In Brief

11 January, 2008

Durham leads sales

Buckingham Vintners has appointed Craig Durham sales director. Durham, who has been with the company for four years, will lead a four-strong team of national account managers while maintaining responsibility for his existing accounts, including Morrisons, Co-op and Nisa-Today.

Fladgate buys up ports

The Fladgate Partnership has bought a quarter of the stock owned by the Casa do Douro. Fladgate - which owns Taylor's, Fonseca, Croft and Delaforce ports - agreed to purchase the stock, mostly ports of between seven and 11 years old, in a deal which was signed at the end of December. The Casa do Douro had high levels of unsold port, Fladgate said in a statement.

Portman code goes live

New rules concerning the marketing of alcohol have officially come into force under the Portman Group's fourth code of practice. The

rules ban alcohol branding on children's replica sports shirts and advertising that encourages consumers to drink rapidly or down their drinks in one.

Light for light

The Waste & Resources Action Programme

is researching whether lightweighting glass bottles can increase the risk of light-strike in beers. Too much exposure to light can give beers "skunky", off-flavours.

'Star' employee retires

Parfetts Cash & Carry has praised "star employee" Maureen Sykes, Go Local advisor at its Halifax depot, who retired at the end of 2007. Sykes has been with the business since 1998, having had a previous 20 years experience in the cash and carry sector. Managing director Steve Parfett described Sykes as "an indispensable part of the Halifax team" . Chris Sutcliffe has taken over

her role.

Aspall in warehouse deal

Cidermaker Aspall has signed a deal with warehousing and distribution specialist Anglia Freight to improve service to its UK customers. Under the agreement, Anglia Freight will warehouse all Aspall cyder, vinegar and apple juice at its Suffolk depot before distributing it to Aspall's on and

off-trade customers. Director Barry Chevallier said: "This distribution partnership allows us to focus on consistently producing the highest quality cyder and vinegar possible - while Anglia Freight ensures customers receive a first-class delivery service."

Diageo raises a toast

Diageo celebrated its

10th anniversary in December. The drinks giant was created by the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness . Chief executive Paul Walsh said: "We have seen growth in our business over the past decade in well-established consumer markets like the United States and have begun building for a strong future in emerging markets

such as China and India. We believe the next decade and the others to follow will continue to be exciting times for Diageo."

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