Thursday 29 September 2016

29.9.16 Sherry Export Value Up 14%; Convenio Protests

The first seven months of the year have seen sales in terms of value grow by 14.3% to a total of 21.5 million euros compared to 18.8 million for the same period last year. This welcome development is largely thanks to the United Kingdom, consistently the largest export market, despite the worries over Brexit. Some non EU markets have shown impressive growth such as Norway, where export earnings tripled, and China, where they doubled.

Beltran Domecq and Carmen Ortiz (centre) foto:diariodejerez.

These figures which were extracted from statistics compiled by the Instituto de Comercio Exterior (ICEX), and show unmistakeable growth in Sherry sales were revealed yesterday by Carmen Ortíz, the agriculture minister at the Junta de Andalucía, during a vineyard visit with representatives of the trade. She encouraged producers to continue following the path of quality not only to increase sales in existing markets but to develop new ones. “With the efforts of growers and bodegas we can keep moving forward and realise our hopes” she said and pointed out that there is collaboration between the trade and the Junta “which we want to boost” because this traditional Andaluz wine has been the flagship of Spain and Andalucía throughout the world.

Protestors at Fundador (foto:diariodejerez)

More demonstrations about the Convenio de la Vid are being planned by the workers who are awaiting official permission to demonstrate outside Williams & Humbert, Estévez and González Byass next week. Yesterday they protested outside Osborne’s Bodega el Tiro. The mood is that if the peaceful demonstrations achieve nothing then strike action will be necessary, and they are quite prepared to undertake this.

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