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Q&A with PLB's managing director John Osborne as he looks to put his stamp on the business

Published:  17 February, 2014
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Major drinks firms back Harpers call to get producers behind Call Time on Duty campaign

Published:  13 February, 2014

Direct Wines, Matthew Clark and Bibendum are just three of the big name UK wine companies that have got behind the Harpers initiative to get as many wine producers as possible to back the Wine & Spirit Trade Association-led Call Time on Duty campaign and make the government aware how damaging its on-going alcohol duty strategy is on the UK drinks industry.

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Harpers Report: The best route to market for buyers and sellers of wine

Published:  07 February, 2014

There have never been more choices available to producers and buyers alike on how to distribute and source wines in the UK market. Harpers has produced a new Routes to Market report to help you find the best solution for your business. It is available free of charge to Harpers subscribers through the Insights section of Harpers.co.uk or, for non-subscribers, it can be purchased from our shop (see right hand tab) for £99 plus VAT.

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Bibendum's Michael Saunders: "Why wine isn't enough..."

Published:  07 February, 2014

Sourcing and selling wine at Bibendum is the day job; it stands out from the competition by what it can tell its customers about their own businesses. Managing director, Michael Saunders

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Bibendum to stop its annual tasting in favour of smaller channel specific events

Published:  05 February, 2014

Bibendum has no intention of ever running again the kind of large scale annual company tasting it has become so well known for in the trade and will instead run channel specific smaller events around the country.

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Copestick Murray latches on to World Cup fever with launch of Brazilian Moscato

Published:  04 February, 2014

Copestick Murray hopes to tap in to World Cup fever early with the launch of a new sparkling Moscato sourced direct from Brazil which is the latest brand in the award winning I Heart wine portfolio.

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Bibendum chief slams all in the trade yet to support Call Time On Duty campaign

Published:  03 February, 2014

Michael Saunders, Bibendum's managing director, has spoken out strongly against those in the trade that have yet to get behind the WSTA-led Call Time on Duty campaign.

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

Published:  31 January, 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, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Q&A with Guillaume Deglise, chief executive, Vinexpo

Published:  29 January, 2014

Richard Siddle talks to the new chief executive of Vinexpo about his plans for the Bordeaux event and how he has found moving over to a show organiser from the Champagne sector.

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China is the world's biggest consumer of red wine says Vinexpo study

Published:  29 January, 2014

China has become the biggest red wine consuming country in the world as its increasing influence on global wine trends continues, according to latest figures released by Vinexpo.

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New Vinexpo chief offers something completely "different" for 2015 show

Published:  29 January, 2014

Vinexpo 2015 will be something "completely different" from previous shows, according to its new chief executive, Guillaume Deglise.

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UK remains sixth biggest wine drinking country in world despite falling sales says Vinexpo

Published:  28 January, 2014

The UK remains the sixth biggest wine consuming country in the world despite another year of falling wine sales, according to the latest figures released by Vinexpo, but there are signs drinking levels could be on the up again from 2015.

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ProWein has to turn away exhibitors for 2014 show as waiting list grows

Published:  28 January, 2014

ProWein, the international wine trade fair, is having to turn away an increasing number of exhibitors who are keen to get in to the show as it is looking to "consolidate" on its strong 2013 performance by not increasing stand or hall space in 2014. 

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Q&A with Robert Nicholson of American M&A specialists International Wine Associates

Published:  27 January, 2014

In 2013, vineyard acquisitions and mergers on the US West Coast were a key talking point for industry insiders. As a key party to many of the major transactions that took place last year, Robert Nicholson, president of mergers and acquistion specialists, International Wine Associates, is ideally placed to share his expertise on the future of the West Coast property market. James Lawrence asks the questions:

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US merchants call for lower prices in Bordeaux 2013 en primeur campaign

Published:  27 January, 2014

As the trade gets ready for the annual 2013 en primeur tastings an increasing number of leading wine merchants  around the world are calling for lower prices in this year's campaign, including key players in the United States.

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David Siddle on why winemakers should fall back in love with goats

Published:  22 January, 2014

Goats have long been seen as the enemies of viticulture and of woodland management as a whole in the regions of Mediterranean climate. Difficult to manage and agile enough to climb steep hillsides or leap terraces they could reach the tallest growths. Left to their own devices a flock of omnivorous goats could wreck a vineyard in no time at all. Their reputation could not have been lower.

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Still time for you and your suppliers to get involved in Call Time On Duty campaign

Published:  22 January, 2014

There is still time to make sure your voice is heard in the industry's bid to get the Chancellor to finally Call Time On Duty and scrap the duty escalator on wine and spirits in the 2014 Budget. Harpers has also teamed up the Wine & Spirit Trade Association to give wine producers and drinks manufacturers the chance to take part in the Call Time On Duty campaign and make the government aware of the serious concerns they have about the alcohol duty levels in the UK. Here's how you and your supplier can get involved.

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Euromonitor: Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2014

Published:  20 January, 2014

Get on top of the key changes in consumer needs and behaviour with exclusive access to Euromonitor's new Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2014 by Daphne Kasriel-Alexander.

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Direct Wines on course to hit annual sales target after strong Christmas performance

Published:  20 January, 2014

Direct Wines is on course to hit its annual financial targets after a strong Christmas performance, particularly online, according to group chief executive, Simon McMurtrie.

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Sam Neill's Two Paddocks acquires fourth Central Otago vineyard

Published:  20 January, 2014

Actor- turned- winemaker, Sam Neill, has acquired a fourth vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, adding six additional hectares of Pinot Noir to his vineyard portfolio with the purchase of a Bannockburn estate called Desert Heart.

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