Australian wineries face selling wines at a loss in 2014(2014-07-04)
Australian wineries may have to sell their wines at a loss this year if prices fall below current levels given high costs of grapes and production in 2014, warns top wine broker Murphy Wine Company. Although official figures have not been released, it is anticipated the nation's 2014 harvest will be smaller than last year.
Leaked trade deal a threat to Canadian wine(2014-08-19)
The Canadian wine industry could face new restrictions within its own borders if a leaked European Union trade deal turns out to be accurate. Based on the information released in a 521-page document, an impending trade deal between Canada and the EU would restrict Canada’s domestic wine sales by limiting the number of privately run outlets selling solely domestic products.
Strong Earthquake Strikes Napa Valley, Shakes San Francisco Bay Region(2014-08-26)
It is expected that insured losses for this event could range from $500 million to $1 billion, however, it should be noted that there is a fair amount of uncertainty associated with this given the unknown extent of interruptions and contents losses, which are still being fully understood.
France Looking Forward to Bigger and Better Wine Harvest(2014-08-27)
The French wine industry is expecting a better harvest this year, despite drought and hail damage to some vineyards.
The Department of Agriculture has revised upwards its forecast for the 2014 harvest, estimating the potential of wine production to nearly 47 million hectoliters, with the summer rains promoting growth.
Drop in Western Australian exports to China(2014-08-28)
The Western Australian wine industry is being forced to reassess the extent of its reliance on China after seeing a sharp fall in sales and volume.
According to the ABC, new export figures reveal wine exports from WA to China in the 12 months to July 2014 were down 25% by volume and 20% in sales
South African Wines Gaining Traction In U.S.(2014-07-01)
South African wine may still be a relatively small category in the U.S. market - with bottled shipments up 11% to 954,000 cases last year - but its expansion has accelerated lately, and key players are bullish on growth opportunities, especially at the premium end.
Russia to Raise Minimum Price on Hard Liquor(2014-06-24)
Russia's alcohol market watchdog is planning to raise the minimum retail price of spirits from 37 rubles per liter to 43 rubles per liter ($1.07 to $1.25), according to a draft order published on the government's legislation portal.
NZ wine industry launches WiSE(2014-06-17)
The New Zealand wine industry has launched a sustainability scorecard and “reporting tool” to allow producers to measure their level of sustainability.
South Africa reviews ‘stressful’ 2014 vintage(2014-06-03)
South Africa’s 2014 wines are “really going to sort the sheep from the goats”, according to producers who acknowledged one of the most difficult growing seasons in their careers.
Russia to almost double vineyards by 2020(2014-06-03)
The Government plan to increase the total size of Russia’s vineyards from 90,000 hectares to 140,000 in the next five years, potentially returning it to the winemaking days enjoyed by the former Soviet Union.
Russia gets taste for sparkling wines(2014-05-23)
Russian tastes for imported and sparkling wines are growing while the popularity of traditional beverages, such as vodka and beer, are in decline.
Canada Country Profile(2014-05-15)
Canadians are increasingly reaching for a glass of wine instead of a beer. With Canadian wines presently representing only 30% of total wine sales across the country and imported wine at 70%, there is potential for wine growth.
UK ‘on track’ to cut 1 billion units by 2015(2014-04-29)
A Government pledge to remove one billion units of alcohol from the UK market by 2015 as part of its “responsibility deal” is on course, according to the project’s first interim report.
Australian wine markets set to grow(2014-04-30)
Opportunities to grow existing markets and find new ones, helped by a lower Australian dollar, are bright spots for the Australian industry.
Rosé sales soaring in France(2014-04-25)
Sales of rosé have tripled in France over the last 10 years with the style rapidly gaining in popularity as snobbish attitudes towards pink wine soften.
Beer is ‘no less healthy than wine’(2014-04-22)
The majority of Britons wrongly believe that wine is healthier than beer, when in fact moderate drinking of any alcohol is the key to good health, according to a recent survey by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Wine steals market share in Canada(2014-04-14)
Wine is gaining ground as the drink of choice among Canadians, enjoying a 4.9% sales increase last year as the country’s beer sales continued their long-term decline. Compared to beer’s 50% value market share in 2003, when wine held just 24% of the market, in 2013 beer accounted for 43% of alcoholic beverage value sales, while wine had increased its share to 32%.
Nigeria vs South Africa: size matters, but so does development(2014-04-11)
What matters more: the size of the pie or how many mouths it has to feed? It depends whether you're eating pies, or selling them.
Most of Nigeria's 170-million people live below the poverty line, so many complained they didn't feel any richer when the oil producing nation's statistics bureau announced on Sunday the economy had replaced South Africa as the continent's biggest.
Changes Afoot for Chinese Trademark Law(2014-04-09)
Major revisions to Chinese trademark law are set to take effect in May of 2014. These changes could make it much easier for American wineries to register and protect trademarks in the Chinese marketplace.
World’s largest whisky markets(2014-04-07)
India 1.4 bn litres, USA 433 m litres, France 141 m litres, Japan 98.7 m litres and the UK 80m litres.
The figures account for volume sales of single malt Scotch, blended Scotch, Bourbon and other US whiskey, Canadian whisky, Irish whiskey, Japanese whisky and “other” whisky (such as Indian or Australian).
Earthquake in Chile spares wine regions(2014-04-04)
The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck 95 miles offshore from the northern city of Iquique on Tuesday spared winemaking regions of Chile. Wines of Chile USA executive director Marybeth Bentwood said “we have spoken to the wineries in Chile and have been reassured that there was very little impact on the vineyards, wineries and related industries".
South African Bulk Wine Exports to Selected Countries 2013/2014(2014-03-28)
Bulk wine exports peaked in July 2013 where after it declined significantly to especially Italy and Spain. Pricing issues also contributed to this decline. Bulk wine exports to traditional consumer countries maintained their status quo. France seems to be the current exception.
UK chancellor freezes alcohol duty accelerator (2014-03-25)
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK’s chief finance minister, has frozen the controversial so-called alcohol duty accelerator on spirits and standard cider. He has also by frozen the excise duty on whisky. However, the 2014 Budget was bittersweet for wine drinkers. Wine duty will still rise in-line with inflation, which was running at around 2% at the latest count, while there will be a one pence per pint duty cut for beer and a total freeze on spirits duty.
MINT: the new star markets for wine? (2014-03-24)
After the BRICs, new markets are identified for their investment and business potential. And the wine world is not indifferent to them - Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey.
French Wine Prices Soar (2014-03-19)
The latest monthly report from Agreste, an arm of the French Ministry of Agriculture, shows that the average price of wine from an appellation increased 18 percent year-on-year in the six months to January 2014. That figure represents a 25 percent rise compared to the average between 2008 and 2012.
Euromonitor’s key spirits trends for 2014 (2014-03-18)
While whisky’s verification schemes and billion pound investments will allow the category to retain the spotlight in the months to come, Tequila will venture on new territory in China and vodka will have to seek innovation following its flavoured fall-out in the States.
