Marks & Sparks increases Australian range

Marks & Sparks increases Australian range

Small sparks Australian wine in the UK may be embroiled in metamorphosis, and as yet the outcome may be uncertain, but there are small sparks of hope. High Street retailer Marks & Spencer has introduced a new range of four Australian wines. They include a Hunter Valley semillon from Tyrrell’s retailing at £13 ($23). Yalumba […]

Figures, figures and more figures

Figures, figures and more figures

Epistle whistle The Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has released its annual epistle on the state of global wine production and trade. There have been some slightly alarmist articles concerning lack of growth in vines planted, wine produced and consumption in 2016. In TKR’s opinion the lack of planting and reduction in […]

Indian wine consumption getting interesting

Indian wine consumption getting interesting

India getting interesting    India Wine Insider 2017: The Consumer Outlook report is out. It contains some interesting information. Wine consumption is low but opportunity for growth is considerable. There are 808 million people under the age of 35. The legal drinking age of 25 is high compared with Western cultures. But there are 485 million […]

Heineken & Champagne blame Brexit

Heineken & Champagne blame Brexit

Heineken exit, blame Brexit It’s being reported Tesco is reducing its 53 Heineken SKUs to 22. The reason suggested is that Heineken is raising prices by about 6p (10 cents) a pint. Apparently, it’s all down to Brexit and the fall in value of sterling. The UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association forecasts Brexit will […]

Italian’s investing in USA marketing

Italian’s investing in USA marketing

Italian grip Italy has a strong grip on the US imported wine market. From January to November 2016 the Italian share was reported to be worth US$1.65 billion ($2.16 billion). with exports up 5.9 per cent on 2015. The leading US markets for Italian wine: New York California Florida Illinois Texas Compare these with the […]

Cabernet King in USA & Chardonnay Queen

Cabernet King in USA & Chardonnay Queen

King Cabernet, Queen Chardonnay The latest sales figures for table wine in the US in off-premise show cabernet sauvignon is still king, only outranked by Queen Chardonnay. The Nielsen table wine category for the 52 weeks to 31 December 2016 is interesting reading. Combining domestic production and imported wines, the off-premise market was 4 per […]

Accolade budget wine worth a bet

Accolade budget wine worth a bet

Budget wine worth a bet? An article worth reading in full can be found at BloombergGadfly. Written by David Fickling and published on 16 January, it is headed, “Budget wine will face a test of maturity with Accolade IPO.” Fickling writes: “Regardless of the debate about whether wine belongs in the gutter or the stars, […]

Pernod Ricard slimming down, expenses, brands

Pernod Ricard slimming down, expenses, brands

Slimming program Pernod Ricard (PR) continues its slimming program of staff cuts, tightening expenses and offloading minor non-core brands. About 75 per cent of the company’s income comes from 37 premium brands, the top 14 being: Two global icons: Absolut vodka and Chivas Regal Scotch whisky. Seven strategic premium brands: Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s whisky, Jameson […]

Margaret River, Melbourne and Kansas

Margaret River, Melbourne and Kansas

Grape Expectations 26 November Max Crus (Simon Hughes) At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National)  Driving Miss Lazy. You can tell a lot about a person by their car. You can’t tell […]

Reader opinion from Australia & UK

Reader opinion from Australia & UK

Reader opinion Reader: “Just got around to reading your report. I think you were actually quite reserved in discussing the Truvée* article. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a successful brand aimed at women (outside of women’s products) in any product category. Looking at actual sales in multiple countries shows that even when companies […]