Technomicas Top 250 Wine Brands and 50 Fastest Growing Brands Identifies Wine Trends

From Technomic:

Affordable wines with accessible and appealing flavor profiles are driving the wine industry overall, as demonstrated by Technomic’s Top 250 Wine Brands and its roster of the 50 Fastest Growing Wine Brands. Diving into its database of more than 1,500 wine brands, Technomic identified the 250 wine brands leading in volume and in retail sales in 2011, as well as the 50 achieving the fastest rates of volume growth. Both rosters are included in Technomic’s soon-to-be-released 2012 WineTAB report.

As a group, the Top 250 Wine Brands grew 4.8 percent in 2011, slightly outpacing the growth rate of total wine, and accounted for 83.7 percent of the 329.3 million 9-liter cases of wine market. As expected, domestic table wines dominated the list. Among imported table wines, Italian wines have the most entries, followed by wines from Australia. Ten domestic sparklers made the list, along with five Italians and two French. Five fruit wines and five sakes appear on the Top 250, indicating that those segments are gaining traction with consumers.

Looking at the top 10 brands, Franzia Winetaps, producers of wines in box packaging featuring taps, maintained its number one ranking with 25.0 million 9-liter cases. Barefoot Cellars moved into the number two slot on a 30 percent increase in 2011; the brand recorded 13.0 million 9-liter cases. Five of the top 10 brands reside in the E & J Gallo Winery portfolio. In terms of retail sales, the top five brands are Carlo Rossi, Barefoot Cellars, Beringer, Yellow Tail and Sutter Home.Technomic identified the 50 Fastest Growing Wine Brands by volume, which reveals emerging trends in wine. The list is dominated by table wines, although two Sangrias and three sparklers also show up. E & J Gallo’s Apothic, a blend, tops the list with a 566.7 percent increase, followed by the Italian prosecco La Marca with a 500 percent gain. Daily’s, the line of wine-based cocktails, enjoyed a 223.1 percent increase, while two attractively priced table wines – Cupcake Vineyards and William Hill – both logged triple-digit expansion rates.

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