In Brief
Published:  16 November, 2007

Ricard boss stands down

Pernod Ricard's chairman and chief executive Patrick Ricard is resigning from his executive role at the end of the 2007/8 financial year. The position of chairman and chief executive will be split so Ricard can retain his position of chairman of the French drinks group's board of directors. Ricard has recommended Pierre Pringuet, managing director since 2000, for the chief executive role.

Hen courts loyalty

Greene King has launched a loyalty scheme for fans of Old Speckled Hen, giving them the chance to win limited edition branded cuff links, leather wallets and shirts made by a Jermyn Street tailor. Old Speckled Hen Appreciation Society tokens will feature on 4x50cl and 9x50cl bottles between now and January in Sainsbury's, Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons. The brand has also launched a Christmas gift-pack of a bottle of OSH and a branded glass in a presentation tin, which will sell in Debenhams and BHS for £8.

On its head

Dutch design duo Viktor and Rolf have created an "upside down" bottle of Champagne, plus a flute and ice bucket for Piper-Heidsieck. The limited-edition Rosé Sauvage will be available to selected top-end off-trade stores.

Funny footage

TV production company Flame Television is looking for CCTV footage of crimes that have gone wrong for a 10-part series on Channel Five - Crime Botch - which

will broadcast in Spring 2008. Series producer Mike McDowall said: " It's a light-hearted look at crimes that go wrong and shamelessly pokes a bit of fun at the people who would otherwise be making our lives hell." If you have some CCTV footage you could contribute, call 020 7713 6868

or e-mail

Limited edition Duvel

Belgium's Duvel has launched a limited edition 75cl, 9.5 per cent abv ale which is to retail at £12.99 in Sainsbury's from this month. Duvel Triple Hop is brewed to the original Duvel recipe but flavoured with Czech Saaz, Styrian Golding and American Amarillo hops, and it can be aged for at least two years. The beer comes in a pyramid-shaped cardboard gift pack.

More cider for Halewood

Halewood International has taken over the marketing and distribution of Swedish cider Herrljunga, which makes apple and pear-flavoured ciders at 4.5 per cent abv sold in 50cl glass bottles. Halewood already markets the Maguires over-ice cider range and Lambrini.

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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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