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The week that was: Top news, Q&As and opinion

Published:  19 May, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

Top Stories: Some serious organising, packing and prepping has being going on this week as the industry gears up for the biggest date in the trade calendar.

If you get a chance to put your feet up this weekend before the real chaos of the London Wine Fair begins, take a look at our preview where we speak to the soon to be former event director, Ross Carter.

Elsewhere, we reported on a brief but impactful statement in Labour’s election manifesto which promised to look at the future of pubs, and looked at new feature from the Wine Society.

Movers and Shakers: Some new faces stepping into established roles this week, including the top spot at Champagne house Nicolas Feuillatte and a new business development manager at logistics firm JF Hillebrand.

There was also a number of people stepping into new roles, with Santa Rita Estates and Innis & Gunn both creating new positions to ramp up expansion in the UK.

On the mergers and acquisitions side, there were a few key sizeable business deals being struck this week.

Cocktail group Be At One revealed plans for a new site on the south coast, and Amber Beverage Group’s announced a partnership with wine and spirits distributor Cellar Trends, marking the Baltic group’s first entrance into the UK.

Analysis and Insights: A longer look at what the wine fair has in store for visitors and exhibitors on Monday includes interviews with the trade about what makes the show relevant, and also put its role as the UK’s definitive domestic wine fair under the microscope.

We also analysed the importance of range hierarchy in a world where shelf space is in short supply, and asked ‘what’s the true potential for wine online’?

People and Opinion:
In his love letter to Bordeaux – no, really - Guy Woodward argued the case for the category of Bordeaux that “always misses out on its due”.

We also caught up with Tom Wilson and Lucy Holmes about their new Kanpai sake microbrewery in of all places, Peckham.