Wine Market Continues to Grow

An Expert's View about Wine in Japan

Posted on: 12 Mar 2012

Bulk wine imports continue to grow as domestic Japanese wine companies’ bottle their own wine.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Required Report - public distribution Date: 2/27/2012 GAIN Report Number: JA2506 Japan Wine Annual Japan Wine Market Continues to Grow Approved By: Prepared By: Sumio Thomas Aoki, Senior Marketing Specialist, Justin A. Davis, Intern Report Highlights: In 2011, the United States held a 7.5% value share of Japan's $877 million imported bottled wine market. This was a decrease from the 7.8% share in 2010. Market share of bottles priced ¥500 JPY ($6.58) or under and ¥1000 ? 1500 JPY ($13.16 ? 19.73 USD) continue to increase. Bulk wine imports continue to grow as domestic Japanese wine companies? bottle their own wine. Executive Summary: Distribution of Japanese bottled wine based on available data (January through November 2011) was 822 thousand hectoliters pointing to an annual volume of 912 thousand hectoliters. This plus 1.44 million hectoliters of imported bottled wines totaled 2.35 million hectoliters of wine distributed in Japan. The Japanese wine market continues to be very competitive. Although 50 countries supply wine to Japan, ten countries account for approximately 96% of the imported volume. On-premise consumption continues to decline as many consumers continue to move towards off- premise consumption. Upscale Japanese izakaya restaurants however are performing quite well, which indicates that on-premise consumption is still popular in some sectors. Market share of bottles priced ¥500 JPY ($6.58) or under and ¥1000 ? 1500 JPY ($13.16 ? 19.73 USD) continue to increase. While wines in the mid-range category of ¥1,500 ? 3,000 JPY ($19.73 ? 39.47 USD) will also continue to be important. High end wines of ¥3,000 JPY+ ($39.47 USD+) are forecasted to decline and push towards the mid-price range. Chile and the United States lead the bulk wine exports to Japan, 99.9 thousand hectoliters and 82 thousand hectoliters respectively. Low priced wines have become easily accessible in part by increased imports of bulk wine from the United States, Spain, Chile, Italy and France for bottling in Japan. Popularity of sparkling wine continues to grow for both women and men. Import volumes of the top five countries grew except for Italy. Total volume was up 15.8%. Domestic wine producers continue to bottle more imported bulk wine in CY 2011. U.S. wines have done well in this area exporting 82 thousand hectoliters. No changes of regulations and taxes. Labels may need to have modern taste rather than traditional look. Black font on simple design labels seem to popular. Commodities: Wine Trade: Author Defined: 1. Overall Bottled Wine Market Distribution of Japanese bottled wine based on available data (January through November 2011) was 822 thousand hectoliters pointing to an annual volume of 912 thousand hectoliters. This plus 1.44 million hectoliters of imported bottled wines totaled 2.35 million hectoliters of wine distributed in Japan. Total imports of 2 liter or less bottled wine in CY 2011 increased 8.1% to 1.44 million hectoliters from 1.34 million hectoliters imported in CY 2010. The total value of imported 2 liter or less bottles in CY 2011 increased by 13.6% to $877.0 million from $771.7 million. Growth of imported volume is attributed to increased off-premise consumption and consumption in inexpensive restaurants, mainly izakaya. Total bottled import volumes from France increased 7.0%, Italy 13.6% increase, Chile 13.3% increase, Spain 15.5% increase and the United States increased by 6.4 %. The market share of bottles priced at ¥500 JPY ($6.58) or under and ¥1000 ? 1500 JPY ($13.16 ? 19.73 USD) continue to increase. (Exchange rate throughout the report uses ¥76 JPY/$1.00 USD) The Japanese wine market continues to be very competitive. Although 50 countries supply wine to Japan, ten countries account for approximately 96% of the imported volume. U.S. bottled wine imports continue to increase. 1. Overview of Japan?s Alcoholic Beverage Market The varieties of beverages have changed and increased along with the changing taste preferences and drinking patterns. According to the latest world health organization data, Japan is in the top quarter of all countries in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption at 7.6 liters annually. Wine consumption in Japan has become as common as Japanese sake. In recent years more households will regularly purchase or have a bottle of wine. Most restaurants will have both white and red wine. Wine as a share of total alcoholic beverage consumption is still low, accounting for approximately 3.2% of the total. This is because there are many other options to choose from among alcoholic beverages, such as sake, shochu and beer. 1. Japan Alcohol Consumption by Variety Notes: (% = percentage share, Volume in 1,000 KL) Source: Toukei Geppo, Food and Liquor National Tax Agency *2010 data was not readily available* 1. Alcoholic Beverage Categories Beer, Happoshu and Third Beer: While beer has traditionally accounted for more than half of Japan?s total alcohol consumption, it has faced increasing competition from a cheaper, low-malt, low-tax beer variety called happoshu. More recently, an even lower-taxed third beer which contains no-malt and consists of other base ingredients