Four months down the line and this is a top priority for the retailer. Wine trading controller Liz Aked sa ys: "We've seen very good growth on own-label spirits and they showed a solid performance over the Christmas period." Range extensions and development will characterise 2007, according to Aked.
During the year Spar focused on own-label with a revamp of its lager range. The retailer also ploughed ahead with development of its own-label wine range, sourcing new wines from the New World. Spar upped its promotional activity with three-for-£10 and two-for-£8 deals on wine in a move to "increase volume and push purchase up", Aked sa ys.
This year Spar will focus on the rosť category, "because that's where a lot of growth is coming from", she add s. ≠Sourcing unusual wine is another priority, with wine from India on the radar.
Aked predicts the ongoing consolidation of suppliers will result in a tough year for the retailer. "It's going to be a ≠commercial year that's predominantly b≠usiness dominated," she sa ys.