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Simon Cairns appointed to head up The Co-operative's wine team

Published:  22 March, 2013

The Co-operative Group has appointed Simon Cairns as wine category trading manager.

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The Co-operative Group has appointed Simon Cairns as wine category trading manager.

 

Cairns has nine years' experience in the wine industry and was previously a buyer for Morrisons, where he was responsible for wines from Australia, New Zealand and Italy. He joined Morrisons in 2008 and previously bought wine for Young's Wholesale in Leeds, and Spar wholesaler James Hall and Sons in Preson.

 

The role of wine category trading manager is a new one at The Co-operative Group. The wine division was formerly headed up by wine development manager Paul Bastard who took voluntary redundancy after 19 years with the business last August.

 

Cairns will be tasked with ensuring the retailer provides an interesting, great value range of quality wines.

 

"I have always been focused on making wine more approachable for customers, and one of my aims is to improve our interaction with our shoppers by presenting them with easy-to-shop fixtures and clear communications.

 

"The Co-operative accounts for 60% of the UK's Fairtrade wine sales which is a fantastic achievement, and Fairtrade will stay firmly on the agenda. I also plan to focus even more on Champagne and sparkling wines, to further enhance our market-leading performances in these categories," he said.

 

Yesterday the Co-operative Group reported a 0.7% decline in like-for-like sales in its food business. Including new store openings, sales rose 1.4% to £7.44 billion in the year to January 5, but underlying profits fell by 9.5% to £288 million.

 

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