Source: Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
It looks like the lid is almost on 2012, with the majority of you out selling your wares in the run-up to the end of the year. But, before we bid farewell to 2012...
Last week, we published the fourth and final part of our well-received management briefing series that looks at environmental sustainability in the drinks industry. After the brewing sector, the soft drinks & water categories, and the spirits industry, it was the turn of the wine producers to feel the heat of our spotlight. Thanks for all your feedback on these briefings. We've already lined up their return in 2013, so drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like your company's efforts to be considered. Coming up this month, meanwhile, we'll be running our annual review of the year, so keep your eyes peeled.
On the news front, the main headlines came on Wednesday, when the UK government launched a consultation regarding its plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol in the country. The best feedback so far has come from the European Commission, which described the idea as “disproportionate” and an obstacle to trade. Our take on the matter? It's going to be Europe's fault, isn't it?
The other big story was the announcement of the abrupt departure of Accolade Wine's CEO on Friday. The decision, by “mutual agreement”, saw Troy Christensen stand down from the position with immediate effect. The speed suggests there's a lot more to this than has thus far been revealed but, for now, everyone is staying very tight-lipped. Whatever; good luck Troy!