such as soybeans or peas has emerged in the market and has taken significant market share from both happoshu and beer. Despite higher consumption of third beer, the overall beer/happoshu market has declined due to more available alternatives and changing consumer preferences. Note that craft beers, domestic and imported, are gaining popularity in Japan. Sake: Consumption of sake has been declining steadily during the last half century due to greater availability of other alcoholic beverages and a change in consumer preferences. While sake is consumed less by younger consumers, there has been efforts by the sake trade to recapture this segment. Shochu: Consumption of shochu, a traditional spirit distilled from potatoes, wheat or rice has increased in recent years. Growth is mainly attributed to perceived health benefits and less severe after-effects compared to those of other alcoholic beverages. Shochu has also gained popularity due to its drinkability as it can be served with fruit juice or cold tea. Chuhi: Chuhi (pronounced: choo-high) is a shochu based flavored drink that is canned and usually carbonated. The best selling flavors are grapefruit and lemon due to the perceived health benefits of citrus. Other flavors such as grape, strawberry, orange and lime are widely available. Chuhi is also offered in restaurants as an alternative to beer. Whiskey and Brandy: Straight whiskey and brandy consumption quantities are flat or slightly declined. The only recent exception to this trend is stable sales of single malt scotch as a niche of consumers has renewed their interest. The overall decline is primarily due to shochu becoming a preferred alternative at home and in restaurants. The exception is the high-ball, a cocktail made of whiskey and soda, which has seen a recent increase in consumption. Japanese whiskey manufacturers have launched advertising campaigns for canned high- ball drinks with promotions visible throughout Japan?s izakaya (Japanese) bar/restaurant scene. Spirits and Liqueurs: Although still low in overall share, consumption of liqueur and spirits grew significantly in recent years, particularly as ingredients in cocktails. They are especially popular among women due to their sweet taste, lower alcohol content and visual appearance. Spirits and liqueurs are also popular among men who find beer too bitter. 1. Wine Market Overview A. Consumption 1. Historical Consumption With several decades of steady expansion, the Japanese wine market has experienced multiple surges in consumption. Two of the most significant booms involved Beaujolais Nouveau in the late 1980?s and a boom in red wine in 1997 and 1998. The Beaujolais brand is now strongly established among consumers with imports having peaked at 1 million cases in 2004. A major boom in imported red wine occurred in 1998 following a series of studies linking health benefits to consumption. Excessive inventories led to a subsequent bust which bottomed out in 2005. 1. Demographics Today, Japan has a broad base of wine connoisseurs that has a tendency to favor Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay varietals. These connoisseurs are men who began learning the virtues of wine in the 80?s and 90?s, and who probably were the ones who generated the huge popularity of wine in the 90?s. They are now a large part of the older population with disposable expenditure to purchase wines. Women are also important for marketing wine. In interviews with experts, there were two opinions of whether women or men lead wine consumption. One expert believes that women are the leaders of wine consumption and hold sixty percent of the market. This may be especially true today when there is more food and beverage consumption in the home where the homemaker makes most of the purchasing decisions. Women also have more exposure and seem to dominate wine tastings, classes and seminars. Preferences for wine also vary with location. Most of the wine consumption occurs in urban areas with more than 60% of premium wines consumed in the greater Tokyo area alone. In rural areas, a greater share of alcoholic beverage consumption is made up of more traditional drinks such as shochu, sake and beer. Historically, inexpensive domestic bottled wine was popular in rural areas but wine markets throughout Japan continue to become more sophisticated. Cultivation of markets outside of Tokyo is important to the expansion of the wine trade. B. Trends Today 1. General On-premise consumption continues to decline as many consumers continue to move towards off- premise consumption. Upscale Japanese izakaya restaurants however are performing quite well, which indicates that on-premise consumption is still popular in some sectors. 1. Shochu-Wine Since its release in May of 2011, a new type of wine called ?The Sommelier Cat? has gained considerable popularity amongst Japanese consumers. This new type of wine is 30% liquor (shochu) and 70% wine, with a total alcoholic content of precisely 12%. It is ¥1,260 JPY per 350 ml bottle unit, and it currently comes in two flavors, white and rose. ?The Sommelier Cat? was created to compliment various types of food which customers could enjoy comfortably in public settings. It did this by combining the consumer?s familiarity with shochu and the elegance of wine into one smooth and easy to drink beverage. This trend has gained some significant traction in Japan as ?The Sommelier Cat? is now being regularly incorporated into izakaya menus nationwide. 