Champagne house Laurent-Perrier has recruited a new national account manager for the off-trade in its UK sales force.

The French company said yesterday (30 May), that, in his position as national account manager, Matthew Gay will be responsible for accounts in both national multiple and national specialist sectors. As well as the Champagnes of Laurent-Perrier, Gay's remit will also include agency wines from Marqués de Riscal, Thorn-Clarke and Trinity Hill.

Gay joins the team with eight years' wine industry experience, having held positions with both Majestic Wine Warehouses and Waverley TBS.

Laurent-Perrier recently credited exports with helping turnover rise strongly in its full-year. The company confirmed this month, that sales in the year to 31 March rose by 13.7% to EUR236.65m (US$321.27m). As volumes accounted for 9% of the growth, Laurent Perrier saw price increases make up for 5% of the performance. A slight difference in exchange rates pegged back the increase, however, by 0.3%.