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STUDY: SOUTH KOREAN DRINKERS CONSUME MOST SHOTS OF LIQUOR IN THE WORLD
The average person of drinking age in South Korea consumes 13.7 shots of liquor per week, more than doubled that of Russia, according a study conducted by Euromonitor.
WI SURVEY: 57% CHINESE WINE LOVERS HAD WEEKLY ONLINE DRINK PARTIES DURING LOCKDOWN
Wine Intelligence said China's wine market has emerged unscathed and that 57% wine lovers had toasted with friends online at least once a week during lockdown.
INDIA'S FOOD DELIVERY UNICORNS START DELIVERING ALCOHOL
India’s leading food delivery unicorns Zomato and Swiggy have started delivery of alcohol in the states of Jharkhand and Odisha and are planning further expansion.
A TOKYO BREWER HELPS ITS PEERS DISTIL BEERS TO REDUCE LOSS
Dubbed "Save Beer Spirits", the free service is launched by Kiuchi Brewery to help craft beer producers and retailers to weather the coronavirus storm.
CHAIRMAN OF CHANGYU WINERY CALLS ON BEIJING TO CUT TAX ON DOMESTIC WINES
Chairman of Changyu Pioneer, Zhou Hongjiang, told National People's Congress delegates the difficulties of his industry and calls on Beijing to cut taxes.
CUSTOMS DATA: NORTH KOREA IMPORTED USD30M ALCOHOL FROM CHINA IN 2019
Against the odds of international sanctions, North Korea imported some USD30 million worth of beer, spirits and wine from China last year, according to Chinese Customs' data.
SURVEY: ABOUT 50% CHINESE CONSUMERS STILL NOT CONFIDENT TO EAT & DRINK OUT
About half of Chinese consumers haven't visited restaurants and bars after reopening citing virus risks, according to a survey conducted by hospitality consultancy CGA.
SINGAPORE HAS THE BEST BARS IN ASIA, ACCORDING TO ASIA’S BEST BARS AWARDS
Singapore is the biggest winner in the 2020 Asia’s 50 Best Bars Awards announced last week, the city has 11 bars on the list with Jigger & Pony on No 1 spot.
TRAVEL RETAILER DFS OFFERS ONLINE FLASH DEALS TO MARK END OF 35 YRS IN S’PORE AIRPORT
Global duty-free retailer DFS is offering up to 70% discounts on its online store iShopChangiWines.com to mark the end of its concession in Changi Airport.
COVID UPDATE: INDIA STARTS ALCOHOL HOME DELIVERY, AUSSIE STATES TO REOPEN EATERIES & BARS
Four Indian states have allowed home delivery of alcohol, others to follow. Five Australian states will reopen eateries and bars on Friday.
JAPAN GOV’T ISSUED TEMP LICENCES TO ON-TRADE TO SELL TAKEAWAY ALCOHOL
More than 11,400 bars and restaurants in Japan have applied for a temporary licence which allows on-trade to sell takeaway alcohol, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
SEOUL SHUTS BARS AND CLUBS DAYS AFTER REOPENING DUE TO VIRUS CLUSTER
Just days after reopening, South Korean capital Seoul’s more than 2,100 bars have to shut again due to a cluster of virus cases involving at least 86 people.
COVID UPDATE: HK TO REOPEN BARS, INDIA & THAILAND RESUMED ALCOHOL SALE
Normalcy started to return to Asian wine and spirits markets with on-trade and off-trade allowed to gradually reopen.
WINE-SEARCHER: THIS AFFORDABLE S. AFRICAN WINE IS MOST SEARCHED BY N. KOREANS
Wine-searcher.com's data showed that a S. African everyday wine is most searched by N. Koreans while French fine wines and Scotch whiskies also featured high.
KWEICHOW MOUTAI REPLACED COCA-COLA TO BECOME WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE DRINKS COMPANY
China’s leading baijiu brand Kweichow Moutai defied gravity with market capitalisation surged to USD226b topping Coca-Cola which is worth about USD200b.
GLOBAL & LOCAL DRINKS GIANTS URGED INDIA TO ALLOW ONLINE ALCOHOL SALE
Global and local drinks businesses in India have urged the authorities to allow online sale of alcohol and suggested launching a government portal to facilitate deliveries.
COVID UPDATE: VINEXPO HK MOVED TO 2021, THAI DRINKS TRADE LOBBIED TO END ALCOHOL BAN, AUSTRALIA BOOZE RATION LIFTED
Check out for our update on the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the wine and spirits trade in Asia Pacific.
