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Carmel Kilcline MW

Carmel Kilcline MW

Became an MW 2005

Based in United Kingdom

Languages English

A biotechnology graduate, Carmel Kilcline has worked in the food and drinks industry for over 30 years. She gained her MW qualification in 2005, and received three awards for her performance in the examinations. She currently works for Casella Family Brands (Europe) Ltd as Head of Technical, with remits covering quality, legislation, innovation and sustainability.

Carmel worked for a decade with the UK retailer Sainsbury's, which allowed her to work with producers in most wine regions of the world. She then moved to Diageo Wines Europe, where she worked in leadership roles there for over 12 years, focusing on wine development, blend selection and innovation. She has also worked with UK leading distributor Bibendum, which services both on and off trade accounts. More recently (2021-2023) Carmel worked as Head of Technology for Marks and Spencer, overseeing the BWS, soft drinks and juice categories . During that time, she was a key contributor to the transformation strategy for their wine category.

As a consultant, Carmel has been involved in education, wine communication platforms, sustainability and packaging projects. Carmel judges in international wine competitions when time allows.

Current employer: Casella Family Brands (Europe) Ltd.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Trade, Strategy

Industry sector(s): Agency/Importer, Consultant, Distribution, Educator, Off trade, QA/QC, Technology, Wine business strategy, Wine judge

Market expertise: United Kingdom

Specialisms: Sustainability, Fermentation, Legal compliance with authorised oenological practices, Stabilisation and clarification, Wine styling, Blending, Bottling, Bulk shipment, Legal compliance on authorised packaging and labelling, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Sensory evaluation , Supply chain efficiency, Brand protection, Branding, Corporate sustainability reporting, Distribution, Education, Food and wine pairing, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Motivation, New business development, Supplier/customer relationships, Supermarket and multiple retail, Technology, Wine laws and regulations, Wine judging