On the face of it the latest on-trade figures for January look pretty robust, particularly in light of the growing popularity of Dry January, but the new Coffer Peach BusinessTracker for the major restaurant and pub groups show the sector needs to make hay before it is faced with the fall out or rising wage and operating costs, and inflationary pressures on consumer spending.
There has been a lot of focus on how well premium Australian wines are doing in its key export markets recently, but that success simply reflects the big increase in demand for more food friendlier wines from Australian wine drinkers and a more vibrant and varied Australian restaurant scene. It is what is going on at home, that is helping fuel the fire for Australia’s drive abroad.
The on-trade often finds itself on the back foot when it comes to government relations. But with its contribution to the economy stronger than ever, there has never been a better time to make the case for a legitimate cut in alcohol duty, particularly in face of a perfect storm of rising wage and operating costs. Here’s how you can make your voice heard.
Considering the huge improvement in the quality of South African wines now available in the premium on-trade you would not think South Africa has too much to worry about. But the hugely competitive prices those wines are sold at, coupled with the cheap supermarket South African offer, are having a major knock-on effect on the viability and sustainability of producers and winegrowers across the country. Matthew Gaughan and Katie Canfield report from South Africa.
There are literally thousands of them around the country. Each unique, yet also very familiar and similar. Yes, the restaurant wine list. Supposedly a wine buyer or a sommelier’s best friend and so often the dreaded document handed to a nervous customer. But what makes the best wines lists? A top restaurateur, sommelier and wine consultant share their views…
Conviviality PLC shocked the drinks industry with its acquisition of Bibendum PLB in May 2016. If its competitors thought it might take time to make the deal work then look away now for its six month 2016 figures show sales and profits up and on course to hit year end targets.
It is hard being a wine supplier trying to catch the eye of leading sommeliers and on-trade decision makers. Which is why so many are now turning to insights and research to stand out, like Jascots Wine Merchants fascinating look at which countries and grape varieties are winning and losing on premium restaurant wine lists. Get your notebooks out…
Australia’s average price point in the UK might still struggle to get much above £5 a bottle. But that does not tell the story of the dynamic and diverse range of wines that we are now seeing in the premium on-trade with a whole new wave of alternative varieties, Mediterranean and Italian wine styles all set to really make their mark in 2017. All were on show at this week’s Australia Day tasting.
You might have read a lot about wine by tap systems, but do they really work? Well, if the link up between M Restaurants and Hatch Mansfield is anything to go by then not only do tap systems offer a new failsafe, environmental way to serve wine, they can dramatically reduce the number of bottles of wine a restaurant or bar needs to store on site.
It is often hard to get the complete on the ground picture about what is happening in a wine producing country. Producers you meet abroad are usually also effectively acting as ambassadors for their home country and likely to put a positive spin on affairs. Here Ross Sleet shares the insights from the latest VinPro event in South Africa that draws back the curtain on the challenges and opportunities facing this crucial wine producing nation.