier relations uncovered

Wine suppliers can't complain about tough supermarket deals

Waitrose to make beers, wines and spirits 'destination' departments

Discounters are most "disruptive" force in retailing in 20 years say grocery and drinks chiefs

Customers wanted us to pull through, Co-operative chief tells IGD Convention

News: Catch up with what has happened this week. Check out who won top medals at the Harpers Global Design Awards 2014, Bibendum predicts spirits will be hot in the on-trade during the festive trading period, Naked Wines continues its growth spurt, David Beckham officially launches Haig Club whisky and English wine producers have high expectations for this year's harvest.

Picture Gallery: Harpers Global Design Awards 2014: The Results

Bibendum bets on spirits in on-trade during festive trading period

Naked Wines celebrates 49% growth and looks to boost angel investors

Luxury pop-up wine merchant Vinorium launches on London's Southbank

David Beckham officially launches new Haig Club whisky globally

Barwell & Jones doubles wineries in its portfolio

Winemakers label English harvest 'vintage of dreams'

Opinion & Q&As:

Richard Shotton: A media expert on the power subtle advertising can have on consumer behaviour

Geoffrey Dean: Talks about the Malbec "revolution" taking place in Argentina

Jason Wilson: Leads the discussion around the white wine appreciation society