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Havana Club goes to consumers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard-distributed Cuban rum Havana Club is launching its first-ever UK consumer advertising and sponsorship campaign with an investment of 1.75 million.

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Octavian secures new Percy Fox logistics deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Logistics company Octavian has been awarded a five-year contract to handle the entire portfolio of Percy Fox and Justerini & Brooks across the UK.

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Co-op concentrates on Fair Trade

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Co-op wine-buying team is stepping up its offering of Fair Trade wines.

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Rappoport departs

Published:  23 July, 2008

Quentin Rappoport will leave his position as director of the WSA, as previously reported in Harpers, at the end of April.

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COCKATOO BACKS BRAND PHOENIX

Published:  23 July, 2008

Following the recent purchase of the Normans stable of brands and winery, Cockatoo Ridge Wines has confirmed that distribution of the wines (which includes NXG) will stay with Brand Phoenix in the UK.

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THE INTERVIEW - JOSEPH SANDLER

Published:  23 July, 2008

Kedem Europe Ltd is a subsidiary of The Royal Wine Corporation, a New York-based company that has the largest international selection of kosher wines in the world and is responsible for 80-90% of kosher wine sales in the US and 50-60% of kosher wine sales in the UK. Joseph Sandler joined the The Royal Wine Corporation 11 years ago to launch Kedem Wines Europe Ltd. This year the eight-day Jewish festival of Passover starts on 23 April.

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GALLO REJIGS AS EUROPEAN BOSS DEPARTS

Published:  23 July, 2008

E&J Gallo has announced a number of personnel developments within its European division following the sudden departure of vice president general manager, Europe, Tamara Minick-Scokalo.

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BERRY'S EXPANDS HEATHROW

Published:  23 July, 2008

Leading independent Berry Brothers & Rudd is set to double its presence at Heathrow Airport by adding new stores at Terminals 1 and 2 this summer.

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WTAG PLEDGES TO WORK WITH REFORMED WSA

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine Trade Action Group (WTAG) has endorsed the proposed restructuring of the Wine & Spirit Association (WSA). Six WTAG members will constitute 50% of the new interim executive board, although members of WTAG have decided to continue to meet.

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JS TO REDUCE RANGE?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's, the UK's third-largest retailer and the original pioneer of supermarket wines, is also looking to reduce the number of wines it offers by up to 10%.

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CRANSWICK-SMITH RETURNS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Graham Cranswick-Smith, founder of Cranswick Premium Wines, has joined forces with Kingston Estate Wines to form a new distribution company, Kingston Wine Agencies.

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NEW PLANTINGS IN CHIANTI CLASSICO MAR THE LANDSCAPE, SAYS CONSORZIO CHIEF

Published:  23 July, 2008

The planting of new vineyards in the Chianti Classico zone is marring the landscape and reducing the agricultural diversity of the region, according to Consorzio del Marche Storico Chianti Classico president Giovanni Ricasoli-Firidolfi.

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DARBYSHIRE RUNS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CHARITY

Published:  23 July, 2008

Thierry's boss Peter Darbyshire is running the London Marathon on 17 April for a South African charity that aims to help disadvantaged children with special educational needs and those whose lives are adversely affected by alcohol.

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CONCHA Y TORO BUYS FRANCISCO DE AGUIRRE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Major Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro has bought Francisco de Aguirre in Chile's Limar valley for US$17 million.

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BIG THREE TO BECOME BIG TWO?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The share price of Allied Domecq soared 96p to 633p last week after it emerged that Pernod Ricard could be planning a takeover.

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THE INTERVIEW - GEMMA CRANGLE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Gemma Crangle, a WSET-accredited tutor, worked briefly at consumer magazine Wine International and then for two years in the buying department of Corney & Barrow before setting up Terroir in 2003. The company supplies restaurants and private customers, focusing on wines from the Languedoc, but has recently expanded to include wines from the neighbouring region of Roussillon. Terroir is the sole agent in the UK for the majority of the producers it represents.

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THE INTERVIEW - DAVID 'ROBBO' ROBERTSON

Published:  23 July, 2008

David Robbo' Robertson, the chief nose behind Jon, Mark & Robbo's Easy Drinking Whisky Company, was born at Royal Brackla Distillery in Nairn, where his father was assistant manager. In 1994, he joined the team at The Macallan, initially as distillery manager and later as master distiller and brand ambassador. In January 2003, after securing financial backing from The Edrington Group, Robertson left The Macallan to set up Jon, Mark & Robbo's Easy drinking Whisky Company with Jon and Mark Geary.
*With thanks to Etienne at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, London, for the use of the venue for photography.

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THE INTERVIEW - KUMIKO OHTA

Published:  23 July, 2008

Kumiko Ohta and two French sommeliers, Jean-Louis Naveilhan and Xavier Chapelou, set up premium sake distribution company Isak in April 2004. The company supplies restaurants and retail outlets and sells its range of around 20 premium sakes through its website, as well as running courses in sake appreciation for both the trade and private customers and organising dinners matching sake to Italian food at Fabbrica restaurant on Battersea Park Road. Ohta's parents cultivate the rice that is used in the production of sake in Fukuroi, near Mount Fuji.

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THE INTERVIEW - PATRICK SALLES

Published:  23 July, 2008

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VINEXPO LABELS LONDONERS 'BLISSFUL' WINE DRINKERS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine is the last piece of the jigsaw' and when it fits, it's absolute bliss'. This is one of the findings of research into Londoners' view of wine commissioned by Vinexpo in advance of its major exhibition in Bordeaux in June.

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