Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2005 (Revised January 2008)

Inniskillin and the Globalization of Icewine

by Geoffrey G. Jones and Jillian Hirasawa

Abstract

Deals with the growth of the icewine industry and follows Vincor International as it creates an international market for its Inniskillin Icewine--a luxury alcoholic beverage consumed as a dessert wine. Gives the history of the alcoholic beverage industry in Canada and details trends in the current global wine industry. Follows Roger Provost (HBS MBA 1980), chief marketing officer for Canadian-based Vincor, as he develops Inniskillin's initial marketing strategy within Canada. Goes on to detail Inniskillin's challenges as it enters other markets, initially through the travel retail distribution channel. Deals with issues in brand management, product development, and international marketing. Explores the opportunities and challenges facing luxury niche products in the global economy.

Keywords: Global Strategy; Globalized Markets and Industries; Marketing Strategy; Product Marketing; Luxury; Food and Beverage Industry; Canada;

Citation:

Jones, Geoffrey G., and Jillian Hirasawa. "Inniskillin and the Globalization of Icewine." Harvard Business School Case 805-129, May 2005. (Revised January 2008.)