1. Home-Grown Grape Wine Gains Popularity Wines made from domestically produced grapes are gaining popularity in Japan as the quality of many young wineries has improved in recent years with expertise gained abroad. Makoto Endo, an official of the Association of Nippon's Wine Lovers said that, ?It is natural for people abroad to drink wines produced in their home prefectures. In Japan, consumers are also starting to look at wines familiar to them.? Indeed this may just be the case in September 2011 when Tokyu Department Store Co.'s flagship outlet in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward expanded its inventory for domestically produced wines to 160 labels. As a result, sales in October doubled from a year before. This indicates that there may be a growing popularity for domestic home-grown grape wines in Japan. 1. Wine on the Rocks ?Wine on the Rocks? is becoming an increasingly popular trend among consumers in Japan because of simplicity and brisk taste. Suntory Holdings Limited is one of the major Japanese Brewing companies that is pushing this new trend as ?the new way to drink wine?, with instructions on how to make the cold wine beverage posted on its website?s official blog. Denny?s Japan has also followed suit as it is currently offering both red and white wine on the rocks on their drink menus across Japan. 1. ?Stand Up? Wine Bars The concept of the ?stand up wine bar? started at a small wine specialty shop in Hacchobori, Tokyo. ?Stand Bar Maru? started out as a simple wine specialty shop selling a wide selection of imported wines from across the globe. The small wine specialty shop then incorporated a bar into their business model and it became what is generally regarded as Tokyo?s first stand up wine bar. The idea really hit home with Japanese consumers, and this popularity has led other businesses to copy the idea. ?Stand up wine bars? and other stand up bars can now be found regularly in Tokyo?s popular entertainment districts such as Ebisu and Shibuya to name a few. 1. Prices A. Overall Market share of bottles priced ¥500 JPY ($6.58) or under and ¥1000 ? 1500 JPY ($13.16 ? 19.73 USD) continue to increase. While wines in the mid-range category of ¥1,500 ? 3,000 JPY ($19.73 ? 39.47 USD) will also continue to be important. High end wines of ¥3,000 JPY+ ($39.47 USD+) are forecasted to decline and push towards the mid-price range. B. Bottled Wine The average price per liter of imported bottled wine increased 5.11% overall from $5.78 to $6.08. U.S. wines increased 2.64% from $6.94 to $7.12. French wines increased by 6.46% from $8.46 to $9.01. These increases are mostly attributed to the stronger yen. Although pricing for low end wines is forecasted for a decline, this price bracket is still the scene of very heated competition. The average import price-per-liter of bottled wine from Chile $3.17/liter, Spain 3.00/liter and South Africa $3.97/liter were all under $4.00. The average prices per liter were $4.99 for Italy, $5.50 for Australia and $ 4.19 for Argentina. C. Domestic Wine Domestic wines are making a more significant presence in the market due to greater availability and competitive pricing. Japanese bottled wine reached an estimated 822.0 thousand hectoliters for 2011. The domestic industry is concentrated around five major producers which account for approximately 80% of all wine production in Japan. Some of Japan?s most popular domestic wines such as ?Koshu? are produced in Yamanashi Prefecture. While there are well over 100 wineries in Japan, three-quarters produce less than one-thousand hectoliters on an annual basis. Bulk wine is imported from major suppliers, primarily Chile and the United States, to blend with Japanese product and bottled for sale at retail as Japanese wines. 1. Exports of Domestic Wine Japanese wine makers have become more competitive in the global market place as exports of domestically produced wines have increased. Misawa Winery from Yamanashi prefecture founded a group called ?Koshu of Japan? or KOJ, which comprises of 15 different local wineries keen to export their wine overseas. The exported Japanese wines are made from the Koshu grape, which has a history of over 1,500 years in the Yamanashi region. It is a very popular brand in Japan. 1. Imported Bottled Wine Total CY 2011 bottled wine imports totaled 1.44 million hectoliters valued at $877 million. A. United States In 2011, the United States held a 7.5% value share of the $877 million imported bottled wine market. This was a decrease from the 7.8% share in 2010. Shares for Italy, Chile and Spain rose 1.0%, 0.8%, and 0.7% respectively, taking share away from the United States. The majority of imported wines from the United States are sold at a price-point in the ¥700 ? 1000 JPY ($9.21 - 13.16 USD) range in the retail market. The United States faces significant competition in this segment from Chile, which will benefit from a Japan?Chile free trade agreement. In an effort to gain more value per liter, U.S. traders may benefit from a shift to the ¥1000 ? 1500 JPY ($13.16 ? 