Charity dinner

01 June, 2007

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent raised more than £40,000 from its dinner on May 17, of which around £27,000 came from an auction of prizes donated by the drinks trade. This year, places at the event - held at Claridges - were restricted to 200, and tickets were sold out.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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