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.
Heineken must have been working hard to promote John Smith’s over the past year as CGA’s data reports that the brand is now the second-biggest ale in the Scottish on-trade .
Beer is the big story of this year’s High Flyers list, with seven of the ten entries being either lager or ale brands.
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
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.
The ongoing gin boom is just one of the big changes in this year’s list .
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.
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.
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.
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