FWD Drinksummit dissects duty fraud

The problems of duty fraud in the drinks sector will be high on the agenda at this year’s FWD Drinksummit comference.

One of the key presentations will be made by consultants Nigel Cresswell and Alan Powell.

As former Today’s Group licensed trading director, Cresswell will be able to provide first hand experience of the de-stabilising problems that occur in the market when fraudsters are supplying alcohol to retailers at prices that can only be achieved by evading duty.

Powell, who has written legislation on the subject when working for HM Customs Excise (now HM Customs Revenue), and also lobbied for updates to the legislation on behalf of the FWD, will be able to provide an insight into enforcement by the authorities.

Wholesalers, suppliers and analysysts will also be making presentations at the conference. Wholesaler representatives include: Rob Hart, category manager – spirits, Booker; Steve Barnett, trading director, Costco; Jim Brown, trading controller, Landmark Wholesale; and John Baines, senior trading controller, The Today’s Group.

Supplier representatives include John Mills, managing director of Gaymer Cider Company, who will warn wholesalers they are missing a major opportunity presented by the resurgence in the cider category (see page 41). Other supplier speakers are Neil Barker, commercial director of Foster’s EMEA, and Simon Oldham, sales director of Whyte Mackay.

Analysis of the market will be provided by Peter Reynolds, senior client manager of ACNielsen and Graham Holter, editor of Off Licence News.

In addition, Ross Shelley, director of the FWD’s Take Home Blueprint, will be making a presentation with one of the retailers whose store has been re-merchandised, Ansir Amin of Mr Convenience in Warrington.

Drinksummit will take place at The Oxford Belfry on June 4-5. In addition to the conference there will be an informal dinner on the evening before, and the Drinksummit Vase will be presented to the supplier voted the most supportive of the sector by FWD members.

For more about the details about the conference or to book, see pages 26-27.

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