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Profile - Mark Williamson, Mr Waitrose

Published:  23 July, 2008

Suggest to Mark Williamson that Waitrose is middle-class, and he quivers. It's so remarkable that it's worth saying again - and he quivers again. The phrase middle-class' is clearly a tricky one: he prefers the description people who appreciate good food and wine, regardless of what car they're driving'.

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Wines in the Weekly Press, 26/27 August, 2006

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Waitrose responds

Published:  23 July, 2008

Waitrose has said in a statement that the letter it sent out to suppliers ahead of the Chancellor's budget (see Harpers 10 March, page 3) does not ask suppliers to bear the cost of the duty. It simply asks them to think in advance about how they would like us to treat their ranges and to initiate discussions with buyers'.

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Waitrose puts the squeeze on

Published:  23 July, 2008

Waitrose - widely regarded as the most benign of the multiple retailers - has asked its wine suppliers to prepare to absorb any duty increase in the Chancellor's budget or see their on-shelf price points rise.

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Howard-Sneyd in at Waitrose

Published:  23 July, 2008

South Africa is the priority for Waitrose's new wine buyer Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, who has replaced Simon Thorpe MW.
Howard-Sneyd did three vintages in the Rainbow Nation in the mid-1990s at the time of the regime change, but he has not been back since, except for a week's honeymoon when it rained throughout.

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Waitrose teams up with AIM

Published:  23 July, 2008

Upmarket multiple Waitrose has teamed up with Alcohol in Moderation to produce an eight-page guide called Alcohol and You, which answers the most frequently asked questions derived from a five-year survey of consumer queries.

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Thresher unveils plans for Wine Rack revitalisation'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Multiple specialist Thresher has announced details of its plans to revitalise' Wine Rack.

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Two MWs out; two MWs in at Waitrose

Published:  23 July, 2008

Waitrose has replaced two departing MWs - buyer Simon Thorpe MW and wine information manager Julia Harding MW - with two more graduates of the Institute of Masters of Wine.

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Thorpe leaves Waitrose for Western

Published:  23 July, 2008

Simon Thorpe MW is leaving Waitrose to join Western Wines. He leaves later this year after eight years in the wine buying department of the John Lewis Partnership grocery multiple.

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WILLIAMSON TAKES OVER AT WAITROSE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mark Williamson will be succeeding Derek Strange as head of buying for wines, beers, spirits and tobacco at Waitrose.

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SEEING THE FUNNY SIDE

Published:  23 July, 2008

With Red Nose Day 2005 just around the corner, Kevin Cahill, chief executive of Comic Relief and Wine Relief, talks to Anastasia Edwards about the charity's work

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FIGHT FOR THE WHITE TO PARTY

Published:  23 July, 2008

There's nought, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion,' wrote Lord Byron. But with Bacardi swamping the white rum market, is there anything to get excited about? Joanne Simon profiles the brands seeking to loosen Bacardi's stranglehold

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AUSTRALIA DAY TASTINGS

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Australia Day Tastings 2002, in London and Edinburgh, begin next week. Christian Davis previews the names, wineries and wines on show at the London exhibition

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WINE RACK COMEBACK

Published:  23 July, 2008
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BUY A SAINSBURY'S BUYER!

Published:  23 July, 2008
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MORRISONS PREPARES TO DITCH OWN-LABEL

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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WAITROSE BUYER PREDICTS END FOR SYNTHETIC CORK

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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WAITROSE PLUGS SCREWCAPS

Published:  23 July, 2008
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RETAILERS BACK WINE RELIEF

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Bridgepoint buys stake in Western Wines

Published:  23 July, 2008
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