In Brief
Published:  09 August, 2007

Petrassi joins Tesco

Tesco has employed Pierpaulo Petrassi as senior product development manager. Petrassi - formerly of Waverley TBS - will start his new role in October with responsibility for selecting wines from Australia, New Zealand and Italy. The retailer is putting 370 new wines on its shelves on Aug 13 in its latest category review.

Devon brewer scoops award

O'Hanlon's Port Stout has been awarded best bottle-conditioned beer at this year's Great British Beer Festival. Silver medals were awarded to Titanic Stout and Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout. Wapping Baltic Gold was given a bronze medal. Shropshire beer Hobsons Mild was named Champion Beer of Britain.

SGF takes to the road

Scottish drinks retailers can find out more on Scotland's new licensing laws at Scottish Grocers Federation roadshows this September. Attendance is free to members and £25 plus VAT for non-members. For information visit, e-mail or call 0131 343 3300.

Bargain Booze correction

Bargain Booze expects its Select Convenience shops to turn over between £25,000 and £30,000 per week, not per annum as reported in OLN July 27.

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