Casual Chains Slash Wine Selections

April 7, 2014 § 1 Comment

According to Winemetrics preliminary 2014 wine list survey, 8 leading casual dining chains have reduced their wine selections, most  by double digits.  The following data indicates the steepest across the board decline we have ever witnessed in on-premise wine selections.  This may portend a trend by national accounts to shift emphasis from wine to the faster growing craft beer and cocktail segments of their beverage programs.

Winemetrics compared its mid-year 2013 wine list data with recently acquired data from identical chains this year.  Our findings indicate the following combined by-the-bottle and by-the-glass wine listings decreases by percentage.

Carrabba’s                       -6%

Longhorn Steakhouse      -22%

Olive Garden                   -28%

Outback Steakhouse        -18%

Red Lobster                      -6%

Romano’s                          -22%

Ruby Tuesday                   -17%

 

We will post more insights on this trend as our 2014 wine list update continues.

 

 

 

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