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."