Famous Grouse festive sales overtake Jack Daniel’s in UK

Blended Scotch The Famous Grouse overtook American whiskey Jack Daniel’s during the festive period to become the UK’s top-selling whisky by value in the off-trade. According to data from Nielsen Scan Track, Off-Trade Total Coverage, sales of The Famous Grouse during the 12 weeks to 4 January 2020 rose 2.6% by value in the off-trade compared to the previous year. This meant that sales of The Famous Grouse exceeded £71 million (US$92.6m) in the UK…

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UK gin export sales hit new heights in 2019

British gin sales abroad reached £672 million (US$872.7m) in 2019, according to the latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The figures showed a 9% increase in 2019 compared to 2018. In 2016, export sales broke the £500m (US$649m) mark for the first time. Combined sales of gin in the UK and abroad were worth more than £3.2 billion (US$4.2bn) in 2019. More gin is exported around the world than beef, wheat or beer,…

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UK festive food and drink spend increases

Pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK increased sales by 2.5% over Christmas and New Year compared with the same period in 2018. During the six weeks up to and covering the festive period, food and drink spending increased in the UK on-trade, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. “It has been a challenging year for the eating- and drinking-out market, so these figures will be a welcome boost for operators. Christmas and New…

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Stoelzle targets Cognac clients with French sales office

Bottle manufacturer Stoelzle Glass Group is hoping to expand its presence in the Cognac market with the opening of a sales office in France. The Austrian glass producer has opened an office in Cognac, France, where it aims to strengthen its “partnerships with current and future clients within the Cognac market”. Stoelzle Glass Group said the office will allow it to offer better “visibility, faster answers and amazing customer service”. Andrea Gherzi, global sales director,…

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Majestic hails ‘largest ever’ trading day over Christmas

Retailer Majestic Wine reported its biggest trading day in the company’s 40-year history on 23 December 2019, as spirits helped boost sales over the Christmas period. During Majestic Wine’s third quarter, which ran from 1 October to 30 December 2019, sales were up 4.3% compared to the same period the previous year. During December, rum sales rose 24% compared to 2018, while brandy sales were up 33%. Majestic Wine returned to private ownership in December…

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