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Conviviality Retail buys Wine Rack for £1.65m

Published:  02 September, 2013

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has purchased Wine Rack for £1.65 million.

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Henkell & Co Group takes a 60% stake in Copestick Murray

Published:  30 August, 2013

Sparkling wine giant, Henkell & Co Group, has acquired a 60% stake in UK wine impoorter and distributor Copestick Murray which will help take the company to the next stage of its growth and dramatically strengthen its postion in international markets.

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WSTA's Miles Beale urges trade to do more following minimum pricing success

Published:  30 August, 2013

Miles Beale, the chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Asssociation, sets out a series of fresh challenges to the drinks industry on today's Harpers.co.uk following the success of its campaign to prevent the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol.

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Vast majority of alcoholic drinks comply with Portman Group Code, says audit body

Published:  29 August, 2013

The drinks industry has been given a boost today with an independent audit report that states the vast majority of alcohol products conform to Portman Group responsibility standards.

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Katherine Canfield: how wholesaling can tie merchants and restaurants together

Published:  29 August, 2013

In her second column looking at her new life as an independent merchant helping to run Hangingditch wine merchants in Manchester, Katherine Canfield looks at the complexities of also offering a wholesale service

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Nyetimber signs export deal to Denmark

Published:  28 August, 2013

Nyetimber continues to expand overseas with a new contract to supply its English wines to Denmark.

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Naked Wines secures additional £6.4m for expansion abroad

Published:  23 August, 2013

Norwich-based Naked Wines has announced it has secured a third round of funding of £6.4 million from German WIV Wein International AG, a founding shareholder in the company, bringing the total amount invested by WIV in the online retailer to £15.4 million.

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Matthew Clark to offer digital drinks list app

Published:  21 August, 2013

Drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark has partnered with iRiS Software Systems to offer customers digital wine and drinks lists.

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EWGA announces warehouse expansion plans

Published:  20 August, 2013

Lancashire-based independent retailer EWGA has announced expansion plans to extend its bonded warehouse facility in order to satisfy growing demand.

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Corks Out innovates with launch of Taste wine bar

Published:  19 August, 2013

Cheshire-based independent retailer Corks Out has launched a new-concept wine bar, Taste at Corks Out, in a bid to innovate on the back of crippling rent and rates on high street stores.

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Restaurant review: Pruno, Liverpool

Published:  16 August, 2013

Sheila Benson and Sean Millar could be considered stalwarts of the Liverpool restaurant scene having been in the business for over 20 years and built up a steady quality reputation.

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The Earl of Derby to open in Kilburn

Published:  16 August, 2013

The Earl of Derby - "a proper pub serving honest food" - is due to open in Kilburn, north London, next month.

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Independent Wine Crew: All for one! One for all!

Published:  16 August, 2013

To help provide professional, first-hand advice for independent retailers, Harpers has extended its Top Merchants programme to bring leading, award-winning multi-site operators together. Here's how its new initiative, the Independent Wine Crew, hopes to help the independent trade as a whole

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Stephen Moss appointed chairman of Bibendum

Published:  16 August, 2013

Stephen Moss CBE is to replace Peter Espenhahn as chairman of Bibendum.

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Trade must move with the times, says Cochrane

Published:  16 August, 2013

Traditional wine intermediaries and distributors risk going out of business if they do not adapt and move with the changing face of the industry, according to Richard Cochrane, head of Spanish producer, Félix Solís, in the UK.

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Oddbins to reward inspirational teachers

Published:  15 August, 2013

On the day thousands of students receive their A-level results, Oddbins thinks it is time to reward the inspirational teachers who taught them, by asking customers to nominate 10 they think deserve a case of wine for their hard work.

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France Summit to reveal thoughts of most important French influencers in the UK

Published:  14 August, 2013

What the 100 most influential figures involved in French wine in the UK think of the category will be a central focus of the Harpers France Summit in October.

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Tesco unveils "transformed" BWS aisle at new concept stores

Published:  13 August, 2013

Tesco has unveiled what it is a calling a "completely transformed" beers, wines and spirits aisle which is part of its new concept stores which opened this week in Watford, Coventry and Purley designed to become retail destinations for its customers.

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Judges lined up for Wines of Spain Awards 2013

Published:  13 August, 2013
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Proposed industrial action at Kuehne & Nagel threatens drinks deliveries

Published:  13 August, 2013

Deliveries of wine and spirits to restaurants, bars and independent merchants could be threatened if potential industrial action by workers of drinks transport and logistics giant, Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) goes ahead.

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