Harris steps down from National Wine Month

17 November, 2011

Wine & Spirit Education Trust chief executive Ian Harris has stepped down as organiser of National Wine Month to concentrate his efforts on theáeducator's core activities.

Harris set up the initiative, which was held for the first time last May, toáencourage consumers to trade up and be more experimental.

But he said his other commitments have made it difficult for him to devoteáthe amount of time he believes steering the 2012 campaign would require.

He told OLN: "I am very grateful to the companies who supported Wine Monthálast year and for the key industry people who gave up their time to join ouráadvisory board.á

"Two agencies have expressed an interest in taking it on, so it isn't deadáin the water. But it was becoming difficult and too time-consuming for me toámanage, especially as the WSET continues to grow significantly abroad."

The 2011 event had attracted the backing of the major retailers, includingáAsda, Tesco and Marks & Spencer as well as a host of suppliers.




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