Off-Piste snaps up former Waitrose and Co-op buyer

Off-Piste Wines has appointed former Waitrose and Co-op buyer, Maria Elener, as sourcing and supplier manager for Europe.

Elener, who started her role at the end of 2019, has 16 years’ experience buying wines in the supermarket sector from all over the world at both Waitrose and Co-op. She also previously held roles at Majestic and The Wine Society.

She joins South African-based Paul Meihuizen, who was appointed last year from Bibendum off-trade as wine buyer to oversee Off-Piste Wines’ New World sourcing and supply.

Andy Talbot, managing director of Off-Piste Wines, said: ‘Off-Piste Wines has seen fantastic growth with a small group of trusted supply partners.

“We are now looking to take this growth to the next level and have identified sourcing new suppliers as a key part of our long-term strategy.

“We are actively seeking to fill current supply gaps in our portfolio to enable us to offer our customers a full range of wines from all major wine producing countries.

"Maria and Paul have a great deal of experience in the sector and are very well-known figures in the industry. We are delighted to have them on the team.”