tequila shots with lime and salt

Sun rises on spirit

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.
Pouring beer into glass

Beer brands add fizz to the Top Brands list

Beer is the big story of this year’s High Flyers list, with seven of the ten entries being either lager or ale brands.
gin & tonic

Could gin become the biggest-selling spirit?

It’s been predicted for some time, but this is the year it finally happened: gin is now worth more in the Scottish on-trade than whisky.
barman pouring cocktail

Vodka: the most valuable spirit

Vodka has long been the on-trade’s biggest spirit, and although the category has fallen in value over the past year it remains the most valuable spirit in Scotland’s pubs and bars
Laphroaig

Strong sales for Scotch

Fans of peated malts will be pleased to see the success of Laphroaig in this year’s Top Brands feature.
Top brands 2018

Top Brands 2019

The ongoing gin boom is just one of the big changes in this year’s list .
Heineken

Zero risk with low and no

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.
pint-of-beer

Lager still the pub linchpin

Lager's status as the linchpin of the Scottish on-trade lives on, with new figures from CGA showing it accounts for a third of the alcohol sold in the Scottish on-trade .
Champagne being poured

Fine year for Champagne

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.
strongbow-dark-fruit-can

Enjoy the fruits of their labour

It's been a good year for cider sales in the Scottish on-trade, with the category’s value having risen by almost £3 million to £145m .