Grape harvest, vineyard

Global wine supplies relatively ‘balanced’, but expect premium supplies to tighten, Rabobank says

15 Apr 2015

Global wine inventories appear to be balanced, according to the latest wine report from Rabobank - but the report warns of variations in supply between the premium and generic ends. 

Australia

Increased polarisation of Australian wine market widens gap between winners and losers

09 Apr 2015

The Australian wine market is becoming increasingly polarised as many bulk grape producers and grape wine growers appear to be on the brink of  collapse, while premium wine producers seem to be growing in both value and volume.

Michael Clarke

Treasury mulls sale of Australian bottling and winery processing facilities

02 Mar 2015

Treasury Wine Estate is considering selling some of its wine processing infrastructure in Australia to free up resources to invest in its brands.

Australian Vintage's Neil McGuigan

Australian Vintage pulls back from bulk to focus on branded wine in UK

18 Feb 2015

Australian Vintage is pulling back from bulk wine sales in the UK to focus on its core branded range as prices sink.

Port worker labour dispute in the US

Wine shipments face delays as California port dispute escalates

12 Feb 2015

Wine shipments in and out of California face further delays as the labour dispute between port workers and their employers steps up a gear with vessel operations suspended over the upcoming long weekend.

Kingsland Wines

M&S signs deal to bottle New World wines at Kingsland

12 Feb 2015

Marks & Spencer will use a UK firm for the first time for its New World bulk wine bottling, after striking a deal with Manchester’s Kingsland.

California

California’s 2014 grape crush shows ‘healthy decline’ but won't stop bulk prices sliding

11 Feb 2015

California’s grape crush for 2014 hit 3.91 million tonnes, showing a “healthy decline” of 340,000 tonnes on the previous year, however the “ample inventories” of 2012 and 2013 means finding buyers for wine will be a challenge.

California's big crop fails to lower prices

California’s bumper 2014 harvest means overstock on bulk wine, broker warns

09 Feb 2015

California produced a “shed-load” of wine – 4 million tonnes – in the chronic drought conditions of 2014, which will lead to an inventory surplus, a top bulk broker has warned.

Neil Anderson

2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Kingsland’s Neil Anderson

29 Dec 2014

Neil Anderson, marketing director at Kingsland, considers how and why brands need to think more about consumers for the year ahead, and reckons companies should be looking to those outside the category for inspiration.

Daniel Murphy, managing director, Murphy Wine Company

2014 Review and Hopes and Fears for 2015: Daniel Murphy of Murphy Wine Company

19 Dec 2014

In the first of our annual reviews of the year for the festive period, we ask Daniel Murphy, founder of bulk wine broker Murphy Wine Company, to look back on 2014 and assess what he sees as the big challenges for the sector in to 2015. In a nutshell he believes few in the trade have really grasped the impact of a sea change in world wine production, nor of the potential for bulk wine in the UK.

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