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Accolade and Conviviality - The best and the worst

A supernova of activity, relatively speaking, in the wine industry last week has sent our wine commentator, Chris Losh, into a literary tail...

Accolade and Conviviality - The best and the worst

A supernova of activity, relatively speaking, in the wine industry last week has sent our wine commentator, Chris Losh, into a literary tail...


Ben Cooper | 12 Dec 2017

As the year draws to a close, just-drinks takes a look back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry over the last 12 months. In this, the third in our four-part category review, Ben Cooper considers how 2017 has treated the wine sector.


Chris Losh | 19 Sep 2017

It's a question that has been asked a thousand times. But, Chris Losh is nothing if not persistent, especially at a time when other multi-category companies are giving wine the big heave-ho.


Olly Wehring | 1 Sep 2016

When it comes to HR announcements, the departure of a chief executive always gets the juices flowing. Why are they going? Where are they going? Who is replacing them? When the announcement isn’t even an announcement, however, then you’ll forgive us for being a mite suspicious. The confirmation by Accolade Wines on Tuesday of an internal memo detailing Paul Schaafsma’s plans to stand down within the next ten months is just such a curious turn. Why is he going? Where is he going? Who is replacing him? Far more pertinently, though: Why didn’t you tell us?


Chris Losh | 4 Feb 2016

This month, Chris Losh turns his attention to the Australian wine industry, and finds a country struggling with scant opportunities and structural problems in its number one export market.

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Olly Wehring | 5 Apr 2018

Earlier today, Australian private equity group CHAMP announced the divestment of Accolade Wines to The Carlyle Group for AUD1bn (US$768m). The news marks the end of CHAMP's association in wine, which started in 2011 when it bought 80% of Constellation Brands' Australian and UK wine operations for AUD290m (then-US$290m). Having spoken to CHAMP CEO John Haddock at the time of the purchase, it seemed only right for just-drinks to grab him for one final chat, to find out what CHAMP is passing over, why they're selling and what wine lessons the group learnt over the last seven years.


Olly Wehring | 10 Mar 2016

In the second part of this week's just-drinks interview with Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma, we discuss the role brands have to play in the wine industry, whether wine is more of an FMCG than a purist's playground and the secrets to successful marketing.

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Andy Morton | 13 Apr 2018

Accolade Wines has unveiled 50cl sharing bottles for three of its key brands as part of a new strategy to carve out more profits in the challenging UK wine market.


Andy Morton | 13 Apr 2018

The head of Accolade's UK arm has warned that the country's wine industry needs to up its game to remain an attractive destination for wine volumes compared to fast-growing Asian markets.


Olly Wehring | 5 Apr 2018

Accolade Wines finally has a new owner, with Australian private equity group CHAMP and Constellation Brands securing a sale of the company to The Carlyle Group.


Olly Wehring | 23 Jan 2018

Accolade Wines has followed 2016’s purchase of Fine Wine Partners from Lion with the launch of the division in the UK & Ireland.


Andy Morton | 2 Nov 2017

Accolade Wines has launched a vodka under its Echo Falls fruit wine brand.


Lucy Britner | 19 Oct 2017

Accolade Wines has lined up the release of a Prosecco under its Jack Rabbit wine brand. The company said today that the launch is in response to the UK's continued demand for Prosecco. 


Olly Wehring | 25 Sep 2017

Former Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma is continuing his reintegration into the wine industry, this time through his appointment as head of UK-based Broadland Wineries.


Andy Morton | 18 Sep 2017

Accolade Wines is to cut about 35 jobs at its Berri Estates winery and packaging plant.


Richard Woodard | 12 Sep 2017

Former Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma has been named as a director of New Zealand crowd-funded wine producer Invivo.


Olly Wehring | 4 Apr 2017

Accolade Wines has confirmed the departure of its third CEO in three years, with Michael East set to take early retirement.


Olly Wehring | 8 Mar 2017

Accolade Wines has confirmed a change of general manager for the UK & Ireland, with Adrian McKeon replacing Rob Harrison in the role.


Olly Wehring | 7 Mar 2017

CHAMP Private Equity has confirmed to just-drinks that it has abandoned plans to either sell or float Accolade Wines, adding that it aims to "enhance" the unit’s "attractiveness to investors".


Andy Morton | 22 Dec 2016

Kirin's Australasian subsidiary, Lion, has said its decision to use disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong in a marketing campaign was to "highlight that actions have consequences".


Andy Morton | 9 Dec 2016

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is to end its UK bottling agreement with Accolade Wines.


Olly Wehring | 9 Dec 2016

Accolade Wines has brought former tennis player Boris Becker on board as a brand ambassador for its Anakena Chilean wine brand in the UK.


Lucy Britner | 18 Nov 2016

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.


Andy Morton | 14 Nov 2016

Lion is to sell its Australian premium wine business, Fine Wine Partners (FWP), to Accolade Wines.


Olly Wehring | 5 Oct 2016

Accolade Wines has extended the sponsorship tie-up between its Hardys wine brand and the England & Wales Cricket Board.


Olly Wehring | 2 Sep 2016

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.


Olly Wehring | 30 Aug 2016

Accolade Wines has confirmed reports that its CEO, Paul Schaafsma, is set to step down in the coming months.


Andy Morton | 12 Aug 2016

Accolade Wines is set for an AUD1bn (US$768m) IPO as owner CHAMP Private Equity looks to emulate the stock market success of Treasury Wine Estates.


Lucy Britner | 12 Aug 2016

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.

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