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Valdemar Smith

Do the Scandinavian consumers pay a "fair" price for German white wines?

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The aim of this paper is to analyse the retail prices of German white wines sold in the
Scandinavian countries. German white wines account for approximately 5-6 per cent of the
total sale of wines - both red and white wines - in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. However,
the market shares of German wines in Scandinavia have been declining for a number of years.
Diminishing market shares may reflect changes in consumer tastes or simply 'wrong' prices,
the latter related to both the level of wine prices (German wines being relatively expensive)
and the structure of wine prices. In general, country-specific price differences for identical
wines are expected to be a sign of differences in taxes, import prices, transportation costs as
well as other costs - and also different competitive conditions at the retail level in the
respective countries. Differences in wine prices across countries do not always reflect the
abovementioned factors, see Bentzen & Smith (2004). Therefore, the purpose of the present
paper is to analyse further the relationship between the prices of German white wines in the
Scandinavian countries and the prices in the country of production (Germany). Wine prices
announced by the producers are assumed to reflect the basic quality of the wines and
consequently to represent the 'true' price structure. Comparing these prices with retail prices
for identical wines in the consuming countries, the paper addresses questions related to the
level of wine prices as well as the logic of the relative prices on German wines sold in
Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The paper deals with the question whether the Scandinavian
consumers pay the 'true' prices for German white wines, i.e. do the prices in Scandinavia
reflect the basic structure of wine prices in Germany, assuming that the latter in some sense
reflects the true attributes (quality etc.) of the wines.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventVDQS Oenometrics XII Meeting - Macerata, Italy
Duration: 27 May 200528 May 2005
Conference number: XII


ConferenceVDQS Oenometrics XII Meeting

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