US beverage alcohol distributor The Charmer Sunbelt Group has announced a sales appointment at one of its member companies.

John Barry has been named as general sales manager at R&R Marketing, a wine and spirits wholesaler in New Jersey. Barry's career in the drinks industry spans over 20 years. His first role was at Bacardi Imports in 1986.

In 1995 Barry joined Maryland-based distributor Reliable Churchill in Baltimore as field sales manager, and rose through a series of positions of increasing responsibility.

He was promoted to sales manager of the Raven Division in 2000, managing the Bacardi, Sidney Frank and Heaven Hill portfolios.

"John's extensive industry experience makes him uniquely qualified to support R&R in the development and implementation of a company-wide strategy aimed at attaining our Vision to be the Distributor of Choice in New Jersey," said Jon Maslin, president of R&R Marketing.