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More independent wine merchants are diversifying into cafes and bars

Published:  12 December, 2013

More independent wine merchants are diversifying into cafes and bars as a way of both growing revenue and generating interest in their wines.

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Indie Wine Crew: How to run wine stores more effectively

Published:  12 December, 2013

Members of Harpers' new Independent Wine Crew are willing to put their competitive instincts to one side to find ways in which they can work together, share experiences and offer advice on how to run wine stores more effectively.

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Over 100 producers head to French wine event

Published:  12 December, 2013

The 12th annual French Wine Discoveries Tasting will be held on Tuesday January 14, 2014 at Tobacco Dock near Tower Hill.

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?WSTA to get consumers behind its 'Be Fair George' campaign

Published:  12 December, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association  is to next week launch a high level national media and consumer campaign to persuade the government to scrap the final year of the duty escalator on wines and spirits in the next Budget.

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EU and US trade talks should help EU brewers

Published:  11 December, 2013

Trade talks which have been ongoing between the US and the EU since November could potentially be beneficial for European brewers by creating a more level playing field by reducing excise tax rate that EU brewers currently face in the US market that American brewers are exempt from.

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?Rémy Cointreau moves distribution in-house

Published:  11 December, 2013

First Drinks Brands has announced the end of its distribution agreement with Rémy Cointreau from March 2014.

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Pernod Ricard teams up with the AA for annual Christmas anti-drinking driving campaign

Published:  10 December, 2013

Pernod Ricard UK has once again teamed up with the AA, the national breakdown service, to launch an anti-drink driving campaign for the festive period with a particular focus on raising awareness about the dangers of driving the morning after drinking.

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Scotch Whisky Association sets up £500,000 to help alcohol-related harm

Published:  10 December, 2013

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a £500,000 action fund to tackle alcohol-related harm.

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Alcohol consumption in Scotland falls by nearly 10%

Published:  10 December, 2013

Alcohol consumption in Scotland has fallen by 8% since 2009 with 18 to 24 year-olds young people increasingly looking to drink less, according to a new report.

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Accolade Wines takes on John Ratcliffe as its new chief executive

Published:  10 December, 2013

Accolade Wines has appointed former Seagrams and Oddbins chief, John Ratcliffe, as its new chief executive.

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Moreno Wines look to widen its range and offer more merchant exclusives

Published:  10 December, 2013

Moreno Wines, that has built its reputation on its Spanish wine portfolio, is looking to widen its appeal to the independent on and off-trades by sourcing more wines from other countries, particularly Italy.

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The UK on-trade: debunking myths and legends

Published:  10 December, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close Harpers links up with Wine Business Solutions to assess what is going on in the UK on-trade and lay to rest some of the myths that exist.

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Global bulk wine prices for December released by Murphy Wine Company

Published:  10 December, 2013

Here is your one stop guide to the latest global bulk wine prices produced by bulk wine broker, Murphy Wine Company.

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Wine Vision chairman, Paul Henry, gives his personal view of global wine challenges

Published:  10 December, 2013

I like words, but I think that numbers do a better job at setting and managing expectation. So when an event entitled, 'Wine Vision', appears, and there is an opportunity to be involved, I guess you have to think pretty carefully about the risk and reward quotient - clearly, at some point, there should be a requirement to be 'visionary'.

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Croatian wines start to make serious inroads in to the UK

Published:  09 December, 2013

High-end and with bags of niche appeal, Croatia is turning heads among sommeliers and independents. Andrew Catchpole reports on the opportunities for Croatian wine in the UK.

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Wine Business Solutions: UK On Premise Report 2013

Published:  09 December, 2013

Harpers.co.uk has linked up with the Wine Business Solutions to give you the chance to buy its 2013 report analysing the UK on-trade at a specially discounted rate of £299. Click on this link follow the details and a hard copy of the report will be sent to you by Express Post.

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The Symingtons purchase highly coveted Quinta da Sarbordela

Published:  09 December, 2013

Symington Family Estates has bought the much coveted 30 hectare Quinta da Sabordela vineyard in the Douro valley which will now be incorporated in to the neighbouring Quinta do 

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Cambridge Wine Merchants named as Sud de France Retailer of the Year

Published:  09 December, 2013

Cambridge Wine Merchants has been named the Sud de France Retailer of the Year in a competition run by the region's generic body, in association with Harpers.

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Interview: Sam Neill, actor and owner of Two Paddocks winery in New Zealand

Published:  09 December, 2013

Sam Neill is as serious and excited about his Two Paddocks winery in New Zealand as he is about his latest film or acting role. He describes in his own words what it is about winemaking that is as moving as any story played out on the silver screen.

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Customs sets up wholesaler registration scheme in a bid to fight alcohol fraud

Published:  06 December, 2013

News that the government is to insist the drinks sector introduces a new registration scheme for wholesalers in a bid to curb alcohol fraud has been welcomed by trade leaders.

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