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China’s fast evolving taste for wine

Published:  13 June, 2019

Younger Chinese consumers are radically reshaping China’s wine market as trends paralleling those in the West gain ground, but with greater speed.

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Wine in the firing line

Published:  21 March, 2019

The modern world changes fast. In the past decade, we have gone from a situation of blithely choking on carbon monoxide from second-hand smoke every time we enter a pub or restaurant to a virtual ghettoisation of cigarettes. Before the ban most people would have thought this inconceivable. But it happened.

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Decrease in irresponsible drinking, confirms NHS survey

Published:  05 December, 2018

The latest Health Survey for England has revealed a decline in UK adults drinking harmful levels of alcohol.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: Why we should pay attention to Adrian Chiles

Published:  13 September, 2018

Adrian Chiles’ engaging documentary ‘Drinkers like Me’, broadcast on August 27th on BBC2, probably did more to encourage UK consumers to think about how much they are drinking, and why, than any number of initiatives by Drinkaware or the rigid strait jackets imposed by the Portman Group.

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Low alcohol wine still losing out to mocktails and beer

Published:  12 July, 2018

We know that consumers are more health conscious than ever before, with sustainably sourced avocado on toast becoming the zeitgeist for a generation which is also increasingly moderating its alcohol consumption.

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China imports huge quantities of wine even as domestic consumption drops

Published:  06 July, 2018

Wine imports into China are continuing to soar, boosted by a strong-performing Australia, while overall Chinese consumption continues its downward trend.

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Occitanie rosé in the pink as UK market dries up

Published:  26 June, 2018

Sales of rosé wines from the South of France are in the pink despite rosé’s waning popularity across Britain, according to wine producers from the Occitanie region.

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Shifting consumer mores

Published:  15 March, 2018

The latest Wine Intelligence research delves into the changing patterns of global wine buying and consumption, revealing some unexpected trends. 

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Global decline in per capita alcohol consumption as change sweeps wine world

Published:  02 March, 2018

Disruption is the new political norm, with fundamental changes in consumer behaviour fuelling an ongoing global decrease in personal alcohol consumption, according to the latest research from Wine Intelligence.

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UK consumer spend to hold steady in 2018

Published:  11 January, 2018

Research reveals that despite economic uncertainty two-thirds of UK consumers will continue to spend the same amount when it comes to nights out in 2018.

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Portman stresses "decade of progress" as drink-driving casualties hit three-year high

Published:  04 August, 2017

The Portman Group has responded to the latest statistics which show that casualties involving drink driving have reached their highest point in three years.

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Guy Woodward: Alcohol - the elephant in the cellar

Published:  27 July, 2017

Throughout my time around the wine trade, one fundamental aspect of its make-up has been constantly swept under the carpet. Alcohol. I have seen members of the trade battle addiction issues; engage in drink-driving, embarrass themselves through over-indulgence. And that’s before one turns to the damage wreaked in wider society. Yet never have I heard the topic discussed at any length or in any depth; we’d sooner spend hours debating terroir and tartaric acid.

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