South Africa considers action on bulk wine
28 August 2012 by Richard Ross, www.thedrinksbusiness.com
South Africa says it is considering action to "protect its trade
interests" over moves by UK wine importers to increase the purchase of
wine in bulk.
UK retailers and importers are buying less South African wine in bottle, and moving to greater quantities imported in bulk. Retailers like Tesco and Sainsbury’s are increasingly bottling wine in the UK.
Stephen Hanival, of South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, says the shift in trade has already led to as many as 700 job losses in the bottling and glass industries in the country. He said: “We certainly hope that the developments on bulk wine don’t lead to any kind of trade war between either South Africa, the UK or any of the European Union countries with whom we trade extensively.”
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