FRANCE: Growers want unsold wine turned into methylated spirit

By Sarah Diston | 26 September 2001

French wine growers are calling for millions of litres of wine to be turned into methylated spirits or cooking brandy, blaming falling sales and a declining market share abroad for the unsold stock. A report by The Times newspaper claims that French growers want Paris and Brussels to purchase unsold stocks in a 1.14bn (US$159bn) rescue package, where almost 10% of France's total wine production would end up as the type to be poured over Christmas puddings or as industrial alcohol.

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French wine growers are calling for millions of litres of wine to be turned into methylated spirits or cooking brandy, blaming falling sales and a declining market share abroad for the unsold stock. A report by The Times newspaper claims that French growers want Paris and Brussels to purchase unsold stocks in a 1.14bn (US$159bn) rescue package, where almost 10% of France's total wine production would end up as the type to be poured over Christmas puddings or as industrial alcohol.

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