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The week that was

Published:  19 January, 2018

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: Reshuffles and restructures abounded this week as companies aim to start themselves on the right foot for 2018.

This was the case for Conviviality, where the company has announced it is bringing together all of its drinks buying teams under the leadership of Steve Jebson.

There was also a shock departure for former Accolade boss Paul Schaafsma who has left Broadland Wineries after just four months as CEO.

Elsewhere, a new row over planting rights in Champagne caught the attention of readers, as growers in the region disagree on plans to restore Ile-de-France - one of France’s leading regions for still wine until the 19th century.

The Ile-de France Growers’ union, which wants to plant mainly in the areas of Seine-et-Marne and Aisne, said this is being opposed by Champagne Growers’ Union, Syndicat Général des Vignerons de Champagne (SVG), whose plans to establish a 25 kilometre wide ‘cordon sanitaire’ along the perimeter of Champagne’s production would prohibit planting.

Catch up with our top stories on the links below.


Analysis and Insights: This week we took a look at foodservice research from Mintel honing in on the well of opportunity for operators willing to embrace fluid eating and drinking trends.

People and Opinion: 
Guy Woodward took us through his top 10 resolutions for 2018 where breaking old habits and laziness made key appearances – not just in terms of waistlines but making the effort to do things like decant *ahem* and get the most out of the wine.

And Tim Atkin MW looked back on a recent trip to Chile, where the grass – or the varietal mix – is no longer green on the other side (of the Andes).