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

Published:  14 November, 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.

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.

A kind reminder: We look forward to seeing many of you at Wine Vision next week.  If you can't join us in London, the Harpers team will be reporting live from the event so please follow us on twitter @HarpersWine and we will also be posting live blog updates as well as full coverage of the events.


Retail News: It has been another busy week in the retail sector as Oddbin's owner, Ayo Akintola, comments in his own words about Majestic's recent demand from suppliers for financial support for its new warehouse. Also in retail Sainsbury's reported its first half yearly results and the chief executive commented on the 'once-in-a-generation' shift that is happening in the retail sector. At the begin of the week Aldi announced it was going to be entrenching itself further in the current supermarket price wars and looking to expand its UK footprint committing to doubling the number of stores it has in the UK over the next eight years. Also this week Lidl was named best supermarket value for wine by Wotwine app study.

Earlier this week legal documents came out about a filed shareholder lawsuit that is now under way against Tesco, ex-Tesco chief Philip Clarke and ex-Tesco chief financial officer Lauire McIlwee. Tesco also announced it was changing up its wine buying team and adding a new member, Catherine Friend to its team as well as moving current Tesco wine team member Nick Hood to a new role. 

Oddbins Ayo Akintola in his own words: Majestic is 'screwing' suppliers

Lidl best value supermarket for wine, says new app

Consumers win in UK supermarket wars as discounters continue to expand

Oddbins chief slams Majestic's supplier demands as 'morally repugnant'

TescoGate: UK investors could join US shareholders and fire legal action against senior chiefs

Sainsbury's profits drop due to 'once-in-a-generation' shifts in retail sector

Tesco bolsters wine team as it looks to improve quality and customer focus

News: Catch up with what has happened this week with other news in the trade that made headlines this week. In other news Mintel sees wine brands growth soar, while London on-trade also see growth in October. Yellow Tail owners plan to acquire Peter Lehmann Wines and Constellation Brands hits a 52-week high for the third time this year. China's Single Day breaks records this week as the biggest online shopping day of the year in the world.  On the trade fair front ProWein plans to launch another show in Asia in Singapore, Hangingditch is set to attract 500 attendees at its annual fair tonight and Wine Vision awards grants to bring young and innovative stars of the trade to the event.

Major wine brands see double digit growth, says Mintel

Yellow Tail owner to buy Peter Lehmann Wines

London on-trade sees October sales up 4.1%

China's Singles Day online spend surpasses $2 billion in first hour

Constellation Brands hits a 52-week high for third time this year

Hangingditch to attract 500 guests to Manchester Cathedral for annual wine fair

ProWein launches new Asia show in Singapore from 2016 to support its Chinese exhibition

Harpers recruits Rising Stars to attend Wine Vision 2014

Opinion & Q&As:

Roger Jones: discovers a rugby hero and great wines in Martinborough

Justin Keay: enjoys Corney & Barrow's break with tradition with more "eclectic" range