SINGAPORE DRINKS DISTRIBUTOR TO BUY BUZZ CHAIN FROM OWNER OF STRAITS TIMES
Singapore-based wine and spirits distributor, Thai-Pore Enterprise, is to take over the Buzz convenience stores chain from Singapore Press Holdings for an undisclosed sum.
OIV WINE DATA: WORLD PRODUCTION DROPPED 11% & CHINA 10% , PRICES TO FALL ON COVID-19
World wine production dropped 11% in 2019, while China’s dropped 10%, yet prices will drop due to COVID-19, according to intergovernmental organisation OIV .
ACADEMIC: WORLD’S OLDEST EVIDENCE OF GRAPE WINE IS IN CHINA DATES BACK 9000 YRS
According to Sinologist Prof Peter Kupfer, a Neolithic site in Jiahu in China’s Henan province is home to world's earliest evidence of making fermented drinks from grapes.
SURVEY: 41% CHINESE CONSUMERS DRANK LESS OR NO ALCOHOL DURING VIRUS OUTBREAK
A consumer survey conducted by McKinsey showed that 41% of Chinese consumers dranks less or no alcohol during COVID-19 crisis while 29% said they had consumed more.
COVID UPDATE: INDIAN LIQUOR SHOPS STAY SHUT, TIGER BEER SUPPORTS ASIAN ON-TRADE, CHENGDU WINE SHOW DELAYED AGAIN
Check out for our latest report on the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the Asian wine and spirits trade.
HK CUSTOMS ARRESTED COUPLE FOR SELLING IMPORTED GIN AS "HONG KONG'S FIRST GIN"
A New Zealand man and his girlfriend were arrested for claiming an imported gin as “the first ever gin made in Hong Kong" and "small batch distilled rare dry gin".
TWO INDIAN STATE GOVERNMENTS REOPENED LIQUOR SHOPS TO STEM BOOTLEG & GREY MARKET
Liquor shops in India’s Assam and Meghalaya States are allowed to reopen despite the national lockdown to stem the growth of grey market and bootleg alcohol.
TWE REGISTERED PENFOLDS TRADEMARK IN CHINA AHEAD OF DEMERGER PLAN
Treasury Wine Estates, owner of the Penfolds brand which is planning to demerge the brand, announced that it has registered 奔富 as Penfolds' Chinese trademark.
COVID UPDATE: TOKYO RESTRICTS ON-TRADE HOURS, BANGKOK BANS ALCOHOL SALE, SINGAPORE BANS ON-PREMISE SERVICES
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Asian cities' hospitality sector with stricter social distancing measures being introduced in Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore.
INDIAN WINERIES CRUSHED TABLE GRAPES DUE TO BAD HARVESTS AND TO HELP FARMERS
Wineries in Nashik, India’s major wine region, have started to crush table grapes to make wines due to a bad harvest and to help farmers affected by the lockdown.
TRADE DATA: CHINA’S WINE IMPORTS DROPPED 30% IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY
Latest statistics showed that China's wine and spirits imports saw double digit decline in January and February this year during the peak of COVID-19 outbreak.
PERNOD RICARD AND BEAM SUNTORY HELP INDIA AND SPAIN BOOST MEDICAL FACILITIES
French-owned drinks giant Pernod Ricard and Japanese-owned Beam Suntory have pledged donations to boost healthcare facilities in India and Spain to fight the pandemic.
COVID UPDATE: HK SHUTS BARS, THAI PROVINCE BANS ALCOHOL, AUSTRALIA RATIONS BOOZE
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt markets in Asia Pacific. Hong Kong shuts bars and pubs, a Thai province bans alcohol sale while Aussie retailers ration booze.
INDIAN MAN ARRESTED FOR FAKE GOV’T ORDER ALLOWING LIQUOR SHOPS TO OPEN AMID LOCKDOWN
Hyderabad Police arrested a man for faking a government order which stated that liquor shops could open from last Sunday despite of the national lockdown.
"SAKE BLOCKCHAIN" TO COMBAT COUNTERFEITS TO ROLL OUT IN HK AND SINGAPORE
"Sake Blockchain" will be rolled out in Hong Kong and Singapore to combat counterfeit Sake products, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review.
HAKUSHU SINGLE MALT 25YO DECLARED WORLD’S BEST SINGLE MALT 2020
Japanese distillery Hakushu’s Single Malt 25 YO was declared World’s Best Single Malt 2020 by Whisky Magazine.
UPDATE: PROWINE S’PORE MOVED TO 2021, CHENGDU WINE FAIR IN MAY, HK DROPPED ON-TRADE ALCOHOL BAN
ProWine Asia (Singapore) will be moved to March 2021. China’s Chengdu wine and spirits fair will take place in May 2020. Hong Kong on-trade can continue to sell alcohol.