Talking points memo: wine in China (2014-03-17)
Wine Intelligence’s China team latest version of talking points memo on the Chinese wine market. Clearly there are some questions about the prospects for wine in China to which there is no definitive answer.
Prepare for next wave in wine supply(2014-02-28)
Beginning around the end of the Great Recession, a conversation emerged in the wine industry concerning the supply of winegrapes, both here in California and internationally.
Optimism in bulk wine sector(2014-03-03)
The traditional, branded label business model for selling wine is dying, and it's time to take a fresh approach to exporting Australia's wine.
Irrigation supplies shut-down begins(2014-02-25)
Irrigation water supplies to some parts of Marlborough are being shut down as the continuing hot, dry weather takes its toll on river levels.
Poor grape crop hits wine exports(2014-02-24)
THE SMALL grape crop of 2013 in France could hit wine exports, experts have warned, adding that lower volumes could lead to higher prices .
World’s bulk brokers gather in Amsterdam(2014-02-20)
With global bulk wine exports reaching a total of 37 million hectolitres in 2012, this increasingly significant part of world wine export is considered to be anything from the fall of the South African industry to its saving grace.
Wine grape diversity is decreasing in Australia(2014-01-31)
The data shows that between 2000 and 2010, Australia's VSI increased from 0.45 to 0.67, meaning the varieties grown in Australia have become more similar to the rest of the world's wine regions.
Fewer French winemakers switching to organic(2014-02-10)
There has been a sharp drop in the number of French winemakers converting their vines to organic, but supporters believe consumer demand will spark a fresh growth phase.
Foreign wines take off in NZ (2014-02-11)
Sales of imported wine have increased by 53 per cent in the past three years as the strong New Zealand dollar has brought down the price of many European tipples. This has meant Kiwis are drinking less local wine rather than overall consumption rising.
A worldwide analysis about wine blogs(2014-02-13)
It shows that most wine bloggers are men, aged between 26 and 40, and whose motivation is their passion and desire to educate consumers.
The current wine production–consumption in China(2014-02-14)
With 28.7% of the world's vineyards, Asia ranks second only to Europe in coverage. But it accounts for a mere 6.9% of world's wine production, since the vast majority of those vineyards are used for table grapes and raisins. In other words, grapes in Asia are much more likely to end up on a plate than in a glass.
South Africa: Wine makers urged to guard their brands(2013-11-25)
LEGAL experts say wine makers, especially small up-and-coming producers, should register trademarks over their wine grapes as well as their wines, following a Supreme Court of Appeal judgment this week.
Update on WIETA(2013-11-18)
Systembolaget | WIETA Progress | Recognition of other audits | International Recognition of the WIETA code of conduct | Cost of Audit | General Meeting.
WineAmerica Expands its National Network(2013-11-15)
WineAmerica, Inc., the National Association of American Wineries, is expanding its State Associations Council (SAC) to allow both state and regional wine groups better access to policy information, and enhanced networking opportunities nationwide.
Rotting Grapes From Bordeaux to Burgundy Cut French Wine Outlook(2013-11-08)
The volume of the 2013 vintage may rise 2.2 percent to 42.3 million hectoliters (1.12 billion gallons) from 41.4 million hectoliters in 2012, the Agriculture Ministry wrote in a report late yesterday. The forecast was cut by 1.74 million hectoliters from a month ago, equivalent to 231 million bottles.
Global spirits growth forecast to plummet(2013-11-06)
The growth rate of the spirits category is forecast to drop significantly over the next five years, as consumers switch local spirits for imported brands.
Global wine shortage fears exaggerated, say analysts(2013-10-31)
Analysts are split on the state of global wine supplies, with some warning that stocks are running at historic lows and others arguing consumers may see more deals from a higher global harvest in 2013.
EU vintners recover from bad harvest(2013-10-17)
The grape harvest in the European Union has picked up from the extremely bad 2012 season, wine experts said. But key regions in France are still struggling because of bad weather.
Wine sales in Russia to grow to 2017(2013-10-15)
The wine market is forecast to improve at a value compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8 per cent during 2012–2017 with volume growth being slightly lower, recording a 1.8 per cent CAGR.
Italy - 2013 Harvest(2013-10-11)
Kind weather conditions. Expect an 8% increase to 44 million hectolitres compared to 2012.
French wine tax plans will ‘cork the industry’(2013-10-07)
A pro-wine pressure group has mounted a vociferous campaign against plans to raise taxes and tighten advertising laws for winemaking professionals, claiming such moves will hurt one of France’s most successful export industries.
Chile frost hits fruit and wine, emergency declared(2013-10-04)
Chile has declared a state of emergency after a late frost caused an estimated $1 billion worth of damage to fruit crops, potentially hitting wine production and impacting trade from one of South America’s top fruit exporters.
Challenges on the Horizon for Argentine Wine(2013-10-03)
Argentine wine's surge into the American market in the past few years has been one of the most remarkable stories in the industry. But production in Argentina is not as quick to change.
French wine lobby group warns of anti-alcohol policies (2013-09-30)
Vin & Societe is concerned that the health bill, due to be drawn up later this year, will propose that wineries should remove messages about drinking in moderation on bottle labels, and state simply that alcohol is dangerous.
Booze ad ban: SA will lose out on R5.7bn(2013-09-27)
A proposed ban on alcohol advertising will result in a loss of R4.3bn for sports development and cost the broadcast media R1.4bn, said the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use.
Young vintners put SA on map(2013-09-17)
For decades South Africa has been the promising but slightly uncouth cousin of the wine world, but a new generation of vintners are creating distinctive - and some say world-beating - wines.
WIETA condemns unfair practices and calls for dialogue(2013-09-19)
The Agricultural Ethical Trade Initiative of South Africa (trading as WIETA) has condemned in the strongest possible terms any unfair treatment and illegal labour practices occurring at some farms within the agricultural sector.
French wine exports dip on small 2012 harvest(2013-09-20)
Small harvests in many regions across France in 2012 played a large part in export volumes slipping by 1.7% for the six months to the end of June, versus the same period of last year. France exported 70.5m cases of wine during the half-year.
Rosé Boom Shows No Sign Of Slowing(2013-09-04)
Rosé was once considered to be a second-rate wine style, but times are changing and the category is enjoying unprecedented success on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Argentine wine gains position in Denmark(2013-08-29)
In the first half of the year, Argentine exports to this destination garnered USD 9.5 million and 4.3 million liters. The growth rates were 39% and 87%, respectively, compared with 2012.
California wine enjoys a long boom(2013-08-27)
Despite its minor ups and downs, this will be the 19th year of consecutive growth for California's wine industry - as long a boom as any business can hope to have.
Would you drink GM wine?(2013-08-22)
There is no wine grape apocalypse. But what if there were a disease agent sweeping plague-style across the vine world?
Argentina bets heavily on the Asian market (2013-08-21)
China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Sinapore represent 5.61% of Argentine wine exports. It is anticipated that there will be an exponential growth for Argentina.
Bulk wine hits the brakes(2013-08-20)
Price conscious consumers looking for cheaper wines have been driving growth in the bulk wine market. Add to that producers seeking to lower costs by shipping in bulk, and you have a buoyant market. But there are signs it’s slowing.
