Oz export sales boostSales of higher-margin products in the UK helped wine producer Australian Vintage return to profitability in the half-year to December 30. The company reported net profit of AU$1.8 million. Chief executive Dane Hudson said: “Bottled export sales were significantly higher than last year”. He said the focus had been on “marketing high-quality wines at the right price point rather than chasing sales.”??Fairtrade spirits range grows Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are to list the Fairtrade vodka brand Fair from this month. Harvey Nichols will also be listing a new product, Fair Goji, a liqueur made from the goji berry, grown in the Himalayas. Both products are supplied by London-based Fair Trade Spirits.
Jägermeister hijacked Cellar Trends has asked retailers to be on the lookout for stocks of stolen Jägermeister, following a theft from a lorry on the A1 in Lincolnshire. Thieves made off with 50 pallets of 50cl bottles. They are easily identifiable as the pack size is not in general distribution in the UK market. Retailers being offered such stock are asked to contact Christian Davis at Cellar Trends on 01283 217703 or Lincolnshire Police on 01476 402222.