This year's Vintners' Company and WSET lecture 2007, on Oct 15, will be given by Christian Seely, managing director of AXA Millésimes. Seely will take to the lect ern at Vintners' Hall to discuss
whether vineyards are a good investment. WSET chief executive Ian Harris said: "Having responsibility for the AXA Millésimes group of properties, I cannot think of a better person than Christian to tackle this question.
High street improvements
The Association of Convenience Stores has been asked to put forward proposals on how to improve the future of Britain's high streets. The Conservative Commission has been set up by the Conservative Parliamentary Enterprise Group to help regenerate town centres. ACS chief executive James Lowman is expected to provide evidence on issues affecting small retailers, including parking and planning policy, employment regulations and competition in the grocery market.
August growth for alcohol
Wine and beer showed "good growth" in August compared with sales in July, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium. Although total retail sales only increased by 0.6 per cent between July and August, Helen Dickinson, head of retail at KPMG, said the food and drink sector put in a "robust performance" for the first time in three months and was the biggest selling retail sector. Sales were said to be higher due to drier and warmer weather.
Two recruits for HwCg
HwCg Specialist, the multiple specialist and independent-focused arm of the wine supplier, has made two additions to its sales team. Tom Barton - formerly of Majestic - joins as sales account manager for the south of England. Helen Barugh joins as sales account manager for the north of England.
Let's Tryst again
Adelaide Hills producer Nepenthe has extended its Tryst brand. The 2006 Tryst Sauvignon Blanc will be exclusively available in 402 Tesco stores
with a price tag of £8.99. The entire range has
recently been repackaged
with contemporary labelling, and consists of a 2006 Tryst White, which is a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon/Pinot Gris blend, and a 2005 Tryst Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo/Zinfandel. Both are distributed by Waverley TBS.
Cigarette test purchasing
Shops selling tobacco in Rochdale, Lancashire, have been told they will be visited by test purchasers after Oct 1 to ensure they are not selling cigarettes to under-18s. The government is raising the legal purchasing age for tobacco to 18 on Oct 1 and retailers face fines of up to £2,500
if they fail to abide by the law.