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Gareth Thomas Buys Beer and Lemonade Company


Former professional rugby star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Gareth Thomas is entering the alcoholic beverage business. He's bought, with his business partner Sean Smith, a company that manufactures alcoholic drinks, Wales Online reports, in a deal thought to be worth around £7m:

They now plan to bring its headquarters to Thomas’ hometown, Bridgend, creating dozens of jobs. Turbo’s flagship brand is Turbo Shandy – a 4% bottled drink made from mixing alcoholic lemonade and lager. The plan is to make the beer for the shandy drink on site in Wales, as well as bringing out other beverages – including an energy drink for the younger market. Entrepreneur Mr Smith, 41, is providing the bulk of the finance for the deal. He and former British Lions captain Thomas – nicknamed Alfie – joined forces to establish London-based Sean Smith & Associates late last year."

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  1. i want to lick his chest

    Posted by: carlos | Jan 18, 2012 10:07:08 AM

  2. The beer/lemonade combo is a very refreshing drink. I first encountered it in France, a drink called Panache.

    Posted by: RWG | Jan 18, 2012 11:46:48 AM

  3. Good for him in employing local people in Wales.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Jan 18, 2012 11:49:40 AM

  4. Of all things Thomas could get himself involved in, one of the most beautiful of physical, healthy specimens, together with his heroic and vanguard gay status. Alcohol!The young in Britain are already at the forefont of illnesses attributed to excessive drinking in Europe. Who, for god's sake, cares if this promotes employment? Beyond understanding...

    Posted by: robert | Jan 18, 2012 1:03:12 PM

  5. So, Robert, are you saying that Thomas is responsible for other people's drinking? Or that by providing lower alcohol options, Thomas is doing a bad thing? I realize that, but your own admission, these kinds of things seem to be 'beyond understanding', but fortunately, it's not for the vast majority of people. You sounds rather pruitanical... and poorly informed on the subject.

    Posted by: Tarc | Jan 18, 2012 2:08:42 PM

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