11 July, 2008

Dorset House, High Street, East Grinstead RH19 3DE

T: 01342 318282



Established: 1982

Turnover: £75 million

Brands: Chileno (Chile), Spier (South Africa), Champagne Jacquart (France), Piccini (Italy), Sutter Home (US)

Off-trade split: 80%

Key personnel: Jeffrey Fredericks, chairman; Peter Darbyshire, managing director; Peter Bisley, sales director

PLB has seen major expansion as part of a new growth strategy - including a new marketing manager and brand manager, bigger sales and wholesale teams and an expanded beer team.

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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