Gin and cock­tail sales hit wine

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Sean Poul­ter Con­sumer Af­fairs Edi­tor

A GROW­ING taste for flavoured Bri­tish gin and cock­tails has dealt a blow to the pop­u­lar­ity of wine.

There was a 4.5 per cent fall in the num­ber of bot­tles of still wine bought in restau­rants, pubs and ho­tels in the past 12 months.

In cash terms, wine sales fell by £146mil­lion to just over £3bil­lion while al­most one in five peo­ple say they are drink­ing less than a year ago.

The fig­ures come from industry an­a­lysts CGA, which said sales of all wine ex­cept prosecco have fallen more sharply than any other cat­e­gory in the past year.

The group said sales of gin in the past year rose by nearly 40 per cent in vol­ume and 42 per cent in value. It added cock­tails had been another ma­jor com­peti­tor for wine, with sales top­ping £600mil­lion a year.

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