SINGAPORE SHUTS BARS WHILE HONG KONG PLANS TO BAN ON-TRADE ALCOHOL SALE
Facing the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 spread, both Singapore and Hong Kong have tightened social distancing measures with direct impacts on hospitality sector.
WINES SELLING WELL IN WOMEN’S DAY E-COMMERCE CAMPAIGN AMID LOCKDOWN IN CHINA
E-commerce giant Alibaba’s Tmall platform sold 120,000 bottles of dry wines during International Women’s Day promotion campaign despite COVID-19 lockdown.
THIS KARUIZAWA 52YO IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE BOTTLE OF JAPANESE WHISKY AT USD435,273
A bottle of Karuizawa 52 YO 1960 was sold for £363,000 (USD435,273) in Sotheby’s London auction and became the most expensive Japanese whisky ever sold.
BULK WINE SHOW WBWE ASIA POSTPONED TO 12 & 13 JULY
Organiser of WBWE Asia, to be held in the Chinese city of Yantai, has announced that this year’s show will be postponed from May to 12 and 13 July.
美國三藩市一間初創公司，以合成方法調製了味道近似威士忌、白葡萄酒及日本清酒的分子 (molecular) 酒精飲品，由於標榜低碳，據報獲得千禧代接受，並已經初步打開了市場。
67 PALL MALL SINGAPORE ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIPS NOW
London private member club 67 Pall Mall’s Singapore outpost, scheduled to open in Autumn, is now accepting memberships for a monthly fee of S$200 for Singapore resident.
JAPAN’S BEER SALES INCREASED IN FEBRUARY AMID SPREAD OF COVID-19
NHK reported that February sales of Kirin Brewery rose 3 percent, Sapporo increased 2 percent while Asahi’s sales value rose by 4 percent despite spread of COVID-19.
WINE FAIR TO ALLOW SINGAPORE CONSUMERS TO TASTE JAPANESE WINES
Guests can taste five carefully selected wines sourced from the Yamanashi and Yamagata Prefectures in Japan Premium Wine Fair to take place from 2 to 31 March in Singapore.
MALAYSIA AIRLINES WON TOP PRIZE FOR INFLIGHT WINE LIST
Airlines in the Asia Pacific snapped up all top prizes at the Cellars in the Sky Awards 2019, with Malaysia Airlines taking the Gold medal for Best Overall Cellar.
S.KOREA RETAILER: WINE SALES INCREASED AT THE HEIGHT OF COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Wine sales had surprisingly risen for 5.2% in South Korea’s biggest retailer, the Shinsegae Group, at the height of COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
INDIA’S SULA VINEYARDS TO EXPORT WINES TO AUSTRALIA
India’s leading wine producer Sula Vineyards has partnered with Kismet Trading as their distributor in Adelaide with plans to expand to Melbourne and Sydney.
TFWA SINGAPORE AND PROWEIN DUSSELDORF 2020 CANCELLED
Duty free and travel retail show TFWA Singapore 2020 is cancelled while ProWein Dusseldorf will only come back next March.
AUSSIE FORECASTER: COVID-19 TO CAUSE SHORT TERM IMPACT ON WINE EXPORTS TO CHINA
COVID-19 will reduce Australian wine exports to China in the short term but growth will sustain over the medium term, said Australia’s national commodity forecaster.
VINEXPO HONG KONG 2020 RESCHEDULED TO 8-10 JULY
The French organiser of Vinexpo Hong Kong announced that this year’s show will be rescheduled from May to 8-10 July after considering exhibitors' feedback.
PROWINE ASIA TO BE HELD 13-16 JULY WHILE DUSSELDORF IS POSTPONED
The rescheduled ProWine Asia Singapore will now be held in July alongside FHA-HoReCa show while the flagship ProWein Dusseldorf is postponed pending a new date.
MORE COVID-19 WOES: GLOBAL DRINKS GIANTS CUT TRADING ESTIMATES
Global drinks giants Budweiser APAC, Diageo and Treasury Wine Estates have cut trading estimates amid abrupt sales declines in China and Asia due to COVID-19.
CHINA DATA: SPIRITS IMPORTS UP 32% BUT WINE DOWN 11% IN 2019
China’s spirits imports grew 32% in 2019, the best performing category is liqueur and cordial with growth of 155%. Wine imports, however, declined by 11%.
MAJOR HONG KONG WINE AUCTIONS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Sotheby's announced postponing Finest and Rare Wine Hong Kong auction from April to early July after Christie's postponed theirs from March to late May.
