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 .
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.
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.
Not surprisingly, Guinness has retained its position as the biggest-selling stout in Scotland’s bars and pubs, with Belhaven Black retaining second place .
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.
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.
Beer is the big story of this year’s High Flyers list, with seven of the ten entries being either lager or ale brands.
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 .
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.
Fans of peated malts will be pleased to see the success of Laphroaig in this year’s Top Brands feature.
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