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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013 - Hopes and Fears for 2014: Matthew Hennings, Hennings Wines

Published:  25 December, 2013

As we prepare for Christmas we asked a number of key figures in the trade to pick out their good and bad moments from 2013 and their hopes and fears for 2014.

Matthew Hennings, Hennings Wines

2 Good: 

1 A decent run of summer weather for both the on-trade and off-trade to get their teeth stuck in to.

2 Press and TV coverage by Oz Clarke and co highlighting supermarket dodgy discounts to more and more consumers.

2 Bad:

1 Ongoing misery of the duty escalator which affects the whole trade.

2 Some companies seem to think the best way to grow their business is by offering ridiculous pricing to increase turnover with no regard for profit - it is not sustainable.

2 Hopes:

1 The government wakes up and abolishes the duty escalator.

2 The consumer continues to learn more about the true cost of wine and understands the value and return for spending a little more.

3 Non business - that England avoid a whitewash in the Ashes down under - that would be unbearable!!

Fears for 2014::

1  That the government continues with the duty escalator and possibly increases it.

2 That banks and other financial institutions continue not to support independent business.