Scottish & Newcastle UK

27 March, 2009

2-4 Broadway Park, South Gyle, Edinburgh EH12 9JZ

T: 0131 528 1000

W: scottish-newcastle.com

Established:

1777

Brands: Strongbow, Bulmers Original, Jacques

Off-trade split: 56%

Newest and upcoming innovations:

Off-trade sales managing director

Mark Gerken: "The Bulmers Original portfolio has been strengthened by the introduction of Bulmers Pear and Bulmers Light, which has 30% fewer calories.

Jacques Orchard Fruits extends the Jacques portfolio, following Jacques Fruits of the Forest ."

Biggest challenge for 2009: "The key issues in 2009 are the UK economy and the impact of government legislation.

I don't think the government should be handling pricing - that's an area the retailer should be responsible for."




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Rosé tinted glasses

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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