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An over-view of the UK wine market - the brands, what we consume, and in what quantities.

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"Although there has been a rise in the number of brands appearing as companies build their portfolios, the global wine market is highly fragmented with the five leading producers accounting for just 8% of volume sales. Branded wines dominate both on- and off-trade sales because they provide consumers with a reliable product within the low- to mid-price band. These wines tend to appeal to drinkers who lack knowledge or experience of grapes and regions.

Despite their popularity, branded wines were dealt a blow earlier this month when consumer watchdog Which? published a report concluding that branded wines are poor value. Its panel of professional wine-tasters and critics tasted 41 wines, including the best-sellers from the top 11 brands, and none scored more than 13 out of 20.

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