Bottle Green

13 July, 2007

19 New Street, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4BH

T: 0113 205 4500



Established: 1990

Turnover: £130 million

Brands: French Connection (France),

Andrew Peace (Australia), Baron de Ley, Campaneo (Spain) Morandé (Chile)

Off-trade split: 95 per cent

Europe/New World split: 75/25

Key personnel: Jon Eagle, managing director; Fiona Barlow, sales director; Nick Butler, wine director

Former managing director Jerry Lockspeiser retired in February and was replaced by Jon Eagle, who joined the company from Northern Foods. Rioja's Grupo Baron de Ley and Chile's Viña Morandé have joined the portfolio. Two Andrew Peace wines - Shiraz and Chardonnay - were launched in Tetra Pak cartons in January, and are now listed in Asda . The company will focus on pushing its organic and

Fairtrade ranges in the coming year .

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