Trends and implications for Spanish wine sales in the US market

Elizabeth Thach (School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA)
Steven Cuellar (School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, USA)

International Journal of Wine Business Research

ISSN: 1751-1062

Publication date: 27 March 2007

Abstract

Purpose

Spanish wine sales have grown quite rapidly in the US market during the past few years. The purpose of this paper is to examine this trend, discuss potential reasons, and identify opportunities for maintaining and increasing Spanish wine sales in the US market.

Design/methodology/approach

The objectives are achieved by analyzing ACNielsen scan data from 2002 to 2005 and other secondary data on US wine consumers and trends.

Findings

The results indicate that Americans perceive red Spanish wine quite positively and are moving up in price point expenditures. However, sales of Spanish white wines remain rather fixed at specific price points. In addition, Spanish wine is losing market share to other imported wines, except for certain price points, but is performing well against US wines.

Practical implications

This paper suggests ten opportunities for maintaining and/or increasing Spanish wine sales in the US market. Many of these suggestions are also useful for other countries desiring to export wine to the US.

Originality/value

This paper is one of the first of its kind to provide an in‐depth analysis of ACNielsen Scan data on Spanish wines sales in the USA. In addition, it provides extensive information on the US wine market, trends, and new market segments such as the Millennial and Hispanic markets.

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Citation

Thach, E. and Cuellar, S. (2007), "Trends and implications for Spanish wine sales in the US market", International Journal of Wine Business Research, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 63-78. https://doi.org/10.1108/17511060710740352

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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