Casella 'excited' about PLW future

John Casella, the managing director of Casella Family Brands (CFB), has told TheShout that he is excited about the future of Peter Lehmann Wines (PLW), after buying the company last year. After reporting a financial loss for the first half of the year, Casella said this was to be expected because of the purchase of PLW as well as other tough market and economic conditions. Casella told TheShout: “There are obviously high costs associated with the change in ownership that have had a significant impact on the overall loss reported.

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Accolade to rope in Glen McGrath to promote Hardys Wines in India

Accolade Wines, the world’s leading provider of new world premium, commercial and value wines, will rope in former Australian Cricketer, Glenn McGrath, as brand Ambassador for the flagship wine brand, Hardys, in the India market. The idea, according to Nick Pringle, Commercial Director – AMESCA/SE, Accolade Wines Limited, is to use the legendary Cricketer and his properties to reach out to their target customer-base, “people with disposable income and follow cricket.” The company had signed McGrath as Hardys Cricket Ambassador for Australia last year.

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Simon Burnell’s fiancee values memories

The fiancee of a man who was killed in a windsurfing accident in the South West has revealed her grief over losing the love of her life shortly before they were to be married. Bunbury resident Simon Burnell, 44, died after he was swept away in rough seas while windsurfing in a popular surfing break, known by Margaret River locals as Cow Bombie, on March 22. At his funeral on Saturday, his fiancee, Perth-based Director of Public Prosecutions Linda Keane, described how she and Burnell were preparing for their wedding and had been looking forward to building a home and starting a family.

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Senate inquiry to examine wine industry impact on Hunter Valley

A Senate inquiry is examining the profitability of wineries in areas such as the Hunter, along with the impact of taxes and regulations. The inquiry will also assess possible failures in the wine industry supply chain and the power and influence of retailers. Another focus is how the industry benefits regions such as the Hunter, through tourism and employment. Hunter vigneron Bruce Tyrrell says the industry has been proactive, but imposts like the wine equalisation tax are still hurting growers.

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