International Wine News


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Bargain basement

This requires a much longer article. Unfortunately, it’s a difficult time at TKR international headquarters. TKR found it disturbing that Australian chardonnay is down in the bargain sector for bulk white wine imports into the US. Note: prices on the chart are US dollars. In the year ending 30 June ...
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Hyper and supermarkets losing grip on retailing, ecommerce and discounters gaining ground.

Hyper & super losing power Kantar Worldpanel (KW) has released its annual report on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) trade channels (6 July). It shows the market share of trade held by supermarkets and hypermarkets across the globe is shrinking. In 2016 hypermarket and supermarket FMCG value sales grew by just ...
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UK trade talks underway for when the Brits leave Europe

Tea for two What will happen to trade between Australia and the UK when the UK is out of Europe? Sorting out future trade deals is one of the reasons Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been in the UK this week. Let’s not dismiss the G20 summit, but wine wise, ...
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Amazon, Whole Foods, seismic shift American retail

Seismic shift As far as I can tell, the Australian wine community’s response to the announcement that Amazon has made a bid for Whole Foods (WF) in the US is that it’s just one of those things – it’s hardly a seismic shift! This is understandable thinking for a small ...
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Could Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement backfire

Australia crowing Australia has been crowing about the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) that came into effect in January 2015. Leading the cheerleaders has been the Australian wine industry. How good has it been for Australian wine exports? In figures to the end of March 2017, total volume shows no ...
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China wine imports down, Australia bucking trend

Up the down escalator Commentary is floating around on the topic of Chinese wine imports being in decline the first four months of 2017. Is Australia traveling up the down escalator? An article by Natalie Wang in The Drinks Business on 7 June said China’s wine imports grew 2.9 per ...
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Average price bottle of wine passes £5.50

Market trade The average price for a bottle of table wine in the UK has passed £5.50 ($9.50) per 75cl bottle for the first time, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest Market Report, covering the last three months of 2016. The new average is £5.56, up from ...
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Peru FTA, Trump Administration, global rankings

Peru P-plates The launch of Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) negotiations was announced on 24 May. All well and good. As yet, trade between the two countries is not large, amounting to a mere $504 million both ways in 2016. In merchandise trade, Australia exported $82 million worth of goods ...
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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 ...
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Top news from Wine Australia regarding exports

You’re a star, my old China It’s hard to top the news from Wine Australia on the exports for the three months ending 31 March 2017: “In the 12 months ended March 2017, the value of Australian wine exports grew by 10 per cent to $2.3 billion and volume increased ...
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