Buy & Try: Wine-Drinkers Try Walmart's Winemakers Selection [Video]

With Valentine’s Day and romantic, candlelit dinners just around the corner, we got to wondering about a topic we've seen in the business press a lot lately:

The rise of private-label wines.

Target, Aldi, and 7-Eleven, perhaps inspired by Trader Joe’s sustained success with “Two-Buck Chuck,” are all now offering their own private-label, er, well, labels—each retailer vying for a share of the $62 billion wine industry.Walmart Private Label Wine Agent Photo

Walmart, too, entered the arena back in May with its own family of store brand wines—10 in all, each sporting its own Napa-esque label and marked with a dignified Winemakers Selection seal.

But even as more retailers pour into the wine industry, all this activity raises a question: How do private-label wines measure up to the sophisticated standards of actual wine-drinkers? 

So we turned to the wine-drinkers themselves, and conducted a Buy & Try of Winemakers Selection wines from Walmart.

 

Buy & Try: Winemakers Selection Wine

 

A typical Buy & Try works like this:

  1. Field Agent sends shoppers to a store, or website, to purchase a specific product
  2. Shoppers then try the product at home or another location, furnishing companies with valuable user feedback about their products

The process is conducted entirely through the Field Agent mobile app. 

Walmart Private Label Wines Agent Photo

The 15 wine-drinkers* in this Buy & Try were dispatched to their local Walmart Supercenter to locate and purchase one label within the Winemakers Selection family. We then sent them home to prepare (e.g., chill) and taste the wine.

*All participants in the study were wine-drinkers at least 21 years of age. The Buy & Try was conducted entirely through the Field Agent mobile app, January 4-7, 2019. Demos -- Gender: 70% female, 30% male; Age: 25-34 (22%), 35-44 (26%), 45-54 (30%), 55-64 (22%).

 

The video below captures this Buy & Try from start to finish, as wine-drinkers purchase, taste, and comment on a single bottle of Winemakers Selection wine.  

Scroll further down for an infographic highlighting even more user feedback.

 

 

In Their Own Words: Talking Walmart Wine

 

As the video above suggests, participants in our Buy & Try had mainly positive things to say about Walmart’s private-label wines. Some participants described their wine as…

  • “A full-bodied wine that tastes like it would cost a lot more” (John K., Virginia)
  • “…very similar to other fine wines” (Karen W., Illinois)
  • “Great everyday wine!” (Joe F., North Carolina)

The infographic below shares even more user feedback, including an overall wine rating.

 

Buy & Try - Walmart's Private-Label Wine: Winemaker's Selection

 

 

Buy & Try: Real Feedback from Real Shoppers

 

With a mobile panel of 1.4 million U.S. shoppers and growing, Field Agent’s Buy & Try program is a fast, affordable, and convenient way to collect real product feedback from real shoppers.

Click below to learn more about Field Agent’s Buy & Try program. 

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