19.74 USD) retail price range. While U.S. wines typically face competition from French and Italian wines in this price range, it is perceived to be a favorable opportunity. Much like in the United States, American wines in Japan are identified by state or region which allows traders to work with the regional perceptions for marketing. California has established an image as one of the best new world wine regions supplying Japan. The ?Napa? name carries well with Japanese consumers and it is now associated with a high quality wine in the same fashion that ?Bordeaux? is with French wine. ?Napa? is also easy for Japanese consumers to remember opposed to names of French or Italian regions. The more than 100 California restaurants in the Tokyo area support brand building and sales by increasing awareness of the region?s wines. Currently, several California brands are distributed by Japanese liquor companies, including Robert Mondavi, Franzia, Markham, Raymond, Beringer, River Crest and Carlo Rossi. Washington State also supplies to Japan and is establishing a presence on many wine lists in hotels and restaurants in Tokyo. Some of the major importers who sell Washington wines are promoting regions such as Columbia Valley and Walla Walla in categorizing products. In Japan, available Washington brands include Columbia Crest, Abeja, and Camille. The price-competiveness of Washington wines may be an issue as most are sold for over ¥1000 JPY ($13.16). A parallel can be drawn between Washington and New Zealand; both are located near a major supplying region (California, Australia) and the establishment of one very successful brand may establish the industry as a whole, such as New Zealand?s Marlborough Sauvignon. In addition to California and Washington, Oregon wine can be found through multiple Japanese importers. There is a great opportunity to establish Oregon wine if quality bottles can be supplied for a competitive price. Promoted regions for Oregon wine production include the Columbia, Willamette and Applegate Valley regions. Oregon has the potential to build an image of high quality, family-based and small scale wine producers. B. France While France carries the strongest image for wine in Japan, market share continues to decline due primarily to competition from new world wines. Its volume share has changed from 35.3% in 2010 to 35.0% in 2011, which was a result of increased exports from Italy, Chile, Spain and the United States. Imported volumes of French wines increased though in CY 2011 by 7% to reach 504.5 thousand hectoliters. French wine imports continue to enjoy the popularity in Japan for their Beaujolais Nouveau wines. However, more French exporters seem to enjoy the Chinese market for premium brands than Japan. French wine is the favorite and considered the safe choice. C. Italy Imports from Italy increased 13.6% in CY 2011 versus 2010. This increased Italian wine?s market share to 20%. Value was up by 21.5% compared to 2010 as well. In the past, sales were relatively dependent on the foodservice sector. Italian pizza restaurants are getting more attention, which supports Italian wine consumption. However, households are taking home Italian wines more and more. D. Chile Chilean wines continued to increase significantly in CY 2011 with volume and value increases of 13.3 and 13.6% respectively. Much of the marketing of Chilean wines in Japan benefits from trader interests in the Japan?Chile free trade agreement (FTA), which will gradually lower import duties on wine from the standard 15% to zero over the next 5 years. While Chile?s image as a supplier of wine is relatively new to Japan, it is strengthened by a positive image of Chile as a food supplier through Japanese imports of Chilean seafood, meat and produce. With these advantages, Chile strongly competes in the lower price segments (¥500 ? 1000 JPY, $6.58 - 13.16 USD) and has established a presence in Japan?s inexpensive izakaya restaurants. Wine journalists in Japan have noted that Chilean wine is perceived to have less oak and less acidity which is favorable to Japanese consumers. Chilean wine is less competitive in higher price segments. E. Spain The volume of imported wine from Spain in CY 2011 increased 15.5%. Spanish wine currently benefits from a boom in the number of Spanish restaurants in Japan. Unit values of Spanish wines are steady as sales of lower priced Spanish wines in supermarkets and izakaya restaurants increased. Spain?s volume share of Japan?s total import wine market slightly increased to 10.95. Spain is becoming a greater competitor to the U.S. F. Germany It has been three years since imports of German wine have increased. In 2010, Germany exported 29.2 thousand hectoliters of bottled wine and that increased to 34.9 thousand hectoliters in 2011. The market trend of sweeter and non-bitter drinks that the younger generation favors, especially women, may be a reason why we are seeing an increase in German wine. G. Australia Japanese imports of Australian wine dipped again to 64 thousand hectoliters from 74.7 thousand hectoliters. Australia was one of the few countries that experienced a value decline. Experts have told us that the Chinese and other Asian markets are appreciating Australian wines more, and therefore, siphoning off supply. Value in CY 2011 was $35.3 million. 1. Bulk Wine Low priced wines have become easily accessible in part by increased imports of bulk wine from the United States, Spain, Chile, Italy and France for bottling in Japan. Since 2009 U.S. increased bulk shipments by 8.0% to reach 82 thousand hectoliters in 2011 from 2009 level of 26 thousand hectoliters. The prices per liter for bulk wine in 2011 were: United States $0.87, Spain $0.96, Chile $1.29, Italy $1.21 and France $1.95. 