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Established: 1945 in the US
Turnover: £2.6 billion ($5.2bn) worldwide for Constellation Brands
Brands: Hardys, Banrock Station (Australia), Stowells (international), Kumala (South Africa), Echo Falls (US)
Off-trade split: 80%
Key personnel: Troy Christensen, president UK; Peter Spencer, senior vice president sales; Clare Griffiths, vice president European consumer marketing
No sign of complacency at Constellation, which, despite owning some of the UK's top wine brands, has expanded its portfolio further this year with the launch of the premium South African brand Fish Hoek and its first French product, Enchanté, in partnership with Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Support for the established brands has seen a £12 million campaign behind Hardys, including a TV ad, and £5 million in advertising support for Echo Falls, which added a shatterproof plastic glass to its packaging SKUs. Other developments included the launch of a Hardys dessert Shiraz and Banrock Station in Tetra Pak.