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Peak Prosecco and a gin boom that is going pop create opportunities in 2020

We take a look at some drink industry trends that may come about in 2020.
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We take a look at drink industry trends that may come about in 2020.

Gin's massive rise in the UK is starting to falter, according to latest Nielsen data showing volume growth for UK gin down to just 4% in the last 3 months from a peak of around 50% in mid 2018.

Meanwhile, Prosecco growth seems to be stalling with anecdotal evidence that consumers are moving to French sparkling Crémants for their fizz fix. Crémant sales are likely to continue to rise next year, with the Loire Valley the biggest Crémant region.

Wine sold in cans has been a trend in 2019 and look set to continue with investment in new canning-line facilities making it easier to produce canned wine.

Following the 2019 election result, if the pound strengthens against the euro we may see a rise in traditional EU wines at the expense of cheaper Eastern European wines that have capitalised on the weak pound to get a foothold in the UK.

Finally, in the spirits sector, flavour fatigue could see a return to vodka, which is even cheaper to produce than gin, and rum may take off. However, the extra costs associated with producing and ageing dark rums, may mean that it is white rums that could become a more popular choice.

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Majestic changes direction to expansion with the completion of its sale to Fortress Group

Private equity firm Fortress Investment Group LLC has completed the £95 million purchase of all Majestic stores and plans to keep open 190 stores.
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Private equity firm Fortress Investment Group LLC has completed the £95 million purchase of all Majestic stores and plans to keep open its 190 stores.

Under its previous leadership, Majestic had been set to close up to 140 of the 190 stores as funds were set aside to drive growth of the loss-making Naked Wines business. With new owners Fortress, the plan is to grow the business and they have already identified a new site for their first new store opening. In the end only one of the Majestic stores was closed to make way for redevelopment.

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Conservatives win UK election, what next for wine taxes?

The Conservative party, led by Boris Johnson, has won the 2019 General election by a solid majority and will now be in a position to implement their drinks industry plans.
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The Conservative party, led by Boris Johnson, has won the 2019 General election by a solid majority and will now be in a position to implement their drinks industry plans.

For the wine trade the Conservatives have promised to re-align the UK duty rates to ensure the tax system is supporting British drinks producers. But, this is likely to mean tax increases on wine and either no change or decreases to the UK's dominant beer and spirits industry.

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With Christmas approaching how much do Brits drink on Christmas day?

A survey commissioned by Drinkaware claims men drink the equivalent of six medium glasses of wine or pints of beer, while women claim the equivalent of four and half glasses of wine on Christmas day.
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A survey commissioned by Drinkaware into Christmas-time drinking habits claims men drink the equivalent of six medium glasses of wine or pints of beer on Christmas day, while women claim the equivalent of four and half glasses of wine.

Nearly two thirds of drinkers say they over-indulge during the festive season, with work Christmas parties the most likely to make people feel pressured to drink more. Only 18% claim they experience more hangovers during the festive period.

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The rise and rise of Burgundy sees exports from Burgundy hit €1 billion for the first time

Burgundy’s exports hit a €1 billion for the first time in the year to September, while Liv-ex continues to see the fine wine market fall.
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Burgundy’s exports hit a €1 billion for the first time in the year to September, while Liv-ex continues to see the fine wine market fall.

Exports rose by 6.5% in volume and 9.8% in value with most markets up. The UK, Burgundy’s second biggest export market, rose 1.1% by volume while Switzerland, Hong Kong and Japan all had big gains of 23.8%, 12.9 and 11.7% by volume.

The rise is against a general drop in fine wine sales, as the fine wine market index Liv-ex, saw another 1.3% drop in value. This drop has been attributed to the strengthening pound against the euro, US punitive tariffs imposed in October and on-going instability in Hong Kong.

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Canned wine on the rise but problems can cause rotten eggs smell

Canned wine in the US is worth US$70m, up 70%, while the UK has increased sales by 125% to £3.6m, but not all smells so sweet, as canned wines can highlight viticultural and winemaking problems.
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Canned wine in the US is worth US$70m, up 70%, while the UK has increased 125% to £3.6m, but not all smells so sweet, as canned wines can highlight viticultural and winemaking problems.

Wines stored in cans can be difficult to manage because of heavy metals and high acids. The acids can corrode the liner that keeps the wine from touching the aluminium, creating problems. However the main culprit is wines that have been heavily sprayed and can have high levels of sulphur and copper, which cause the wine to become reductive and develop rotten egg smells.

To manage these faults, wines that are destined for canning need to be sprayed less than normal, with significantly lower levels of sulphur dioxide added during the wine making process.

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