1. Distribution Channels Approximately 60 percent of wine consumed in Japan is distributed through retail, and the remainder through on-premise channels including bars and restaurants. Traders expect more of the volume growth in the wine market to occur off-premise as more consumers purchase wine for home consumption. Consumers of mid-range and premium wine (above 1000 yen, $13.16) are becoming more knowledgeable. They are placing more importance on distribution practices when purchasing wines. There is an increase in demand for wine shipped at cool temperatures, which can raise shipping costs up to 50 percent. The United States holds a unique advantage in this regard as U.S. shipments do not cross the equator, unlike Chilean, Australian and South African shipments which are more likely to require chilled shipping. A. Retail Distribution of wine and all other alcoholic beverages are regulated under the Liquor Tax Law which is applied to retailers that hold liquor licenses. Domestic wine distribution is generally a three or four tier system from manufacturer to retailer with one or two wholesalers in between. Recently distributors have been more aggressive in seeking ways to increase margins. While the major wine distributors have previously purchased from various specialty importers, they are finding it more profitable to send buyers to wine producing regions and import and distribute directly to retail shops. B. Import Wine Shops The number of import wine specialty shops in Japan has grown over the last decade having started with the expatriate community in Tokyo. Most are located in upscale urban areas and have staff whom are increasingly knowledgeable about wine and are educating their customers about wine types, consumption and storage practices. C. Supermarkets Supermarkets are allotting an increasing amount of shelf space for wine and are projected to increase wine sales. The majority of bottles sold in supermarkets are in the ¥700 ? 1000 JPY ($9.21 - 13.16 USD) or ¥1000 ? 2000 JPY ($13.16 ? 26.32 USD) ranges with limited shipments of more expensive bottles. The selection though isn?t quite as good as wine shops and sales personnel are not posted near the wine shelves to help customers. D. Convenience Stores Most convenience stores carry a selection of very inexpensive domestic wines (fewer than ¥700 JPY, $9.21 USD) and mid range imported wines (¥1000 ? 1500 JPY, $13.16 - 19.74 USD). Half bottle wine selections seem to be increasing at convenience stores. E. High Volume Sellers Costco wholesale supermarket has been mentioned by traders as possibly having an influence on market prices and related consumer perceptions. With 13 locations in Japan, Costco trades volumes of wine necessary to profit from selling some imported bottles at a steep discount, sometimes under 500 yen ($6.58) per 750ml bottle. Some traders note that this may change price perceptions held by some consumers regarding wine as well as other food products. Another outlet able to offer discounts on imported wine is Yamaya, a liquor store chain with over 262 locations nationwide. Yamaya sells imported and domestic wine, beer, spirits, beverages, and food products. Yamaya may also have an effect on price point perceptions, and may also be an opportunity to build exports of higher quality Washington and Oregon wines at competitive retail prices. 1. Packaging The standard package for domestic and imported wine is the 750ml glass bottle. Consumers are slowly accepting screw caps on quality wines. In general, consumers under 35 years of age fully accept screw caps whereas older consumers have a strong association between corked wine and quality. In addition to 750ml bottles, there have been other package types, but most have encountered limited success. Quantities of bag-in-box wine have increased with by-the-glass type consumption in both on-premise and off-premise markets. With boxed wine, lower end restaurants can offer consumers single glasses. Consumers off-premise demonstrate greater willingness to store a tapped box than a partially empty 750ml bottle in a home refrigerator. Retail prices for a 5L box range from 3000 ? 3500 yen ($39.47 ? $46.05). Leading brands include Almaden (California), Franzia (California), Trivento (Argentina) and Pays d?Oc (France). There has been some volume of imported wine sold in one-half (375ml) and one-quarter (187.5 ml) sized bottles. These options initially met some success as Japanese consumers were neither comfortable with finishing a 750ml bottle nor storing the remainder. Recently, consumers know more about storage practices and are comfortable with the 750 ml bottle. Australian brand Barokes sells 250 ml cans of wine in Japan. The campaign has been met with very limited success due to perceptions associated with canned beverages. 