Trouble in Scotland
According to reports from the UK, the Scottish Government is considering a scheme for a collective national annual limit for alcohol consumption. This could mean trouble for publicans, as each licence would have to declare its sales. It could also mean licensing boards setting sales limits in areas they control. If it comes about it will be monitored closely by English authorities, who will be looking for any indication that the move has reduced health or violence issues.
Congratulations to Pernod Ricard (PR), which has been ranked 46th in the Newsweek Green Rankings 2016. The contenders are the leading 500 companies listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. PR scored 70.9 per cent for its ongoing and daily work in five key areas of commitment:
- Deployment of efficient environmental governance
- Promotion of sustainable agriculture and biodiversity protection
- Preservation of water resources
- Reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint
- Commitment to a sustainable approach in developing products and reducing the impact of waste
Between 2010 and 2015, the following was achieved in each area of commitment:
- 96 per cent of PR’s 99 production sites were ISO 14001 certified, representing 99.7 per cent of product volumes
- 78 per cent of PR’s 5700 hectares of vineyards were certified to environmental standards
- 14 per cent reduction in water consumption per unit produced
- 16 per cent reduction in energy consumption and 26 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions per unit produced
- 76 per cent reduction in solid waste landfilled or incinerated per unit produced
Naked and Majestic
Majestic Wine has posted sales of £402.1 million ($790 million) in the year to the end of March, up 11 per cent, including sales of Naked Wines, which it acquired in April 2015. The stores recorded a sales increase of 4.8 per cent and a customer increase of 12 per cent.
The not so majestic news was pre-tax profit falling 75 per cent to £4.7 million, mainly due to paying the Naked Wines crew £7.3m in shares as part of the deal, which were counted as one-off profit deductions.
Work it out:
Wine column in the Saskatoon Starphoenix (Canada) by James Romanow
Headline: “Australian great whites: you’re gonna need a bigger shopping cart.”
Content: South African sauvignon Blanc