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Ataraxia's Kevin Grant on why terroir is now central to South African winemaking

Published:  10 October, 2014

"It's been a long time coming, and if fear were the basis on which decisions were made, then Ataraxia would never have been born," says South African winemaker, Kevin Grant of his latest, patiently-maturing winemaking venture.

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Wine Australia to host a celebration to mark the life of Yvonne May

Published:  09 October, 2014

Wine Australia is to hold a special event to celebrate the life of Yvonne May who headed up the UK office before she lost her battle with cancer this summer.

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Last chance to win Rising Stars place at Wine Vision

Published:  09 October, 2014

Emerging talents in the wine trade have the chance to attend this month's world leaders' conference, Wine Vision, by winning a special grant as part of Harpers Rising Stars initiative.

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Independents and suppliers question big players that have not signed Harpers Best Practice Guidelines

Published:  08 October, 2014

There is growing frustration amongst both independents and suppliers that have signed up to the Harpers Best Practice Guidelines over those companies, particularly the large national distributors,  that have not done so.

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Transparency and honesty key to good independent supplier relations says Harpers debate

Published:  08 October, 2014

Open communication and a clear channel management strategy are they key to a strong, healthy relationship between independents and suppliers was the key message from yesterday's Harpers debate been leading independent merchants and suppliers.

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Angela Mount: supermarket buyers can be forced to renege on supplier deals in hard times

Published:  08 October, 2014

Former Somerfield head wine buyer Angela Mount has said buyers can be forced into going back on supplier deals and bringing money forward when supermarkets face difficult financial situations.

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Waitrose to make beers, wines and spirits 'destination' departments

Published:  08 October, 2014

Waitrose is making its drinks department more of a destination by upping the ante on its in-store dining plans - with plans to ramp up grazing options by adding steak bars and by serving fresh beer.

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Bibendum bets on spirits in on-trade during festive trading period

Published:  08 October, 2014

Bibendum expects spirits to perform strongly in the run-up to Christmas after rum and gin sales shot up in the past 12 weeks, and the number of on-trade venues selling cocktails has grown by one third in the past year.

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Top merchants and suppliers gather in London to debate ways they can work better together

Published:  07 October, 2014

How wine suppliers can work better and more efficiently with independent retailers will be the subject of a key Harpers debate being held this morning in London between leading figures on both sides.

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Mark Dally on driving wine across Fuller's 400 pubs and hotels

Published:  06 October, 2014

Think of Fuller's and you think of beer. The west London-based group owns nearly 400 pubs and hotels, and the guest beer and take-home market has made its London Pride one of the most popular ale brands in the UK, writes Nigel Huddleston.

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Exclusive survey: how wine drinkers shop Chile and Argentina online

Published:  06 October, 2014

Harpers has once again linked up with Wines Direct to analyse the shopping trends of consumers buying South American wines online.

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The Week That Was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 October, 2014

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

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Morrisons goes head to head against other grocers with new price-matching scheme

Published:  03 October, 2014

Morrison's announced it is newest strategy in taking on discount grocers Aldi and Lidl for the first time with the introduction of the a new price-matching loyalty card scheme called 'Match & More.'

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2014: The Results

Published:  03 October, 2014

The competition to stand out not just on-shelf but also on-screen means there is intense pressure on wine producers, suppliers and, most of all, the creative and design agencies behind the labels to really up their game. Here are the results from the first worldwide Harpers Design Awards where we invited entries from around the world, attracting designs from the US, Australia and across Europe.

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Lidl part 2: Best value at all costs

Published:  03 October, 2014

When it comes to driving best value at a lower cost there is a lot to learn from the Lidl buying philosophy, says Angela Mount

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Lidl: what makes it so successful?

Published:  03 October, 2014

The new "Lidl Surprises" tagline is the latest UK brand-positioning success story from the hard discounter. Gemma McKenna looks at how its buying strategies are now expanding its wine offer

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The Benevolent's Northern Ball is a must for all James Bond fans

Published:  01 October, 2014

You may not get the chance to dine out with Daniel Craig anytime soon, but if you fancy a night dressing up like him and taking your chances on the roulette wheel then the Benevelont Northern Ball is the place for you.

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Fifth annual London Cocktail Week expects to attract 25,000 people

Published:  01 October, 2014

The fifth annual London Cocktail Week, scheduled for October 6 -12, 2014, is expected to draw up to 25,000 attendees throughout the week.

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Robert Parker to host 100 point London tasting as part of a world tour

Published:  30 September, 2014

Robert Parker, the legendary US wine critic, is to host a special tasting in London in February 2015 as part of a world tour of exclusive tastings for his Wine Advocate magazine.

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Tesco debt and credit ratings in question following accounting crisis

Published:  30 September, 2014

Tesco's senior unsecured long-term debt rating and its short-term credit rating was placed "on review for a downgrade" by credit rating agency Moody's Investor Service following the announcement that it had overstated its profits for the first six months by an estimated £250 million.

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