Waitrose appoint bulk supply manager for beer, wine and spirits

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UK premium retailer Waitrose & Partners has announced the appointment of Barry Dick MW as Head of Bulk Sourcing for Beer, Wine and Spirits.

The role focuses on managing global imports and UK packaging of wines and spirits for the beverage buying team.

Dick’s addition to the team means Waitrose now employs four Masters of Wine, which it says is more than any other retailer.

“A fantastic opportunity”

Commenting on his appointment, Waitrose Head of Beers, Ciders, Wines, Spirits and Soft Drinks, Pierpaolo said: “We are delighted to welcome Barry [Dick] to our team. This new role is a fantastic opportunity for us to increase our ability to import wines and spirits in bulk and pack them here in the UK, building further on our sustainability credentials.

“Barry’s extensive experience and knowledge of packaging, wine and spirits importation as well as his passion for sustainability will make him an invaluable addition to the team.”

An experienced professional

Dick is an experienced professional, born and bred in Northern Ireland. He holds degrees in food technology, European food marketing and winemaking.

He is recognized as an industry expert in the specialist field of packaging in the UK and became a Master of Wine in 2013.

He has also made several vintages in California, Languedoc and Australia, and has worked for several retailers and wine brands.

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