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Morrisons wants to increase wine sales by £100m

Published:  04 October, 2013

Morrisons claims it has a minimum extra £100 million in sales to be gained from the wine category alone if it maximises its full potential, according to Steve Mosey, trading director for beers, wines and spirits.

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Tesco signs three-year business plan with Accolade Wines

Published:  04 October, 2013

Tesco has signed a three-year business plan with Accolade Wines, according to the producers of the number-one UK wine brand, Hardys.

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Space-saving bag-in-box wines introduced for on-trade outlets

Published:  03 October, 2013

Pacta Connect has introduced a new 5-litre bag-in-box wine range for on-trade outlets, which is designed to sit behind the bar and dramatically cut back on storage.

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Signature Wines calls on indies to put Macedonia on their radar

Published:  03 October, 2013

Signature Wines is looking to put Macedonian wine on the map through independent wine merchants in the UK as it builds up a portfolio of exclusive wines from the country.

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Morrisons Cellar is performing ahead of 'expectations' in first year of sales

Published:  03 October, 2013

Morrisons Cellar, the retailer's first online grocery offer, has surpassed the retailers' expectations in its first year of operation.

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Fair spirits company brings Belize rum to the UK

Published:  03 October, 2013

The Fair spirits company has brought its premium rum to the UK, following success in France.

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London wine bar group Davy's plans expansion

Published:  02 October, 2013

Family wine bar group Davy's is looking to open two new sites in the capital this year as sales grow and confidence returns to the sector.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: let's show consumers the true cost of a bottle of wine

Published:  02 October, 2013

Jonathan Cahill's recent opinion piece about wine value, duty and consumer perception got me thinking. The central point of Jonathan's piece is that because alcohol duty is fixed it takes up a much bigger percentage of the retail price when the wine is cheap than when it is more expensive. Ergo we should be telling consumers that the higher the price they pay for a bottle of wine the more their money is buying wine rather than tax, so the better the value, and exponentially so.

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John Osborne to take control of PLB in the new year

Published:  30 September, 2013

John Osborne, sales director at wine agency PLB, is to take over as the company's new managing director in January when Peter Darbyshire steps down.

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  27 September, 2013
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Funkin seeks Innovation Champion brand ambassador

Published:  27 September, 2013

Funkin has selected six UK bartenders to go head-to-head in the final of its competition to find an Innovation Champion brand ambassador and come up with a future concept for the range that they believe would shake up the cocktail industry.

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Swig comes out of downturn with growth in sales across all sectors

Published:  27 September, 2013

Swig, the online wine retailer and distributor, has told Harpers.co.uk it is up 18% in sales since April, with growth coming from all sectors of the trade, be it direct to the on-trade and retail or through its own trading website, which alone has seen a 100% increase in sales year on year.

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Drakes Tabanco brings a taste of Jerez to Fitzrovia

Published:  27 September, 2013

In a bid to excite the sherry market, Drakes Tabanco, a traditional tavern typical of Jerez, which serves fine and rare sherries straight from the barrel, is to open in London's Fitzrovia in October.

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New Michelin Guide awards stars to top eateries

Published:  26 September, 2013

The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2014 has awarded two London eateries, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and the Greenhouse in Mayfair, two Michelin stars each, while 15 other dining spots walked away with one star.

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Alliance Wine looks to bring new life to the traditional wine tasting

Published:  26 September, 2013

Scottish-based wine distributor Alliance Wine was the latest wine company to host a different style of tasting this week with a Latin-themed event in Glasgow complete with music, food and tango dancers.

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London Wine Fair 2014 sees return of key exhibitors

Published:  26 September, 2013

A raft of UK agents and importers absent from last year's London International Wine Fair have signed up to exhibit at the newly branded London Wine Fair at Olympia, London, on June 2-4 2014.

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Q&A: Fraser Thomson, managing director IPL Beverages, Asda

Published:  26 September, 2013

Harpers spoke to Fraser Thomson, managing director for IPL Beverages at Asda, about what direct sourcing means for the industry

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Hawksmoor duo to open Foxlow restaurant in November

Published:  25 September, 2013

The team behind Hawksmoor is set to open a 100-cover restaurant and bar on St John Street in Clerkenwell, London.

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Rude Wines launches naked campaign

Published:  24 September, 2013

Rude Wines has launched a "revealing" new TV campaign on YouTube in order to get the word out about its new business, which launched in May.

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Restaurant review: Red House

Published:  23 September, 2013

London's fascination with American food, at every price point, appears relentless. A five week-long refurbishment by New York designer Meg Sharpe has seen Chelsea Green's urbane Markham Inn reopen as the rather shinier Red House. John DeLucie, chef/owner of Manhattan restaurants Crown and The Lion, and founding chef of The Waverly Inn (co-owned by Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter) has authored menus.

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