Accolade Wines has named Martin MacKinnon as General Manager, Global Travel Retail. He will lead the business in “driving availability, visibility and sales in travel retail channels across the globe,” said the company.

MacKinnon joins Accolade having most recently been Sales Director for the UK and Ireland at Royal Caribbean International, the world’s largest cruise business. Before that, he spent more than 12 years at Diageo where he held a number of senior sales and commercial roles. He previously also held Sales Director positions at leading consumer brands business Kimberly-Clark.

MacKinnon said: “I am delighted to take on this position. My team are currently focused on supporting our customers during this uniquely challenging time. Alongside this we are planning for the future. While we already have a strong global presence in travel retail, there is a huge amount more value that we can add for our customers.”

He added: “I intend for us to continue to support sales with our terrific mainstream portfolio that, with Hardy’s and Echo Falls, includes two of the world’s top ten wine brands. However, the really exciting opportunity is for us to support growth for our partners in prime retail space with our premium brands.

“We have a terrific premium portfolio including Grant Burge, St. Hallet, Petaluma, House of Arras and much more. I look forward to working with my team and our customers to identify and unlock the future opportunity.”

Original source - The Moodie Davitt Report

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