Harpers trade news: Industry leaders plan for multiple scenarios as uncertainty continues to Brexit D-Day

Published in Harpers June 01 2018

With Brexit D-Day less than a year away, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association-hosted briefing at this year’s London Wine Fair (LWF) promised a glimpse at how the trade is preparing for life after Brexit.

Thinking about “after Brexit” is proving difficult however, with so much still to be negotiated before March 19, 2019.

The panel briefing comprised leaders from various sectors of trade and industry: Sam Linter, MD and head winemaker of Bolney Wine Estate; Jean Marie Barillère, president of the Union des Maisons de Champagne; Paul Sorrentino, VP/GM Europe, Middle East & Africa at E&J Gallo, Troy Christensen at bar and restaurant supplier Enotria&Coe and Leendert Vis, chief innovation officer at JF Hillebrand Group.

Sam Linter commented on some of the issues they face, including the estate’s application to hedge prior to the referendum vote was denied, leaving them vulnerable against a weakening pound and worse off when buying equipment from France and Germany, which have also gone up overnight.

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