1. Other Wine Types A. Sparkling (Table 7) Japan?s value of imported sparkling wine increased 12.2% in CY 2011. Total quantity increased 4.2%. While sparkling wine was mainly consumed on special occasions and holidays, the market has expanded to regular consumption, especially among women. More recently, the younger male consumer believes beer is too bitter and enjoys a sweeter beverage such as sparkling wine. A sip of sparkling wine seems to be a popular substitute for that first gulp of beer for some. The majority of Japan?s imported sparkling wine is supplied by France. Other major suppliers include Italy, Spain and Australia. Traders indicate continued optimism in long term growth. B. Fortified Wines (Table 8) Japan imports a small amount of Sherry and Port primarily from Portugal and Spain; imports from the two countries account for approximately 85% of the market in both volume and value. C. Organic Wine Japanese consumers are among the most health conscious in the world and have shown an interest in organic wine. The first organic wine shop opened in Tokyo in 1998 and other outlets selling organic wine have opened since. Approximately three-quarters percent of imported organic wine is supplied by France with most of the remainder from other European producers. Organic wine is priced at a premium like many organic foods with 750ml bottles starting at ¥1500 JPY ($19.74 USD). American organic wine has not yet been successful in Japan due to different organic standards and labeling. Foods and beverages must meet the requirements of the Japan Agricultural Standards (JAS) law to be certified as organic in Japan. U.S. producers can arrange to be certified in the United States under the USDA?s organic program, which is recognized by JAS. However, U.S. regulation stipulates that in order to label wine as ?100% Organic?, it must be produced using 100% organic ingredients and processed using 100% organically produced processing aids. If the wine is simply produced with ?organically grown grapes? it must be labeled as such and not ?100% Organic?. For marketing in Japan, this is a significant difference, and traders cannot draw the organic premium or sell as ?100% Organic? unless the product can be labeled as such. More information is available from the USDA website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5077433 Appendix I: Legal Regulations Related to the Wine Trade 1. Food Sanitation Law requirements Under the Food Sanitation Law, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) outlines the permissible quantities of wine coloring agents and preservatives used as additives. All wines imported as gifts or for sale and other commercial purposes are subject to the Food Sanitation Law. Import notification is required. Importers must submit a ?Notification Form for Importation of Foods, etc.? to the quarantine station with jurisdiction over the port of entry. Depending on the content of this notification form and the import history of the wine, inspection may be required. 2. Labeling requirements Fig. 16 lists labeling requirements for wine. Labeling must be in Japanese and must be attached to the container in a visible location. Wine without required labeling may not be sold, displayed with intent to sell, or used for other commercial purposes. Figure 16: Labeling Requirements For Wine Label Item Requirement Name of Statute* Product Name Wine, fruit wine, or sweetened fruit wine FSA Name of substance (and usage category) of anti- Food Additives oxidants or synthetic preservatives, etc. Genetically FSA modified substances must be identified. Label must list the ethyl alcohol content at 15°C as a Alc percentage of total volume rounded to the nearest ohol Content LBA/MSR/LT percentage point. (Example: "14%" or "Over 14% and less than 15%") Container Volume Listed in milliliters (ml) or liters (l) LBA/MSR/LT, ML T Sparkling wine labels must state, "Contains ype LBA/MSR/LT carbonation," or, "carbon dioxide gas mixture." Country of Origin The country of origin AUPRMR Name and Address Wines must list the name and address of the importer of Importer and FSL, LBA/MSR/LT Dist and distributor ributor Label must list the destination after removal from the De bonded area or the location of the bottler or packager. stination How LBA/MSR/LT ever, a symbol may be used with the permission of the Ministry of Finance (1) Blends of imported and domestic wine Wines made from mixtures of domestic and imported Voluntary industry wines must list the wines in order of quantity. For standard example, "Made from domestic and imported wine." Othe (2) Geographic labeling r Requirements Geographic brand names such as Bordeaux and Labeling standard Chablis, whose product quality and reputation based on fundamentally arise from place of origin, can only be LBA/MSR/LT and used on products that actually originate from the said ML region. Labeling Requirements For Wine: Other Requirements Continued Label Item Requirement Name of Statute* (3) Labeling to prevent consumption by minors All l Labeling standard based iquor containers must clearly state that "Consumption on t LBA/MSR/LT and of alcohol by minors is prohibited," or "Alcohol may only ML be consumed by those who are 20 years or older." (4) Promotion of recycling of liquor containers Othe Law for Promotion of r Products packed in steel cans, aluminum cans, and PET R Utilization of Recycled equirements bottles must have a mark on the container identifying the Resources packaging material type. (5) Warning of risks to pregnant and breast-feeding women Pregnant and nursing mothers are advised that Voluntary Industry consumption of alcohol may adversely affect their infant?s Standard health. For example, ?Drinking alcohol while pregnant or breast-feeding may harm the fetus or infant.? * · Food Sanitation Act: FSA (http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/reports/regulations/pdf/foodext2008e_100929p.pdf) · Measurement Law: ML ·Law Concerning Liquor Business Association and Measures for Securing Revenue from Liquor Tax: LBA/MSR/LT · Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading representation: AUPRMR Source: JETRO Marketing Guidebook for Major Imported Products 2004/Food 3. Requirements under the new packaging recycling law The Japanese government began full implementation of the Packaging Recycling Law in April 2000, which requires the industry to identify and recycle all paper and plastic packaging, glass bottles, steel and aluminum cans, PET bottles, and other plastic and paper containers. