Co-operative wins wine awards and adds single malt

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The Co-operative has won two awards for its Fairtrade wines at the fourth annual Fairtrade Wine Awards in London and introduced a 12-year-old single malt Scotch whisky to its own-brand spirits range.

Two of the Co-operative’s pink wines won prizes: The Co-operative Fairtrade Chilean Merlot Rosé won the award for Best Fairtrade Rosé, and the recently-launched The Co-operative Fairtrade Cape Sparkling Rosé scooped the accolade for Best Fairtrade Sparkling.

Vicky Wood, category marketing & development manager for Wine at The Co-operative, said: “We’re really pleased to win prizes for both of these spectacular wines. The team is very proud of both of them. Buying Fairtrade wine really makes a difference to the hard-working and deserving growers in developing countries.”

Working with Whyte & Mackay’s third generation master blender, Richard Paterson, The Co-operative has introduced the first own-label single malt Scotch whisky to its stores.The 70cl whisky will be available in selected Co-operative stores nationwide from 2 December 2009, priced at £19.99.