Brown-Forman has dissolved its European wine marketing team as part of a major restructuring.

Casualties of the dissolution include managing director for European wines David Cox and marketing director Simon Legge along with the rest of the European marketing team.

The restructure follows the merger of the company's wine and spirits divisions in the US two years ago.

Brown-Forman wine marketing will now be executed from its Kentucky, US head office and the company will merge its wine and spirits operations within continental Europe.

"Two years ago Brown-Forman merged their wines and spirits divisions together in the US and we've not been pursuing that in the European markets, partly because the two markets are different and we were a slightly younger type of business," Cox told just-drinks today (9 July). "They left the UK as a stand-alone operation for wine and again, because we have a joint-venture with Bacardi-Martini for our spirits brands, wine is not going to join that.

"There will be a small amount of local executions in wine marketing within the London office, certainly for the UK, but otherwise the major marketing will be done centrally from the US."

The redundancies took effect from 1 July and Cox, who had headed up the wine team for 13 years, is currently pursuing a number of opportunities within the same industry, while Legge is taking a two-year sabbatical.