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who manufacture and/or use the materials are responsible for recycling costs. For imported products, importers are likely to be held responsible for such costs. In the case of wine, according to industry sources, some importers have requested that exporters use colorless glass bottles if possible and a number of wines in clear bottles have appeared on the market. However, this is only appropriate for less-expensive or early drinking wines that will be consumed within two to three weeks after purchase. For premium wines, the industry continues to generally use colored bottles despite added recycling costs. Green bottles pose the biggest problem since there is very limited use for them as a recycled product. Current recycling charges by type of container, effective through FY2009 (April-March), to be paid to the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association are as follows: Colorless glass ¥4,100/metric ton Brown glass ¥5,500/metric ton Green/other colored glass ¥9,200/metric ton PET bottles ¥1,700/metric ton Paper containers ¥13,300/metric ton Plastic containers ¥65,700/metric ton 4. Tariff and tax The tariff rate on bottled wine is 15% (or ¥125/l, whichever is less with a minimum of ¥67/l). Note that Chilean wine is imported under an agreement that is gradually reducing tariffs on agriculture and food imports from that country. Tariff Rates on Wine (as of January 2010) Bottled Wine -HS220421020 (2L or less) 15% or ¥125/l, whichever is less with a minimum of ¥67/l -HS220429010 (2L to 150L) 15% or ¥125/l, whichever is less with a minimum of ¥67/l Sparkling Wine -HS220410000 ¥182/l Wine Coolers -HS220600221 ¥27/l (Other fermented beverage mixtures) Bulk Wine - HS220429090 (>150L) ¥45/l Grape Must -HS220430191 19.10% (1%+ alcohol, less than 10%sucrose by weight) -HS220430200 (1% + alcohol ? other) ¥45/l Vermouth -HS220510000 (2L or less) ¥69.3/l -HS220590200 (1%+ alcohol) ¥69.3/l Sherry/Fortified Wine -HS220421010 ¥112/l Source: Customs Tariff Schedules of Japan 2010, Japan Tariff Association http://www.customs.go.jp/english/tariff/2010/data/i201001e_22.htm Liquor Tax Law regulations The liquor tax rate was increased by 13.5 percent for wine and 15.7 percent for sweetened wine in May 2006. (See Section 4.2 above for details) Tax rate on wine after the tax increase Per kiloliter Per 750ml bottle Wine 80,000 yen/k 60 yen/bottle Sweetened Wine 120,000 yen/kl* 90 yen/bottle Table 1: Wine imports by type Volume (000 hectoliters) 2011/2010 2009 2010 2011 % Change Bottled Wine 1370.5 1440.5 1570.9 9.0 HS220421020 (2L or less) 1,277.9 1,335.2 1443.6 8.1 HS220429010 (2L to 150L) 92.6 105.3 127.3 20.9 Sparkling Wine 205.3 237.9 248.0 4.2 HS220410000 Wine Coolers 29.3 30.1 34.1 13.3 HS220600221 Bulk Wine 224.5 252.8 256.8 1.6 HS220429090 ( >150L) Grape Must 71.1 74.0 70.6 -4.7 HS220430191 (1%+ alcohol, 0.0 0.0 <10% sucrose by weight) HS220430200 (1%+ alcohol - other) 71.1 74.0 70.6 -4.7 Vermouth 23.4 22.0 26.2 19.1 HS220510000 (2L or less) 23.3 21.5 25.6 19.1 HS220590200 (1%+ alcohol) 0.1 0.5 0.6 20.0 Sherry/Fortified Wine 7.2 7.4 7.8 5.4 HS220421010 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan ? Dec) (Table 1 continued) Value ($M) 2011/2010 2009 2010 2011 % Change Bottled Wine 783.1 791.4 902.3 14.0 HS220421020 (2L or less) 766.8 771.7 877.0 13.6 HS220429010 (2L to 150L) 16.3 19.7 25.3 28.4 Sparkling Wine 250.7 332.1 372.7 12.2 HS220410000 Wine Coolers 14.8 13.2 16.6 25.8 HS220600221 Bulk Wine 21.8 26.8 29.4 9.7 HS220429090 ( >150L) Grape Must 18.7 21.0 22.7 8.1 HS220430191 (1%+ abv, 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 <10% sucrose by weight) HS220430200 (1%+ abv - other) 18.7 21.0 22.7 8.1 Vermouth 8.5 7.6 9.2 21.1 HS220510000 (2L or less) 8.5 7.5 9.1 21.3 HS220590200 (1%+ alcohol) <0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 Sherry/Fortified Wine 6.6 7.0 7.7 10.0 HS220421010 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan - Dec) Table 2: Less Than 2L Bottled Wine Imports by Supplying Country Volume (000 Hectoliters) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Volum Share % e (%) Change 1 France 487.0 471.6 504.5 35.0 7.0 2 Italy 236.2 248.7 282.6 19.6 13.6 3 Chile 173.8 213.4 241.7 16.8 13.3 4 Spain 123.0 136.9 158.1 11.0 15.5 5 United States 81.0 87.0 92.6 6.4 6.4 6 Australia 83.8 74.7 64.0 4.4 -14.2 7 Germany 29.8 29.2 34.9 2.4 19.5 8 Argentina 22.0 24.4 24.9 1.7 2.1 9 South Africa 22.1 27.2 16.2 1.1 -40.4 10 New Zealand 5.4 7.4 7.8 0.5 5.3 Others 13.6 14.7 16.3 1.1 10.9 Total 1277.9 1335.2 1443.6 100.0 8.1 Value ($M) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Valu Share % e (%) Change 1 France 423.7 399.2 454.7 51.8 13.9 2 Italy 115.1 116.1 141.1 16.1 21.5 3 Chile 55.9 67.4 76.6 8.7 13.6 4 United States 51.9 60.4 66.0 7.5 9.2 5 Spain 38.4 39.1 