Thursday, 26 February 2015

26.2.15 Gonzalez Byass 2014 Results; Harold Lloyd in Jerez

2014 has been a good year for Gonzalez Byass with volume growth of 5% reaching a turnover of €246.9m, the net figure being €207.7m. Net profit has increased to €15.9m, 63% up on last year. Export sales were 66% of turnover against 53% a couple of years ago.

One of the company’s best achievements in recent years has been the consolidation of worldwide distribution – to no fewer than 105 countries. In fact the firm has its own sales networks in Spain, Britain, México and the US, and has organized sales support teams to assist local distributors in China, Germany, Brazil and Canada.

The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists ranked the bodega in 6th position in the “100 Best Wineries 2014” and 1st in Spain. A strategic alliance with the Philippines-based company Emperador Distillers has seen the establishment of Finca Daramezas near Toledo with 250 hectares of vineyard specifically suited to state of the art brandy production. GB also launched a new blended whisky “Nomad” created by Whyte & McKay in Scotland and aged in sherry butts in Spain among many other projects. The firm will invest €2.5m in environmental protection measures.

Oliver Hardy was not the only early movie comedian to visit Jerez. José Luís Jiménez has found a few more. In 1929 the great Harold Lloyd visited Jerez and signed a butt, as did Buster Keaton. Apparently Charlie Chaplin had intended to come, but was unable to in the end.

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