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

Published:  08 July, 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.

Think Indie Drink Indie

The Think Indie Drink Indie event, which will be hosted by Harpers, Off Licence News and Drinks Wholesaler will be a a day-long symposium on July 12 with our 50 Best Indies Awards to be announced at the end of the day.

Open to all independent merchants, this free event will be a lively, informative yet relaxed event, designed around your businesses needs and interests.

There will be a number of sessions and masterclasses hosted throughout the day with focus on how


This week in retail Tesco launched its first pop-up wine bar. Multiple retailers Waitress and Marks and Spencer released financial results, which both have seen dips in sales as grocery market faces ongoing challenges. Majestic Wines results show that the company's three-year turn around plan is working with an increase in growth, profits however were down due to costs associated with the Naked Wines acquisition.

Tesco launches first pop-up wine bar

LFL sales down in food and clothing at M&S

Majestic holding off on shareholder payout

John Lewis pension costs lead to profits dip at Waitrose

Suppliers and producers:

This week in producer and supplier news Chile wine production has been hit drastically by El-Niño with the harvest looking to be 25% lower. Distell's distillery manager Andy Watts is moving on from his role with Jeff Green taking over his role.

Chilean wine production down 25% thanks to rain-laden harvest

New era for Distell whisky maker

Bibendum app re-launch aiming to become the Instagram of the wine world

Matthew Clark takes gains in premium beer and cider to summer festival

Diageo announces first foray into non-alcoholic sector

South American billionaire adds Barossa to growing empire