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1999-2009, a Decade of Innovation

January 4, 2010

In 1999, the Web was still considered an innovation in Europe. In France, 11,6% were connected; 100,000 adventurous people are managing their bank accounts on line; e-commerce brings 200,000 euros! It was also the time of the Internet boom: start-ups are getting millions from angels and investors. After two years of euphoria and craziness, it […]

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Vinexpo – Day 2 : Malbec Summit and Tutti Quanti

June 22, 2009

Vinexpo is this year again bubbling with activity and people: 2,400 exhibitors representing 48 countries, some new to Vinexpo (Poland, Sweden, Belarus and Egypt). In the halls you meet a lot of Eastern European professionals as well as people from India, Maghreb or Middle East. A fascinating medley of languages and styles. But a girl […]

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India, a wine producer and consumer country

February 17, 2009

When the Western world is in financial trouble, eyes turn to other markets: India, China, Russia carry the hope of our sick economies for recovery. The wine business is no exception. Wine consumption is on the rise in India but it’s still very marginal compared to spirits and beer consumption. The yearly annual wine consumption […]

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Wine, a new trend among Millennials?

December 17, 2008

“A whole new generation is flocking to an ancient beverage […]”, writes Courant journalist Cecily McAndrews on US Millennials. I already wrote a lot on Millennials’ taste for wine whether in the US or in Europe. What I’d like to point out is the rise of the emerging markets’ Millennials. Chinese and Indian young people […]

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The rise of China as wine producer

October 16, 2008

China – like India – is most likely to be see as a huge potential consumers’ market. But it is also becoming a main producer. Dynasty, Changyu and Great Wall, the three major wine companies, control about half of China’s market for grape-based wines. Grape wines are still a minority on the Chinese market when […]

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New consumers: India

September 10, 2008

I seem to be in a consuming mood! I’m catching up on some reading and I happened to fall on two enlightening reports on Indian consumers: Rabobank’s The Indian Wine Industry Uncorked , and ResearchandMarkets, Wine Market Outlook in India. There is also a detailed article by Subhash Arora in Meininger’s Wine Business International, dating […]

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Indian wines soon released in UK

June 10, 2008

I’m absolutely fascinated by the Indian wine industry. I already wrote a few posts on the subject on this blog: India, as a wine producing country and market; the Indian wine consumer; and many others where India was mentioned. Today an even more amazing news was released by Indage, one of the two largest Indian […]

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Gary Vaynerchuk’s 101 wines

June 9, 2008

That’s it! I got it and I read it! I just couldn’t believe my luck when the post office delivered Gary‘s book on Friday. (My skepticism is just the result of a lost book package, actually MY own book, by… DHL.) Last week, Gary was concerned about his book not being available in some stores. […]

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The Fast Consumer

May 19, 2008

In his fascinating book, Futurewise, Patrick Dixon explores the world around six letters – the letters of the word “F.U.T.U.R.E” : F as Fast, U as Urban, T as Tribal, U as Universal, R as Radical and E as Ethical. It is the definition of the new consumer. Let’s see what the “fast consumer” is […]

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More on emerging markets

April 28, 2008

Tomorrow we’ll talk on emerging markets for the wine industry. I happen to find a rather interesting article by one of my colleagues, Uché Okwonko, author of Luxury Fashion Branding on luxury and emerging markets. On her website, Uché created an online magazine on luxury. Her latest article, “Separating the Facts from the Fiction of […]

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