Dutch courage

18 May, 2007

Bavaria is planning a major marketing drive over the next three years to boost sales and the brand's profile in the UK.

Currently the brewer's range, which includes Bavaria Premium Pilsner and non-alcoholic lager Malt is distributed to 33 per cent of the off-trade, but Mike Teague, UK sales director, wants to see distribution up to 70 per cent by 2010.

He said: "That will be via the multiple grocers, the key convenience chains and the major cash and carry groups. "

Bavaria is planning to launch a range of fruit-flavoured non-alcoholic lagers, after Malt grew sales by 455 per cent last year, according to Nielsen.




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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