High foreign demand for SA bulk wine(2013-08-07)
Driven by surging demand for bulk wine, SA is looking to grow total exports to a record 500m litres in 2013, almost 100m litres more than the record set in 2012.
Wine war fears already slowing French exports to China(2013-06-19)
Chinese wine importers have already started putting orders from France and other European countries on hold over fears of a hike in tariffs being triggered as part of a broader EU-China trade dispute, say leading figures in the sector.
The madmen who hold the strings of the French wine industry(2013-06-14)
These are busy times for the lunatic fringes of the French wine industry. First, there is the revival of the 2009 plan to ban the blending of red and white to make rosé anywhere in Europe. (Apart from Champagne, presumably).
Paper bottle joins wine receptacles (NZ)(2013-06-25)
Imagine this: A customer goes into a wine shop or a supermarket to buy some wine and is asked by staff if they can help and how. The customer says: "I'm looking for a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc." "Certainly," says the helpful, and obviously knowledgeable assistant. "Do you prefer it in a bottle, cask, plastic container, can or paper?" "Nah," says the customer who appreciates the service, and the joke. "I prefer it in a glass." They laugh. But it is no joke. It is a question that could soon be asked of all of us, or the choice we are offered when we select and buy our own wine.
NEW GLASS PROMOTES DOUBLE BEND BENEFITS(2013-06-27)
Austrian firm MarkThomas has launched a wine glass featuring what it claims is a unique double bend design that offers “a true and perfect all-rounder.”
Indian Wine Market Is Growing At Record Pace(2013-07-10)
Although this beverage is one of the highest taxed products in India because it is considered a luxury not a necessity, Indian Wine consumption has grown 25-30% annually over a 5 year period.
Top 10 emerging markets for food and drink manufacturers(2013-05-30)
Few advanced economies can measure up to the potential of emerging markets, which have been forecast to exhibit the fastest growth rates for food and non-alcoholic beverages over the next five years, according to a new report.
CANADIAN WINERIES FINDING FOCUS(2013-05-20)
Canada’s wineries are becoming increasingly focused on specific grape varieties as the country’s wine industry matures.
Wine price pushed up to all-time high(2013-05-21)
The average cost of a bottle of wine has risen to its highest-ever figure of £5.11 on the back of escalating taxation – but there are signs consumers are still prepared to trade up, according to new Nielsen data.
Wine producers need to rethink bottle sizes(2013-05-22)
Just 3% of innovation in the UK wine industry over the past 12 months has involved bottle sizes between 25cl and 50cl, and this needs to change, Mintel global drinks analyst Jonny Forsyth told attendees of the London International Wine Fair this week.
NZ reports 28% rise in grape production(2013-06-13)
New Zealand Winegrowers has reported a 28% rise in grape production for the 2013 vintage which it is acclaiming as one of the best the country has seen.
Nutritional labels on alcohol(2013-06-04)
Alcohol beverages soon could have nutritional labels like those on food packaging, but only if the producers want to put them there.
Counterfeiting Wine in China on the Increase(2013-06-05)
Counterfeiting Laffite may be the most lucrative business for the con artists in China, but several popular Australian brands like Penfolds and Henschke have also been complaining about the duplicate products being sold increasingly in the Chinese market with copycat bottles impersonating as the real thing, suggesting that the Indian decision makers must immediately take pre-emptive action to keep the potential menace away from India in future
Foreign tourist arrivals up 10.2% in 2012(2013-04-29)
South Africa’s tourist growth rate in 2012 was more than double the average global tourist growth rate of about 4%, as estimated by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
Key spirits trends for 2013(2013-05-03)
Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International identifies some of the key trends for the 2013 spirits market.
ARGENTINA FACES COMPETITION CRISIS(2013-05-06)
Soaring grape prices and an overvalued peso have raised concerns about the ability of Argentina to compete at the lower end of the bottled wine market.
Alcohol levels give wine lovers a headache(2013-05-07)
Plenty of wine lovers around the world will have noticed their favourite tipples are getting stronger, and many of them are unhappy about the hangovers that come with increased alcohol levels. But it seems they have only themselves to blame as experts say that changing consumer tastes are mainly responsible for driving the trend.
Sweet wines, an upward trend in consumption (US)(2013-05-08)
In a market of wine consumers who are becoming more sophisticated over years, it is not strange to see opportunities of niches like that experienced by sweet wines, recommended by experts to pair with desserts and different types of cheeses.
Looming Threat of Water Scarcity(2013-04-04)
Globally 1.2 billion people —almost a fifth of the world — live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage.
Wine regions may lose up to 73% of land by 2050(2013-04-15)
A new study released this week by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that areas suitable for viticulture will decrease between 25% and 73% in major wine producing regions by 2050 – directly impacting countless fine wine regions across the globe.
Children not harmed by light drinking during pregnancy, two studies find (UK)(2013-04-18)
Children born to women who drink moderately during pregnancy are no more likely to have cognitive or behavioural problems than those of abstainers, a new study has found. This study, reported in BJOG, An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, put together data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a national study of 10,000 infants born in the UK between 2000-2002, reports Decanter.
Croatian winemakers upset by EU label rules(2013-04-24)
For Croatian winemakers, dreams of European Union market bounty came crashing down after recent trade bans exposed them to the hurdles which await agricultural greenhorns in the wealthy bloc.
US criticizes EU restrictions on wine labels(2013-04-03)
The US Trade Representative's office said the EU's policy of seeking exclusive use of so-called traditional terms such as tawny, ruby, reserve, classic, and chateau on wine labels had an undesirable effect.
Bulk versus bottle dilemma for South African wine(2013-03-27)
At South Africa's Rostberg and Co., green bottles filled with a ruby liquid clink as they march along a conveyor belt, destined for wine-lovers from Paris to Shanghai.
But if a trend toward bulk shipping continues, the music of the Rostberg bottling plant may be about to stop.
German wine exports continue downward trend(2013-03-26)
German wine exports slid by 15.2% in 2012 compared to 2011, continuing a declining trend from the previous year, according to statistics released by the German Wine Institute.
China wine market soars(2013-03-25)
China is becoming an increasingly important market for New Zealand wine and a group of local firms is hoping to boost sales further by making an appearance this week at one of the Asian superpower's biggest international trade shows, the Chengdu Wine Fair.
World wine output down but NZ looking positive(2013-03-22)
Global wine production fell sharply last year due to bad weather in Europe but, with this year's harvest underway in New Zealand, it's a different outlook for local wine makers.
USA: Authenticity Key to Wooing Younger Wine Consumers(2013-03-20)
Younger wine buyers, those born in the 1980s and 1990s and known as Generation Y, or millennials, are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. wine market and are notoriously averse to obvious marketing tactics.
Australian wine loses flavour in America(2013-03-15)
Australia seems to have fallen off the map - of the wine world, at least. Australia is hard to find in US fine wine stores. Overproduction led to a grape glut, giving large companies increased power over growers and smaller wineries.
Baking summer sparks warning of wine glut(2013-03-12)
The wine industry risks slipping back into overproduction as one of the driest summers in living memory provides outstanding grape-growing conditions across the country, says an analyst.
