Food and also drink have ended up being a huge part of lots of people’s lives, particularly their social lives. In fact the expression ‘food as well as beverage’ creates over 89 million hits on the Google web site. Excessiveness in either is of course unhealthy, however possibly this is one of the reasons why people see excellent food or great red wine as something unique, something to treat themselves with.
Guides to excellent food, wine as well as dining establishments have become big business. Egon Ronay’s ‘Overview to the very best Dining Establishments as well as Gastropubs in the UK’ which gives thorough reviews of over 500 dining establishments as well as gastropubs has marketed over 2 million copies. Its straightforward to contrast design of granting up to three stars per restaurant is plainly a hit with visitors.
‘The Great Food Overview’ edited by Elizabeth Carter markets itself as Britain’s leading restaurant guide as well as is currently in it 56th version, describing over 1,500 eateries from gastropubs to luxury dining.
Great a glass of wine guides are likewise a big vendor, with books such as Clarke’s ‘Fine Red wine Overview: A Connoisseur’s Bible’ and also Johnson-Bell’s ‘Excellent Food, Great White Wine: A Practical Overview to Finding the Perfect Match’ both easily available online it is clear that there is a high demand for such guides.
This is not unexpected as the UK is the 2nd biggest importer of wine worldwide. Red wine sales in the UK boosted 25% in between 2001 and also 2005. In 2004 the approximated red wine consumption was 1.2 billion litres. Particularly there has been a rise in the consumption of so-called New World glass of wines, for example those from Australia or the UNITED STATES instead of typical manufacturers such as France. The golden state currently creates 2 billion litres of white wine yearly, making it the fourth most significant producer behind Italy, France and Spain. In 2004, New World glass of wines represented over 55% of total consumption in the UK.
Exports of Australian white wines have actually more than quadrupled in the last decade to get to nearly 800 million litres in 2006, 22% of which went onto the UK market, about 176 million litres.
Exports of New Zealand wines to the UK alone have raised from 8.1 million litres in 1997 to 21.9 million litres in 2006.
One factor in the explanation of this is an increase in the availability of fine white wine in several supermarkets. Some numbers put two-thirds of UK white wines sales in supermarkets. Boosted demand and competition in between big chain grocery stores have enhanced the variety of wines and also producers and made them a lot more accessible to the general public.
A current record by Vinexpo has predicted that the UK will become Europe’s greatest market for wine by 2010. The report which analyzed the globes wine manufacturers and also consumers likewise forecasted that by 2010 the UK red wine sales would certainly deserve ₤ 5.5 billion, despite the fact that the UK paid the greatest average rate per bottle (₤ 3.11), which is equivalent to 28.5 litres per head contrasted to an average of 27 litres between 2001 and 2005.
The report also showed that between 2001 and also 2005 Australia had actually overtaken France as the UK’s largest distributor with imports rising 51%. Imports from countries such as the UNITED STATES and also South Africa have actually also risen throughout this duration which highlights the pattern towards New Globe glass of wines.