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Own-brand Prosecco grows 79% year-on-year at Lidl

Published:  13 February, 2017

Sky-high sales of Prosecco helped Dry January to get off to a damp start in 2017. 

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Changing perceptions at Davy's Wine Merchants

Published:  13 February, 2017

Many will have fond memories of Davy's wine bars, which throughout the 1970s and 1980s was at the forefront of the emerging wine bar craze

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Aldi launches fine wine range with budget price tag after being named the UK's fifth largest supermarket

Published:  13 February, 2017

Aldi is moving up in the world.

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Hospitality leaders urge chancellor to mitigate steep rises to business rates

Published:  13 February, 2017

A behind-schedule update to bring business rates in line with property prices could hit pubs and restaurants hard - particularly in town centres and the south east where property prices have sky-rocketed.

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Battle of the Bubbles

Published:  13 February, 2017

For decades, the very mention of the word Champagne conjured up almost mystical properties for UK consumers in the market for premium sparkling wine.

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Export of French Crémant to British shores increased 53% in volume and 61% by value in 2016

Published:  10 February, 2017

Prosecco's sparkling success finally appears to be opening doors for other fizz categories

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Part 2: 'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  10 February, 2017

Yesterday, we began looking further into last week's Vinisud 2017, when the saleability of Mediterranean wines as a category was promoted to visitors.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  10 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Suppliers under pressure

Published:  10 February, 2017

The words of one well-established wine distributor resonate strongly in the current climate, particularly for those seeking the lure, however challenging, of large-scale distribution via supermarkets and on-trade buying groups.

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Brewpub group reports strong sales and 'Academy' up-take

Published:  09 February, 2017

On-site brewery and restaurant business Brewhouse & Kitchen is an example of a business at the forefront of the craft beer boom.

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Waitrose re-structure to close six of its struggling stores

Published:  09 February, 2017

Upmarket grocer Waitrose has announced a major re-structure of its stores and management teams in a move to "flexible branch team working".

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'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  09 February, 2017

As Elizabeth Gabay MW noted elsewhere on Harpers.co.uk this week, wines from the Mediterranean showed enormous diversity at Vinisud 2017.

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Asia and the US drive 4% organic growth for Pernod Ricard

Published:  09 February, 2017

French spirits group Pernod Ricard has beaten analysts' expectations for its half year results, boosted by sales Irish whiskey in the US and overall sales in China.

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Guy Woodward: Why is the wine trade still slow to deliver fulfilment?

Published:  09 February, 2017

As a middle-aged, middle-class man, my weekly highlight is Saturday morning, illuminated by a warm croissant (180ºC for eight minutes, served with passion fruit curd), a Nespresso coffee (medium froth, Ristretto pod) plus the weekend papers - and here's the most indulgent part - delivered to the door. 

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Tim Atkin MW: Can artificial intelligence replace human judgment in the world of wine?

Published:  08 February, 2017

What do you think of the following tasting note? "Inconspicuous boysenberries and cigar wrappers revel in unresolved rosehips, while dried wormwood and chemically tanned leather swim amongst illusive black liquorice." And this? "Like a sherry, wet wool, mead, musk and nail polish remover cocktail." 

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Italian fizz continues to bubble at Buckingham Schenk

Published:  08 February, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is celebrating a 19% increase in annual turnover thanks to the indomitable UK favourites of Argentinian Malbec and Italian sparkling.

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Ridgeview clinches national US distribution

Published:  08 February, 2017

Ridgeview's sparkling wine could feature on wine lists from West Virginia to Washington thanks to a distribution deal in the US.

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Keeping it convivial with Diana Hunter

Published:  08 February, 2017

The acquisition of Bibendum-PLB for £60 million by Conviviality last May, perfectly poised to coincide with the London Wine Fair, caused a tsunami-scale reaction across the trade. 

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Industry calls for beers, wines and spirits duty cuts - but who will get what?

Published:  07 February, 2017

Voices across the trade are speaking out this week against "crippling" levels of alcohol duty in the UK - where consumers pay a quarter of all EU spirits tax.

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Viña Santa Rita extends strategic direction from UK to Asia with new Chinese distribution deal

Published:  07 February, 2017

Viña Santa Rita is aiming to capitalise on the growth of Chile in the international off-trade as it prepares to gain further traction in China - its largest export market.

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