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Wine Market Council Elects Dennis Cakebread as Board of Directors Chair


Date: 01/07/13

Wine Market Council, a nonprofit wine trade association, announced that Dennis Cakebread has been officially elected as the chair of Wine Market Council’s board of directors. Xavier Barlier of Maisons Marques & Domaines/Roederer Estate, who served as Wine Market Council’s chair from 2010-2012, has been elected to the position of immediate past chair.

“Wine Market Council is the provider of ongoing market research focused on America’s wine consumers and I am excited to head this progressive think-tank,” said Dennis Cakebread, Chair of Wine Market Council’s board of directors. “From social media to research on effective marketing techniques, Wine Market Council truly helps its members navigate the industry’s marketing challenges.”

The board elections were held on Nov. 27, 2012, at Wine Market Council's annual board of directors meeting. The board chair term runs for two years. Other board officers were reelected to their positions including: Vice Chair, John Ledbetter of Ledbetter/Vino Farms; Second Vice Chair, Dale Stratton of Constellation Wines U.S.; Treasurer, Shawn Byrnes of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; and Secretary, Michaela Rodeno of Villa Ragazzi.

“Over the past twenty-five years Dennis Cakebread has worked diligently on legislation that has made it possible for wine lovers in most states to be able to order wines from their favorite producers and enjoy at home,” said Xavier Barlier of Maisons Marques & Domaines/Roederer Estate and immediate past chair of Wine Market Council. “His leadership will be indispensable to Wine Market Council as we continue to further the wine industry and showcase emerging trends.”

About Wine Market Council

Wine Market Council is a nonprofit association of grapegrowers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, and other affiliated wine businesses and organizations. The council's mission is to establish the widespread acceptance of wine as a rewarding part of American culture and to report on timely issues and emerging consumer segments in the industry. Wine Market Council provides its members with consumer research and supports members’ social media outreach programs. Research data is proprietary to Wine Market Council members, who incorporate our research into their strategic planning, marketing and sales execution. Wine Market Council was established in 1994 as a non-profit (501c6) trade association working through all tiers of the U.S. wine industry to grow the wine market. Wine Market Council today provides social media support and amplification to its members and hosts two consumer research conferences each year highlighting wine trends. More information can be found at www.winemarketcouncil.com or at @WineAnswers on Facebook and Twitter.

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