In Brief

21 January, 2011

Jobs cut at Constellation Constellation has said there will be no job losses following the sale of its UK and Australian wine businesses to Champ Private Equity. Commercial general manager James Lousada told OLN: “There are no planned redundancies as a result of this deal.” ?Buying shake-up at BoothsBooths is shaking up its buying department in a move which has seen the departure of two long-standing staff. Beer and cider buyer David Smith retired from the Preston-based chain on New Year’s Eve after 40 years. Sally Holloway, who worked part-time as its wine buyer, has also left. John Gill has been promoted internally to replace Smith, having previously overseen ambient and non-food. The retailer is currently recruiting a full-time wine and spirits buyer.

Grimes steps up at ParfettsSteve Parfett has stepped down as managing director of Parfetts Cash & Carry ahead of his planned retirement in 2012. Former finance director David Grimes has taken over the top role.

Jacob’s Creek regional focusJacob’s Creek has added a range of wines focused on regional appellations to its portfolio. The Regional Reserve range has an rrp of £9.99 and comprises Shiraz and Riesling from Barossa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Adelaide Hills. The launch comes at a time when the Australian wine industry is facing a rift between factions who back a broad generic approach and those who favour a narrower focus on regional styles.

Malbec has its dayWines of Argentina is celebrating its “most recognisable varietal” on the newly announced Malbec World Day on April 17. UK director of the generic body Andrew Maidment urged independent wine merchants to get on board with the initiative, which will be backed up by a PR campaign, tastings and competitions. Contact

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I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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