UK review for Constellation

14 May, 2010

Constellation has said it will review the structure of its UK operations and supply chain following the collapse of merger talks with Australian Vintage.

Discussions about a possible merger of the companies’ Australian and UK operations ended last month without a deal.

A spokeswoman for Constellation said it was continuing the process of alignment and integration of the Australian and UK businesses after “eyes were taken off the ball” during the merger talks.

James Lousada, senior vice-president of marketing and business development at Constellation Europe, said it will be looking at “all areas” of the company to make it more efficient.

“While there won’t be a change in strategy, it gives us the opportunity to look at all areas of the business to see where we can best maximise resources and gain efficiencies,” he said.

“Many of these efficiencies will come from operations and supply chain – some of the bottling of our Hardys portfolio is in the process of being transferred from Reynella, South Australia, to Bristol.”?Lousada pledged the company would continue to focus on building its brands in the UK.




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