Wine, grape industry accounts for $6.8bn in Canadian economy: Report(2013-03-08)
Conducted by an international accounting and research firm - Frank, Rimerman + Co, the research also found that the wine industry annually generates around $1.2bn in federal and provincial tax revenue, around $1.2bn in tourism revenue and creates over 31,000 jobs in the country.
Innovation in Asia, by Asia, for Asia set for rapid growth in 2013 and beyond.
Australia: Don’t supply bulk wine(2013-03-06)
Private label wine exists only because wine companies sell their wine in bulk to retailers and let the retailers put their labels on it. If you’re a wine company and you’ve decided to make excess wine and sell to the retailers, you can’t then complain.
The future of wine?(2013-03-05)
It’s hard to talk about wine without evoking the tokens of tradition: ancient terroir, age-old techniques of production, vineyards held by single families for successive generations.
Make diversity Chile's calling card, urge producers (2013-02-28)
The Chilean industry needs to focus on quality wines, and for that we need people thinking in the long-term. Chile is much more than good value wines or a bunch of icon wines, but it must be proved.
China to exhibit wine for the first time at LIWF 2013(2013-02-27)
Château Hansen was established by the Han family in the 1980s and is China's first organic estate. Located in Wuhai, on the southern edge of the Gobi Desert, its 450ha of vineyards have been planted in the Wuhai Valley and adjacent region of Ningxia.
Labeling Cold War Heats Up Again(2013-02-26)
Diageo and consumer advocacy groups have reignited decades-long efforts to beef up beverage-labeling standards, triggering renewed fear of over-regulation among wineries.
China’s Largest Local Brand Goes Global(2013-02-25)
COFCO is planning to sell globally-sourced wine under its local wine brand Great Wall, as well as add to the group’s international investments with an Australian winery.
China: Top 10 improvements(2013-02-21)
China's recent surge in wine consumption is unique in many aspects. The rate of development, the thirst for first growths and dramatic upswing in the prominence and popularity of wine are all astounding. Yet lost in this rapid ascent is one crucial aspect that is the hallmark of any robust wine market: a fervent and dedicated consumer base.
CHINA TO BE 6TH LARGEST PRODUCER BY 2016(2013-02-07)
The research, in collaboration with The International Wine and Spirits Research, found that by 2016 China will have risen from the 8th to the 6th largest wine producer in the world.
Australian wine exports grow in average value and volume(2013-02-06)
The report showed Australian wine exports increased by 3 per cent to 721 million litres (valued at A$1.85 billion) and the average value per litre increased, with bottled wine up 3 per cent to A$4.43 per litre and bulk wine up 2 per cent to A$1.03 per litre.
Wine Consumers Move Up the Price Ladder(2013-02-05)
US consumer habits are bouncing back from recession levels. More people are purchasing wines in the $10-$20 price range than are cutting back on such purchases.
Goodbye Hangover – the rise of synthetic alcohol (2013-02-01)
The late nights, the laughter, the drinking games, and then the awful hangover the morning after. However a solution is near: synthetic alcohol seems to become more and more feasible.
Per capita Canadian wine consumption now 15 litres a year(2013-01-23)
Wine producers will be proposing a toast to Canadian consumers: a new study shows wine consumption in this country is growing three times faster than globally and Canada is projected to be the fifth fastest-growing wine market in the next five years.
Winery growth surging in US(2013-01-16)
The number of U.S. wineries has quadrupled in the past 10 years. One of the obstacles new wineries face is their lack of legitimacy with customers and distributors.
Cape of good grapes(2013-01-21)
After 350 years, the sweet secret of Africa's southern tip is out.
Global wine shortage good for NZ growers(2013-01-18)
New Zealand wineries are in a good position to leverage the global wine shortage and boost profitability, says New Zealand Winegrowers Marlborough chairman Dominic Pecchenino.
Bulk wine imports to US 'soar' in 2012(2013-01-17)
The survey noted that ‘younger consumers are changing their views about the superior quality of traditional California gateway wines and drinking more foreign wines than generations of the past, demonstrating very different preferences.’
Brussels makes vine planting recommendations(2013-01-14)
A European Commission special advisory group has recommended postponing legislation that would have liberalised vine planting rights in the European Union has been postponed for at least six years, according to an announcement made by the European Commission on 14 December 2012.
NIGERIA’S POP AT EUROPE(2012-12-11)
The Champagne is flowing faster in Africa’s second-largest economy, but a lot of marketing is strangely still focused on conspicuous consumption in austerity Europe.
Poor market leads to fewer vines(2012-10-17)
The total area of grape vines in Australia has decreased, but thanks to favourable seasonal conditions there's still plenty of wine.
US wine executives are optimistic(2012-10-01)
Each year, the Wine Industry Financial Symposium presents the results of a survey of wine industry executives conducted by Dr. Robert Smiley of the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management.
UK calms South African bulk wine tensions(2012-10-16)
South Africa has won a number of concessions during a visit last week from UK business secretary Vince Cable, as the two nations work to avoid a “bulk import war”.
World wine shortage of 1.3B bottles looms(2012-10-22)
The world faces a wine shortage equivalent to 1.3 billion bottles next year after production slumped in France, Italy and Spain, the main suppliers, according to the biggest French wine cooperative.
World wine drought after weather ruins harvests(2012-11-01)
A world wine shortage has been predicted after forecasts that production would slump to its lowest level in at least 37 years following inclement weather that ruined grape harvests across the globe.
Spreek drankwet-histerie só aan(2012-11-09)
Oor die afgelope twee dekades was daar nog nooit so ’n groot histerie en druk op die drankbedryf rondom alkoholverwante kwessies soos nou nie.
Climate study to help grow wine industry (2012-09-11)
A $500,000 international research project into climate and vineyards led by the University of Canterbury (UC) is expected to result in an increase of up to 10 percent in income for the billion dollar New Zealand wine industry.
Alcohol-free red wine lowers blood pressure(2012-09-13)
New research shows that alcohol-free red wine lowers blood pressure (BP), increases antioxidant enzyme activity, lowers inflammation, and prevents atherosclerosis.
Brazilian wines ready to hit UK(2012-09-14)
Public interest in Brazil is growing ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, and a range of importers are poised to release their first Brazilian wine brands on the UK market in the coming weeks.
Younger Australians are now drinking less(2012-09-28)
The proportion of Australians aged 18-24 years who drink any alcohol in an average four weeks has progressively decreased each year for the last five years. In the 12 months to June 2012, 72.2% of this age group drink alcohol in an average four weeks and the proportions of those drinking wine and beer have decreased, while Cider has increased. These are the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research’s report on Alcohol Consumption, for the five year period from July 2007 – June 2012, reports News Maker.
Heavier wine bottles appear more expensive(2012-09-17)
Despite the fact that all standard bottles contain the same 75cl of fluid, a survey of 150 people found that consumers believe heavier bottles are more expensive and contain higher-quality wine.
Winemakers see red(2012-08-29)
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show domestic white wine sales dropped more than 13 percent in the June quarter, while red wine varieties increased more than 17 per cent, compared to the same period last year.
