HBJ Wines & Spirits

13 July, 2007

Barwell House, 24 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JU

T: 01473 232322

E: sales@hbjwines.co.uk

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hbjwines.co.uk

Established: 1723

Turnover: £11 million

Marketing and promotional spend 2007-8: £250,000

Brands: Trapiche (Argentina), Montecillo (Spain), Pannier (France), Guerrieri-Rizzardi (Italy), Lauca (Chile)

Off-trade split: 15 per cent

Europe/New World split: 45/55

Key personnel: Graham Cox, director of agency sales; Will Duke, director of on-trade sales; Elizabeth Wilson, director of buying & marketing

HBJ uses wholesaler Prestige Wine

to deal with companies in Scotland after winding down Scottish subsidary

Vin Ecosse. This year it plans to recruit more people to its sales team and improve training .




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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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