In Brief

24 April, 2009

Jewell takes on Spar role

Ex Sainsbury's wine buyer Laura Jewell MW is joining Spar in May as its wine trading controller. Jewell is currently with agency firm HWCG as agency director. The move comes as the group reports "above aver age" wine sales, against the rest of the market. Licensed trading director Chris Lewis said: "This is great news for our retailers, RDCs and suppliers as consumers are recognising that we offer good value on a great range of wine in our stores. The growth is not just from entry -level wines, but from all price points, as consumers focus more on entertainment at home, rather than in a pub or restaurant."

LVMH denies Mot -Diageo deal

Luxury goods company LVMH has denied press reports that it plans to sell its wine and spirits division, Mot Hennessy, to Diageo. "LVMH confirms that no such negotiations are taking place," the company said in a statement.

Atkin listed for writing award

OLN's Tim Atkin MW has been shortlisted for the Business Columnist of the Year prize in the PPA Awards, for his regular On The Case column. The winner will be announced on June 30.

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