RTDs lead off-trade spirits sales in US

Spirits continued to drive the growth of US off-trade alcohol sales in the week ending 2 May, boosted by ready-to-drink cocktails, according to Nielsen’s latest figures. Off-trade spirits sales were up 38.6% in the week ending 2 May 2020 compared to the same seven-day period last year. This also represented a 4.7% increase on the previous week. Total off-trade alcohol sales were up 32%. During the seven-day period, wine rose by 35.8%, while beer, flavoured…

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US off-trade must maintain 22% sales growth

The US alcohol market must sustain 22% volume growth across all drinks categories in the off-trade to offset losses from the closure of bars and restaurants during the pandemic, according to new research from Nielsen. Nielsen examined how the coronavirus pandemic has affected US alcohol sales in the on- and off-trade after nearly two months of lockdown. In the on-trade, Nielsen said the declines have “stabilised” week to week, however average sales per outlet remain…

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UK hospitality sales drop 21.3% in Q1

The UK hospitality sector saw sales fall by 21.3% during the first quarter of 2020 due to the nation’s coronavirus lockdown, according to new data. The new UK Hospitality Quarterly Tracker is the most comprehensive analysis of the nation’s hospitality sector, trade body UK Hospitality said. It was compiled by data provider CGA. It combines data from all sub-segments of hospitality including bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels and attractions across the UK. The analysis showed…

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Coronavirus hits Britain’s bar sales in February

The coronavirus outbreak caused a 2.8% sales decline for Britain’s bar chains in February and is expected to have an “increasingly negative impact” on the on-trade in the coming months. According to the latest data from CGA’s Coffer Peach Business Tracker, managed pub groups in Britain witnessed a sales drop of 4.2%, while restaurant groups reported a smaller decline of 1.8%. Total sales for Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant sector sank 2.2% compared to…

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Bar and pub closures in Britain slow

The rate of closures of pubs and bars in Britain has slowed to its lowest level since early 2018, but drinks-led venues remain under “severe strain”.  According to CGA and Alix Partner’s latest Market Growth Monitor report, Britain’s food-led pubs and bars were more fortunate in comparison to drinks-led venues, which have seen a 14.8% drop with the closure of 5,386 venues since December 2014. Food-led pubs and bars witnessed a closure rate of 0.5% since…

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