The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Jo Gilbert

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.


Most Read: The cost of Brexit driving up prices, CETA providing the blueprint for future international trade deals and the continued importance of the trade with the US and Canada all collided to form a complicated picture of a trade which is being pulled in all directions this week.

With so many influences looking to shape our industry, it can be easy to overlook some of the stellar work of those diligently building up their businesses in town centres and at roadsides across the UK. 

One such business is Davy’s Wine Merchants, whose bars are now a far cry from the traditional haunts of the 1980s. 

We spoke to fifth generation chairman and CEO James Davy about how they are bucking the on-trade trend and are funnelling resources into their retail and wholesale operations. 

Meanwhile, sparkling continued to provide growth for the off-trade, although its looks as if inflation, duty and currency depreciation could be about to deal a heavy blow to the nation’s love affair with Prosecco. 


Analysis and insights: This week we looked at how Prosecco and other sparkling categories continue to encroach on Champagne’s long reign of - until recently - unchallenged supremacy. 

Elsewhere, new and regular exhibitors at SITT - the Specialist Importers Trade Tasting - spoke about what they will be exhibiting on March 1 and Chris Wilson looked at how to manage those post-Brexit increases


People and Opinion: According to Christopher Carson, the volume days of one million cases-plus wine brands are long past. These days, the Carson clan is looking at delivering quality wine through a distribution with partnership with Italian food production company, Carnevale. 

Andrew Catchpole reports. 

A family affair: Carson & Carnevale



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