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    Aussie wine labels caught up in scandal
    Thursday Jul 27 20:32 AEST
    Famous Australian wine labels have been caught up in an underhanded scheme to distort sales figures aimed at stitching up a lucrative wholesale contract in the United Kingdom.

    Pub chain JD Wetherspoon had decided to hold a trial of wines, offered by rival distributors, to choose a single wholesale provider for its hundreds of venues in a deal worth millions of pounds.

    The drinks company Constellation Europe, which distributes wines such as Hardys, Banrock Station and Nottage Hill, came up with a cunning plan to land the deal.

    To convince Wetherspoon its labels were more popular than those of rival distributors, Constellation urged all its employees to go to their local Wetherspoon venue during the trial and buy a bottle of one of their labels.

    Constellation said it would pay out on expenses claims for STG7 ($A17) a week, for each employee if workers went along with the plan.

    But an email, sent toward the end of the trial period and urging employees to step up their buying efforts, has exposed the scheme and may have cost Constellation, and Australian winemakers, dearly.

    "To date we have had a poor response to our invitation to get all employees to visit their local JD Wetherspoon outlet and purchase Nottage Hill Chardonnay and Shiraz and reclaim via expenses," the email read.

    "We would implore each of you to participate in this activity as it is vitally important that we maximise volumes during the remainder of the trial period.

    "There is now two weeks remaining of the trial and it is key that we pull through every bottle of Constellation wine."

    JD Wetherspoon was not amused, and said it would be unwilling to associate with companies seeking to distort the trial.

    There was no suggestion Australian winemakers knew about the scheme.

    ©AAP 2006
    Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity

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    Default Re: OOOOOOPPPSSSS - Aussie Wine Scandal

    I see recently on a landline program someone invented a "hoe" to pull out vines, maybe he will be selling a few of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carmo
    I see recently on a landline program someone invented a "hoe" to pull out vines, maybe he will be selling a few of these.

    Hi folks,

    Instead of pulling the vines, maybe they can turn excess
    grapes into ethanol, for use as a fuel additive .....

    ..... can see the headlines for next year's vintage, already:

    "Pastor blesses vine crop, turning holy spirit into fuel ..... "

    happy days


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    3 veiws of a secret
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    Default Re: OOOOOOPPPSSSS - Aussie Wine Scandal

    hmmm another Wine story ...........I was told about the occassion that some magistrate/Judge in Melbourne purchased some Grange Hermitage,at a premium .When looking at the label at home ,he noticed a spelling mistake.On taking up the matter with Penfold's ,it came apparent that Penfold's never sold Grange with a spelling mistake.So the police followed it up.
    On investigation into the matter ,and driver was picking up unlabeled red wine,from an employee of Penfold's ( stand to be corrected here),driving them down to St Kilda and the driver was sticking his own labels (unaware of the error) on the bottles.
    The case has been in the tabloids dusted and hosed....but the question is do you have a bottle sitting there gathering dust in your cellar? If so your licked!

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