In Brief

08 January, 2010

Barry Group buys Carry OutThe Carry Out off-licence business in the Irish Republic has been bought out of receivership by wholesaler Barry Group. Carry Out has 52 stores and Jim Barry, managing director of Barry Group, which operates the Costcutter franchise in Ireland, said there was “fantastic potential” to grow the Carry Out brand, which is itself a franchise operation. “We believe this deal will allow us to grow our scale and leverage our increased buying power across all our selling channels,” he said.

Quinta do Vesuvio launchedJohn E Fells has released DOC red still wines from Quinta do Vesuvio, the Symington-owned port house which it represents in the UK market. Quinta do Vesuvio DOC is being listed by Berry Bros & Rudd and Wine Direct, with an rrp of £45 a bottle, while Pombal do Vesuvio is available through Thos Peatling with an rrp of £19.99.

Bodegas Chivite names agentSpanish wine firm Bodegas Chivite – best known for its Navarran wines – has appointed 10 International as its UK agent. The British firm is co-owned by Bill Rolfe, a former marketing director at Unwins.

Beware of exploding PenguinsThe maker? of the world’s strongest beer ha?s warned purchasers? to store bottles ?in a fridge. Brewdog says tests have shown that bottles of Tactical Nuclear Penguin bought before November 27 could pop their caps if exposed to warm conditions or long periods at room temperature. Fill heights of bottles produced after that date were altered to avoid the risk.

Health treat trip up for grabsConsumers are being given a chance to win a two-night break at a top health spa in an on-pack prize draw on Weight Watchers wines, produced by Germany’s Reh Kendermann.

?Whisky theft is 321st offence A man dubbed “Britain’s worst shoplifter” was jailed for a day after stealing two bottles of whisky from a store in Abergele, Conwy. David Archer, 54, of Rhyl, was given the sentence after committing his 321st offence.

Him adds to BII ranksResearch and consultancy company Him has joined the British Institute of Innkeeping as a corporate member. Him director Tom Fender said the two organisations had “the same ultimate goal of securing the long-term future of the licensed retail industry”.

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