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Bota Box Introduces "Bota Box Breeze," Lower in Calories, Carbs and Alcohol

Posted on February 26, 2021

NAPA, Calif., Feb. 26, 2021 – Delicato Family Wines, producer of Bota Box, the sixth-largest wine brand in America by value1, announced today the launch of Bota Box Breeze, a new line of premium, 3-liter boxed wines under the Bota Box brand crafted to be lower in calories, carbohydrates and alcohol, while offering the exceptional quality and deliciousness that consumers expect from Bota Box. The new Bota Box Breeze hits store shelves nationwide beginning in March with the introduction of three varietal wines: A Pinot Grigio, a Dry Rosé and a Red Wine Blend. 

“Consumers are looking for light and refreshing alternatives to traditional alcoholic beverages, and Bota Box Breeze will be the first such wines in alternative packaging,” notes Chris Indelicato, CEO of Delicato Family Wines. “It’s an unmet need for consumers, and, as the market leader in premium 3-liter box wines, Bota Box will be tapping this desire in order to grow the category.” 

Consumer desire for lighter alternatives in the alcoholic beverage category follows long-term diet trends in food. According to market research firm Wine Intelligence, more than 40 percent of today’s wine consumers are choosing lower-alcohol wines.2 Retail data substantiate this finding: the U.S. light wine category grew 91 percent in 2020, according to IRI.3 

Bota Box Breeze wines align this shift in consumer’s diet preferences with the popularity of premium 3-liter box wine, which is the fastest-growing format in wine4. Within this segment, Bota Box is the driver of category growth5; total depletions for the brand grew more than 40 percent in 2020, to more than 11 million cases. The Bota Box brand now ranks number one in the U.S. wine industry for volume growth and third for dollar growth.6 

Strong Consumer Appeal Validated by Rigorous Testing 

Rigorous testing with consumers showed that consumers find Bota Box Breeze wines strongly appealing. In research conducted with 3,500 wine drinkers, consumers who regularly purchase alcoholic beverages that are lighter in calories and alcohol reported strong purchase intent for Bota Box Breeze7. Bota Box Breeze Pinot Grigio and Dry Rosé wines offer just 3.3 grams of carbohydrates and 80 calories per serving, while the Red Wine Blend offers 4.3 grams of carbohydrates and 85 calories per serving. All three wines have an alcohol level of eight percent. The wines are also low in sugar and gluten-free. 

Consumers also found Bota Box Breeze’s eye-catching package, which utilizes vibrant colors and “light” and “refreshing” cues, to be appealing8. The wine’s eye-catching graphics stand out in shelf displays designed to drive visibility at retail. 

The new Bota Box Breeze Pinot Grigio, Dry Rosé and Red Wine Blend will be available nationwide for a suggested retail selling price of $22.99 beginning in March. Each eco-friendly, 3-liter carton contains the equivalent of four 750-ml bottles of wine. For more information about Bota Box wines, visit www.botabox.com or www.facebook.com/botabox.

1 Ibid 
2 Source: Wine Intelligence, Vinitrac® US, 2019, n=2,000 regular wine drinkers 
3 Source: IRI Total US Multi-Outlet + Conv, 52 Weeks Ending 12/13/20 
4 Source: IRI Total US Multi-Outlet + Conv, 40 Weeks Ending 12/13/20 
5 Ibid 
6 Source: IRI Total US Multi-Outlet + Conv, 52 Weeks Ending 1/24/21 
7 Source: Bota Box Breeze Quick Predict Concept Test, Nielsen, Sept 2020 
8 Ibid  

About Delicato Family Wines 

Delicato Family Wines is a fourth-generation, family-owned company founded in 1924 and has grown to be one of the U.S.’s fastest-growing top-ten wine companies. Delicato's diversified portfolio of leading brands includes Bota Box, Noble Vines, Gnarly Head, Z. Alexander Brown, Black Stallion, 1924, Three Finger Jack, Mercer Bros., Santa Rita 120 (Chile) and Schmitt Söhne Family Wines (Germany). Transcendent Wines, Delicato's Fine Wine Sales & Marketing portfolio, includes such luxury brands as Black Stallion Limited Release, Diora, Dobbes Family Estate Wines and Wine by Joe, in addition to imported luxury estate wines such as Schloss Vollrads, Franz Keller, and Bischöfliche Weingüter (Germany), Casa Real and Triple C (Chile), and Torbreck Vintners (Australia). For more information, visit www.delicato.com


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