China drags wine into EU trade war(2012-08-22)
China’s wine industry has called on the government to investigate whether EU subsidies are putting its domestic products at a competitive disadvantage.
Wine exports reach $1.18 billion (2012-08-20)
Tighter market conditions provide new opportunities for New Zealand wines according to the June year end 2012 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers
China’s alcohol imports up 58%(2012-08-13)
China’s alcohol imports have jumped 58% from last year to $2.4 billion, according to the country’s commerce ministry.
Calif. weighs tougher heat rules for farmworkers(2012-08-21)
A bill by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, D-Marina Del Rey would require that water be available at all times within 10 feet of all employees and shade within 200 feet, regardless of temperature. Employers who broke the rules would have to pay up to $1 million in restitution. The bill would also allow farmworkers to sue employers if they failed to abide by heat rules.
SA wine ranks sixth in China(2012-07-30)
South African wines were sixth in order of popularity in the small but growing Chinese market, winemaker and consultant John Weekes, who has been working in the country, said at a seminar in Stellenbosch on Thursday.
Turning tomatoes into wine (2012-08-06)
WINE lovers are raising a glass to an unusual vintage crafted from a secret family recipe four generations old using... tomatoes.
Bottle maker warns of shrinking market(2012-07-31)
THE world's leading glass packaging supplier, Owens Illinois, could again be forced to shrink its Australian operations, leading to potential job losses, as it cites a sluggish local beer and wine market and protracted negotiations over contracts with customers and unions.
Alcohol brands must tread carefully(2012-07-27)
The initial message was that social media marketing is more complex than many marketers appreciate, with brands needing to be responsible.
Chile debates “structural deficit”(2012-07-24)
According to the latest export figures from Wines of Chile, total volume shipments of bottled wine fell by 1.8% (12 months to May 2011 vs 12 months to May 2012), although total value shipments rose by 3.1% during this period.
US to review online marketing of beer, liquor and wine(2012-05-03)
Twitter didn't exist the last time butNow hundreds of millions of tweets fly daily across the micro-messaging site, including an increasing number from wine, beer and liquor companies seeking market buzz.
California wine industry looking for breakthrough variety(2012-06-21)
The idea of experimenting with new varieties is to test grapes that might be better suited to the Valley's heat and that might bring other appealing qualities that could include higher yield, lower production costs, low rot potential, better color, less vegetative characteristics and easier mechanical harvesting.
What America Spends On Booze(2012-06-22)
Alcohol is cheaper, but bars are more expensive. Also, we're spending more on wine and less on hard alcohol.
Cost of wine fraud may reach £1.3m(2012-06-29)
Fraud or suspected fraud may have cost UK wine companies as much as £1.3 million since last May, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has revealed.
Cheers! Wine freedom becomes law (2012-07-02)
With the stroke of the governor general's pen, Conservative MP Dan Albas's bill to eliminate the federal ban on transporting wine across provincial borders became law.
The surface of world vineyards reaches a 10-year low(2012-07-05)
OIV’s annual report “Worldwide Situation of the Viticultural Sector” shows that in 2011 world vineyards reached a total area surface (including areas not yet in production or harvested) of 7,585 mha, a 1% drop compared to 2010 that suggests a decline during the last ten years amounting to 262 mha.
3,000-year-old wine unearthed in China(2012-07-10)
Wine dating back 3,000 years has been unearthed in a nobleman’s tomb in Shaanxi province, northwest China, and is said to be the earliest wine in China’s history.
Australian harvest at five-year low(2012-05-08)
Wine production in Australia is set to hit a five-year low this year, impacted by the knock-on effects of widespread wet weather in the 2010-11 growing season.
Nigeria develops thirst for wine(2012-04-24)
The value of Nigeria’s wine industry is expected to reach US$370 million by 2015, as Nigerians develop a thirst for high end wine and spirits.
Bumper wine crop predicted(2012-05-21)
Chile’s vineyard owners are expecting a slightly different taste and aroma to the wines they produce this year as theyharvest grapes during an exceptionallylong drought.
If Euro collapses investors will move into wine (2012-05-23)
If the Eurozone collapses, there will be a move into wine from investors, but it will be short-lived - that's according to the Financial Times' investment columnist John Authers.
New liquor rules reimpose shipping chill, wineries say(2012-06-13)
British Columbia winery owners say new regulations just introduced in this province prevent them from sending wine to other provinces despite last week's vote in the House of Commons to liberalize wine shipments.
Canada set to open borders for wine(2012-06-12)
Many Canadian wine drinkers could be free to transport wines across provincial borders for the first time in their lives, if a new law passes as expected.
Tax deal to uncork India for wine investors(2012-05-28)
When Hong Kong scrapped all taxation on alcohol sales in 2008, it sent the price of investment wine into the stratosphere. Tax cuts on wine purchases are now set to happen in India, so will a new flood of buyers reverse recent price declines?
Consumers are too busy to think about wine (2012-05-24)
The wine industry's problem is that it thinks consumers care more about their product than they actually do, according to the head of research firm The Source.
Battle looms over shock move to ban liquor ads(2012-04-17)
A shock draft bill from the Department of Health that totally prohibits the advertising and promotion of alcoholic products is being reworked behind closed doors by an interdepartmental government task team.
Low alcohol wine - the verdict(2012-04-16)
There's a wave of low-alcohol wine coming out of New Zealand. According to Michael Cooper, low-alcohol rieslings are starting to become quite popular.
Wine exports in decline, but price goes up(2012-01-20)
According to a report by Wine Australia, a decline in local production is thought to be the trigger behind a 10 per cent decrease in the export of Australian wine.
The heat is on(2012-01-20)
Will the current heat wave influence the upcoming harvest?Predictions are that the summer heat is easing.
Australia faces market share loss(2012-01-23)
The head of Wine Australia has warned the country stands to lose market share in the UK amid tough conditions driven by exchange rates and pricing pressures.
India struggles to develop taste for wine(2012-01-24)
Wine appreciation in India is a minority interest.Kulbir Singh, president of the Indian Wine Society says that the pleasure of a leisurely glass of wine from a vineyard in France, California or Australia, not to mention enjoying wine with food, has a long way to go to catch on.
Bulk wine trade a 20-year bull market(2012-01-25)
The share of bulk wine exports has nearly doubled over the past decade at the expense of bottled wine shipments, particularly among New World suppliers — with bulk format now approaching half of total export volumes.
NZ bulk wine exports up (2012-01-26)
New Zealand wines continue to find favour in overseas markets with export volumes up 9.5% in the 10 months to October 2011, however the proportion of bulk wine exports remains higher than a year ago.
Wine, grape prices to rise in 2012(2012-01-27)
According to experts speaking at a major wine industry trade event, the prices of wine on U.S. store shelves could start rising this year because of an “emerging shortage” of winegrapes and wine plus a sales and marketing “blitz” last year.
Wine in cans selling out Stateside(2011-12-21)
Young Americans are developing a thirst for wine in cans, according to Ben Parsons, owner of Denver-based urban winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem.
