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Chile: Land of opportunity

23 September, 2016

Chile’s diversity of climate and terroir is wooing consumers to broaden their repertoire through its wine offering. Sonya Hook reports

A quick look at the IRI figures for the top 10 bestselling wine-producing countries in the UK retail trade reveals a stark trend: the Old World is taking a battering and the New World is surging.

Market leader Australia is growing, along with Chile, New Zealand and Argentina, but Italy, France, Spain and Germany are all in ongoing decline.

At first glance, the new store in the affluent Surrey town of Weybridge looks like any other local business, blending seamlessly into a high street frequented by multimillionaires, Chelsea footballers and other celebrities. But the once-derelict warehouse is actually the powerhouse behind the UK’s largest wine supplier, Accolade Wines, and the store in front is its first UK venture into bricks-and-mortar retailing.

Wine has always been an integral part of the Marks & Spencer proposition. It enjoys an exalted position, with producers clamouring to climb aboard its prized supplier podium. Wine accounts for a massive 85% of total BWS at the retailer, but BWS trading manager Gary Brooking and his team are also focused on developing the hitherto underperforming beers and spirits sector of the business. “We’re taking beer to a new level,” Brooking tells OLN. “We’re starting from a small base, but it’s a significant focus for us.” 

The apple may have originated in Kazakhstan – via the Garden of Eden, of course – but many countries have claimed it as their own: to our Gallic cousins it’s as French as a beret-clad man eating a brie baguette, while there is nothing more American than apple pie. But the English might just have them all trumped as an apple is as quintessentially English as cricket on a village green, The Archers, drinking tea, moaning about the weather and queuing in an orderly fashion. “Few autumnal pleasures outshine sinking your teeth into the blushing virgin flesh of a sweet, yet ever so subtly tart, English apple,” gushes The Telegraph in a recent homage to the fruit. No wonder Adam found it so tempting.

South Africa continues to generate great enthusiasm among commentators and the trade in the UK, with many singling it out as the most exciting southern hemisphere wine producer, and often by a country mile. Translating such enthusiasm to sales, though, and especially at a premium level, can be a little trickier. It’s an issue that underpins the core themes of this supplement and one that our various commentators and South African champions look to address.

Every Wednesday, the Advertising Standards Authority releases a bulletin detailing complaints about breaches of its code of practice. One recent batch included false claims about amounts received in PPI agency cases, badly-worded nutrition information about a breakfast cereal and misleading details about the number of attendees at a festival that hadn’t happened yet.

Tequila, shots & shooters

15 August, 2016

If any drink can conjure up theatre, sunshine and fun then tequila must be one of the strongest contenders.A tray of tequila shots laced with salt and lemon wedges is a guaranteed way to kickstart a night out.

Alternative selections

14 July, 2016

Young people are driving the demand for craft beer and spirits and spending less on mainstream brands, and this is one of the main drivers behind the value growth in these two categories.

Prosecco is the perfect success story; Britons love it and the media loves to write about it.

Exotic fruity flavours continue to squeeze their way onto crowded cider shelves but are fans starting to lose interest?

Amid the deafening buzz gin has created in the past few years, it is easy to forget that vodka is by far the biggest spirits category in the UK.

Jay Wright runs one of the UK’s most successful online wine retailers, Virgin Wines, which has more than 120 staff, a turnover of £40 million and north of 200,000 customers.

The English wine industry will continue to flourish for many years as long as new producers uphold the dedication to quality that has made it world famous, according to a leading supplier. 

The Aldi beers, wines and spirits team is riding the crest of a wave this year. Knocking Waitrose off the podium as Best Supermarket in this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards, as well as scooping the top gongs for Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year and Drinks Buying Team of the Year, is worthy recognition for the sterling work the Aldi drinks team has been undertaking over the past couple of years.

The UK’s fascination with imported beer is nothing new but it definitely feels like it’s moved into a whole new phase in the past couple of years.

The 2016 Essential Guide to Cider provides expert analysis on the trends developing within the cider market and what retailers can do to boost sales. It features a style guide, reveals statistics on the brands and categories that are driving growth and those that are seeing sales decline, and offers opinion on what the trade can do to drive value into the market, herald a return to growth and boost shoppers’ education of the myriad wonders contained within cider.

Most fathers welcome any excuse to enjoy a glass of their favourite tipple, but Father’s Day is one of the few occasions cemented in the calendar for dads to relax, guilt free.

The Co-operative Group’s BWS trading manager, Simon Cairns, has every reason to be in a bullish mood after the retailer increased its share of the wine market from 9.4% to 10% in the past year (Nielsen). It is the first time the Co-op has ever been in double digits and Cairns says this is just the start.

Solid as a Rioja

11 April, 2016

Reading an Old World wine label elegantly can be a challenge for many Britons, particularly those who can’t boast a language GCSE on their CVs. But despite the fact that “Rioja” clearly has the potential to be pronounced incorrectly, it’s a word and a wine-producing region of Spain that UK consumers have confidently embraced in recent years.

Gin is on everyone's lips

11 March, 2016

A host of leading buyers, producers, bartenders and commentators from across the UK descended on the Hospital Club in London this month for a celebration of all things gin.

Essential Guide to Beer

10 March, 2016

The Essential Guide to Beers highlight the wide range of brewers and brews available to the UK retailer, traditional UK styles to artisan and speciality styles from across the world and the innovation that is making the beer ranges evermore exciting. The guide will have an overview of the market, retailers' views plus tips and advice on how to make the most of sales.

In the dog-eat-dog beer market off-licences are taking a bite out of the pub trade – thanks to the growler.

The Australian wine category will nosedive in a brave new retail world obsessed with everyday low pricing if it does not adapt and improve its average price point, according to Hardys supplier Accolade Wines.

The OLN Essential Guide to South Africa is the perfect guide for buyers on trends within the South African category – highlighting the grapes, regions, categories and producers they should be looking to add to their drinks range.

Essential Guide to Cider

04 February, 2016

The OLN Essential Guide to Cider brings you the stories behind the ciders you’re selling – putting British and international brands on the map as well as looking at the latest trends in cider and food-matching and gleaning tips from trend-setting pubs, bars and restaurants.

Essential Guide to Fruit Wines

04 February, 2016

In France, aromatised wine-based drinks saw the biggest growth in the off-trade last year, and plenty of companies are hoping to replicate that success here. These drinks were also tipped as the future for lower-alcohol wine in OLN’s annual Wine Report, with 28% of suppliers predicting they would grow, more than any other part of the lower-alcohol wine market.

Dry and high

21 January, 2016

After the excesses of December the UK has staggered bleary-eyed and pasty-faced into the driest month of the year.

Essential Guide to Australia

20 January, 2016

The past few years have seen a remarkable evolution both with classic varieties such as Chardonnay and Shiraz, along with a host of other exciting grapes and styles. The OLN Essential Guide to Australia explores the diverse grapes and regions from the land down under.

Thought Austria was all about Grüner?