Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The U.S. Wine Market: Consumer Preferences

The consumption of wines according to grape variety and color is relatively balanced, Americans consume almost as many whites wines (44%) than red (45%). Women generally prefer white wine and rosé (11% of the total consumption of wine), while the choice of men is on red wine. On grape varieties, consumers prefer the Chardonnay (60% of consumption), Merlot (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (13%). But those recent years, American consumers are looking for new tastes, Australian wines; Chilean and Argentinian are becoming increasingly popular. The reasons for this success are varied: a label more attractive, easy drinking wines, the agreements signed between local producers and American distributors...

In terms of packaging, 96% of Americans prefer glass bottles. Nevertheless, the country is open to intense competition; new formats have emerged as the Bag-in-box 3 and 5 liters. In recent years, sales of bag-in-box 3-liter increased significantly. This is due to the fact that the bag-in-box is cheaper to produce than the bottles and can have an area of information on the packaging ten times larger than a conventional bottle. Once opened, the packaging keeps the wine fresh for several weeks. This advantage makes it possible to attract new consumers. Tetra-Pack packaging also offers brick, other than the bag-in-box. Cans of wine are also available, but sales of these two types of packaging are marginal.

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