The ongoing gin boom is just one of the big changes in this year’s list .
Fans of peated malts will be pleased to see the success of Laphroaig in this year’s Top Brands feature.
RTDs (ready to drinks) may have seen a sales dip of 18% in the past year, according to CGA’s data, but the category is still worth £22.1 million in the Scottish on-trade.
Their role in bars is as varied as the category itself, and that has no doubt helped maintain sales of liqueurs and speciality spirits.
While total value sales of £3.37 million may not suggest a behemoth for bars, sales of low and no-alcohol beers have in fact ballooned by 27% in the past 12 months.
It has certainly been a vintage year for the on-trade’s second largest category as wine recovered from a decline last year with an increase in sales of over £10 million.
Whiskey from overseas remains a lucrative business in the land of Scotch with a value of £43.8 million in the nation’s bars, according to this year’s CGA data.
The drink of the blue agave’s growing popularity in the on-trade is evidenced in this year’s CGA listings with sales of tequila soaring by over 35% to £17.6 million.
Long tipped to be the next spirit to enjoy a gin-style boom, the ‘rum revival’ stalled somewhat this year as sales of golden/dark rum and white rum dipped slightly, by 2% and 5% respectively.
Beer is the big story of this year’s High Flyers list, with seven of the ten entries being either lager or ale brands.
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