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Covid and Brexit: A perfect storm?

Published:  21 October, 2020

With Covid and Brexit uncertainty pressing down ahead of Christmas, Andrew Catchpole asked some of our top 50 Best Indies what lies ahead.

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Christmas campaigns: Failure to launch

Published:  19 October, 2020

Lockdowns, curfews and restrictions are putting major obstacles in the way of Christmas campaigns as Covid-19 continues to move the goalposts for businesses.

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Wine drinking occasions up in lockdowns

Published:  16 October, 2020

Wine drinkers across key consumption markets have been turning more often to the beverage during the pandemic. This is spurred by new lockdown occasions and more drinking outside of mealtimes, according to a new Wine Consumer Trends in the Covid-19 Era report released by Wine Intelligence.

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Bars and restaurants are footing the Covid bill

Published:  15 October, 2020

The government has made a meal out of eating out, with serious repercussions for the trade. Chris Losh reports

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Alcohol Duty Review

Published:  13 October, 2020

The alcohol tax review aims to rework the current ‘complex and inconsistent’ excise duty system. Let’s hope it’s not another missed opportunity, says Jo Gilbert.

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Headline Heroes: Languedoc

Published:  09 October, 2020

As the world’s biggest wine-producing region, the Languedoc offers the diversity typical of a whole country, as Andrew Catchpole reports.

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Champagne: Bubbling up again

Published:  07 October, 2020

Champagne houses are embracing ecommerce and direct consumer sales in a bid to beat the downturn. James Lawrence follows the fizz of this hero French region.

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Harmonious working for green goals

Published:  07 October, 2020

Wine producers are reaping the benefits of learning from each other when it comes to implementing sustainable production measures. Lisa Riley reports

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Cognac raises its game

Published:  06 October, 2020

As a younger generation of drinkers becomes increasingly interested in what Cognac has to offer, Lisa Riley looks at the innovation and diversity at work within the category.

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A climate of change

Published:  05 October, 2020

Sustainable business practices are increasingly locked into a virtuous circle, with drinks companies reinforcing each other’s progress. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Pushing drinks tech boundaries

Published:  30 September, 2020

Despite the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, technology continues to lead the push for environmental and sustainable change in the drinks industry. Jo Gilbert reports 

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Gallic reach

Published:  29 September, 2020

Having a line-up of multi-regional French brands offers diversity to buyers, reports Andrew Catchpole

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Learning French

Published:  28 September, 2020

The year that saw lockdown descend also witnessed how the power of social media is unlocking new ways of communicating for this classic wine-producing nation. By Jo Gilbert

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Trade squeezed over calories

Published:  24 September, 2020

A new consultation into mandatory calorie labelling on alcohol products is adding fuel to already fiery conversations around health, wellness and indulgence, finds Jo Gilbert.

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The great label debate

Published:  23 September, 2020

A row over the adoption of CMO guidelines on packaging is the latest sticking point in the ongoing debate surrounding the alcohol industry and self-regulation. Jo Gilbert reports

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Paving the way back to tasting

Published:  22 September, 2020

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Investing for the future

Published:  21 September, 2020

Against a backdrop of thinning government support, including the end of the rent moratorium, furlough and Eat Out to Help Out schemes this autumn, Harpers convened an expert panel to look at how companies can box clever during a time of heightened economic stress. Jo Gilbert reports from the online session 

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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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