US companies are feeling impact of European crisis (2011-11-15)
Smaller businesses are being affected, too. Wine exports are suffering because of poor consumer sentiment in Europe and because a weak euro is making US wine costlier by comparison. The European Union accounts for about 38 percent of US wine industry exports.
Mid-sized wineries still struggling to survive (2011-12-08)
A winemaker is backing an annual state-of-the-industry report which says medium-sized wineries are increasingly struggling to survive, with six years of losses on average.
Bleak prediction for wine(2011-12-12)
A leading Californian winemaker has warned, rising taxes may mean there is no future for wine in the UK.
Health experts call for minimum pricing(2011-12-15)
A group of leading doctors and academics has claimed that a minimum price for alcohol in the UK would prevent thousands of drink-related deaths and diseases.
Argentina grows UK exports (2012-02-13)
According to the latest figures from Wines of Argentina,the popularity of Argentinian wines continues to forge ahead, with UK exports for 2011 up 8.4% by value.
Torres predicts China correction(2012-03-23)
Miguel Torres has added his voice to those predicting that China’s wine importers may be facing a period of consolidation following a phase of rapid expansion.
Follow UK drink rule, say Greens(2012-03-26)
BRITAIN'S decision to lift the minimum price of alcohol in a bid to counter widespread drunkenness should prompt the Australian government to rethink its refusal to increase taxes on cheap grog, Greens health spokesman Dr Richard Di Natale says.
Vine supply dries up for late-ordering growers(2012-03-29)
After keeping their wallets in their pockets during the height of the recession, California wine-grape growers are ready to expand their vineyards or replant existing ones. The problem: There is a shortage of vines.
Young drinkers to push U.S. direct - to consumer wine sales(2012-04-05)
The direct-to-consumer sales channel in the U.S, is set to drive the growth of wine consumption over the next 10 years, with sales rising from 7 million 9-liter cases in 2011 to around 22 million by 2021, according to a new report.
Closures that improve the wine(2012-04-10)
The growth in alternative closures has led to a new understanding of the way wine evolves and the particular role that oxygen plays. But the findings have added a new layer of complexity to wine making. It's taken time, money and international expertise to unravel the mysteries and simplifying the answers.
California Wine Industry in Shortage(2012-03-19)
According to Matt Turrentine, The California wine market is experiencing a structural shortage and likely won’t return to balance for at least four years.
China: wine fans start to go for white(2012-02-17)
Within three years, greater China will spend more money on still wines than the UK, and become the world’s second biggest wine consumer by value, after the US.
California wines get major boost against Pierce’s disease(2012-02-22)
Researchers have found a way to protect wine, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierce's disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industry's valuable grapevines.
Supply shortages for Spanish bulk wine (2012-02-24)
A leading brokerage company has warned that Spanish co-operatives are going to find it difficult to cope with demand for their bulk wines this year.
A toast to China's thirst for wine(2012-03-12)
A rush of foreign investment, particularly from China, in the Australian wine sector suggests increasing confidence of a turnaround in the industry, for years struggling with oversupply and a surging currency.
Restrictions looming for liquor advertising(2011-09-19)
A total ban on liquor advertising would lead to a loss of R1.8 billion in advertising revenue in the mass media, a loss of R2.6 billion for sponsorships and development programmes in sport as well as job losses in the wine industry
A Better Way to Buy Wine (2011-09-13)
In their increasing effort to sidestep wine shops and distributors, wineries are turning to a surprising online outlet.
Public split on cheap alcohol stuns expert(2011-09-05)
The latest Herald DigiPoll survey shows, that the public are almost evenly split on whether supermarkets should be able to offer wine at rock-bottom prices by selling at below cost.
Australian wine industry 'resisting change'(2011-08-22)
Australia is still not making enough progress in redressing the supply/demand imbalance, says an industry body, despite the removal of 17,000 hectares of vines in the past three years.
Debate over warning labels on alcohol heats up (2011-08-18)
HEALTH warnings linking alcohol with dire outcomes such as brain damage and cancer have been backed by health groups but described as potentially ''alarming'' by an industry-backed group.
SA signs wine trade agreements(2011-08-16)
South Africa has signed two international agreements to facilitate the wine trade among signatory countries.
Downturn to slow US wine consumption(2011-08-15)
Growth projections for US wine consumption have slowed amid increasing economic instability – with sales of Australian wine slumping by 12.5% last year.
China flooded with counterfeit fine wine(2011-08-12)
China is battling a flood of counterfeit vintage wine amid a growing interest in bottles from famed wineries, which are seen as a sign of high social standing.
Good news from Western Cape Liquor Conference minutes(2011-10-05)
The report back on the discussion on the proposed ban of alcohol advertising confirms that further research needs to be conducted in South Africa in order to make informed decisions on mechanisms for combating alcohol abuse including banning or restricting advertising.
Low-alcohol ‘wine’ labels get tick of approval(2011-10-07)
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has accepted a submission by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) to reduce the minimum alcohol content allowable in locally-produced wine.
OIV sets new green standards for wine trade(2011-11-10)
The new system agreed by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) allows all companies involved in the wine business to use a standard methodology to rate their own environmental performance.
Global wine trade agrees emissions calculating system(2011-11-08)
The International Organisation of Vine & Wine has drawn up the Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol, which aims to make sure all businesses around the world which produce, supply, transport or sell wine will be able to rate their environmental performance according to a standard methodology.
Mexico drops US wine tariff(2011-10-26)
US wine exports to Mexico are expected to improve with the ending of a 20% 'retaliatory' tariff.
Wine sale registers 41 per cent growth in Delhi(2011-10-17)
More and more Delhiites seem to be opting for wine as its sale in the city in the past six months has shown a growth of 41 per cent than what it was during the same period last year.
Wine goes out in bulk to be bottled in Europe(2011-10-12)
The share of bulk wine to bottled wine exported is at 48 per cent, compared with 37 per cent two years ago, Wine Australia's September wine export approval report said.
Strong dollar is tough on wineries(2011-08-05)
Local wine has built an impressive international reputation as a high quality product, but the strong dollar has meant some wineries are even considering withdrawing from certain markets where demand suggests they should be expanding.
Australian drinks to carry health warnings(2011-07-18)
61% of consumers surveyed said they would support the idea of information messages on alcohol labels and 32% said they would be likely to seek more information about responsible drinking as a result of seeing
India inches towards lower taxation on alcohol(2011-07-12)
India and the European Union are in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement that could result in a substantial reduction in India's high tariffs on imported alcohol.
Will global warming affect the wine industry?(2011-07-08)
A new study appearing in the journal Environmental Research Letters indicates that by 2040 the amount of lands suitable for growing wine grapes could shrink by 50 percent.
BRIC and South Africa: Can it become BRICS?(2009-01-08)
To prove that it deserves to be among the BRIC incumbents, SA will firstly need to upgrade and expand the country’s infrastructure. Secondly, there will need to be a better education and skills development programmes to provide the skills and expertise needed to drive growth. Lastly, the SA government will have to develop a clear idea of the business sectors that the country can be internationally competitive in and then devote resources to maintain and heighten that competitiveness.
