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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Charlotte Hey

Julian Brind MW, Waitrose's director of buying for wines, spirits and tobacco, retires in June after 19 years with the supermarket. He will be succeeded by Derek Strange, who is currently responsible for buying beer, spirits and tobacco. Strange joined the Waitrose wine department in 1984 and took over his current position four years ago. Beers, spirits and tobacco combined account for around half the turnover of the department. It is my intention to maintain the high standards we have on the wine side by supporting [MWs] Dee Blackstock and Simon Thorpe, and Nick Room,' said Strange. Brind will continue with Waitrose on a consultancy basis, to give the department the continuity derived from having worked with Julian for the past 18 years,' said Strange.