Better-For-You Wines Rapidly Expanding In The U.S.December 6, 2022
The better-for-you wine category continues to show strong momentum heading into the holidays, with many of the leading brands experiencing triple-digit gains in retail channels. Overall, better-for-you wines nearly quadrupled in volume terms in 2021 and are expected to reach 3 million cases in the U.S. by year-end, according to Impact Databank.
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers recently made an acquisition play in the category with a deal to acquire Impact “Hot Brand” FitVine for an undisclosed sum. “FitVine isn’t just competing within the BFY segment,” O’Neill CMO Christine Moll told SND. “Expanding out to the super-premium price point at large, FitVine has multiple SKUs performing in the top 20 of their varietal, indicating that this brand is resonating with a wide range of consumers.”
Delicato is also among those making gains in the better-for-you category with Bota Box Breeze. “Bota Breeze is on fire,” CEO and president Chris Indelicato recently told SND. “It’s a home run for us and a home run for the Bota brand that continues to grow.”
The Wine Group has two brands showing strong growth in the better-for-you segment with Cupcake LightHearted and Franzia Refreshers. About one-third of the volume for Refreshers comes from consumers who are new to the 3-liter segment, according to Jeff Dubiel, CMO at The Wine Group, with notable interest from hard seltzer drinkers.
Constellation Brands debuted a low-calorie extension, Illuminate ($18 a 750-ml.), to New Zealand label Kim Crawford in the fall of 2020, and it’s up about 100% over the past year in IRI channels, after reaching 100,000 cases in 2021. Another up-and-coming brand is Sunny with a Chance of Flowers ($17 a 750-ml.), which Scheid Family Wines sources from its Monterey vineyards, with zero sugar, 85 calories per 5-ounce glass, and 9% abv. Another brand doing well in the low-calorie space is Avaline—from actress Cameron Diaz—an organic, vegan-friendly label ($24) which touts its use of little-to-no additives.
Other brands on the move in the better-for-you arena include Kendall-Jackson Lower Calorie Chardonnay ($17 a 750-ml.) from Jackson Family, Mind & Body ($13) from Trinchero, Matua Lighter ($10 and up) from Treasury Wine Estates, Yellow Tail Pure Bright from Deutsch ($7 and up), and Myx Light Chardonnay and Light Rosé ($12 a 4-pack of 250-ml. cans) from Royal Wine Corp.
|U.S.—Leading “Better for You” Wine Brands
(thousands of 9-liter case depletions)
Growth In IRI2
|Bota Box Breeze||Delicato Family Wines||California||365||139.7%|
|Cupcake LightHearted||The Wine Group||California||250||23.7%|
|Franzia Refreshers||The Wine Group||California||220||121.6%|
Wine & Spirits
|Constellation Wines||New Zealand||102||100.4%|
|Sunny With a
Chance of Flowers
|Liquid Light||Ste Michelle
|Mind & Body||Trinchero Family Estates||California||31||95.2%|
|Matua Lighter||Treasury Wine Estates||New Zealand||22||958.9%|
|Total Leading Brands||1,671||92.2%|
|1 Thousands of 9-liter case depletions
2 52 weeks ending October 9, 2022 in IRI channels.
Source: IRI and IMPACT DATABANK © 2022