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Accolade's Fine Wine Partners brings Houghton wines back to UK

15 May 2018

Accolade's fine wines division has re-launched the Houghton wine range in the UK market.

Accolade's Echo Falls partners with Love Island 2018

9 May 2018

Accolade's Echo Falls wine brand has announced a tie-up with reality TV show Love Island in the UK.

Accolade Wines targets retail transformation with 50cl bottle

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.

UK must make case for wine volumes in face of Asian appeal - Accolade Wines UK & Ireland head

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.

Accolade Wines and Conviviality - The best and the worst of wine? - Comment

9 Apr 2018

A supernova of activity, relatively speaking, in the wine industry last week has sent our wine commentator, Chris Losh, into a literary tailspin. Accolade Wines and Conviviality are to blame.

"Some in the wine industry need to acknowledge that businesses need to make money" - just-drinks talks to CHAMP CEO John Haddock

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.

CHAMP finds a suitor for Accolade Wines as Carlyle talks come good

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.

Accolade Wines taps Treasury Wine Estates for head of Fine Wine Partners in UK, Ireland

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.

The wine category in 2017 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part III - FREE TO ACCESS

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.

Accolade Wines' Echo Falls Summer Berries Vodka - Product Launch

2 Nov 2017

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

Accolade Wines' Jack Rabbit Prosecco DOC - Product Launch

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. 

Broadland Wineries recruits former Accolade Wines chief Paul Schaafsma as CEO

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.

Why is Pernod Ricard the only major multi-category player still in wine? - Comment

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.

Accolade Wines blames changing wine market for Berri Estates job cuts

18 Sep 2017

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

Ex-Accolade Wines CEO Paul Schaafsma returns to the wine fold with Invivo

12 Sep 2017

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

Accolade Wines loses third CEO in three years as Michael East retires

4 Apr 2017

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

Adrian McKeon returns to wine with Accolade Wines UK & Ireland GM appointment

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.

CHAMP pulls plug on Accolade Wines sale, hints at future offload

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".

The wine category in 2016 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part IV

23 Dec 2016

As the end of the year approaches, just-drinks looks back at the stories that made the headlines in 2016 across the global drinks industry. Here, category commentator Ben Cooper picks out the highs and the lows for the wine category.

FREE TO READ - The news stories that shaped the year - just-drinks review of 2016

23 Dec 2016

With the end of the year looming, just-drinks takes a look back at 2016. Here are the ten biggest news stories on just-drinks in the last 12 months.

FREE TO READ - The biggest interviews of the year - just-drinks review of 2016

23 Dec 2016

With the end of the year looming, just-drinks takes a look back at 2016. Here are the ten most-read interviews on just-drinks in the last 12 months.

FREE TO READ - What just-drinks thought about the wine world - The review of 2016

23 Dec 2016

With the end of the year looming, just-drinks takes a look back at 2016. Here are the ten most-read comment pieces written by our wine observers over the last 12 months.

Kirin's Lion defends Lance Armstrong hire for marketing push

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".

Treasury Wine Estates confirms 2019 halt to UK bottling deal with Accolade Wines

9 Dec 2016

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

Accolade Wines recruits Boris Becker for Anakena

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.

This week in spirits & wine featuring Brexit concerns, Kirin's wine sale to Accolade and Arcus-Gruppen's IPO

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.

Kirin's Lion agrees wine unit sale to Accolade Wines

14 Nov 2016

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

Accolade Wines' Hardys strengthens England cricket sponsorship

5 Oct 2016

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

This week in spirits & wine, featuring full-year numbers from Pernod Ricard and Distell, another CEO departure at Accolade Wines and Brown-Forman's Tennessee Fire defence

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.

Why has Accolade Wines lost another CEO? - Editor's Viewpoint

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?

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