Inert gas technology prevents oxidation (2009-12-08)
Gas company Air Liquide reports that new inert gas technology which prevents the oxidation of wine, and thereby maintains the quality and character, has been introduced to the wine industry.
Ad campaign aims to shift parents' drinking habits(2009-12-08)
Players from the South African liquor industry under the auspices of the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) have launched a new series of adverts which is in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global strategy to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol use.
That bottle used to be a plant(2009-12-08)
Coca Cola's new bottles are composed of a new PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic that was once a plant. This is the next generation of PET that is now 100% recyclable with a smaller carbon footprint, when measured from the growing of the plant materials through to the production of the resin, than the traditional PET.
Drinks firms call for water investment(2009-12-08)
Drinks heavyweights SABMiller, Coca-Cola Co and Nestle have called for greater investment in water sustainability amid a growing gap in global supply and demand.
New whiskey rules introduced (2009-12-08)
Scotch single-malt whisky must be bottled in Scotland, while terms such as ‘pure malt' and ‘vatted malt' are now a thing of the past, thanks to a number of new laws introduced on 23 November 2009 by the UK government.
Food and beverage industry needs to gear up for 2010(2009-12-08)
Ismail Darsot whose company has been a past recipient of the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award reports in Bizcommunity.com that he believes the food and beverage industry is simply not ready for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.
Winemakers face climate change with dread (2009-12-08)
Global warming emerged as the wine industry’s top concern at the recent Wine Future Conference in Spain. Winemakers the world over are faced with rising temperatures leading to higher alcohol levels in their wine which changes the texture and personality of wine.
Canadian wine labels will change(2009-10-21)
A storm of media attention is prompting changes in the handling - and in some cases the content - of Cellared in Canada wines.
UK wine industry gets £1.6m boost(2009-10-21)
The UK wine industry is to receive £1.6m to address the lack of winemakers trained to deal with the unpredictable British weather and terroir conditions.
Trio takes 2009 Patrick Grubb wine-making bursary(2009-10-21)
Nico Fischer of Simonsig, Andrew Williams of Steenberg and M’Daan Pieterse of Overgaauw are this year’s recipients of the Patrick Grubb Bursary and will go on a winemaking-working trip to France.
US wine consumption continues to grow(2009-10-21)
Overall wine consumption in the U.S. rose 0.9% to 2 652,3 million litres in 2008, according to the Beverage Information Group's recently released 2009 Wine Handbook.
China's wine industry growing(2009-10-21)
China is now home to about 600 wine enterprises, 167 of which are state-owned earning annual sales revenues greater than R5.8 million.
Pill to fight alcoholism(2009-10-21)
ScienceDaily reports that neuropharmacologists are now running clinical trials on a drug called topiramate which they say is an effective therapeutic medication for decreasing heavy drinking and diminishing the physical and psychological harm caused by alcohol dependence.
The 21 club(2009-10-21)
A new movement has sprung up in the USA that is campaigning to lower the drinking age back from 21 to 18 years.
Confusion 'fuels alcohol misuse'(2009-10-21)
Widespread public confusion about how much it is safe to drink may be contributing to the growth of alcohol misuse in England, say MPs.
Pest control goes green(2009-10-21)
A recent South African Pest Control Association convention held in Cape Town looked at the future of the pest-control industry in the 21st century.
New moth a threat to vineyards(2009-10-21)
A European grapevine moth with larvae has been detected in Oakville, Napa Valley. The moth does its damage by getting into the fruit cluster and can affect the development of fruit at certain stages.
Ban alcohol adverts - ANCYL(2009-11-26)
Kingdom Mabuza reports in The Sowetan that the ANC Youth League has launched a campaign to ban alcohol advertising in all media channels.
New expo for beverage, liquor(2009-11-26)
The first Drink Tech Africa exhibition and conference serving Africa’s growing beverage and liquid food markets will be held In July 2010 together with Africa’s Big Seven (AB7).
Pushing the packaging envelope(2009-11-26)
An article by Suzanne Gannon in Wines & Vines concludes that economic conditions and environmental concerns are driving the success of alternative wine packaging.
Four peak industry bodies make statement to Australian wine industry(2009-11-26)
The release of a statement to the wine industry by the Winemaker’s Federation of Australia, Wine Grape Growers’ Australia, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation has the objectives to recognize the problem and to formulate an action agenda to advance the adjustment process, to bring about more sustainable operating conditions as soon as possible and to dispel any notion that the industry can trade its way out of its current problem or rely on government to step in.
Food, glorious food(2009-11-26)
Read the article in The Economist on the health benefit claims made by food and beverage companies and why concerned regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are saying that some of these health claims are misleading or/and unsupported by evidence and why they are now tightening the rules.
SAB launches campaign to combat alcohol abuse(2009-11-26)
South African Breweries has recently launched a R50m Reality Check advertising campaign targeted at drivers and pregnant women to raise awareness and counter prevailing alcohol abuse among South African drinkers.
SA oxygen barrier technology promises huge food benefits(2009-11-26)
The South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a new technology known as the Enviroclear barrier coating technology which promises to extend the self life for plastic-packed foods and beverages by up to 40 times.
Tax advisory firm welcomes proposed overhaul of Customs Act(2009-11-26)
On 30 October SARS presented the proposed replacement of the 45-year-old Customs and Excise Act in parliament. The most noticeable change to the Act was the creation of two bills – the Customs Control Bill and the Customs Duty Bill with a 3rd bill, the Excise Bill also being developed. The public may comment on the new Acts until February 2010.
In Hong Kong, stirrings of a serious wine scene (2009-11-26)
Jake Lee reports in The Wall Street Journal on changes to the wine scene in Hong Kong which now boasts flourishing wine shops, tasting bars and even a winery. Restaurants are hosting dinners with wine makers flown in for the occasion and tasting events, trade shows and oenology courses abound.
Time to put actions behind the words(2009-11-26)
The Ontario government’s plan for the wine industry involves the setting of grape prices, which will effectively end the role of the Grape Growers of Ontario.
UK alcohol consumption falling faster than ever(2009-11-26)
Alcohol consumption in the UK is falling faster than at any time in the past 60 years. Now the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is calling for more targeted efforts at reducing alcohol-related harm, saying that the policies designed to reduce the drinking of the entire nation are misguided.
Plastic bottle wine takes off(2009-10-21)
First we had to get use to wine in a box, then screw tops and synthetic corks and now we are presented with wine in a plastic bottle. And as before some say it is a good thing quoting plus points such as less breakage, more wine per bottle and more environmentally friendly.
On the rocks, it's a new landscape(2009-10-21)
Toby Cecchini reports in The New York Times on the current cocktail renaissance where attention to every facet of the drink has reached the fetishistic.
Taking stress off yeast produces better wine(2009-10-21)
Turning grape juice into wine is stressful for yeast, but Dr Aranda from the University of Valencia in Spain has identified the genes in yeast that enable it to respond to stress and is investigating ways to improve yeast performance by modifying its stress response mechanism.
Growing interest in Fairtrade(2009-10-21)
Despite the tough economic conditions British shoppers are showing increasing concern over the wellbeing of the people producing their groceries in developing countries.
