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Aldi appoints two new wine buyers

Josh Heley, Aldi wine buyer

The discounter appointed Andrew Clarke, who joins the team from Greene King where he was purchasing manger. Clarke previously spent two years as wine buying manager at the Spirit Pub Company, before it was acquired by the pub giant, and prior to that he worked as a wine writer after starting his wine career at Majestic.

Josh Heley (left) has also joined the team, replacing David Elliot who has moved to another part of the business. Heley has been at Aldi for six years, including three as a buyer, latterly in pet food, completing his WSET qualifications in his spare time.

Heley said one of the biggest challenges of the year would be to further elevate the retailers sparkling wine offer after last year’s success.

“In December we sold over 17 million bottles of Champagne and Prosecco, which equates to an incredible 3.2 million glasses of fizz per day, so it will be a tough act to follow!” he said.

He said he would also be expanding the range of Eastern European wines.

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