In Brief

23 February, 2007

Team boost at Vinoceros

Vinoceros has appointed four new staff to its sales and office teams. Laurie Webster, formerly head of marketing at Oddbins, is the new sales abd marketing director. Australian-born winemaker Mark Goundrey joins as European sales manager and Colin Hynard as key account manager. Laura Brown restarts as sales executive for the Midlands following three years of travelling.

Tasmanian rosé sparkler

Tasmanian sparkling wine house Jansz Tasmania has launched its first sparkling rosé into the UK market. Jansz Tasmania Premium Non Vintage Sparkling Rosé is a premium blend of multiple vintages from 1999 to 2004 and is the first Tasmanian sparkling wine to be made in the traditional method. It has been released into the UK following its appearance at the Australia Day Tastings in London and Edinburgh.

First Drinks manager

First Drinks Brands has appointed a senior category manager to help drive the company's varied brand portfolio, including Glenfiddich, Grants, Disaronno and Mateus Rosé. Richard Barnes joins from St Ivel where he w as category marketing manager. He said: "Our goal is to develop strong category relationships to ensure we keep communicating and supporting First Drinks' expertise and leadership ."

Kemp appointed

Anheuser-Busch has appointed Alistair Kemp as UK sales director, replacing Andrew Nethercott, who left the company to move closer to family. Kemp was previously director of sales for off-premise retail . That post has been taken by John Bradbury.

Corona's fab cabs

Corona has launched an ad campaign on a fleet of taxis in Belfast. The sponsorship will run for the rest of this year . Corona is also advertising on local radio. Northern Ireland brand manager Gary Flynn said: "Corona Extra had another excellent year during 2006 with a 56 per cent rise in sales and it is the number one beer in many city centre venues throughout Northern Ireland." Corona's UK head Angel Garcia Gomez added: "We have a fleet of cabs across the UK and specifically chose Belfast because of the city's long tradition of partying and having fun."

New-look Argentinian range

Argentine winery Familia Zuccardi has unveiled a new look for its Santa Julia Varietal and Reserva range. The revamp is designed to give the brand a more contemporary image with clearer tasting notes and updated insignia. In the Reserva range a single portrait appears on a plain white label and the tasting notes have been moved to the back label. "The design is modern, clear, distinctive, and jumps out from the other South American names," a spokesman said.

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