Predicting consumers' future wants, needs(2009-08-13)
Future business success will depend on gaining futuristic consumer insights and developing relevant and preferred products and services ahead of the competition.
Promoting South African wine in China(2009-08-13)
Considering the depth of South Africa's winemaking abilities, I am utterly disappointed most of the times I dine out in Beijing when I discover that the establishment's wine list either includes no South African wines or only contains extremely low cost brands at ridiculous prices of R300.
Putting drink-drivers in park(2009-08-13)
PFK Electronics' Autowatch TAB, a tethered alcohol breathalyser based immobiliser, prevents a vehicle from being driven by anyone over the legal alcohol limit.
When it comes to packaging, less is more(2009-08-13)
Consumer product companies have been cutting down on extraneous packaging for good reasons. The rise in raw material, energy, manufacturing and transportation costs, coupled with the rise in consumers' environmental consciousness all play a part in reducing packaging.
For Australian winemakers, more turns out to be less(2009-08-13)
Just a few years ago, Australia was being hailed as the great international success story of the wine business. But even as its star appeared to be rising, the Australian wine industry was sliding, selling a greater volume of wine at increasingly lower prices.
Chinese firm takes stake in Bordeaux vineyard(2009-08-13)
A Chinese firm has taken a majority stake in a Bordeaux vineyard, the latest move by the emerging Asian giant into the world of French wine, a company who advised on the deal said.
Wine sales plummet in Ireland(2009-07-27)
Cross-border shopping and the economic downturn sent wine sales tumbling by more than 10% in Ireland during the first quarter of 2009, official figures show.
DNA technology can be used on fine wine(2009-07-27)
Advanced DNA identification techniques could be used to prove the origins of fine wines, helping in the fight against fraud and counterfeiting, says a hi-tech US company.
South Africa's economic downturn has halted several Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transactions, but brewer SAB - part of SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewing group - has unveiled a new broad-based BEE deal that does not rely on debt financing, and so is unlikely to face any substantial hitches.
New York Times questions wine health studies(2009-07-27)
A science article front-paged in the New York Times raises a question of whether 'study after study' that links moderate use of alcohol to health is 'all a big mistake.' The article says that 'some scientists' claim no study has 'ever proved a causal relationship between moderate drinking and lower risk of death - only that the two often go together.
Evin Law: alcohol advertising now allowed on internet(2009-07-27)
The Senate in Paris has ratified an amendment to the Evin Law, allowing use of the internet for alcohol advertising. The decision means that the internet will now be listed alongside television, radio and other established media within the Evin Law that governs how alcohol is advertised in France.
World drink less wine per capita(2009-06-22)
The Global Drinks Market: Impact databank Review and Forecast, 2008 shows that people are drinking wine at a slower rate and the global recession seems to have accelerated this trend.
EU rosé wine U-turn(2009-06-22)
The EU has seen common sense by performing a u-turn on a plan to allow winemakers to blend red and white wines to make rosé.
Mitigating climate change through food and land use(2009-06-22)
Agricultural communities can play a central role in fighting climate change according to a new Worldwatch Institute report by Sara Scherr and Sajal Sthapit. More than 30% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arise from the land-use sector.
Consumers may already be aware of the environmental impact of producing goods in terms of energy or pollution, but they might be surprised to learn how much water is needed to create some daily goods.
Tough consumer law 'adds to costs'(2009-06-22)
Big business should brace itself for soaring insurance premiums and higher production costs in light of new consumer protection laws.
Research - New World set for more growth despite challenges(2009-06-22)
A new report from IWSR and just-drinks suggests New World wine producers will continue to grow their share of the market. But while the New World can expect good growth in emerging wine markets, the Old World is fighting back.
10 Top international wine destinations(2009-06-22)
Forbes.com has come up with 10 top international wine destinations assisted by George Taber, author of "In Search of Bacchus: Wanderings in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism."
Society places many demands upon packaging relative to issues such as safety, convenience, efficiency, identification and marketing. But packaging is also a burden to producers, consumers and the environment.
Report in focus - Growth in functional drinks set to ramp up(2009-06-22)
The functional soft drinks market looks set for further growth over the next few years, according to a new report from just-drinks. While the recession and competition from other functional foods represent challenges, the sector offers many opportunities for growth.
New wine guide for ordinary people(2009-06-22)
A new independently published wine guide, The People's Wine Guide, lists 600 wines and features “blind tasting” to ensure impartiality. It's aimed at those who buy wine from supermarkets and liquor chains, and is written in everyday language.
Celebrating five new Cape Wine Masters(2009-06-22)
Rolene Bauer, Mary-Lyn Foxcroft, Danielle le Roux, Duane Blaauw and Eftyhia Vardas were recently awarded Diplomas as Cape Wine Masters bringing the number of successful candidates to 71 since the inception of the Cape Wine Master qualification 25 years ago.
American wine overtakes France in British drinker's affection(2009-01-19)
Trade figures show that more American wine than French wine was drunk in Britain for the first time in 2007. In second place was Australia which topped the table for the last five years. France came in third followed by Italy, South Africa and then Chile.
Wine industry code of conduct finalised(2009-01-19)
Signed recently in Adelaide by the President of the WFA and the Chairman of the WGGA, the voluntary Code will set minimum standards for commercial Agreements between grapegrowers and winemakers.
Internet usage in SA growing or slowing?(2009-01-19)
Independent Online reports that current (2006) statistics show a 120% increase in Internet use in SA over the past two years. Almost 4m browsers or 10.3% of the population are now using the Internet which is having a favourable effect on the growth of e-commerce.
Move over, California(2008-10-06)
The first Chicago & Midwest wine show will be held in September. Wisconsin’s wine industry is tiny (41 wineries) but growing. Iowa now has six times as many wineries as in 1995. Ohio now with 108 wineries and Michigan with 112 are the biggest producers in the area.
Organic consumers drive the new marketplace(2008-10-06)
David Wolstenholme reports that the natural and organic industry worldwide is showing signs of a huge shift in marketing and manufacturing that will not be satisfied by a new PR spin or new package design. Globally the organic market is growing at 30% compared with a 2% growth rate in conventional produce.
German producer prices post biggest jump in 27 years(2008-10-06)
Producer prices were 8.9% higher than in July last year, the statistics office said, topping a 6.7% jump seen in June. The main culprit was higher energy prices, soaring 24.5% compared to last July and costing 5.1% more than in June.
Miles of aisles for milk? Not here(2008-10-06)
Andrew Martin reports in The New York Times that USA retailers are currently experimenting with radically smaller grocery stores with the emphasis on prepared meals, fresh produce and grab-and-go drinks. The idea is to attract time-starved shoppers who just want to pick up a few items or a fast meal without having to walk up and down long grocery aisles or having to pay restaurant prices.
High-tech tools to fight wine fraud(2008-10-06)
By zapping wine bottles with ion beams generated by a particle accelerator the Antique Wine company in London and researchers at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Bordeaux have come up with a fraud-busting technology to distinguish how old the bottles are and roughly where they originate from.