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14 November, 2008

Availability is the most obvious and yet critical component for success at Christmas. We know that if shoppers cannot find their preferred brand of spirits, 46% will not buy a different brand or variant. Furthermore, 11% of wine and spirits shoppers would leave the store to buy elsewhere if their preferred brand wasn't available . So keep products visible and in stock - any out-of-stocks will lose valuable custom.

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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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