Wine sales buck recession in US
January 1, 2010
The US wine market has grown 20% from 2004 to 2009 despite the recession, according to new research from Mintel.
However, shattered consumer confidence caused a 3.2% decline during the height of the financial crisis in 2008.
As consumers begin to see signs the worst of the recession is behind them, Mintel forecasts the wine market will stabilise and increase by 2.1% in 2009.
“Despite the recent decline, the future of the wine market looks bright, at least for moderately priced segments,” said Sarah Theodore, Mintel senior food and drink analyst.
“Value wines have helped consumers rethink their perceptions about wine. Domestic wines have proven to be somewhat recession-proof as unpretentious, economy-priced wines are fueling recent sales.”
According to new research from Mintel, two-thirds of survey respondents (67%) say they partake in wine on holidays and special occasions while at home. Another 58% drink wine at home with dinner on an ordinary night.
Nearly half of survey respondents say they drink beer compared to just more than one-third who drink imported and domestic wines (47% vs. 35%). Only 17% claim to enjoy Champagne and sparkling wines and even less drink port, sherry and dessert wines (7%).
Theodore said: “As wine finds its way out of the recession, it might be taking on a new form. The down economy has given impetus to boxed wine. Marketers have an opportunity right now to really play up the benefits of this type of packaging and finally eliminate its cheap image.”
Nearly one in five respondents appears to be status-conscious when it comes to drinking boxed wine. Consequently, 35% of those aged 21-24 say they would drink boxed wine at home, but not serve it to guests, compared to 19% of all ages. In addition, 35% of 21-24 year old wine drinkers believe the wine brand they choose reflects their status to friends, compared to only 14% of all ages.
January 2010 Issue