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French wine producer and trader Les Grands Chais de France (GCF) has acquired German counterpart Racke's winery at Mainz-Hechtsheim, as well as its Amselkeller, Viala, Bongeronde and Rosière brands for an undisclosed sum.

Speaking to just-drinks today (January 28), a spokesperson for GCF confirmed the acquisition but declined to provide further information, adding that it was too early to comment on its strategy for the winery and the popular priced brands.

Last week, Racke took over the control of its Eggers & Franke wine distribution joint venture in Germany by acquiring KWV's stake. The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, is part of a strategy to refocus the group on more upmarket segments.

The latest available figures from GCF show that it posted a 2006 turnover of EUR613m (US$906.5m), 70% which was made up of exports. The group consists of 12 companies employing more than 1,200 staff.


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