Waitrose has announced Barry Dick MW will be joining the team at the end of January as Beer, Wine and Spirit Bulk Sourcing Manager.
The role will focus upon the management of the global importation and UK packing of wines and spirits for the Drinks Buying Team. Barry's move will mean that Waitrose now employs four Masters of Wine, more than any other retailer.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Barry's impressive CV includes degrees in Food Technology, European Food Marketing and Winemaking.
Having completed several vintages in California, the Languedoc and Australia, and previously working for a number of retailers and wine brands, Barry is acknowledged as an industry expert in the specialised field of UK packaging. He became a Master of Wine in 2013.
Pierpaolo Head of Beers, Ciders, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks at Waitrose commented, “We are delighted to welcome Barry to our team. This new role is a fantastic opportunity for us to increase our capability to import bulk wines & spirits and package them here in the UK, further building on our sustainability credentials.
'Barry’s extensive experience and knowledge in packaging, importation of wines and spirits as well as his passion for sustainability will make him an invaluable addition to the team.”