Tesco has appointed Catherine Friend as an assistant buyer on its wine team.

Friend, who joins Tesco from the Norfolk-based department store Jarrold where she was also an assistant buyer, will be responsible for the fortified, Portuguese and wine-gift categories.

Tesco has also named Nick Hood as quality manager for BWS, a new role for the retailer. Hood was previously on the wine-by-the-case team.

Alain Guilpain, UK & group wine category manager, said: “We have a fantastic group of ­people behind both buying and sourcing our wines and as customers continue to look for great quality and value, we are better placed than ever to deliver it.”

UK & global category product development manager Laura Jewell MW added: “Nick will be taking up a newly ­created position within the Tesco wine team. It is a key role that will focus around ongoing quality ­improvement with a strong customer focus.”