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Richard Clark: we're always looking for next "Crabbie's" breakthrough at Halewood

Published:  08 August, 2014

Halewood International's innovation programme has been the lifeblood of a £270m-plus turnover independent drinks manufacturer and distributor that has reinvigorated many of the markets in which it operates. Andrew Don speaks to Richard Clark, director of innovation, about the company's new product development (NPD) and the importance NPD plays in the life of a 30-year-old business that learns from both failure and success.

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On-trade losing thousands of pounds in wine sales says new Harpers consumer report

Published:  08 August, 2014

 

The UK on-trade is potentially losing out on thousands of pounds of trade a day because of its inability to sell wine effectively, according to a new exclusive report publsihed today by Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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Spitoon

Published:  08 August, 2014

Spitoon's take on franchising

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Californian wineries look to make use of a trade loophole and build exports to Cuba

Published:  08 August, 2014

From this side of the Atlantic relations between Cuba and the United States would hardly be described as friendly. But, as Katherine Canfield, explains there is far more bridge building going on than you might think. Here she looks at how the Californian wine industry is looking to promote its wines to the Cuban wine trade.

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Harpers new consumer report reveals key wine trends in the UK on-trade

Published:  08 August, 2014

In the second of our exclusive consumer reports, Harpers turns the spotlight on drinking trends in the UK on-trade and finds out what the average Brit thinks of the wine in their glass and what attracts them, or not, to ordering wine when out and out about compared to other drinks

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Richard Siddle: only by looking at wine through consumers' eyes can we communicate with them

Published:  08 August, 2014

Why is it the best ideas are often the most glaringly obvious thing to do - it is just that no-one has thought to do so before.

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Tim Atkin: why the Chinese wine market is so hard to predict

Published:  08 August, 2014

First time visitors to Beijing are often struck by the pollution that seems to blanket the city on a daily basis, reducing visibility and filling lungs with undesirable gunk. It's a symbol of China's rush towards industrialisation, as well as the lack of environmental checks and controls. But it's tempting to see it as a metaphor, too, not least for the wine industry. Trying to understand what is going on in China can feel like staring into a Stygian fug at times.

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Guy Woodward: it's the people we remember not their wine

Published:  08 August, 2014

In wine as in life, one of the most common mistakes people make is to assume other people know what they're talking about. Enthusiasts, in particular, are wont to believe that everyone else is as interested in a subject as they are. In most cases, I'm afraid to say, they're not.

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ontrade missingou on wine sales

Published:  07 August, 2014
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George Workman of Frizzenti on the huge opportunties for wine on-tap

Published:  07 August, 2014

We talk to George Workman, managing director of Frizzenti, the company behind the on-tap serve for Italian sparkling wine about how he sees the Prosecco and sparkling wine market growing and developing in the future.

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Independents to compete in the Sud de France Retailer of the Year merchants programme

Published:  06 August, 2014

 

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Your chance to vote in Harpers France Wine Awards and take part in France Summit

Published:  06 August, 2014

Harpers is once again looking to reward the very best retailers, restaurants, distributors and individuals that are leading the way in selling and promoting French wine in the UK in our second Harpers France Awards.

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Evuna looks to build on success of second Manchester Spanish wine bar concept

Published:  05 August, 2014

It's taken over a decade for Manchester's tapas and Spanish wine institution Evuna to get round to opening its second site, but now it has its sights set on opening more.

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Circle 360 plans to expand its shopping centre Champagne bar concept to up to 20 UK sites

Published:  05 August, 2014

Champagne and cocktail bar concept Circle 360 is planning to have 15 to 20 UK sites by the end of 2015, with its first international outlets also in the pipeline.

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Jean-Claude Mas on how he has helped build a global French wine brand

Published:  04 August, 2014
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Panos Sarantopoulos takes charge of Rémy Cointreau's liqueurs and spirits division

Published:  04 August, 2014

Panos Sarantopoulos has been promoted to chief executive of Rémy Cointreau's liqueurs and spirits division after a successful time headling up Metaxa, the company's Greek spirit business.

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Chief of the week: Bob Rishworth

Published:  01 August, 2014
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Christine Parkinson on driving sake with customers and sommeliers at Hakkasan

Published:  01 August, 2014

Helen Arnold talks sake with Christine Parkinson, chief wine buyer at the 12-strong Hakkasan restaurant chain, the first company to put some of its sommeliers through a new WSET sake course.

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Put your football knowledge to the test in the new Benevolent Fantasy Football League

Published:  01 August, 2014

So do you think your football? Your Christmas Tree formation over your 4-4-2? Know what "running between the lines" actually means? Well why not put those skills to the test and take part in the new Benevolent Fantasy Football League - oh and raise some money for the drinks charity along the way.

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Where am I?

Published:  01 August, 2014

The Claret Pimpernel is lucky enough to visit some pretty darn smart places around the world, but few can match this place!

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