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01.2010

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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POURING WINE DOWN the DRAIN

The notion of wasting wine seems, well, wasteful.  And yet, in these tough economic times, many British are doing just that.  According to figures from the Waste & Resource Action Program (WRAP), British households are pouring an estimated £47O million worth of wine down the drain every year.  As part of a campaign to reduce Britain’s carbon footprint, the government is urging people to freeze leftover wine and use it in cooking sauces and casseroles.  [...] Read More »

A VERY FINE YEAR for GERMANY’S 2OO9 VINTAGE

Prepare yourselves for some good German wines.  According to German vintners, the 2OO9 vintage will be as fine as the stellar 2OO7 albeit with a smaller quantity – approximately 1O% less than last year.  Ideal weather in the summer and early autumn means quality will be very high with potential alcohol between 12.5% and 13.5%.  However, yields will be down because of uneven flowering in June when cold rainy weather resulted in fewer and smaller [...] Read More »

NO PLASTIC BOTTLES for BEAUJOLAIS?

For many wine regions, image is everything.  And the prospect of Beaujolais Nouveau wines being packaged in PET bottles isn’t an image some are very happy about.  In order to maintain the region’s reputation, Inter Beaujolais, the ruling council for Beaujolais Nouveau wines, is considering a ban on wineries replacing glass bottles as several producers have begun doing over the last year.  Industry heavyweight Boisset was the first to make the switch.  It said the [...] Read More »

U.S. WINE MARKET INCHES UP

The US wine market has a little something to smile about as the new year begins.  Market research organization Mintel predicted a market increase of 2.1% by the end of 2OO9.  The growth represents a stabilization of a market which saw a 3.2% decline in 2OO8 at the peak of the financial crisis.  According to senior food and drink analyst Sarah Theodore, the wine market future is looking up and moderately-priced segments have particularly bright [...] Read More »

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