47.5 5.4 21.4 6 Australia 33.5 35.7 35.3 4.0 -1.3 7 Germany 17.9 17.7 19.3 2.2 9.0 8 Argentina 8.0 9.5 10.4 1.2 9.6 9 New Zealand 5.5 7.5 8.7 1.0 16.2 10 South Africa 7.9 10.3 6.4 0.7 -37.5 Others 9.0 8.8 12.6 1.4 43.2 Total 766.8 771.7 878.6 100.0 13.9 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan - Dec) Table 3: Sparkling Wine Imports by Supplying Country Volume (000 hectoliters) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Volum Share e % Change (%) 1 France 75.5 94.1 95.3 38.4 1.3 2 Spain 45.8 53.8 56.0 22.6 4.2 3 Italy 48.8 44.2 50.3 20.3 13.7 United 4 States 11.4 13.6 12.2 5.0 -10.3 5 Australia 9.7 10.8 10.8 4.4 0.2 6 Chile 3.9 7.5 9.1 3.7 20.7 Others 10.2 13.9 14.3 5.6 2.9 Total 205.3 237.9 248.0 100.0 4.2 Value ($M) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Valu Share e % Change (%) 1 France 174.8 249.9 281.0 75.4 12.4 2 Spain 27.9 31.9 34.1 9.2 7.0 3 Italy 30.0 26.2 31.9 8.6 21.8 4 Australia 6.0 7.3 8.0 2.2 9.6 United 5 States 4.8 6.0 5.9 1.6 -1.7 6 Chile 1.7 3.3 4.0 1.1 21.2 Others 5.2 7.5 7.8 1.9 4.0 Total 250.7 332.1 372.7 100.0 12.2 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan - Dec) Table 4: Wine Cooler Imports by Supplying Country Volume (000 hectoliters) Rank Country 2009 2010 2011 2011/2010 Volum Share e % Change (%) 1 France 14.3 12.7 15.4 45.1 21.3 2 Spain 5.7 5.9 6.6 19.3 11.9 3 Germany 3.0 3.2 3.7 10.8 15.6 4 South Korea 0.8 2.5 2.8 8.2 12.0 United 5 States 2.1 2.9 2.1 6.2 -27.6 Others 2.9 3.0 3.5 10.4 16.7 Total 30.0 30.2 34.1 100.0 12.9 Value ($M) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Valu Share e % Change (%) 1 France 9.7 8.1 11.0 66.4 35.8 2 Spain 1.8 1.7 2.0 12.3 17.6 3 Germany 0.9 0.9 1.2 7.1 33.3 4 Italy 1.3 0.9 0.7 4.2 -22.2 5 South Korea 0.3 0.4 0.5 2.9 25.0 United 6 States 0.4 0.6 0.5 2.9 -16.6 Others 0.4 1.0 0.7 4.2 -30.0 Total 14.8 13.2 16.6 100.0 25.8 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan-Dec) Table 5: Bulk Wine Imports by Supplying Country Volume (000 hectoliters) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Volum Share e % Change (%) 1 Chile 69.5 93.1 99.9 38.9 7.3 2 United States 76.4 69.4 82.0 32.0 18.2 3 Argentina 43.1 26.2 26.0 10.1 -0.8 4 Spain 12.6 20.5 9.8 3.8 -52.2 5 South Africa 2.5 5.3 8.5 3.3 61.3 6 France 8.4 23.7 8.3 3.2 -64.9 7 Australia 0.2 0.5 8.2 3.2 1640.0 8 Macedonia 1.5 2.4 5.6 2.2 233.8 9 Italy 4.3 4.8 3.8 1.5 -20.8 10 Hungary 1.2 2.7 1.7 0.7 -37.0 Others 3.1 2.5 3.0 1.1 20.0 Total 224.5 252.8 256.8 100.0 1.2 Value ($M) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Valu Share e % Change (%) 1 Chile 7.2 9.7 12.9 43.8 33.0 2 United States 5.8 5.3 7.2 24.4 35.8 3 Argentina 4.2 2.5 3.0 10.3 20.0 4 France 1.5 4.9 1.6 5.5 -67.3 5 Australia 0.05 0.05 1.0 3.3 2000.0 6 Spain 1.5 2.2 0.9 3.2 -59.0 7 South Africa 0.2 0.5 0.9 2.9 80.0 8 Macedonia 0.2 0.3 0.6 2.0 200.0 9 Italy 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.6 0.0 10 Hungary 0.2 0.4 0.4 1.2 0.0 Others 0.5 0.3 0.4 1.8 33.3 Total 21.8 26.8 29.4 100.0 9.7 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan - Dec) Table 6: Grape Must Imports by Supplying Country Volume (000 hectoliters) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Volum Share % e (%) Change 1 Chile 21.0 24.1 34.7 49.2 36.9 2 Argentina 48.1 49.6 33.0 46.7 -33.5 3 South Africa 1.9 0.3 2.9 4.0 966.6 4 France 0.0 <0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 Others 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Total 71.0 74.0 70.6 100.0 -4.6 Value ($M) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Valu Share % e % Change 1 Chile 6.6 8.0 13.3 58.4 66.3 2 Argentina 11.8 12.9 8.7 38.4 -32.6 3 South Africa 0.4 <0.1 0.7 3.2 987.7 4 France <0.1 - 0.0 0.0 0.0 Others 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Total 18.8 21.0 22.7 100.0 8.1 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan - Dec) Table 7: Vermouth Imports by Supplying Country Volume (000 hectoliters) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Volum Share e % Change (%) 1 Spain 11.0 10.2 11.8 46.3 15.7 2 Italy 6.0 3.8 4.7 18.5 23.7 3 France 3.4 3.5 4.5 17.6 28.6 4 Germany 1.6 2.1 2.8 10.8 33.3 5 China 0.9 1.2 0.9 3.4 -25.0 Others 0.4 0.7 0.9 3.4 28.6 Total 23.3 21.5 25.6 100.0 19.1 Value ($M) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Valu Share e % Change (%) 1 Spain 3.0 2.6 3.1 34.1 19.2 2 France 1.7 1.7 2.2 24.7 29.4 3 Italy 3.1 1.7 2.2 23.8 29.4 4 United States 0.0 0.6 0.6 7.0 0.0 5 Germany 0.3 0.4 0.6 6.7 50.0 Others 0.2 0.6 0.4 3.7 -33.3 Total 8.5 7.6 9.1 100.0 19.7 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan - Dec) Table 8: Sherry/Fortified Wine Imports by Supplying Country Volume (000 hectoliters) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Volum Share e % Change (%) 1 Portugal 3.9 4.1 3.9 50.5 -4.9 2 Spain 2.2 2.2 2.7 35.1 22.7 3 Italy 0.7 0.8 0.9 11.3 12.5 4 France 0.2 0.2 0.2 3.0 0.0 5 Greece <0.1 - <0.1 0.1 0.0 Others 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 Total 7.2 7.4 7.8 100.0 5.4 Value ($M) 2011 2011/2010 Rank Country 2009 2010 Valu Share e % Change (%) 1 Portugal 3.8 4.1 4.3 55.9 4.9 2 Spain 2.0 1.9 2.3 30.1 21.1 3 France 0.4 0.5 0.6 7.9 20.0 4 Italy 0.4 0.4 0.5 6.0 25.0 5 Australia <0.1 <0.1 <0.1 <0.1 -66.1 Others 0.1 0.1 0.1 <0.1 0.0 Total 6.6 7.0 7.8 100.0 11.4 Source: Global Trade Atlas, based on Japan Customs data (CY Jan ? Dec)
Posted: 12 March 2012

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