In Brief

11 January, 2008

Top job for Riley

Beam Global UK has appointed former Diageo sales manager Mark Riley sales director. Riley joins the company from Yoplait, where he was grocery sales controller. Paul Elliott, who has been acting sales director for the past five months, will move into the position of commercial director. Both men will report to general manager Drew Munro.

New reds for UK

Gascony-based Domaine du Mage has released two red wines in the UK. Domaine du Mage Tête de Cuvée 2004 is a Syrah/Tannat blend, and Domaine du Mage 2006 is a Merlot/Syrah blend. Both wines are available from France Domaines on 020 7935 1551 or e-mail

Flavour extension

Booker has added two flavours to its Mountain Mist range of still and sparkling flavoured waters - Strawberry and Pomegranate & Blueberry. Both will be available in 50cl bottles (rrp 52p), with multipacks of 12 retailing at £3.29. Booker has also extended the range to include two new 1.5 litre bottles in Lemon & Lime and Strawberry flavours (rrp 89p).

Chile takes steps

Juan Somavía has been appointed manager of Wines of Chile's Santiago office. Somavía - who previously worked for Chile's ministry of foreign affairs - will take over in February when Ricardo Letelier steps down. An international council in charge of developing and implementing strategies to strengthen Wines of Chile's generic programmes has also been set up. Michael Cox, Wines of Chile's UK director, said: "This is another very positive move for the on going progress of Chile's dynamic wine trade."

Innovative launch

Suffolk brewer Adnams has launched a beer to celebrate the completion of its new brewery and its moves to cut its impact on the environment. The new beer, called Innovation, comes in

a single gift-packed bottle and an eight-bottle presentation case,

on sale in Adnams Cellar & Kitchen stores and Waitrose. The 6.7 per cent abv brew is made with Maris Otter barley and malted wheat, Styrian Goldings and Columbus hops.

Fine for firework sale

Slough drinks shop owner Paramjit Singh Gill has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after selling fireworks to a 14-year-old. Gill, of Gill's Off-licence in Stoke Poges Lane in Slough, was fined £250 plus £776 costs after pleading guilty at Maidenhead Magistrates Court on Dec 21. The fireworks were sold to the teenager during a test purchase operation carried out by Slough Borough Council's trading standards team in 2006.

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