Nemiroff Vodka sales soar 18% in 2020

Ukrainian vodka brand Nemiroff experienced double-digit sales growth in 2020 as volumes surpassed five million nine-litre cases. The vodka brand reported an 18% increase in sales last year, with volumes reaching 5.05m nine-litre cases. Nemiroff saw sales rise despite difficulties in global travel retail, where Nemiroff is one of the top-three vodka brands, and the brand’s sales fell by more than half. However, Nemiroff said it expects to see recovery in the sector in 2021.…

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Distell beats alcohol bans with half-year sales rise

South Africa-based Distell saw revenue grow 3.8% in the second half of 2020, despite multiple alcohol bans in the company’s home market. Amarula owner Distell’s revenue for the six months to 31 December 2020 reached R15.4 billion South African rand (US$1bn), with volume growing by 0.8%. Distell’s revenue, excluding excise duty, grew 2.5% during the six-month period. The firm said it had lost 41 trading days during the six months due to the second and…

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Distillery 291 names wholesale sales and marketing VP

Colorado-based Distillery 291 has appointed Hannah Thomas as its new vice president of wholesale sales and marketing. Thomas, a Colorado native, previously worked with US drinks wholesaler Breakthru Beverage Group, where she represented the Diageo and Moët Hennessy portfolios. Thomas also has extensive experience in the on-trade and previously managed a number of venues, alongside James Beard award-winning chefs. She said: “Distillery 291’s motto, ‘hard made the Colorado way’, truly resonates with me. It represents…

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Covid-19 halves 2020 sales in UK on-trade

Sales across the UK hospitality sector fell 54% in 2020 as the industry faced its ‘worst year of trading on record’, according to a new report. The latest edition of the UK Hospitality and CGA Quarterly Tracker found that the UK’s on-trade sales collapsed from £133.5 billion (US$182bn) in 2019 to £61.7bn (US$84bn) in 2020. Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality, said: “These figures are simply devastating; hospitality was hit first, hit hardest and continues…

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Spirits take market share from beer and wine in US

For the 11th consecutive year, spirits have continued to gain market share from beer and wine in the US, according to new data from the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus). In 2020, spirits accounted for 39.1% of the total beverage alcohol market, up 1.3% on the previous year. Supplier sales in the US rose 7.7% last year to reach US$31.2 billion, while volumes increased by 5.3% to 251 million nine-litre cases. Overall, total…

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