Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), the world’s leading premium wine company, announced today that it has completed the sale of its Australian and U.K. business to CHAMP Private Equity of Sydney, Australia. The transaction is valued at approximately A$290 million. Constellation retained an approximate 20 percent interest in the business and received cash proceeds of […] [...more]
The Foster’s Wine Business has enjoyed remarkable results at the first wine show of the season – the 2010 Brisbane Wine Show – winning 11 trophies and 29 gold medals, including three trophies for the 2005 Leo Buring Leonay Watervale Riesling, which won Best Mature White Wine, Best Aged Riesling and the Best Wine of […] [...more]
Responsible for setting & implementing the strategic direction to allow delivery of Diageo products on behalf of Australian IMC to all states in AU. A key interface between the AU IMC & APAC Logistics to create value across the entire Supply chain, & deliver exemplary service.-Provide strategic direction, leadership & accountability for the national warehouse & transport network, including 21 Diageo employees. To deliver our products to our consumer & customers, nationally, on time and at its highest quality through effective utilisation of our 3rd Party Logistics Providers. Leverage exceptional relationships with our internal & external customers to deliver world-class performance & to create opportunities for competitive advantage across the distribution operations.Utilise 3PL providers nationally, operating all of the transport requirements & warehousing at the National Distribution Centre. [...more]
The purpose of this role is to lead, motivate and develop a team of five sales professionals in order to deliver stretch brand and portfolio targets and build profitable sales. If successful in the role, your responsibilities will include Driving profitable sales growth within your territory
- Accountability of delivering agreed business unit performance
- Positive overall performance of your team
- Establishing networks both internally and externally
- Developing the capability and motivation of your team [...more]
Foster's has appointed a former police officer to its board of directors.
Christine Nixon joined Foster's Group as a non-executive director at the beginning of April.
Foster's Chairman, David Crawford said: "On behalf of shareholders I am very pleased to welcome Christine to the Foster's Board.
"Christine's leadership, management experience and her strong community focus will be an asset at the Foster's Board table."
After a career in the NSW and Victorian Police force, Nixon became Victoria's first female chief commissioner, leading a team of 14,000 staff and managing a $1.7 billion budget for eight years before her retirement in February 2009. [...more]
Rockstar Energy Drink has signed a long-term distribution deal with Frucor, a distributor of energy drinks in Australia and New Zealand.
The company claims that Rockstar is an energy drink enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle.
The energy drink is available in 13 flavors namely, Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Rockstar Recovery, Rockstar Cola, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Roasted Espresso, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, and Roasted Light Vanilla. Rockstar Energy Shots are available in Wild Berry and Tropical Punch flavors. [...more]
Australian Vintage’s chief executive, Dane Hudson has left the company to “pursue other interest”, according to AV’s chairman Ian Ferrier.
In an official statement the board says it will commence a search process to appoint a new CEO once a decision is made concerning the proposed merger with Constellation Brands.
Neil McGuigan, AVL’s general manager of production and supply, has been appointed interim CEO. [...more]
Wine exporter Beelgara has appointed Jaap Sonnemans as its new European market manager.
Sonnemans joins Beelgara after spending 18 months as global brand manager for Lisa McGuigan’s Tempus Two Winery. He has experience in sales and marketing in the European Wine market, having worked for BRL Hardy in The Netherlands (2001–2003) and then Hardy’s importer and distributor, Groupe LFE (2003-2008), as marketing manager.
Sonnemans’ mission is “to bring Beelgara’s brands to Europe and find the right distribution partners to grow the business based on a clear channel strategy and with the right support.”
J Sonnemans has just returned from the winery where he spent some time assisting with the 2010 vintage. [...more]
Diageo has announced it will secure the marketing and distribution rights to tequila brand Jose Cuervo in Australia, officially effective April 1 2010.
Under the new agreement, Diageo Australia will manage the marketing and distribution of the Jose Cuervo portfolio brands including: Jose Cuervo spirits, Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix, Gran Centenario, and 1800 Tequilas. The agreement will not include Jose Cuervo's current RTD brand Vivezo. [...more]
A French winemaker's attempt to sell its "Kiwi Cuvee" wine in Australia has been tipped over.
Winemaker Lacheteau, which is based in the Loire Valley, already sells its sauvignon blanc, labelled Kiwi Cuvee, in Europe and Britain.
However, an attempt to register it in Australia caught the interest of the New Zealand Winegrowers, which opposed the move, British newspaper The Times reported.
"The term 'kiwi' has a very strong association with New Zealand and our view is that it should be reserved for New Zealand wines," said New Zealand Winegrowers president Philip Gregan.
He said it was a "delicious irony" that the French were attempting to capitalise on the popularity of New Zealand sauvignon blancs by trying to disguise their wine as something other than French. [...more]
Foster’s Group could lose its licence to produce and distribute the Stella Artois beer brand in Australia. According to reposrts circulating in the Australian press – Anheuser-Busch InBev may give the licence to Lion Nathan when it expires, as it has already been granted the licence for the Budweiser brands in Australia and New Zealand. […] [...more]
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced that its subsidiary, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging International Limited (SMYPIL), has entered into a sale share and subscription agreement for the acquisition by SMYPIL of a majority stake in the Cospak Group.
Based in Sydney, Australia, the Cospak Group is the largest packaging trading firm in Australasia. [...more]