Angry French winemakers destroy Spanish wine in south

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Posted: Mar 31, 2017 9:11 AM

PARIS (AP) — Angry French winemakers have staged a protest against Spanish wine lining French supermarket shelves that they say is losing them business.

Xavier Fabre of the Gard region winegrowers' union said Friday that around 100 protesters removed and destroyed boxes of Spanish wine Thursday on display in local supermarkets.

Local winegrowers say the Spanish wine is labelled with French names and images like baguettes to mislead consumers into believing they are buying French wine, which is more expensive.

Only on the back or in small print, Fabre says, does the label mention its foreign origin.

Fabre said the union wants the labels to be clearer, and complained that such Spanish box wine sales are hurting sales of box wines from Languedoc-Roussillon and Gard that have gone down 25 percent since 2015.