A Chinese importer destroyed 13,000 bottles of Spanish wine valued at 7 million yuan ($1.15 million) in public in Henan Province’s Zhengzhou town. The wine was poured bottle by bottle into large tanks made of inflatable tubes in the middle of the town square…Full Article: The Times of India Jan 2014

Key point

  • The wine was destroyed after the container used in transporting the wine exceeded maximum temperature requirements for almost a day

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2007 to 2012, mainland China’s bottled wine imports skyrocketed from 42.2 million liters to 264.2 million liters (+525%), while equivalent import values increased from US$184 million to US$1.37 billion (+648%). France was the top supplier and saw its import market share (by volume) increase from 37% to 48% over the same time period. In a distant second was Australia, with an import market share that dwindled from 21% to 13%. The next largest suppliers, Spain and Chile, each saw their market share increase two percent, accounting for a 10% and 8% share in 2012, respectively.

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