Bottling specialist Cobevco has snapped up one of only 301 global Masters of Wine as its new winemaking consultant.

Justin Knock MW will advise Cobevco’s technical and product teams as they try to develop innovative packages for global customers.

Knock has degrees in food science and industrial chemistry and has made wine in Australia, France and Spain.

He has also worked with producers in New Zealand, the USA and Chile during his 15-year career in the industry.

He said: “Over the course of my career the wine market has become increasingly globalised and consumers have more choice in terms of country of origin than ever before.

“With excellent wine now made all over the world, producing a quality beverage is just one part of building a successful brand. Discerning customers are increasingly interested in a winery’s environmental, ethical and social credentials, and will support brands with strong policies and good track records in these areas.

“On the supply side, I’ve noticed a growing number of producers turn to specialist bottlers like Cobevco to help them reduce their carbon footprint, improve the responsiveness of their supply chain and smooth out consistency in wine quality for fast moving products.

“I’m excited about working with them to develop their already excellent offering.”

Adrian Curry, managing director at Cobevco, added: “With Justin on board, Cobevco has become one of the most highly qualified specialist bottlers in the world.”