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June 20, 2013 | 2:19 PM

We received a press release from Vinexpo today stating that optimism was high.

Vinexpo 2013 closed today after five days of successful businesss meetings between 2,400 exhibitors from 44 countries and visitors from the four corners of the globe. While firm figures will be released in the next few days, early indications show growing numbers of visitors from outside France. An estimated 48,800 visitors from 148 countries attended. Circa 40% of visitors came from other parts of Europe, from Asia, and the Americas, demonstrating once again that Vinexpo is the world’s largest and most international forum for the wine and spirits business.

In contrast to an indifferent economic outlook in other industries, Vinexpo 2013 reveals a dynamic and growing sector spurred by international dimensions. Exhibitors and visitors alike showed real confidence in the future.

Exhibitors meanwhile revealed a strong desire to grow, innovate and find new outlets. Big brands competed to create original and striking stands.

Visitors showed that they are seeking the latest trends in wines and spirits with which to meet growing world demand. The increased number of buyers from North America and especially Canada (plus 10%) reveals this upturn. Alain Brunet, Chief Executive of the Quebec Alcohol Corporation (QAC) said,”It is a great exhibition; even better then in 2011.It’s alive and buzzing. Morale is high; the recovery has begun.” The QAC spends 750 million euros annually on wines and spirits.

Mr Robert Beynat, Chief Executive Officer of Vinexpo, said, “The number and quality of meetings and the positive atmosphere in the three exhibition halls sends an encouraging messaged to the whole wine and spirits industry.”

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