Dutch courage

18 May, 2007

Bavaria is planning a major marketing drive over the next three years to boost sales and the brand's profile in the UK.

Currently the brewer's range, which includes Bavaria Premium Pilsner and non-alcoholic lager Malt is distributed to 33 per cent of the off-trade, but Mike Teague, UK sales director, wants to see distribution up to 70 per cent by 2010.

He said: "That will be via the multiple grocers, the key convenience chains and the major cash and carry groups. "

Bavaria is planning to launch a range of fruit-flavoured non-alcoholic lagers, after Malt grew sales by 455 per cent last year, according to Nielsen.




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I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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