In Brief

22 February, 2008

Sales up at Select & Save

Convenience fascia group Select & Save has grown its alcohol sales by 33 per cent in the third quarter of 2007, compared to 2006, while overall like-for-like sales grew by 10.8 per cent. Select & Save has embarked on an aggressive programme of price

cuts and promotions in a bid to beat the multiple grocers and arch-rival Bargain Booze. Tobacco sales dropped 2.3 per cent in the same period.

Cadbury names division heads

Roger Carr, a businessman who is chairman of pub group Mitchells & Butlers, among other directorships, has been named chairman of newly demerged Cadbury , while former Coors board member Wayne Sanders has become chairman of Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Cadbury Schweppes grew its confectionery revenue by 7 per cent in 2007, the group announced in its preliminary results this week. Trident grew sales by 26 per cent and Dairy Milk climbed 5 per cent.

Climate change concerns

Drought and flooding are among the main environmental factors influencing wine production, delegates at Barcelona's Climate Change

& Wine conference heard. Top winemakers at the conference, held on Feb 15 and 16, said temperature rises would put some grape -growing areas out of use permanently. The Wine Academy of Spain organised the event.




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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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