INDIA’S DRINKS TRADE URGED GOVERNMENT TO STAND FIRM AGAINST TRUMP ON TARIFFS
Ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to India next week, Indian alcoholic beverage industry urged the government not to make concessions on import tariffs.
CHINESE RETAILER FINED RMB30K FOR VODKA KILLS CORONAVIRUS CLAIM
A Chinese supermarket claiming a 75% abv Vodka can double up as disinfectant to kill coronavirus was fined RMB30,000 (USD4826) for violating food safety laws.
MACALLAN 1926 60YO SOLD FOR £825,000, 31.25% LOWER THAN LAST ACHIEVED
The last achieved price was £1.2m 4 months ago, it is not immediately clear if the COVID-19 situation has dampened bidding interests from China and Asia.
ASIA WINE SHOWS UPDATE: SINGAPORE AND CHENGDU POSTPONED, HK STAYS PUT FOR NOW
This year's ProWine Asia Singapore show and the China Food and Drinks Chengdu show have been postponed due to COVID-19, while Vinexpo Hong Kong stays put for now.
近年一款叫Hard Seltzer的酒精飲品，不但包裝奪目，更擁有低熱量低酒精等優勢，在美國年青千禧族間大受歡迎，誓有威脅葡萄酒的趨勢，連葡萄酒巨頭EJ Gallo也要加入這個市場。
FREE BOOZE: ALCOHOL FLOWS FROM TAPS IN AN INDIAN RESIDENTIAL BLOCK
Excise officials dug a pit to dump confiscated liquor mistakenly contaminated a well which supplies fresh water to a nearby residential block affecting 18 families.
USA TRADE GROUPS: TRUMP’S EU WINE TARIFFS BENEFITED CHINA
Ahead of possible 100% tariffs on EU wines, two of USA’s wine trade groups said punitive tariffs failed to benefit them but benefited China and other markets instead.
SMART AUSSIE COUPLE ENJOY DRONE DELIVERED WINE ON QUARANTINED CRUISE
A smart Australian couple being quarantined in the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan managed to get their wine club to deliver two cases of wine by drone.
AUSSIE WINE CHINA EXPORT HIT AUD1.3B, CONTINUES TO BEAT FRANCE
Australia consolidated its position as China’s top source of imported wines ahead of France in 2019, the export grew by 12 percent in value to AUD1.3 billion.
BORDEAUX’S CITÉ DU VIN PLANS TO OPEN SISTER MUSEUM IN BEIJING
Bordeaux's wine museum Cité du Vin is planning to open a sister museum in Beijing's Fangshan District next year, the project is reported to cost USD66.5 million.
EU EXPORTED 17.3% MORE WINE TO JAPAN 10 MONTHS INTO FREE TRADE DEAL
Upon anniversary of EU-Japan free trade deal, statistics showed that wine exports from EU to Japan grew 17.3% in the first 10 months of the new trade agreement.
LOTTERY TO WIN LIMITED RELEASE OF 55YO YAMAZAKI STARTS THIS WEEK
Only 100 bottles of this whisky will be released at a price of ¥3 million (USD27,600), buyers will have to enter a lottery to be held 5-14 February in Japan.
JAPAN’S SUNTORY BUYS 10% STAKE IN MACALLAN’S OWNER EDRINGTON
Japanese drinks giant Suntory Holdings is to buy a 10% stake in Scottish whisky producer Edrington, owner of The Macallan, for an undisclosed amount.
WINE AND CHEESE AMONG PRODUCTS PROTECTED BY EU-VIETNAM FREE TRADE DEAL
A total of 169 European products such as Champagne, Rioja and Feta cheese will enjoy protection in Vietnam when the EU-Vietnam free trade deal is approved next month.
FRENCH CHINESE IN BORDEAUX WINE TRADE AMONG CONFIRMED WUHAN VIRUS CASES
A French citizen of Chinese origin, 48, in the Bordeaux wine trade was confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, French health minister Agnès Buzyn has confirmed.
CHINA’S WINE PRODUCTION DROPPED FOR THE 6TH YEAR THOUGH DECLINE ABATING
China’s latest statistics showed that wine production dropped to 5.24 million hectoliters (mhl) in 2019 from 6.29 mhl in 2018, the sixth year of decline in a row.
INDIA PROPOSED TO HALVE DUTY-FREE ALCOHOL PURCHASE TO ONE LITER
The Indian Commerce Ministry has recommended to cut duty-free alcohol purchases for inbound passengers from two liters to one liter ahead of the Federal Budget on 1st February.
