A whole new world: today’s major players

21 January, 2011

Bargain Booze?Number of shops: 640?Openings 2008-2010: 100+?Plans for 2011 openings: Yes?Concept: Value-focused specialist off-licence??Majestic?Number of shops: 160 (plus three in northern France)?Openings in 2010: 12?Plans for 2011 openings: At least 12?Concept: Out-of-town bulk sales wine specialist with a strong focus on customer service??Oddbins?Number of shops: 132?Openings in 2010: Several?Plans for 2011 openings: 10+?Concept: Eclectic wine specialist??Rhythm & Booze Number of shops: 75?Openings in 2010: 3 (but two shops closed)?Plans for 2011 openings: 2 to 5?Concept: Competitive drinks specialist with a focus on beer, but has a growing wine offer??Nicolas?Number of shops: 46?Plans for 2011 openings: Possibly?Concept: French wine specialist in Greater London?Wine Rack?Number of shops: 23?Openings in 2010: 10?Plans for 2011 openings: 7?Concept: Niche drinks retailer??Brand Invest Group?Number of shops: 21?Plans for 2011-2012 openings: about 30?Concept: Winehouse is a wine-led drinks specialist; Cellar No 1 is a mainstream off-licence??Spirited Wines?Number of shops: 14?Plans for 2011 openings: At least one?Concept: High street wine specialist currently with a particular focus on France but expanding to a more international range??The Whisky Shop?Number of shops: 14?Plans for 2011 openings: 2?Concept: Whisky specialist??WineShak?Number of shops: 13?Plans for 2011 openings: 3?Concept: Drinks retailer with focus on local products and English wine??Laithwaites?Number of shops: 11?Plans for 2011 openings: 1 to 2?Concept: Wine specialist

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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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