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The just-drinks interview – Jean-Marie Chadronnier

25 Jan 2007

Despite being only a few days into 2007, attention is already turning towards the summer and the exhibition season. Earlier this month, the team that organises the biennial Bordeaux extravaganza Vinexpo came to London to discuss this year’s show. Olly Wehring met with Vinexpo president Jean-Marie Chadronnier to find out what attendees can look forward to.

US: Heineken USA juggles regional managers

2 Jan 2007

Heineken USA has appointed two regional managers.

UK: Vinexpo upbeat for packed out 2007 trade fair

15 Nov 2006

Vinexpo is hoping to have a full house ahead of next year’s event in June.

ITALY: Cavit wine co-op falls out with LaVis

9 Nov 2006

Trentino’s leading wine-making co-operative, Cavit, is on the brink of losing one of its star co-ops.

POLAND: CEDC buys another distributor

22 Sep 2006

Central European Distribution Corporation has snapped up yet another beverage alcohol distributor in Poland.

S AFRICA: Sales appointments at Golden Kaan

18 Sep 2006

South African wine brand Golden Kaan is looking to boost international sales through two sales appointments.

US: Hi-tech methods improve grape picking

14 Sep 2006

Californian winemakers are turning to high-tech chemistry to choose optimum grape picking times, according to a Gallo Family Vineyards executive.

US: Former Gallo veteran joins Constellation

7 Sep 2006

Constellation Wines US has appointed a vice president of strategic insights.

US: Vintage Point assembles team

7 Sep 2006

Vintage Point - ‘Partners in Wine’ has completed its first recruitment drive.

Taking a stand – is it worth it?

16 Aug 2006

Trade shows are so much part of the fabric of the wine business that it is hard to imagine life without them. But Richard Woodard asks if the industry can support such a large number of international fairs and whether they provide true value for money.

US: Compensation package boosts NWS earnings

11 Aug 2006

National Wine & Spirits has posted rising earnings for the second quarter of the year thanks largely to compensation after a supplier ended a contract.

ITALY: Chianti Classico body elects president

17 Jul 2006

Marco Pallanti, winemaker at the Chianti Classico estate Castello di Ama, has been elected to head the Italian region’s trade association.

US: The Wine Group targets Millenial consumers

17 Jul 2006

The Wine Group has created a new division to focus on the so-called Millenial group of wine consumers.

Wine upgrade to feature in Wal-Mart revamp

22 Jun 2006

An enhanced wine range is expected to be a key feature of a major revamp of Wal-Mart’s discount stores as the retailer bids to increase consumer spend among existing customers and attract more middle and upper-income consumers through its doors. David Robertson reports.

UK: Consumer spending on wine overtakes beer

19 Jun 2006

UK consumers are now drinking more wine than beer, according to research by market analysts ACNielsen. The study, commissioned by US wine giant E&J Gallo, said that UK consumers spent GBP4.4bn (US$8.1bn) on light wines and another GBP524m on Champagne last year.

US: Republic ups Texan VP responsibilities

19 Jun 2006

Republic Beverage Company has expanded the role for its executive vice president of wine in Texas.

The Losh Cause – Diageo’s original take on Australia

19 May 2006

It may have taken Diageo a long time to move into the Australian wine sector but now it finally has, with the launch of its 7th Continent brand, it cannot be accused of simply following the crowd. Chris Losh assesses Diageo’s original approach to the Australian wine market.

US: Jose Cuervo promotes National Flavours Day

19 May 2006

Jose Cuervo has launched the first ever National Flavours Day in support of its Cuervo Flavored Tequilas.

Singh upbeat on Gallo’s European prospects

15 May 2006

After six months as vice president and general manager for Europe at E&J Gallo, Devinder Singh is upbeat about his role and the international prospects for his company. He met with Olly Wehring to discuss the opportunities and challenges awaiting Gallo in Europe.

UPDATE: UK: Smirnoff named "world's most powerful" spirits brand

8 May 2006

Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka topped a poll of the world’s most powerful wine and spirits brand because of its global distribution and its appeal to consumers of all ages, a leading brand consultant has said.

UK: Smirnoff named "world's most powerful" spirits brand

8 May 2006

Smirnoff has today (8 May) been named the world’s most powerful spirit brand, in a survey outlining the top 100 wine and spirits on the planet.

US/UK: E&J Gallo announces name change

4 May 2006

E&J Gallo has completed a brand overhaul. The family-owned company today (4 May) unveiled a new name and logo which will be rolled out across its core portfolio and around the world.

UK and Europe set for sparkling growth

4 May 2006

The UK premium sparkling wine market is set for further growth, with a number of notable brands looking to capitalise. But, according to Euromonitor International, there is also strong growth potential for premium sparkling wine brands across a number of other European markets.

US: Republic Beverage Co. makes Texas appointment

3 May 2006

Republic Beverage Company has appointed a president to head its operations in Texas.

US: Rodney Strong Vineyards adds to sales team

5 Apr 2006

US wine producer Rodney Strong Vineyards has added three positions to its sales team in a bid to grow in line with demand.

UK: Gallo poaches international general manager from Kraft

29 Mar 2006

E&J Gallo has appointed a vice-president and general manager for its international business unit.

US: Acquisitions drive CEDC earnings

2 Mar 2006

Central European Distribution Corporation saw profits leap last year on the back of contributions from a raft of recent acquisitions.

The Losh Cause

27 Feb 2006

Having seen New World wine producers overtake them in so many markets, one would imagine that the Old World must surely by now have realised the merits of modern wine marketing. But Chris Losh believes they still need to wake up and smell the coffee.

The Losh Cause

23 Jan 2006

While some big wine brands have looked to build an on-trade presence in the last couple of years, the emphasis remains on gaining and retaining major supermarket listings. Chris Losh expects this to continue, which may mean big wine groups discarding some of their smaller labels over the next year.

US: San Joaquin wineries hit by pollution plans

21 Dec 2005

Regulators want the 18 largest wineries in California’s San Joaquin Valley region to reduce pollution from their plants by 35%.

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