In Brief

19 September, 2008

European partnership

William Grant & Sons and Rémy Cointreau have announced a partnership agreement across Europe. In the UK, Grant subsidiary First Drinks Brands will become the distributor for the Rémy portfolio, which includes Rémy Martin Cognacs, Cointreau, Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagnes, and Mount Gay rum . The UK deal becomes effective on April 1 2009 - immediately after Rémy withdraws from the Maxxium group .

New owner for Palandri

Palandri Wines has emerged from administration with a new name and

owner. The Western Australian producer will now be known as 3 Oceans Wine, after being

bought by Chinese entrepreneur Xibo Ma - previously the second biggest shareholder in Palandri.

Focus on Nottage Hill Constellation has pledged to focus on its mid-priced Nottage Hill brand, despite pressure to push entry-level wines in today's uncertain economic conditions. "The £7.99 price bracket is an important one for us - there's evidence that consumers are still trading up," said corporate oenologist Bill Hardy. The

company's latest TV ad campaign, part of a £12 million investment, will move away from talking about the heritage of the Hardys brand and will instead promote Nottage Hill.




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