NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation Wines has announced the results of Project Genome(SM), one of the largest consumer research projects ever conducted by the wine industry. The online study of more than 3,500 premium wine consumers indicates that there is no typical wine consumer; rather, consumers tend to fall into six unique segments, each with its own set of attributes, motivations, preferences and shopping behaviors. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040505/NYW029LOGO-a ) The results include fresh insight on premium wine consumers' drinking and buying habits and on psychological and lifestyle factors. It will have wide- ranging impact on wine sales by retailers and on-premise establishments in areas ranging from packaging, advertising and customer education to grocery displays and restaurant wine lists. "These findings give us a dramatic, new level of understanding into consumers' wine preferences and needs -- and represent bold new opportunities for the U.S. wine industry to be more relevant to our consumers," said Jose Fernandez, president and CEO of Constellation Wines U.S. "Just as the Human Genome Project was about understanding the DNA of the human body, we named our research study Project Genome(SM) because we wanted to elevate our understanding of premium wine consumers. "As the industry leader in premium wines, we believe that this landmark study will benefit consumers by providing insight that will help make wine more accessible and approachable. It's an exciting, fast-moving time in the premium wine business, and this knowledge can really bring winemakers, retailers, restaurateurs, and consumers closer together than ever before." WHAT PROJECT GENOME(SM) FOUND According to the study, conducted by Copernicus Marketing Consulting and Research, Inc., premium wine consumers surveyed fell into six segments: Enthusiast, Image Seeker, Savvy Shopper, Traditionalist, Satisfied Sipper and Overwhelmed. Enthusiasts are consumers who are passionate about the entire wine experience from researching what they buy to sharing their discoveries with friends and family. Image Seekers feel sophisticated on one hand and adventurous and trendy on the other hand -- they are just as likely to choose wine with sophisticated labels as wine with fun, image-driven labels. Savvy Shoppers seek great wines at a great value; they enjoy drinking and shopping for wine and believe that good wines need not cost a lot of money. Traditionalists want to feel that their wine is made by a well-known winery that's been around for a long time, while Satisfied Sippers look for a sensible choice they can feel comfortable serving to friends and family. Overwhelmed consumers, who make up the largest group, 23 percent, find shopping for wine complex and worry about making a mistake. Good shelf descriptions and retail and wait staff recommendations play a key role in their purchase decisions. ABOUT THE STUDY Participants were asked more than 100 questions about their recent wine- buying habits, lifestyle, hobbies and more. Questions were wide-ranging on everything from gardening and entertaining to TV habits and travel. To participate in the study, consumers must have purchased one or more 750 ml bottles of wine with a price of $5 or more per 750ml bottle or $9 or more for a 1.5 liter bottle, or a premium 3L box, within 30 days of the survey. Data was collected on retail purchase occasions representing more than 7,400 bottles of wine, and on-premise drinking occasions representing more than 3,400 bottles or glasses of wine. Results of the study clearly point to new opportunities. For example, understanding that nearly one in four premium wine consumers is "overwhelmed" can inspire creative new approaches to everything from "how-to" in-store displays to novice-friendly restaurant wine lists. "Everybody wins with this sort of research," said Fernandez. "Our retail and on-premise partners will now have even better insights into their customers and that can only lead to increased sales and more satisfied consumers." About Constellation Wines U.S. Constellation Wines U.S. is part of Constellation Wines, the world's largest wine business, the largest premium wine supplier in the United States, and an operating division of Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) ("CBI"). Constellation Wines U.S. encompasses three of CBI's U.S. wine businesses: Canandaigua Wine Company, Pacific Wine Partners and North Lake Wines. Leading brands include Robert Mondavi Private Selection, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Alice White, Almaden, Arbor Mist, Black Box, Blackstone, Cook's, Covey Run, Inglenook, J. Roget, Marcus James, Nobilo, Paul Masson, Talus, and Vendange. Editors Note: You can access a recorded version of the original Project Genome(SM) press conference, held Oct. 20, 2005 in New York City, by visiting http://cwine.webex.com and click on "View All Recorded Events." A brief log- in is required but there is no charge to access the recording. For the full press kit on Project Genome(SM) and other recent news about Constellation Wines U.S. please visit: http://www.cwinesus.com and visit the "latest news and press releases" section.
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