BROMSGROVE, England, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Levels of pessimism in the wine trade in the UK hit new heights last week, as a survey of operators in the country's off-trade indicated a bleak landscape.
The survey, commissioned by just-drinks, discovered that 49% of responders had negative feelings about the year ahead for the wine market in the UK; a big jump compared to just 25% last year. Richard Woodard, who compiled the just-drinks 'State of the Nation' report from the survey results, blamed a "combination of negative factors" pointing to "the fragility of the economic recovery as the UK slips officially into a double-dip recession, ever-increasing levels of excise duty and tough pricing policies from extremely powerful multiple retailers."
The survey results were presented during a briefing and Q&A hosted by just-drinks managing editor Olly Wehring at last week's London International Wine Fair. Joining Wehring was a panel of industry experts, including James Lousada, European general manager at Accolade Wines, Concha y Toro's commercial director for the UK, Simon Doyle, and Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa.
Although the survey highlights that there will be tough times ahead for the UK wine market for the coming year, Woodard expressed that "the UK remains a huge wine market with more diversity than many of it's European neighbours".
"Responses this year were the most pessimistic since we started the annual survey six years ago," added Wehring. "Despite this, there remain pockets of growth and potential to succeed in the UK, a wine market that remains exciting despite its challenges."
A full copy of the report, recording of the briefing, and pdf of the slides, is available free of charge to just-drinks subscribers by clicking here.
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