In Brief

06 April, 2007

Sharp eye on Cellar & Kitchen

Adnams has appointed Marks & Spencer's former marketing director Steven Sharp with a view to expanding its Cellar & Kitchen stores. Sharp has joined the brewer's board as a non-executive director. Before M&S he worked for Booker, Arcadia, Burton Group, Debenhams, Asda and Bejam. Adnams currently has Cellar & Kitchen shops in Southwold and Woodbridge in Suffolk, and Holkham in Norfolk. The brewer saw operating profits climb 11.8 per cent to £4.1 million, and turnover rise 1.3 per cent to £46 million during the 12 months to Dec 31 2006.

New winemaker for Waverley

Waverley TBS has employed a new winemaker to work with their wineries in South Africa, South America, southern France, Spain and New Zealand. Nathan Foote, who will work closely with suppliers and partners in those regions, said he is looking forward to "pushing the boundaries" . He added: "They have an important year ahead ."

Scots raise standards

Scottish drinks industry standards have been officially launched. Top suppliers, government bodies and trade organisations support The Social Responsibility Standards for the Production and Sale of Alcoholic Drinks in Scotland. The aim, to create long-term change to alcohol misuse by driving high standards of responsible alcohol marketing and promotion .

Brown-Forman joins Portman

Global spirits and wine company Brown-Forman has become the ninth drinks company to join the Portman Group. Elizabeth Crossic, Brown-Forman's director of government relations and social responsibility in Europe said: " Full membership will give a greater say in setting responsible standards which enrich the public's experience of alcohol."

Visit Scotland with Crabbie's

Halewood International has joined forces with Visit Scotland to run an on-pack promotion for Crabbie's green ginger wine. The prize-draw gives drinkers the chance to win a two-night stay at the five star Marcliffe Hotel in Scotland's north east. There's also a free booklet of Visit Scotland vouchers for every entrant, which includes offers on food, accommodation and activities. The neck-collar promotion will be backed by shelf-edge labels and posters.

OLN raises charity cheer

Off Licence News has raised a three-figure sum for drinks trade charity The Benevolent through its Christmas Seasons Greetings ads. The funds were raised through suppliers' ads on a sponsored page in the Nov 24 and Dec 8 issues . The money will go towards the charity's work with needy former members of the drinks trade.

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