IWSR: CHINA BEAT FRANCE AND ITALY TO BECOME WORLD’S TOP RED WINE CONSUMER
Though USA remains world's biggest consumer of all wine types, China has emerged to be the biggest consumer of red wine, according to International Wine and Spirit Research.
VINEXPO HONG KONG 2020 WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE SOCIAL UNREST
The French organiser of Vinexpo Hong Kong said the 2020 show will go ahead in May as scheduled despite the social unrest which has disrupted the Asian financial hub.
SURVEY: 39% OF CHINA’S RICH PEOPLE LOVE WINES COMPARED TO 25% FOR BAIJIU
Thirty-nine percent of China’s high-net-worth individuals prefer wines compared to 25% who prefer baijiu, according to Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2020.
NIKKA TO SUSPEND SHIPMENTS OF THREE JAPANESE WHISKIES WITH AGE STATEMENTS
Japan’s Nikka Whisky Distillery has announced that they will suspend shipments of three products with age statements after the end of March due to a shortage of raw whisky.
INDIA’S WINE CAPITAL NASHIK RECEIVED 55K TOURISTS OVER THE HOLIDAY
Over 55,000 tourists from across India visited the wineries in Nashik district in Maharashtra State during the last 10 days in 2019, driving hotel occupancy rate to 100%.
NZ WINES LOOK SET TO GET CHEAPER IN SINGAPORE WITH UPGRADED TRADE PACT
The upgraded free trade agreement between New Zealand and Singapore took effect on 1st January, Singaporeans can look forward to possible drop in prices of New Zealand wines.
AMERICAN WINES MORE COMPETITIVE IN JAPAN AS US-JAPAN TRADE DEAL TOOK EFFECT
US-Japan trade agreement entered into force yesterday, US wine tariff in Japan was reduced and is expected to be phased out in seven years.
RED RED RED: CHILE TWINNED RED WINES WITH CHERRIES IN PROMOTIONS ACROSS CHINA
Wines of Chile and the Chilean Cherry Committee have recently joined forces to launch a Chilean red wines and cherries joint promotion across China.
AT LEAST 11 FILIPINOS DIED AFTER DRINKING BOOTLEG COCONUT LIQUOR
At least 11 people have died and more than 300 others are treated in hospital after drinking a traditional coconut liquor in the Philippines over Christmas holiday.
SCOTCH WHISKY AWARDED G.I. STATUS BY CAMBODIA AFTER CHAMPAGNE
Scotch Whisky has been awarded Geographical Indication (GI) status by Cambodia, the category is the second foreign product after Champagne to have earned GI status in the country.
SIGH OF RELIEF: U.S. PRODUCERS ESCAPED 4TH PUNITIVE CHINA TARIFFS TODAY
American wine producers have escaped the 4th round of punitive tariffs at 10% on their wine exports to China today as the trade war between USA and China has been paused for now.
AUSTRALIA’S ACCOLADE IN CHINA VISIT SEEKING TO EXPAND EXPORTS
Accolade Wines and its owner American private equity firm Carlyle Group have paid a high-profile visit to China seeking to expand wine exports to the country, Chinese media reported.
BURGUNDY EXPORTS TOPPED €1BILLION, CHINA MARKET UP 40.2%
Exports of Burgundy wines topped €1 billion for the first time, China is a stellar growth market with increase of 40.2% by volume and 29.6% by value.
INDIA ON WINE MAP: FIRST INDIAN BULK WINE SHIPMENT TO THE UK
The first ever bulk wine shipment from India to the UK is the Soul Tree brand, it will arrive in the UK this month ready for the busy Christmas on-trade season.
LARGEST PRIVATE WHISKY COLLECTION TO GO PUBLIC MAY BE WORTH £8M
The largest private whisky collection ever to be offered for public sale will go under the hammer online in February and April next year and is expected to fetch £8m(USD6.15m).
JAPAN TO ISSUE NEW SAKE PRODUCTION LICENCES TO MEET OVERSEAS DEMANDS
ECCENTRIC N. KOREA WINE AND BEER TOUR CANCELLED DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS
PRICE OF BORDEAUX BULK WINE DECLINED 40% DUE TO WOES IN HK AND USA
“KING OF FAKE LIQUOR” ARRESTED IN BANGKOK
THIS VIETNAMESE BUSINESSMAN OWNS WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE WHISKY COLLECTION
THE UNCORKING OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU LOST LUSTRE IN ASIA
JAPAN TO END WINE AND DINE TAX BREAKS TO BIG COMPANIES
FRANCE’S PERNOD RICARD AND CHINA’S WULIANGYE TO BECOME PARTNERS IN ASIA
SOUTH KOREANS OPT FOR LOW-PRICED WINES AS ECONOMY SLOWS