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Weekly Digest: Ivanka Trump ‘endorsing’ a Chinese wine and job openings in Shanghai

Here are your essential readings on China's wine market: Ivanka Trump "endorsing" a Chinese wine, Cheval des Andes webinar and job openings in Shanghai.

Welcome to our China Wine Market Briefs, a new section created by Vino Joy News to bring to you the latest and essential readings on what’s happening in Chinese wine industry reported in Chinese and English language press.

Market Watch

Hong Kong’s dining sector is sinking under the third wave of Covid-19. For 12 days, Hong Kong has reported three-digit daily Covid-19 cases, and the dine-in ban at restaurants and bars is extended for another week until August 11. Previously we reported that Hong Kong’s dining sector in July could lose as much as HK$ 3 billion before the third wave hit. The city’s head of Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, Simon Wong, now estimates that the dining sector would lose as much as HK$7 billion in revenue in July. Many restaurants are struggling to stay afloat and are hanging by a thread, David Leung Chi-wai, told SCMP, as they struggle to keep up with government’s changing social distancing rules.

Virtual wine fairs in China are gaining steam as the country has largely contained the virus spread with a few resurgence in cities. Chengdu Wine Fair, the biggest drinks fair in mainland China, hosted its virtual trade fair in May, and has just wrapped up its second edition (July 28-30). The fair reportedly attracted 169 million online views and 1.31 million visitors during the three-day virtual exhibition. Chinese wine media Lookvin also launched its own version, and it’s looking to host its second edition this August after their first run in May. Is virtual wine fair the future of trade shows if the virus persists globally without a cure? Will you be willing to participate an online wine fair? Let us know your thoughts in comments.

Ivanka Trump endorsing a Chinese wine? Over the weekend, I saw a picture of Ivanka Trump “holding” a Chinese wine made by Shanxi-based Rongzi winery  posted on WeChat. This is a terrible marketing fail given that Ivanka Trump herself already caused such backlash for posing with Hispanic-owned Goya beans in her original post amid the US’ failing coronavirus response. On top of that, the doctored photo willfully misled consumers that Ivanka Trump actually was endorsing a bottle of Chinese wine if one can get past the sloppy photoshop work. People should really put an end to this blatantly dubious marketing gimmick. Plus, with the current state of affairs between China and the US, I doubt even if it’s Trump herself promoting the wine, it would help sales in any way.

Upcoming events

Gérald Gabillet, winemaker from Cheval des Andes, will lead an in-depth webinar to give wine lovers an inside look at what’s considered one of the most important “Grand Cru” wineries from the New World on August 6 at 7pm Hong Kong time. Registration is open now for free.

ProWine China will kick off soon in November in Shanghai. Th longest-running international wine fair in China, ProWine China this year will serve as a bell weather for what’s to come in the post-coronavirus wine market, as the organizer gears up to meet pent-up demand from the wine trade after a long lull. For more details on the fair, you can click here.

Job openings

Nimbility is hiring two roles based in Shanghai.

Spirits Brand Ambassador

Main responsibilities include creating new business opportunities; establishing contact and develop relationships with prospects; recommending solutions; maintaining relationships with clients by providing support, information and guidance; researching and recommending new opportunities; recommending profit and service improvements etc. For more details, please contact Manuel@Nimbilityasia.com.

Sales Manager

Main responsibilities include creating new business opportunities by identifying prospects and evaluating their position within the industry; researching and analyzing sales options; establishing contact and develop relationships with prospects; recommending solutions; assisting with developing, organising and implementing sales and marketing activities; tracking and meeting sales targets. For more information on the role, please contact Nichole@Nimbilityasia.com.

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