Wine sales creep up despite volume fall

27 October, 2010

The latest Nielsen figures show that off-trade wine volumes continue to decline despite a small rise in sales value.

The total amount of wine sold in the 12 months to October 2 fell by 1%, while value rose 3% to 5.3 billion. This increase has been attributed to increases in duty, unfavourable exchange rates and other rising fixed costs, meaning supplier margins are under increasing pressure.

Average price per bottle now stands at 4.45 in the take-home sector compared to 4.30 a year ago.

Blossom Hill continues to be the best-selling off-trade wine brand, achieving a 1% sales increase over the period.

Second-placed Hardys saw sales climb 25%, Echo Falls by 50% and First Cape by 7%.




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Reasons to be cheerful

I would like to think my outlook on things is generally optimistic. Perhaps that’s a natural consequence of working with something designed to give pleasure. But recently it has become increasingly difficult to ignore a creeping sense of negativity pervading the British wine trade.

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