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Harpers at LWF: English Fizz, Driving NPD and The Future of the Agency Model

Published:  15 May, 2018

Harpers will be again be taking the stage at this year’s reinvigorated London Wine Fair with a mix of briefings and tasting, tying in with exciting new features including the Innovation Zone and Drinks Britannia, where the results of our English Wine Stars Awards will be revealed.

Harpers at the Fair:

10.30AM, Monday 21 May

Innovation Zone: Driving New Product Development

Hosted by Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole; panellists include: Bernard Fontannaz, Origin Wines; Liam Steevenson MW, Global Wine Solutions; Andrew Nunney, Accolade Wines; Neil Anderson, Kingsland Drinks; Michael Vachon, Maverick Drinks; David Tromans, Buckingham Schenk.

14.00PM, Monday 21 May

(The London Room)

Industry Briefing, focusing on The Future of the Agency Model

Hosted by Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole; panellists include: Jerry Lockspeiser, Off Piste Wines; Dennis Whiteley, Boutinot; Ruth Yates, Cork's Out; Richard Nunn, Louis Latour; Lee Evans, Condor Wines; Jessica Hutchinson, Vindependents; Stephen Finch, Vagabond Wines.

12.00 Midday, Wednesday 23 May

Drinks Britannia Zone: Harpers English Sparkling Wine Stars Awards announced and tasting of top fizzes, with Chris Wilson.

On the opening Monday, Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole will be fronting a key Industry Briefing, focusing on The Future of the Agency Model, in the London Room at 2PM.

A cross-trade panel will look at how the role of the agent-importer is evolving, while exploring the issues, challenges and opportunities presented in a fast changing world.

Monday morning, at 10.30AM, also sees another Harpers session taking place in the Innovation Zone, where Harpers’ editor will be hosting a discussion on Driving New Product Development.

Bringing together speakers at the forefront of NPD, exploring the latest consumer focused developments, the economic imperative of embracing research and change, this session will also be asking why wine appears to be lagging behind rival categories of spirits and beers.

Meanwhile, on the Wednesday, fresh from the judging of our most recent Wine Stars Awards, a selection of our winning English sparkling wines will be revealed, with the wines also available for tasting at midday on Wednesday 23 May in the Drinks Britannia zone.

The line up – including some of the most fantastic of our home-grown estates – will be presented by Harpers regular Chris Wilson as the results are announced.

The Harpers team very much hope that you will be able to join us for some or all of these sessions at the London Wine Fair and look forward to seeing you at the show (our stand is C64).