Former England and Liverpool legend John Barnes has lent his support to Carlsberg's Team Talk campaign as the World Cup draws closer.
The former Liverpool FC winger who played 79 times for England has done his own Team Talk aimed at inspiring the team which can be seen on Carlsberg's special YouTube site.
"Team Talks are great because there are so many that you can do - it will vary if you're winning, drawing or if you're losing 3-0 at half-time," said Barnes. [...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]
J Wray & Nephew has appointed two new employees to its sales and marketing team.
Lynsey Savage has been appointed junior brand manager and will be working on the company’s Koko Kanu coconut rum brand, as well as a new liqueur line which will be launched in the UK later in April.
Lynsey has previously worked for Drambuie
Greg Allen has also joined the company with responsibility for the South of England with particular emphasis on the on trade.
Previously with The Russian Vodka House where he helped launch Sputnik vodka, he also has business development experience with a pub company called Avebury Taverns. [...more]
Coca-Cola Enterprises' board of directors has elected a new member - Phoebe Wood.
Ms Wood, 56, will take up her role on April 22nd. She has over 30 years of experience in international finance and operations management.
Her former positions include vice chairman and chief financial officer of the Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ms Wood also previously held financial management roles with Motorola (Propel) Corporation and Atlantic Richfield Company. [...more]
Importer and distributor Winebow has appointed a new president. Jon Moramarco will take up the post on March 30. Moramarco will report to Leonardo LoCascio, chairman and CEO of Winebow.
LoCascio said: "Jon's wealth of knowledge and experience, his commitment to high standards, and his passionate leadership make him an ideal choice to guide our company as we continue to refine our organizational structure and maximise our growth potential.
"Jon's impressive background managing import and distribution-based businesses, and his proven success with both super-premium and boutique brands will make him a great asset to Winebow." [...more]
Paris Hilton's controversial beer advert has been pulled from Brazilian TV networks.
The sultry beer ad featuring the socialite was pulled after consumer complaints and a watchdog agency's investigation.
The television and internet campaign features Paris in a short black dress preening and rubbing a can of Devassa beer on herself, all to the delight of onlookers watching through her window. [...more]
Welsh brewer Brains chose St David's Day yesterday to announce a return to the stout sector.
Brains Black was launched by former Wales scrum half Rob Jones and former Ireland flanker Simon Easterby.
"Having already achieved success in the cask ale and smooth market with Brains SA and Brains Smooth we are hopeful that this new product will prove equally popular," said sales and marketing director Richard Davies. [...more]
Two South African winery bosses have teamed up with the founder of restaurant Vivat Bacchus to open a wine restaurant in London's City.
Gary and Kathy Jordan from Stellenbosch-based Jordan Wine Estate have teamed up with ex Vivat Bacchus owner Neleen Strauss to open High Timber, a 70 cover restaurant and 40,000 bottle wine cellar near St Paul's cathedral.
Although wine from the Jordan Estate will feature on the list, including Cobblers Hill, Nine Yards and Mellifera NLH from the Reserve range, Gary said the restaurant is to offer a global variety, not just wine from South Africa. [...more]
Anthony Berry, the former chairman of the famous wine and spirits merchants, Berry Bros & Rudd died on February 23, aged 94
Berry Bros & Rudd, the well known wine and spirits merchants based in St James’s London, has announced that its former chairman, Anthony Berry has died.
He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and became Berry’s chairman in 1965. His son, grandson and great nephew still work in the company. [...more]
Coca-Cola India and Reebok are to sponsor the Hero Honda International Field Hockey World Cup 2010.
Reebok has been named as the tournament's Official Apparel Partner and Coca-Cola India will be its Official Beverage Partner.
Coca-Cola India will provide a range of beverages to all of the teams playing in the competition and will also provide drinks in the World Cup's VIP Lounge and Media Centre.
Atul Singh, president and chief executive officer at Coca-Cola India, said: "Coca-Cola India has always believed in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle through sports and has had a long term association with various sports globally."
Volunteers at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in which the competition is being held between February 28th and March 13th, will all wear Reebok T-shirts. [...more]
A Czech hockey player and a brewery representative have made a wager that could see the sportsman working a shift at a brewery.
Richard Brancik is captain of the Olomouc hockey team and he has made an agreement with Petr Kouble, a representative for Czech beer Radegast, that if the hockey team does not make it to the final playoffs of the Czech first league, the captain will work a shift at the Radegast brewery.
If Petr Kouble loses, on the other hand, he has said he will clean the hockey team's locker room and will take care of the players' needs during one of their games. [...more]
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. has announced that Martin M. Ellen will join the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer on April 1, 2010. In addition to his strong background in finance, Ellen will bring considerable experience in franchising, operations and the beverage industry.
At DPS, he will be responsible for the company's finance and IT organizations and will report to Larry Young, president and chief executive officer. He will succeed John O. Stewart, who last year announced his plans to retire on March 31, 2010.
"Marty's extensive public company experience and involvement in strategy and operations, as well as finance, will bring valuable perspective to our executive leadership team as we continue to build on DPS's position as the industry leader in flavored beverages," Young said. "I am grateful for John's many contributions to our business and look forward to working with Marty to take our young company to the next level of financial and operating success." [...more]