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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on

Published:  03 June, 2016

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 and analysis stories for the drinks trade.

ICCWS 2016: The International Cool Climate Wine Symposium descended on Brighton from 26th - 28th of May, drawing experts from across the UK and the globe together to talk about climate, growing wine styles coming out of cool climates and how to enegae with the new wine consumer. Here were some of the headlines from last week's conference:

International Cool Climate Wine Symposium: Cool viticulture the hot topic in Brighton

ICCWS: New technological trends impacting wine marketing

ICCWS: Cool climate wine gaining ground

ICCWS moving to Canada after UK event

Sector News:

Retail News: Kantar's lastest figures, which were out this week, show that while discounters' no longer are stealing customers from other grocers, they still are taking in more spend per customer. Speaking of discounters, for London Wine Week Aldi launched a pop-up wine shop in Shoreditch. With the more premium retailers, M&S is focusing on its sub £10 wine range, while Waitorse continues to have success with English wines. Opportunities abound in the convenience sector particularity for well established brands and New World wines. 

Kantar Worldpanel: Premiumisation with discounters own-label products drive growth

Aldi trials pop-up stand alone wine shop as part of London Wine Week

Wine range strategy for M&S focuses on sub £10 range

Sales of English wine up 13% at Waitrose

Convenience sector growth outpaces the market

On-trade and Independent News: In the on-trade Eddie Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey, believes bartenders are behind the explosion in growth of Bourbon. The Vintner has hired Christophe Papis to head up on-trade sales and is a new direction for the company as it focuses on the premium on-trade for the first time. In Indies news Vins de Provence is launching a promotion to help drive growth in channel and catches up with Nik Darlington of the Red Squirrel.  

"Bartenders changed everything," says Wild Turkey master distiller as he celebrates 35 years in the industry

Promotion for UK indies to drive Provence rosé growth

The Vintner expands sales team to target premium on-trade

Importer profile: Red Squirrel


Analysis & Insights:

The Drinks Wholesaler: Intriguing Times

James Lawrence, takes a look at the success of owner association groups which are increase in numbers around the globe.

Analysis: Can Ribera del Duero compete with the Rioja in the UK?

Opinion & Q&As:

James Gill, MD of DHL Tradeteam: Logistic providers within the drinks trade need to respond to the changing landscape

Jerry Lockspeiser asks whether wine quality the key to sales?

Q&A: Julio Sáenz, La Rioja Alta, S.A.