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Hard calls on Brexit

Published:  18 September, 2020

With end of transition fast approaching, concern is growing over lack of clarity on UK-EU trade. Ahead of the WSTA Industry Summit 2020, Andrew Catchpole spoke with Miles Beale about goverment's current plans to impose unnecessary red tape and barriers to business. 

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WinesDirect Awards 2020

Published:  16 September, 2020

Harpers teamed up with WinesDirect for its third annual WinesDirect Awards. Voted for purely by consumers, the awards celebrate supermarkets, wine merchants 
and brands in the beers, wines and spirits industry.

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Bulk wine: the unsung hero

Published:  09 September, 2020

It’s time for bulk wine to get the attention and praise it deserves – as a flexible, sustainable and often premium proposition, writes Lucy Britner.

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The good mixer

Published:  03 September, 2020

From bartender innovations during lockdown to suppliers catering for a new reality, pre-mixed cocktails have become even bigger business. Lucy Britner explores this burgeoning world

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In the spirit of change

Published:  01 September, 2020

Ghost kitchens and virtual restaurants are the next step in the accelerating on-trade evolution, which completely strips out the dine-in part of the restaurant experience. So where does alcohol fit into this increasingly food-focused, delivery-only mix? Jo Gilbert reports.

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The drinks community spirit

Published:  27 August, 2020

From care packages for hospitality staff to innovative and creative lockdown collaborations, Chris Losh looks at how those in the industry have reached out to one another 

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Back to the bar: the reality of reopening

Published:  25 August, 2020

Lisa Riley catches up with a trio of bar professionals after the reopening of the on-trade to get a feel for the ‘new world’ to which they have returned. 

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Cocktails are good to go

Published:  20 August, 2020

Cocktail delivery services have boomed as lockdown gives birth to a generation of amateur mixologists and stuck-at-home barflies. But, asks Jo Gilbert, is this a service that has legs?  

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Capturing the cornucopia

Published:  19 August, 2020

Italy has never been more attractive as a source of highly individual wines. Andrew Catchpole talks to producers about delivering the message

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Prosecco in the pink

Published:  17 August, 2020

Following a decade of consistent growth, Pink Prosecco is set to give a shot in the arm to a finally flatlining category, as Jo Gilbert reports.

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Serving up a new normal

Published:  13 August, 2020

Covid-19 has given birth to the digitalisation of the hospitality sector. Welcome to a new era, says Jo Gilbert 

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Brave new cocktail world?

Published:  11 August, 2020

As consumers attempt to recreate a simplified on-trade experience in the home, which new trends and habits will remain post-lockdown? Lisa Riley reports.

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Spirits: Premium’s in the house

Published:  10 August, 2020

Premium spirits have done a roaring trade under lockdown, as consumers with no place to go attempt to recreate some on-trade magic, writes Nigel Huddleston

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Argentina: Buying into blends

Published:  06 August, 2020

Looking beyond Malbec and to the myriad blends on offer from Argentina is key to unlocking the country’s rich array of grape varieties, writes Chris Wilson.

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Retaining the online bonanza

Published:  04 August, 2020

With life returning to a version of normality, independents that gained extra sales are now once more facing their old competitors. Lisa Riley finds out how they are coping

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Big debate: How Covid-19 will prove a catalyst for change

Published:  30 July, 2020

Leading suppliers joined Andrew Catchpole in our recent Harnessing the Crisis for Change webinar to look at how Covid-19 will shape the road ahead.

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Hospitality needs customers if it's to stop going hungry

Published:  28 July, 2020

The hospitality sector is beginning to reopen, but it needs many more customers if its future is to be secured. By Andrew Catchpole

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Soft drinks come of age

Published:  14 July, 2020

As the Coronavirus crisis fuels interest in health and wellness, Lucy Britner examines the future of functional drinks in a post-pandemic world

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Import-export webinar: A Taste of New York

Published:  10 July, 2020

Andrew Catchpole brought together leading NY state winemakers with UK merchants to explore Indie Opportunities from the Empire State

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Shakedown looms for English and Welsh spirits

Published:  06 July, 2020

A restructure could be on the cards for the English and Welsh spirits sector, as pressure from an impending recession begins to squeeze brands at either end of the price spectrum. Jo Gilbert reports

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