Nielsen: Wine world would gladly toast the next big innovation

02/17/2013 | Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)

Craft beers and new beer flavors and brands are cutting into wine sales, according to Nielsen. The wine industry's growth slowed to 1.5% last year, down from 4% in 2011, while beer and liquor were up 2% each, despite encouraging trends such as wine sold at Starbucks and a 23.5% jump in New Zealand's wine business. "I keep saying, 'What is the next big thing?' And I don't know what the magical answer is. ... Beer and spirits are doing a lot [of innovation] right now and I think that's helping them," says Danny Brager, Nielsen's vice president and group client director of the beverage-alcohol team.

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