In Brief

18 May, 2007

Whyte & Mackay sold

Whyte & Mackay has been bought by United Spirits for £595 million. The Indian company is hoping to use Whyte & Mackay's Scotch whisky brands to meet growing demand in India and will also use the international link to export its own brands. Whyte & Mackay chairman and chief executive Vivian Imerman (above, left) will become strategic adviser to chairman and chief executive Dr Vijay Mallya (right).

In praise of Vins de Pays

Vins de Pays marketing boss Nöel Bougrier has issued a robust defence of the category following criticism in the May 4 edition of OLN. In a letter published on page 10, he highlights rising quality and attributes recent sales decline to a general downturn in own-label wine.

New chairman for The Bunch

James Tanner of Tanners Wines has taken over from Berry Bros' Alun Griffiths MW as chairman of six-strong independent wine merchant group The Bunch.




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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

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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