According to the newly-published AWA Global Wine Label AWAreness™ Report 2016, the market for wine labels across all formats is forecast to grow by 2% between 2016 and 2018, reflecting increasing levels of wine production around the globe. However, growth in global wine consumption is challenged by the increasing popularity of other alcoholic beverages – particularly craft beers and some spirits – so the incentive to raise the level of visual appeal of wine labeling and packaging remains strong.
Regional market shares
Europe currently claims the major share of global wine production, at 62%, with the wine-growing countries of South America – Argentina, Chile, and Brazil – in second place with a 10% share, and the USA third with 8%. These three regions also dominate the use of wine labeling materials. Overall, as AWA research shows, the wine producers still prefer traditional paper label substrates over film substrates.
Label converting technologies
Pressure-sensitive labels continue to capture market share from traditional glue-applied labels, with over 60% of total usage, and are forecast by AWA Alexander Watson Associates to grow at 2.8% per year in 2016 to 2018). Their dominance reflects the sophistication and variety of printing/converting technologies – particularly for shorter runs and complex diecutting – and the efficacy of automatic label application. Glue-applied labels, with a 36% share, will also grow fractionally, while the ‘newcomer’ technologies, sleeve labels, will increase their current small share by a massive 7.1% per year over the same period.
Full value-chain overview
The new AWA report provides in-depth information on the structure of the global wine market, on the key regional producers, and on the product decoration technologies, concluding with a company directory spanning label material suppliers and converters, wine producers, and wine resellers. This fifth edition of
the established AWA Global Wine Label AWAreness™ Report provides a focused, practical, and concise assessment of the wine label value chain, delivering timely and accurate information about the market, current trends, and opportunities for the future.
Full details and an online ordering facility are available on AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ website, www.awa-bv.com, along with information on the company’s extensive range of label industry-related research and related events.