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WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

Published:  13 May, 2015

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are "freeloading."

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California wines performance in UK strongest its been in 20 years

Published:  12 May, 2015

At yesterday's fifth annual Golden State tasting, California producers heard from John McLaren, the UK director of the Wine Institute of California, that the category has not been in better position in the past 20 years.

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Greene King's takeover of Spirit Pub Co investigated by competition commission

Published:  12 May, 2015

The Competition commission is looking into Greene King's proposed takeover of The Spirit Pub Company.

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Opening: Primeur

Published:  11 May, 2015

Modern British restaurant Primeur seeks to offer no-frills, honest food and wine in a laid-back, minimalist setting in London's Canonbury.

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Symington Family Estate release rare 2013 estate ports

Published:  11 May, 2015

Port family, Family Estates is releasing two limited edition rare vintage 2013 estate ports.

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Top ten things to know about the Majestic and Naked Wines merger

Published:  11 May, 2015

Last month following the announcement that Naked Wines was to be acquired by Majestic Plc for £70m, harpers.co.uk had an opportunity to talk with both Eamon Fitzgerald, the managing director of Naked Wines and the new chief executive officer, Rowan Gormley of Majestic Plc about what the merger would mean for their businesses.

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Convivality Retail reports "solid year" as revenues rise on back of investments

Published:  11 May, 2015

Conviviality Retail, the owners of Wine Rack and Bargain Booze, said it was on track for a 'solid' year following investment and expansion of the business.

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Naked Wines eyes up growth following its partnership with Majestic

Published:  11 May, 2015

Naked Wine's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk to Harpers about the future of the new Naked Wines following its acquistion by Majestic.

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Interview: Majestic's new boss Rowan Gormley and Naked's Eamon FitzGerald on the company's new era

Published:  11 May, 2015

Majestic's new chief executive Rowan Gormley and Naked's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk about the future of the new company.

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UK vineyards 'missing out' on tax benefits introduced in the Budget

Published:  11 May, 2015

UK vineyards are missing out on tax benefits that are available to farmers, market gardeners and hop growers, Harpers has learned.

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Q&A: Aurelio Montes, vice-president of Wines of Chile talks about the big changes he's seen in over 25 years in the trade

Published:  08 May, 2015

Aurelio Montes established his eponymous Chilean winery back in 1988 and since then has witnessed big changes in the business. Harpers.co.uk caught up with the veteran winemaker, also the vice-president of the Wines of Chile, to find out more

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Founders of Renissance Pubs Tom Peake, Nick Fox and Mark Reynolds talk about the rebrand and becoming 3 Cheers Pubs Co

Published:  08 May, 2015

Tom Peake, Nick Fox and Mark Reynolds, the pub group behind some of south London's most characterful informal establishments formerly known as Renaissance Pubs, were forced to have a rethink of their trading name and have undergone a rebranding to become Three Cheers.

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Bibendum PLB's new indie and wholesale arm Walker & Wodehouse on catering for the indepedent sector

Published:  08 May, 2015

Next month sees the final piece of the jigsaw slot into place for mega-supplier Bibendum PLB Group, as it launches its independent and wholesale division, Walker & Wodehouse. Arabella Mileham catches up with managing director Gareth Groves

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Morrisons continues to face challenges as sales slump 1.1% in Q1

Published:  07 May, 2015

Morrisons reported like-for-like sales down 2.9% in the first quarter of the financial year today with total sales (excluding fuel) down 1.1%.

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Sainsbury's posts first loss in ten years

Published:  06 May, 2015

Sainsbury's has posted the first loss in more than ten years, but analysts agree the annual results are better than expectations.

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Flint wines boost on-trade portfolio after partnering with Italian importer

Published:  06 May, 2015

n-trade wine importer Flint Wines is boosting its Italian wine range after adding Italian importer HS Fine Wines to its portfolio.

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Kantar: £532m lost from supermarket revenue pool in just three months

Published:  06 May, 2015

Kantar Worldpanel released it most recent UK retail figures today showing that "a massive £532m has been taken out of the supermarket revenue pool in just three months" according to Fraser McKevitt, the head of retail and consumer insights at Kantar.

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Diageo considers sale of wine business

Published:  05 May, 2015

Global drinks Diageo is said to be mulling the sale of its wine division.

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LWF's state of the nation report focuses on the recovery in the UK on-trade

Published:  05 May, 2015

London Wine Fair's second state of the nation report indicates that the UK on-trade is finally recovering from the Global Financial Crisis, but that the changes in consumer behaviour are potentially the new norm.

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Former Jascots' training manager launches new wine school in London

Published:  05 May, 2015

Raul Diaz the former training manager and head sommelier for Jascots Wine Merchants has launched his own wine education school called WineTraining Limited.

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