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Giesen Wines Appointed NZ Importer for Peter Lehmann Wines 

Giesen Wines Appointed NZ Importer for Peter Lehmann Wines 

Effective from May 1, Casella Family Brands has appointed Giesen Wines NZ as the exclusive importer for Peter Lehmann Wines (PLW) in New Zealand. Casella Family Brands said it chose Giesen for its expertise in sales and distribution in New Zealand and saw Giesen’s existing relationships with the on- and off-premise channels as valuable for leveraging PLW in the market. In addition, John Casella, Managing ...

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Metcash Chairman to Retire

Metcash Chairman to Retire

Peter Barnes, Chairman of Metcash Limited has announced that he will retire later in August. As a result, former CEO of Lion and Nestle Oceania, Robert Murray, has been appointed to Metcash’s Board of Directors as Non-Executive Director and will become Chairman once Mr. Barnes steps down later in the year. Mr. Barnes said: “It is my stated intention to retire from Metcash during my current term and I anno...

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Liquor Barons Breaks Grounds for Independents

Liquor Barons Breaks Grounds for Independents

Liquor Barons is to be the first independent retail banner group to offer a true scan data service utilising IRI-Aztec data. Breaking grounds as the first independent retailer to do so, Liquor Barons has appointed IRI-Aztec as its data agent. This new relationship means that Liquor Barons scan data is now available through IRI-Aztec’s services and software suite to all suppliers, enabling suppliers to ali...

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Craig Nutson To Leave Novocastrian Wholesale Liquor

Craig Nutson To Leave Novocastrian Wholesale Liquor

Craig Knutson has announced that he will be leaving Novocastrian Wholesale Liquor. Craig leaves after two and a half years with the company to pursue new directions closer to home.   In his time at Novocastrian, Craig has contributed to huge growth and development within the company, seeing a 60 per cent growth rate over the past 12 months.   Jeff and Leigh Crawley said that they wish Craig well in future...

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Tony Dwyer Joins L’Atelier Wines as National Sales Manager

Tony Dwyer Joins L’Atelier Wines as National Sales Manager

L’Atelier Wines has announced Tony Dwyer as its new Sydney based National Sales Manager. The former Bacardi Lion employee will be responsible for the company’s next phase of growth, following its recent expansion across the Eastern Seaboard. Dwyer joins from his former employment at Bacardi Lion, where he was responsible for Key Accounts. Dwyer also has broader experience in managerial and leadership role...

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Blue Star Rebrands Under New Parent Company ive Group

Blue Star Rebrands Under New Parent Company ive Group

Member of the drinks association (publisher of drinks  bulletin), Blue Star Group has announced a re-brand across its business this week, now trading under the name Bluestar WEB. After acquiring a range of new businesses, including STI lilyfield, iGroup, Thompsons Print and Display and POS Collective in recent months, the business believes that Bluestar WEB will better communicate its expansion and its n...

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Bacardi Appoints Mauricio Vegara as Global Vice President of Rums

Bacardi Appoints Mauricio Vegara as Global Vice President of Rums

Bacardi Limited has announced the internal appointment of Mauricio Vergara to the position of Global Category Vice President of Rums. As follows, Mr. Vergara is now responsible for the Bacardi portfolio of rums, including the iconic BACARDI rum brand and the super-premium rums within the portfolio of the FACUNDO Rum Collection. Mr. Vegara now succeeds Dmitry Ivanov who was promoted to Chief Marketing Offi...

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TWE Announces Significant Changes to Supply Chain Network

TWE Announces Significant Changes to Supply Chain Network

In an effort to further reduce overhead costs, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announced that it is making substantial changes to its supply chain network in both the USA and Australia. As suggested at TWE’s interim 2015 result announcement, the company is executing plans to extract supply chain optimisation savings and accelerate its focus on the Luxury & Masstige versus Commercial portfolios globally, t...

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Ex-Bacardi Lion Managing Director Joins William Grant and Sons as General Manager

Ex-Bacardi Lion Managing Director Joins William Grant and Sons as General Manager

William Grant and Sons (WG&S) has announced that it has appointed Colin Rochester as it’s new General Manager, replacing Brian Sharp who left the business on March 19. Mr. Rochester joins from Think Spirits, but was also previously Managing Director at Bacardi Lion and has further held senior sales and general management positions at Bulmers and Fosters Australia. On announcement of the appointment, C...

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Diageo to Acquire Sorghum Beer Business in South Africa 

Diageo to Acquire Sorghum Beer Business in South Africa 

Diageo has entered into an agreement to acquire United National Breweries’ (UNB) Traditional Sorghum Beer business this fiscal year. The company announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 50 per cent of UNB’s Traditional Sorghum Beer business in South Africa, currently owned by Pestello Investments Inc. While dependent on consent from the South African competition authority, ...

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