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Sep 13

PLMA’s Annual International Salute to Excellence names best supermarket Wines

Tag: Allgemeines,Ländersigi.hiss @ 13:12

PLMA’s Annual International Salute to Excellence names best supermarket Wines. Lidl and Aldi win 5 awards each, French and UK retailers close behind.

Amsterdam – With wine sales in Europe reaching more than €85 billion, supermarkets and hypermarkets now account for 20% market share and retailers’ own private label has surged to over 50% in major countries like Germany, France, UK, Spain and Italy. But the question is which retailers are offering consumers the best quality and the best value. The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) decided to find out and opened its annual International Salute to Excellence Awards to a competition of reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines. The results were eye-openers, too, for those who believe that only expensive wines please the palate. More than 250 wines from retailers in 16 countries were tasted and tested.siegen

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Zu den Siegern – Die Wine-Awards

Discounters Lidl and Aldi, two of the most successful retailers in Europe, won five awards apiece. Traditional supermarkets like Carrefour, Casino and Auchan in France; Tesco, Marks & Spencer, ASDA , Waitrose, and Morrisons in the UK, Mercadona in Spain; Colruyt in Belgium; Albert Heijn and Jumbo in The Netherlands; Coop Italia and Despar in Italy; and Edeka in Germany received awards in popular wine categories. Wines were judged on the basis of traditional criteria such as appearance, taste, smell, and general impression. Points were also awarded for packaging and shelf appeal. Wines were divided into the following categories. Red wines were: Merlot, Côtes du Rhône, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Chianti, Barolo, Rioja, and Shiraz. Whites were Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Grigio, Chablis and Rosé. Sparkling were Champagne and Prosecco.

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Judges for the awards were selected from professionals in the wine industry as well as retail industry specialists. Each panel was led by a Wine Master. Panel 1 was led by Cees van Casteren of The Netherlands who has written ten books and more than 500 articles on wine and food. Panel 2 was led by Sarah Abbott of the U.K., who has been active in the wine trade for more than 20 years and serves as a judge in several wine competitions. Michel Polderman, formerly in charge of wine purchasing at Albert Heijn, author and wine competition organizer, supervised the workings of both panels. Other judges included Jose Luis Murcia Garcia of Spain, Jakub Prybil of Czech Republic, Helmut Knall of Austria, Alma Torretta of Italy, Sigi Hiss of Germany, Beverly Blanning of the U.K., Jean-Pierre Bonvallet of France, Wojciech Bonkowski of Poland, Rene van Heusden of The Netherlands, and Alain Bloeykens of Belgium.

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The wine panels were part of PLMA’s annual International Salute to Excellence Awards, in which retailers submit new and innovative private label products for industry recognition. More than 370 food, home and health products from 63 retailers in 23 countries were considered for awards in addition to the wine competition. PLMA’s Salute to Excellence Awards were established in 2006. The International Awards were started in 2014. Wines selected were purchased off the shelves of retailers as would be available to typical consumers. Judging took place in Amsterdam on 6-7 April and announced at this year’s “World of Private Label” Show in May. Click here for the complete list of wine categories and winning retailers for quality and value. Commenting on the wine completion, Brian Sharoff, president of PLMA, said: “The role of supermarkets in the marketing of wine is growing more important as shoppers seek good quality and good price. The retailer’s private label has given consumers confidence that they can select top wines without paying a premium for branding. This year’s International Salute to Excellence gives recognition to those retailers who are doing an excellent job with their wines and encourages other retailers to match or exceed those standards.”

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Jury

  • Agnese Ceschi

    WINE MERIDIEN
    ITALIEN
  • Alian Bloeykens

    MEGAVINO
    BELGIEN
  • Alma Toretta

    SOMMELIER
    ITALIEN/BELGIEN
  • Beverly Blanning

    MASTER OF WINE
    VEREINIGTES KÖNIGREICH
  • Cees van Casteren

    MASTER OF WINE
    NIEDERLANDE
  • Cordula Eich

    AUTHOR
    DEUTSCHLAND
  • Edward Salzano

    PRIVATE LABEL CONSULTANT
    VEREINIGTE STAATEN
  • Helmut Knall

    WINE-TIMES
    ÖSTERREICH
  • Jakub Pribyl

    SOMMELIER
    TSCHECHISCHE REPUBLIK
  • Jean Pierre Bonvallet

    BUREAU INTERNATIONAL DE PROMOTION ET DE DEVELOPMENT
    FRANKREICH
  • José Luis Murcia Garcia

    EL CORREO DE VINO
    SPANIEN
  • Judith Kolenburg

    PLMA CONSULTANT
    NIEDERLANDE
  • Laurence Markowitz

    BAKERHOSTETLER
    VEREINIGTE STAATEN
  • Phil Russo

    GLOBAL RETAIL BRANDS
    VEREINIGTE STAATEN
  • René van Heusden

    PERSWIJN MAGAZINE
    NIEDERLANDE
  • Sarah Abbott

    MASTER OF WINE
    VEREINIGTES KÖNIGREICH
  • Sigi Hiss

    VINUM GASTROJOURNAL
    SCHWEIZ
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  • Wojciech Bonkowski

    WINICJATYWA
    POLEN
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