UK pub and bar numbers grow for first time in a decade

The number of pubs and bars in the UK grew by 315 to 39,130 in 2019 – the first increase in a decade. According to the Office for National Statistic’s (ONS) Economies of ale: changes in the UK pubs and bars sector, 2001 to 2019 report, the number of small pubs and bars – venues with fewer than 10 employees – in the UK increased for the first time in more than 15 years. In…

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Tito’s overtakes Smirnoff as top-selling spirit in US

Texas-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka became the best-selling spirit in the US in 2019, knocking Smirnoff off the top spot for the first time in more than a decade. Preliminary figures from the IWSR US Beverage Alcohol Review (US BAR) database showed Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka was no longer the top-selling spirit in the US, with the top spot now occupied by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s grew by more than 20% in volume in 2019. Vodka remains…

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Data: Wine and spirits perform strongly in GTR

Wine and spirits sales in global travel retail (GTR) increased by 7.2% to US$12.2 billion last year, according to preliminary industry data. Generation research figures provided by the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) shows that “the market is continuing to perform strongly”, particularly as demand in China ramps up. GTR wine and spirits sales in Asia Pacific – the largest travel retail and duty free region – increased by 10.2% to US$4.2bn in 2018. According…

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‘Sober curious’ movement offers ‘opportunities’ for bars

The ‘sober curious’ movement in the US presents “both a challenge and an opportunity” for bars and restaurants as 66% of millennials seek to reduce their alcohol intake, according to analysts at Nielsen. Nielsen data shows that on average 47% of US consumers over the age of 21 are making efforts to cut back on alcohol consumption, citing health, weight loss and cost as their primary reasons for doing so. Of the millennials who said…

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Global alcohol consumption declines 1.6% in 2018

Drinkers across the globe consumed a total of 27.6 billion nine-litre cases of alcohol last year – a decline of 1.6%, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. The new data forecasts that total alcohol consumption will gradually increase over the next five years to 28.5bn in 2023. Looking at retail value, the global market for alcohol last year was just over US$1 trillion. The IWSR expects this number to increase by 7% by 2023 as…

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