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 […]

Tesco bouncing back Jackson advancing

Tesco bouncing back Jackson advancing

Big Brit bouncing back It’s been a rough four years for UK supermarket giant Tesco. After two decades of good times, good profits and global expansion, Tesco found its loyal Brit consumer base less impressed with the giant out-of-town superstores that Tesco was forcing on them. They also found Waitrose had more to offer at […]

Viña Concha y Toro & Foley Family NZ

Viña Concha y Toro & Foley Family NZ

Viva y Toro Viña Concha y Toro listed on the Santiago Stock Exchange in 1933 and the New York Stock Exchange in 1994. Its financial year follows the calendar year, hence June 30 is the half-year. Highlights for the second quarter and half: Quarter sales: Ch$173,292,158 (thousand Chilean pesos) ($337.13 million), up 9.9 per cent. […]

UK supermarkets poor summer & China figures

UK supermarkets poor summer & China figures

Not so super summer UK supermarkets suffered their worst sales performance in at least two years in the month following the Brexit vote, according to the latest stats from Kantar Worldpanel [KW]. However, KW says, “analysts are blaming poor weather rather than fears about life outside the EU”. The figures show the grocery market (including […]

Langton’s Auction House opens in Hong Kong

Langton’s Auction House opens in Hong Kong

Not everyday prices Woolworths has or had a campaign that promised something along the line of “everyday prices”. But not every part of Woolworths is committed to fighting the battle of bringing ketchup and baked beans to the masses at the lowest possible price. Langton’s auction house and ever-increasing brokerage business is also part of […]

Casella attacks US with Lehmann brands

Casella attacks US with Lehmann brands

Casella hopes Clancy’s will overflow It has always baffled TKR why the Hess Group didn’t capitalise on the Peter Lehmann brand in the American market, so it’s good to see the new owner, the Casella family, getting behind the brand. Perhaps more important than the Casellas is their American partner, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. […]

Speculation the dollar will drop to 40c?

Speculation the dollar will drop to 40c?

Wild speculation? An interesting article by Ryan Newman appeared on sharemarket advice website The Motley Fool Australia on June 11, headed, “Will the Australian dollar really drop to US 40 cents?” Newman points out the Australian dollar has been on a roller-coaster ride this year, down at 68.28 in January and almost cresting the 80-cent […]

Constellation in Canada & Pernod in China

Constellation in Canada & Pernod in China

Constellation floating in Canada News is circulating that Constellation Brands is getting closer to floating its Canadian wine business and has put a value of C$1 billion ($1.05 billion) on the business. It’s said the company will list on the Toronto Stock Exchange in the autumn. It will join Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd (CSW), […]

Wine Australia is upbeat about China

Wine Australia is upbeat about China

Upbeat Wine Australia Wine Australia (WA) released a positive media release on Australia’s wine performance at Vinexpo Hong Kong, held last week. “Highly chuffed” covers the general feeling. No need for TKR to go overboard by repeating the hearty backslapping that WA gave itself. But worth noting are the quotes that WA got from various […]

USA today, its a market with promice

USA today, its a market with promice

USA today TKR has recently been impressed with a couple of reds from the Victoria-based McPherson Wine Co. One the company sent was MWC Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon. No price or information, just the wine. It has a bold, simple, yet hipster label, fronting very sound wine. It rated 92 points but we couldn’t say if […]