Bottle Green

11 July, 2008

19 New Street, Horsforth, Leeds

LS18 4BH

T: 0113 204 5400

E: info@bottlegreen.com

W: bottlegreen.com

Established: 1990

Turnover: £135 million retail

Brands: French Connection (France), Andrew Peace (Australia), Baron de Ley, Campaneo (Spain), Viña Morandé (Chile)

Off-trade split: 95%

Key personnel: Jon Eagle, managing director; Richard Hitchcock, operations and marketing director; Nick Butler, wine director

Bottle Green's major brand focus has been on extending French Connection into the classic regions of France with

wines from Loire, Beaujolais and Burgundy, but it also found time to add new agencies from Roussillon, Burgundy, Italy and Alsace. Distribution of Andrew Peace FuturPak cartons increased significantly and the packaging format was extended to French Connection and the Italian brand Via Vecchio.




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