This company, which is headquartered in Berkshire, supplies wine in the £4-£30 price range to wholesalers. As well as representing individual vineyards, Stratford’s Wine Agencies contracts grape growers in New World regions to produce wine for its subsidiary Deep Blue. The company works with producers on five continents, in countries such as Australia, Chile and South Africa. The wine is bulk-shipped to Britain for bottling, which helps save on the high cost of transporting glass. It is then exported by Deep Blue to distributors in continental Europe under labels such as Tortoiseshell Bay and Parrotfish. The company is led by Paul Stratford, whose parents founded Stratford’s as a wine mail-order business in 1988. Overseas sales have grown 54% a year, from £550,000 in 2007 to £1.3m in 2009.
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