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Invararity Morton sets sights on England in Forth Wines acquisition

Published:  24 October, 2013

Scotland's Invararity Morton has acquired Forth Wines for an undisclosed seven-figure sum and hopes to expand the business's reach south of the border.

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Spar Ireland pilots new Wine Wizard app to aid selection

Published:  22 October, 2013

Spar stores in Ireland are piloting a new wine app, available on iPhone and in-store iPad kiosks, designed to aid wine selection.

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Bon Coeur marks 20 years with portfolio expansion

Published:  22 October, 2013

North Yorkshire independent wholesaler Bon Coeur Fine Wines has launched its largest portfolio to date on the back of its 20-year trading anniversary.

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Indian restaurant Zumbura to open in London

Published:  22 October, 2013

Aamir Ahmad, Sean Galligan and David Garrett, co-founders of the furniture retailer Dwell, are starting a new venture in Clapham, London, with the opening of an Indian restaurant Zumbura on November 6.

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Origin Wine hires Phil Reedman MW to cover Australia

Published:  21 October, 2013
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Leading UK wine trade figures head to London for first France Summit

Published:  21 October, 2013

Leading figures from across the UK wine trade will be attending tomorrow's inaugural Harpers France Summit that will look at how well the industry is sourcing, promoting and selling French wine across the on and off-trades.

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How Treasury Wine Estates is turning heads with its premium Californian wines

Published:  18 October, 2013

If David Dearie's shock sacking as Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) chief executive last month was indeed connected to the $160m writedown the company's US division suffered earlier this year, its stable of Californian wineries continues to produce premium wine that keep turning heads.

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France Summit to reveal latest off-trade and promotional performance of French wine

Published:  17 October, 2013
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The Modern Pantry to launch online shop in November

Published:  16 October, 2013

The Modern Pantry restaurant in Clerkenwell, London, has announced it will launch an online shop on November 1.

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Richard Evans completes his sailing race to Rio to raise money for prostate cancer

Published:  16 October, 2013

Richard Evans of Dedicated Wines has helped his team finish fourth in the first leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race sailing race between Southampton and Rio de Janiero as part of an initiative to help raise awareness of prostate cancer.

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Asda's new online Wine Shop will bring more young winemakers to UK

Published:  15 October, 2013

Asda's new bespoke online Wine Shop will allow it to broaden the number of producers it works with and introduce new, younger winemakers to the UK, according to head buyer Philippa Carr MW.

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Asda looks to ramp up its wine offer with new bespoke online Wine Shop

Published:  15 October, 2013

Asda is to launch its first bespoke online wine offer on October 28 which will give its customers the chance to select a mixed case of six wines from a range of 500.

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Berry Bros & Rudd set for multi-million pound losses as restructuring continues

Published:  14 October, 2013

Berry Bros & Rudd, the 315 year-old family owned wine merchants, is reported to be filing a £7.3 million pre-tax loss for this financial year.

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Your chance to take part in global international wine survey for Wine Vision conference

Published:  14 October, 2013

Harpers is conducting a major international survey of wine figures around the world to assess how the global wine industry is feeling about the opportunities and challenges facing the sector ahead of the wine leaders conference, Wine Vision, to be held in London next month.

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Mike Paul on why New Zealand faces a critical year ahead

Published:  14 October, 2013

The next 12 months will be a critical period for New Zealand's wine producers.

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Meet Mark Jarman, head of wine operations, Morrisons

Published:  11 October, 2013

"We are developing a strategy that is collaborative and essentially, the rationale for this is that the buying role is massive with a lot details day to day. It is very hard in a traditional wine-buying structure to give the time and resources required to the sourcing element because it is a very complex sector and product"

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Meet Trish Lorimer, wine buyer, Morrisons

Published:  11 October, 2013

"It has been very exciting. I have been on the sourcing team for two and half years. In that time it has changed beyond all recognition, with the focus that has been put on wine since Steve [Mosey] has got the team structure that he wants and the layout."

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Meet Laura Sheen, wine buyer, Morrisons

Published:  11 October, 2013

"One of the biggest challenges I have been tasked with is Morrisons Cellar. It's a really interesting challenge and it is still fairly early days. We are really trying to get the message right around wine online. As part of the online buying experience, Taste Test is part of that design."

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Meet Jonathan Olding, wine buyer, Morrisons

Published:  11 October, 2013

"We all have completely different strengths in completely different areas. It does help a lot to be able to have different members of the team able to focus on the very different areas. We have massively different experiences in wine from some of us with only a little bit too expert levels, but it all helps to strengthen the overall structure of the team."

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Meet Georgina Reed, wine buyer, Morrisons

Published:  11 October, 2013

"As a buyer merchandising in under £5 and under£ 8, what is actually on the shelf the quality is there and we are delivering. For over £8, we need the proper quality of the wine to really come through. If someone is buying an over-£8 bottle then they know their wine, so we need to make sure we get that right."

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