In Brief

21 March, 2008

Jeroboams shake-up The Jeroboams Group has made a series of promotions in all four of its divisions. James Wormall, who has managed the Chancery Lane and Elizabeth Street branches, becomes head of private sales and a main board director. He replaces James Radcliffe, who has decided to work part-time but remains company chairman. Charles Boyd, head of the restaurant and hotels team, becomes a main board director. Matthew Edwards and Peter Mitchell MW have been appointed

associate directors.

New depots for Blakemore

West Midlands-based Blakemore Wholesale has


fellow Landmark Wholesale member Tyne Tees Cash & Carry, which has depots in Gateshead and Middlesbrough. Blakemore managing director Sam Wilcox said: "We have been looking to grow and expand our current business, and through the acquisition of Tyne Tees we have the opportunity to take on two successful depots that are of the right size and geographical location for Blakemore." Blakemore will integrate the two businesses within its existing structure, but in the short-term will not be re-branding either depot.

Charles Wells gets gong

Charles Wells has been named


Company of the

Year in the 2007 Business Weekly Awards for East Anglia. In the past year, the company broke the £200†million turnover barrier, up nearly 30 % on the previous year, and remains the largest private employer in Bedfordshire. Chief executive Paul Wells said: "This is fantastic news. We have expanded rapidly in a short space of time and we are absolutely committed to brewing the best possible beer

and operating the best pubs."

Champagne gift pack

Champagne Mumm is rolling out its aluminium Travel Canister to Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Threshers from April 1 with a retail price of £25.99. The gift pack was launched in Selfridges before Christmas. It is designed to protect a bottle of Cordon Rouge and keep it colder for longer while travelling.

Valpolicella turns to Stelvin

The Allegrini estate is to bottle its Valpolicella under screwcap

- so the wine, which until now has been a Valpolicella Classico, will no longer have the Classico denomination. Liberty Wines managing director David Gleave said: "We asked some of our key customers their opinion and all came back saying

the name Allegrini, the Stelvin closure and the denomination Valpolicella were far more important

than the term Classico."

New-look website

Berry Bros & Rudd has improved its website,, to make buying wine "an†easier, simpler and more fluid process". From next week visitors to the site will be able to create their own wish lists and find†out what others are buying to access more information about wine-growing regions.

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Lifting the spirits

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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